I think I’ve mentioned that I am a member of SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Here’s their web address: www.scbwi.org . In America, they have two big conferences a year, one in New York in the winter, and one in Los Angeles in the summer. They are also an international organization with chapters in many countries around the world.
Throughout the year there are support groups and workshops and many ways to meet editors and agents and published authors and many people on the road to becoming published. When I first joined all I could think about was the illustration. Art was my driving force. I did not see myself as a writer back then.
Now, I ‘m moving closer and closer to the writing. Once I get my first novel written I may start calling myself a writer. Writing is hard! I’ve been seriously studying the CRAFT of Writing for ten years and I know I am slow, but I also take things inside and digest and mold and manipulate and look at different angles SO I’m not making any judgments about how long this is taking. There’s also life and work and family and only so much free time.
Whether is was learning the craft of illustration or the craft of writing, both take dedication and non-stopping belief. And you’ve got to put your work out into the world. I do have a small pile of ‘Rejection Letters’ but I also have two publication credits to my name.
The following illustration I’ve titled “Wonder Trails”. I actually did this for an SCBWI challenge…maybe back in 2006…not sure. The original is 12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper. If you go to the SCBWI website (www.scbwi.org) and click on Search for Members,then the Illustrators Gallery Button, Go to “R” and click on Linda Ruddy, you can see more of my work.