Today I have a little plug for SCBWI~ Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
If you write picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or young adult fiction (or nonfiction), please consider joining your regional SCBWI chapter. SCBWI has levels of membership for published and unpublished authors, so anyone interested in writing can join.
Not only does it give you access to regional critique groups/networking (and therefore precious interaction with other writers in your area) and discounts on conferences/classes, but you get a really cool bi-monthly bulletin/magazine with articles on writing. I always feel get a giddy kick out of getting mail from SCBWI.
AND SCHOLARSHIPS! By entering pages from one of my middle grade manuscripts, I won a full scholarship to my two-day regional SCBWI conference that included an agent/editor critique and a pitch session. It was a very cool experience that I never would have been able to afford otherwise.
AND GRANTS! We all know that being a published author doesn't necessarily pay all the bills and being a pre-published author pays...um, even less. SCBWI offers national and regional Work-In-Progress Grants to writers who are actively crafting manuscripts/stories/articles and who are seeking publication. Grants of a few hundred dollars up to $2,000 are given to members each year.
SCBWI-Who we are and What we do
SCBWI Membership Benefits
Awards and Grants (check out your regional website for additional regional grant info)
REGISTRATION (Join Now page)
Is money tight? Consider asking your spouse or mother or sister or brother or friend to get you the membership for a birthday treat! The cost is $85 the first year with a $70 renewal fee each year.
Are any of you members of SCBWI?
Oh, and FYI:
*All members also have access to a discounts on a variety of goods and services including office supplies, computers, and rental cars.
*I just read this on the website (Membership Benefits page) and have never taken advantage of this...not sure about the details on these discounts, but they sure sound good :)