One of the best writer’s/illustrator’s tools ever imagined and created–Critique Groups and the advice with edits given and received.
As for me, I need the support of fellow writers and illustrators to make my stories worth a publisher’s consideration. I joined the Inspire Writers group and one of their critique groups when I began writing. They are my treasure.
There are online groups, but my suggestion is–get out there and search for a local group that meets at least twice a month. Through scbwi_ca_northcentral I attended the Critique Carousel for the first time. It meets once a month and travels around the region. The experience linked me with new people to attend events with and helps me navigate the new world of children’s books.
Critique groups give us a tribe. Nothing takes the place of faces, voices, and friendship.