Thanks to James River Writers (@JamesRvrWriters) for hosting today’s #JRWC13 Twitter chat with LynDee.
LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. When not writing or reading, LynDee is usually wrangling children, eating barbecue or enchiladas, or trying to walk off said barbecue and enchiladas. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia.
Today I received my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators membership packet with my membership card, bulletin, and publication guide. I ripped into that Express Mail envelope like a kid at Christmas. I highly recommend joining to anyone who writes for kids: picture books, chapter books, YA, and everything in between.
Look at the goodies inside (with photographic evidence):
Preparing and submitting your work with info on critique groups, formatting manuscripts, types of publishers, query letters, FAQ with a children’s book editor, and more.
Legal Questions like contracts and copyrights.
Publicizing your published workincluding grassroots promotion, keeping your book alive, web hosting and design, and more.
School visitinfo on domestic and international directories as well as sample lecture contracts.
Market surveys including small press, magazine, religious, and educational presses.
Directories & resources that were enough to make me bounce like an Easter bunny on speed.
There are times when I shell out money for a membership and a year later don’t feel it’s worth it. I’m only a few weeks into SCBWI membership and I’m already 100% convinced it was worth the membership cost. I’ll keep you posted on more membership perks. Can you recommend other great professional organizations for writers?