Any professional organization is worth joining. SCBWI happens to be one of the best. I also belong to a writing group called SLO NightWriters. This group is for all writers no matter what genre. Together they give me a wide perspective on many aspects of the industry. Beryl
By Carol Ekster
When I first started writing twelve years ago I was naïve and uninformed about the publishing industry. I thought I knew about picture books. After all, I was a teacher. I used picture books to enhance my curriculum on a daily basis. I knew which ones worked, and which ones didn’t, for my students. What more was there TO know? Turns out–a lot! Luckily, within weeks of my putting pen to paper, a good friend steered me in the right direction–toward SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. And that was a step toward success.
If you read lots of kidlit blogs you’ll find this advice to newbies: “Join SCBWI.” That’s because it’s the best and most important advice for people who want to write for children. It isn’t free, but it’s worth it. SCBWI gives you the basics, connects you with other writers…
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