I have recently joined SCBWI, and hope I will be as positive about it a few years down the line. A good summary for those thinking of signing up, or for those who perhaps are not yet even aware of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
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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