Helpful Links 

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a national organization supporting authors and illustrators whose work is aimed at young readers. They have many chapters and events around the country.
The Authors Guild is a strong advocate and resource for authors in all genres.
Western Writers of America is the premier organization for those who write about the American West. Two of my books have won their prestigous Spur Award.
The California Writers Club is dedicated to educating writers about their craft and the marketing of their work. It has many local chapters throughout California.