Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It is something I have been thinking about doing ever since I started the process of creating my book, but didn't consider myself an illustrator so didn't join. I am still not sure about giving myself that designation, but now that I have a book, and am planning on another one, I feel a bit closer to it. And I'd really love to meet others who love creating books for kids.
Soooo, I have registered for the SCBWI winter conference in New York next month. Eep! Talk about jumping in blindly! At least when I went to my first SAMA conference, I had been making friends online for years and felt at home immediately upon arrival. This will be a completely new experience for me to go without knowing anybody, but from what I can tell reading about previous conferences, these members are an extremely friendly and playful bunch and I think I will easily fit right in.