‘Tis the Season to Believe

If you want others (and by others, I mean editors, publishers, and potential readers) to believe in you as a children’s writer, you’ve got to believe in yourself first.

So invest in your writing and give yourself a few gifts this year. That’s right. I said give yourself. Because you know what you need to make your writing better in 2010. And you just can’t afford to wait around any longer!

Do you need some serious writing support? Join a professional organization like the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  SCBWI can help you meet other children’s writers in your area, get the scoop on important conferences, and provide tons of writing information on the members only website.

Could you use some help with the sticky ins and outs of children’s writing? Take that class you’ve been debating about forever. Even if you’ve been writing for a long time, a specialized class can help you learn (and climb!) the ropes. The Institute of Children’s Literature offers a great class, with detailed one-on-one instruction.

Buy a children’s market book, get a manuscript professionally critiqued, attend a conference, enter your work in a contest. You already know what you need to do. Isn’t it time you believed in yourself enough to do it?!

(Hoping your writing heart will find what will keep you believing this holiday and throughout the year!)

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