If I had a dollar for every time someone told me “I want to write a children’s book!” or “I have a great idea for a book”, I’d have enough money to pay the $150 registration fee for the next four years’ worth of SCBWI conferences.
And what do I tell these people? “Do it. Write it down. And join the SCBWI.”
(If you’ve never heard of the SCBWI, this is your chance)
Although this will be my first year attending one of their conferences, I have been a member for the past three years. The online resources alone are enough to justify my membership.
I found my critique group in one of the boards. I would not change my group for the world, and I would not dare publish anything, much yet submit, without passing it through the eyes of my seven book-smart colleagues.
So, this year, while I wait for the release of my 9th book (Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca-Penny Candy Books) I’ve decided to further not only my knowledge and education regarding children’s literature, but also improve my networking skills. And what’s the best place for a book nerd writer like myself to meet like minded people who will inspire me, guide me and support me?
Yes. You guessed: a children’s books writers conference like the one organized annually by the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and its different chapters.
If you are in Oklahoma and you’re in the fence about this conference, I encourage you to take a leap and join us. If you’ve always wanted to write a kids’ book but don’t know how, then come, ask questions, and learn.
Because I truly believe there’s no worse question than the one left unasked. Come and find out your answers. Start tracing the path to your publishing journey. Who knows, this might be the push you need.
See you on April 6-7 in Oklahoma City! I can’t wait!