I began writing children’s picture books after completing a course online with the Australian Writers Centre. I learnt the basic parameters and learnt to look at picture books with a critical eye.
With 6 grandchildren to read to, I soon found the ones that entranced them, particularly those by Julia Donaldson, although I do not aspire to write in rhyming verse! I submitted a number of manuscripts to the CBCA Conferences and had good feedback.
I joined the FB page of Just Write for Kids and found great support and helpful information. I also listen to a weekly podcast by author Jen Storer, called Q&Q Fridays. The other useful source is the newsletter by Di Bates Buzz words magazine. I also joined the Children’s Book Council of Australia and I am affiliated with the Newcastle Branch.