Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 186
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 186

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
Page 186
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advertisement "We're looking for people to write children's books. If you ever wanted to write... for pleasure or prof it... here is your opportunity. by Francis R. Gemme We need writers. There are over 200 publishers of books for children and more than 400 magazines for young readers ... that need writers. We know that many people could help fill this void in children's literature, if they could only get started. Are you one of these people? Do you have the urge to write and the ambition but are unable to get professional training or are tied to your home or job? Perhaps you are too unsure of yourself to start Have you ever read a children's story and said, "I can do better than that"? Have you ever deplored the lack of good new literature for young readers? Do you love children? Do you want to do something important with your life? And earn the rewards and satisfaction of writing for children? That very attitude may be the signal that you can do it. For the desire and interest must come first Stories only you can write. Once you understand and utilize the basic techniques, writing for children may be easier than you think. Your personal experiences, fantasy, human nature, nature itself, hobbies, all lend themselves to good subjects. Many of these have been written about -- plainly and simply -- and have been published. You probably have within yourself many children's stories only you can write. A new kind of school. The Institute of Children's Literature was founded to encourage more and better writing for young readers. Top writers and publishers have worked together to create this professional course to teach you to write for children and teenagers. People like Lee Wyndham, a teacher and author of forty-eight books, ranging from the picture book age into the high teens, and over two hundred short stories, articles and serials--Hardie Gramatky, author and illustrator of many famous children's books like his Little Toot -- and John Ledes, President of Astor Honor Books, who has published many award-winning children's books. Together we have written and pub- lished hundreds of books and magazine articles for young readers. We know how to write -- how to teach -- and how to help you get your writing published. Learning to write and sell. The early success of the course has been repeated time and time again by people like yourself who knew in their hearts they could write good things for children. This course will train you step by step, from writing an opening sentence through the writing and selling of a finished manuscript Yes, you .will have a completed manuscript when you finish the course. Your own instructor. Because writing is such a personal profession, we believe that the teaching of this course must also be personal. That is why in addition to writing materials, text books, instruction and assignments, you will receive personal guidance from your own instructor on every lesson. The instructor chosen for you will be a professional writer who will stay with you throughout the course. He will show you how to utilize your personal feelings, experiences, imagination and interest to . write for children--in your spare time at home. Work at your own pace. A writing course is best learned at home when you feel like working. There is no bell to end the class, no interruption from other students. You and your instructor can work together at the pace and depth desired. This personal pace allows more time for each student than is possible in a classroom situation. You mail your completed work to your instructor who carefully reads and edits each assignment. He then writes you a long personal letter explaining in detail his corrections and makes specific recommendations. You receive professional advice and guidance from the same instructor throughout the course. And you work where you want and when you want. Francis R. Gemme, consultant to the Institute of Children's Literature is President and Publisher of Young Readers Press. The rewards. Although many writers of children's books earn $10,000 to $15,000 and more a year, the benefits of a writing career include the challenge, the excitement, and great satisfaction of doing something important with your life. When you complete this course you will be a qualified writer with a future. And what a future! The market is unlimited. It is the constant cry of editors and publishers, of both books and magazines, that they need more good manuscripts for young readers. More than 200 publishers of children's books produce over 3,000 books each year with total sales of $170,000,000! And over 400 periodicals for young readers have a combined circulation exceeding 80,000,000. Books arid magazine articles for children are made into TV shows and movies. And there are twenty-four children's book clubs and a rapidly growing children's paperback market. Writing is only satisfying when your work is published, and for writers of children's literature it is easier now than ever to find a publisher. Will you take the first step? You may be a teacher, be taking care of your home, or be a concerned grandparent. You may believe that you do not have the necessary background to become a successful writer. But as an author yoj^ will be judged by your writing ability, not your sex, age or education. For instance, women writers are on the best seller list as often as men. And in the field of children's books and magazines there are as many women editors as men. Free test. To find qualified men and women with writing aptitude worth developing, the Faculty and Consultants of the Institute have prepared a special Aptitude Test It is offered free and will be graded free by a member of our staff. ' If you want to be a writer send in the coupon below for this free test and a frec brochure which fully describes the Institute course and faculty, the current publishing market for children's literature and a new future for you. If you have writing aptitude, you will be eligible to enroll. Of course, there is no obligation. Institute of Children's Literature Redding Ridge Connecticut 06876 I would like to receive, without cost or obligation, the brochure describing your course and your, free Aptitude Test. I understand that no salesman will call. P05 MR- MRS. MISS AGE (Please circle one and print name clearly) STREET CITY...' STATE ZIP Approved by The State of Connecticut Board of Education -- _,,·-- Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the National Home Study Council

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