Then I heard about SCBWI. The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. SCBWI is a national organization, with virtually all major children's authors and illustrators as members.
I slowly began to get involved in our Oklahoma Region of SCBWI...I mean, at first, I went like twice a year.
But then I caught the flame that this group of people have for writing. And not only for being a successful writer for children, but supporting each other. It truly is a tribe.
I have learned more than I could ever have learned on my own by being a member of SCBWI. And I learn continuously...through critique groups, speakers, critique days, and our annual conferences.
If you have ever had that little thought in the back of your mind that says, "Maybe I should write children's books," or "Maybe I could illustrate children's books," you owe it to yourself to go for it.
There is no quick fix in this world of publishing, but you won't learn if you don't try. And, to say that the publishing world is highly competitive and totally subjective is a fact. But keep at it, and it will happen!
So, like I said, if you have ever had interest, the best thing you can do is jump in with both feet.
Here's the link to sign up - and the best thing is, it's never too late!!