I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2014 and recommend the same for anyone pursuing writing (or illustrating!) stories for young people. I’m a proud part of the mighty Midsouth region!
In 2015 I was awarded a scholarship to participate in Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. Over the course of the year I connected with a priceless critique group and was motivated to write several picture book manuscripts — including POETREE! Highly recommended for aspiring picture book people!
2015 was also my 4th year of PiBoIdMo. Author Tara Lazar’s blog is a fantastic source year round, but it’s a treat every November. I have a list of dozens of picture book ideas thanks to this annual celebration of bright ideas. A few of them are even decent.
Now PiBoIdMo is Storystorm! Tara has expanded the challenge to include any story ideas, not just those for picture books. January 2017 brought me 34 brilliant ideas! (Okay, maybe only 6* were brilliant. But that’s something, right?)
*5 1/2. 5 1/2 were brilliant.