Don't ever give up. Read, listen, write, revise, write, revise, read. Don't ever give up.
Join SCBWI, attend conferences, get lots of feedback, journey the internet (see below). AND never, ever, ever give up.
The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) - "A network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people." Everything you ever wanted to know about writing for kids, everything you never knew you needed to know, and everything you thought you didn't want to know (in other words, if you want to write for kids, join this). Members of the SCBWI Michigan chapter maintain an informative list-serv. The Purple Crayon - you can't go wrong with any Harold who has a purple crayon, and children's book editor Harold Underdown is no exception. I've found his website (and his critiques of my work) extremely helpful. Query Shark - doing a great deal to improve the reputation of sharks (and query letters). Mem Fox - excellent advice for aspiring writers: "Books for young children are usually short. Young children themselves are usually short. This leads to an assumption that children have small brains and that writing for them is easy. The reverse is true." Editorial Anonymous - the blog of a witty and blunt (hence the anonymous) children's book editor. A good place to not take yourself too seriously. Verla Kay - a great resource for both writers and illustrators. Kidlit.com - the blog of Mary Kole, former agent and marvelous writing coach. Enormously insightful, crystal clear writing guidance and publishing advice. website designed & hosted by MaRgArEt H. mAsOn © 2008 at Homestead