It's true - the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators really is one of my favorite things. Being involved in it for almost 20 years has greatly enriched my life. From the workshops and conferences I've attended over the years, I've learned a lot about the craft of writing and the business of getting published. I've seen that agents and editors aren't gods, but just busy, over-scheduled people (who, alas, are mostly about 30 years younger than me, although there are exceptions). And I've made a few contacts and a few friends among writers, so I don't feel like I'm in this swamp all alone. And although I haven't gotten any of my books published yet, SCBWI has made me feel that it still might happen one of these days if I keep plugging away long and hard enough. I know that SCBWI will rejoice with me for any success I have, and console me through my disappointments. The dues are a pittance, and membership is worth every penny and more. I feel strongly that SCBWI is on my side, and that if you join, it will be on yours too. So although this post reads sort of like an infomercial, I do mean every word.