Brenda Maier

  • Join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This international organization has chapters in each state, and many have conferences each year. Many state conferences feature industry experts like editors and literary agents. 


  • Consider joining a critique group. Critiquing other people's work is an efficient way to hone your own analytical skills. (I found my critique partners through SCBWI and their conferences, but there may be other organizations near you.)

  • Read a lot. Read current books. Read the kinds of stories you want to write. Familiarize yourself with what is out there.


  • Find a writing time and place that works best for you. If you don't have a quiet office, try getting up before your family while the house is quiet--or late when the family is asleep. If all else fails, try earbuds! ‚Äč

I met my wonderful agent, Karen, at an SCBWI Conference. (I'm on the left.)

Is your goal to write for children or teens?

If so, here are a few ideas you may find helpful: