I joined this wonderful and supportive children’s writing community in mid-2008. I entered into it with no knowledge of how to get involved or how many resources were at my fingertips. A friend and author pointed me in the direction of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for a place to start. Since then, I’ve attended conferences in different parts of the country.
Deciding to go to a conference requires you to consider possible issues. Do you have the money for it? Is this conference right for you at this point in your writing? Are industry professionals you have always wanted to meet attending? Does talking to said professionals make you nervous and sweaty?
Let’s look at a couple of these issues closer.