***2012 Registration is now closed. You can still follow along with the daily posts, though. And there are some daily prizes to be won! But the “big” prizes at the end of the month (agent idea review and author/editor critiques) are for registered participants.***
What is PiBoIdMo? Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month!
Tired of novelists having all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers.
The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.
You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass.
Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories.
PiBoIdMo was first held in 2008 by a party of one—me! Then I hosted it on my blog for the first time in 2009. Each year the number of participants has doubled. In 2011 we had over 600 writers following PiBoIdMo. And now 2012 promises to be bigger and better!
Registration begins on October 24th and ends on November 4th. Then in early December you will be asked to take the PiBoIdMo Pledge stating you have completed the challenge with at least 30 ideas.
Writers who register and pledge will be eligible for prizes:
- Feedback from literary agents
- Original sketches by picture book illustrators
- Picture book critiques from published authors
- Signed picture books
- Other Cool Stuff
(If you’d like to donate a prize to PiBoIdMo, please contact me at tarawrites [at] yahoo [dot] com.)
PiBoIdMo 2012 Guest Bloggers:
Dianne de Las Casas
Donna W. Earhardt
Tiffany Strelitz Haber
Charise Mericle Harper
Emma Ledbetter, Assistant Editor, Atheneum
Carol Rasco, CEO of RIF
Liz Garton Scanlon
Corey Rosen Schwartz
Mr. Schu, School Librarian & Kidlit Book Blogger
Tamson Weston, Editor & Consultant
And while you’re waiting for registration to begin on October 24th, why not join our PiBoIdMo Facebook group? Connect with other participants and picture book professionals, chat about the event and other writerly topics.
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