When people find out I write, I often hear: “I’ve always wanted to write a book. What do I do?”

My suggestion: Write Your Story.

There are tons of resources online after you finish writing. Websites and blogs abound — from writers, agents, and a variety of experts on writing, editing, and self-publishing.

Here’s a list of free resources to check out:

Writer Unboxed

Writing While the Rice Boils

Writing and Illustrating

Marion Roach Smith

Pikes Peak Writers

Rate Your Story

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Springs Writers

Many businesses cater to a writer’s desire to be published. While many are reputable and valid services-for-hire, please be careful when someone asks for money. Ask friends and other writers for advice. When in doubt, check Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware ® Blogs!

KidLit 411

Kid Lit 411 launched on the eve of 2014 and shares MANY kid literature resources in one place. You could spend days at this site following all the links. It’s a workshop/conference for writers and you can check it out in your pajamas or when you need inspiration.

Picture book resource for parents/readers:

Perfect Picture Book Fridays

If you want the perfect picture book, you can visit Author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog on Fridays. An assortment of picture book writers, illustrators, and authors join the fun by recommending perfect picture books. Each week’s list adds to a growing list of books by themes and titles.

Blogging Tips

How to Blog in 5 (Not So Easy Steps) 

For a list of picture book challenges and writing classes visit here.