It is safe for me to say that if it were not for the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), I would be going about trying getting published completely backwards! For months I have been reading and studying their great web site: http://www.scbwi.org/ .
I have been avidly pouring over the SCBWI’s Publication Guide. The guide is also available on-line to members. It contains so much valuable information! There are chapters on Preparing & Submitting; Legal Questions; Publicizing Your Published Work; School Visits; Market Survey’s; and Directories and Resources. Each chapter is so full of valuable knowledge that I am studying harder than I have in years.
My regional chapter, Southern Breeze, is full of talented writers and illustrators who generously share their expertise through the web site and newsletter. I am constantly amazed at how generously these members answer questions, celebrate each others successes, and provide information that others might be interested in. I understand the conferences are marvelous. I plan to be at the winter conference; hopefully with a manuscript for critiquing!
I can certainly see why so many first-time published authors express so much appreciation to SCBWI and the Southern Breeze chapter. I assure you that when I do get published it will be due in great part to the advice I gleaned from this great organization and its many members.