For Writers and Illustrators:
Consider joining The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization devoted to supporting authors and illustrators at all stages of their careers. Regional chapters offer conferences and workshops. Connect with your local SCBWI to join a critique group – one of the first and most important step for writers!
There are numerous books on the craft of writing for children. Some of the ones I have found helpful are:
- Lerner, Betsy. The FOREST for the TREES: An Editor’s Advice to Writers
- Paul, Ann Whitford. Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication
- King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
- Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones.
For many people writing is a way of expressing themselves, putting life’s events and one’s feelings into perspective and to share their stories with others. Many do not aspire to be traditionally published. They might choose the self-publishing route. To them, I say, “Keep Writing!” and “Thanks for your stories!”
Other writers aspire to be traditionally published. To them I say “Persevere!” It can be a long, roller-coaster of a ride. I can tell you firsthand that rejections are part of the process and there are many bumps in the road. If you’ve been bucked off, dust yourself off with grace and gratitude, and get back in the saddle!