Let's say you REEEAAALY want to write and/or illustrate a children's book but after getting the idea, and maybe starting to put it on paper, you don't know what the next steps should be. Whenever I'm quizzed on this topic, my first recommendation (aside from patting yourself on the back!) is to join the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It is simply the best community to learn, grow, connect, and move your dream to reality.
If you are still trying to decide whether to join, read this great post at Ink and Angst http://inkandangst.com/gate-crashers-ask-why-scbwi-2013/ and you'll get it.
I was lucky to be able to attend the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) http://www.scbwi.org/ national conference this past Friday - Monday in Los Angeles and I'm still smiling about it. It was an amazing experience to be in the same orbit as the "A List" of authors, editors, and agents in the children's book world. My master class with Linda Sue Park http://www.lindasuepark.com/ was a life-changer. Her thoughts about middle grade novel writing were concrete and inspiring. Plus she's just so approachable and giving with her craft. I highly recommend any opportunity for a class with her at the podium. My advice? Start saving your pennies now for the SCBWI national conference in August 2011. But don't wait till next August for a conference! The SCBWI-Michigan conference will be held this October 8-10. Check out the lineup and register at http://kidsbooklink.org/. See you there!
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author, writer-cheerleader, and mentorship matchmaker.