November 6, 2013
WRITERS WEDNESDAY: ALIDIS VICENTE
The Latina Book Club's mission is to promote Latina / Latino authors, which we do through book reviews, author interviews, publicity announcements, book of the month selections, etc. A new feature we have added to our site is that of "Writers Wednesdays." The first Wednesday of each month we feature a writer talking about .....writing. Happy Reading!
I NEVER FORGET THE SOFRITO
by Alidis Vicente
Shortly after my son was born, I decided to take my love of writing more seriously. I remember going to a major bookstore in search of reading material he could culturally relate to. A store employee referred me to a section called “Libros Para Niños”. After scanning the shelves, I saw very little literature I felt represented the cultural experience my children would have as second generation Puerto Ricans born and raised in New Jersey. I immediately went home and put pen to paper… literally. If I didn’t see the kind of books I wanted to read to my kids, then I would write them myself.
My publication journey would prove challenging. I wrote manuscripts but had no idea what to do with them. So, I did the only logical thing one does this day and age when they don’t know something. I googled it. After sifting through countless websites, I finally hit gold. I joined the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). They provided me with a treasure trove of knowledge, information, contacts, and support. It was through this membership I learned everything from how to write a query to negotiating contracts. Within a year of joining the organization I received my first offer of publication. It wasn’t a huge publishing house or even substantial monetary compensation, but it was my name in print and my story in binding. It was everything I dreamed of.
Currently, I am the author of a picture book, a chapter book, and a client of Writers House Literary Agency. Although I strive to write stories I feel are relatable to young readers of all ethnic backgrounds, I make sure to approach my work like my cooking. I never forget the sofrito.###
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alidis Vicente is the author of THE COQUÍ & THE IGUANA and THE MISSING CHANCLETA AND OTHER TOP SECRET CASES, which will be published in November of this year by Arte Publico Press. Alidis is a stay at home mother from New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University. Visit her at any of these addresses: