When I finally decided to write for children with the intention of becoming published, I got online. I made writing friends. And I listened to them talk.
In the fall of 2008, everyone got loud about an event: NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. Sounded great! Write a 50,000 novel in a month, join a community of writers doing the same, talk shop every day, and become immersed in the work.