There are several excellent organizations and websites available to writers who would like to become more familiar with the children’s publishing industry. Here are a few to start:
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: This organization offers many resources to its members, including conferences, grant opportunities, and a bi-monthly magazine.
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center:
The CCBC is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. For more information, check out this post from MUF contributor Jacqueline Houtman: The Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
Harold Underdown’s The Purple Crayon: Harold Underdown, a children’s book editor, provides a professional viewpoint on understanding the publishing process, business trends, and the craft of writing for children.
Kidlit411 has an active Facebook page and manuscript swap in addition to resources for picture book authors/illustrators and middle-grade/YA authors.
Verla Kay’s Blueboards: The Blueboards provide the power of collective wisdom as published authors, newbies, and everyone in-between come together to offer support, encouragement, and advice.
Jane Friedman’s blog:
A long-time publishing professional, Jane Friedman provides statistics, tips, and trends about the publishing industry on her blog.