Professional organizations are an important way to keep abreast with industry news, and to network with other writers in the same genre. It’s also a step toward gaining merit, and showing how committed a writer is to the field. Today I made the commitment for membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
For those of you that write or illustrate books for children, middle grade, or young adult it's a group you should research for yourself. I’ve included their website link below.
Anyone have other writing organizations you could recommend?