Where can I find support as a writer ?

Hi, Mums!

Last week, I kept studying about how to write books for children and found some useful resources in an article from the children’s author Michael F. Commini.

In that specific article he mentions where to find support as a writer and I will share that information with you.

These organizations can help you with several topics such as marketing, what do you need to publish a book, specifications about formats, writer’s block, etc.

To go to their website and have more information, please click in the titles below.

1) The Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA)

The IBPA provides professional guidance to independent (indie) authors and publishers.

They give you access to a big amount of resources for self-development and hold events for authors and publishers to market their wares and network.

There are membership options which may be tax deductible as a business expense. You can explore their advertising opportunities here.

2) Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

This is a non-profit organization, with professionals who provide quality children’s literature.
They provide grants and awards to authors and illustrators, and have an extensive online resource library.

They have membership options that include an associate and full membership. There is a fee for membership, with a student membership option available too. If you opt for a membership it can be tax deductible as a business expense.

3) American Booksellers Association (ABA)

This is also a not-for-profit organization that supports independent bookstore owners.

Membership is based on gross sales of books for bookstore members and an annual dues schedule that may or may not be tax deductible as a business expense.

4) The Society of Authors Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group (CWIG)

Self-described as a “professional community of writers and illustrators who create content for the children’s publishing market,” CWIG are located in London, England. They have an extensive library of resources available to those authors who write for the British market.

5) The Highlights Foundation

This Foundation provides resources for authors and illustrators such as workshops and scholarships. The workshops are about subjects as writing and illustrating children’s stories and include advice for marketing your books to each market.

6) CreateSpace

CreateSpace provides you support that guide you through the writing, publishing and marketing processes. Resources include free community support as well as paid support services as editing, illustrating and reviewing your books.

7) IngramSpark

The self-publishing arm of one of the largest book distributors in the world, IngramSpark provide many resources to guide you through the writing and publishing process. They are the self-publishing method that Michael Commini recommended in his article.

8) Writer Support

Writer Support helps you with subjects as improving your writing, editing and publishing your books.

There are many other options where you can find support. Make also a search in your local community and you can be surprised.

If you have more tips feel free to leave them in the comments area.