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.
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author, writer-cheerleader, and mentorship matchmaker.