If you are interested in the world of children's publishing and you have not heard of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, then you are missing out on the most valuable resource available to you. The SCBWI is a network of people in the industry. The website, newsletters, and local chapters all provide information you need. Most of the questions I receive from would-be-writers and illustrators can be answered by a simple trip to the Society's website. Think of it as your own personal trainer, and go from newbie to knowledgeable. The SCBWI also provides access to up-to-date information professionals need to stay current on market changes and trends. If you do one thing for your dream/career, join the Society. You won't regret it.