I've just returned from the 2011 SCBWI-Michigan fall conference and even though this was my 6th fall conference with this group, I am still in awe of their comraderie, support and skill. If you are a children's book writer and/or illustrator and you haven't joined the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, do it today (www.scbwi.org). So many members swear it is what has kept them going during long, dark rejection nights, taught them how to improve their craft, and pointed them in the direction of publication. Join up, go forth, and conquer!
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.