I look forward to this time of year for a feeling of renewal, too; the annual idea marathon of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) has taken place during the month of November since its inception. For the uninitiated, PiBoIdMo is a 30-day challenge for picture book writers. The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts 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. Lots of us participate, and there are blog posts and encouragement from the kidlit community along the way. It is the brainchild of Tara Lazar, children’s author, inspirational speaker, and blogger extraordinaire, and she recently announced that there will be changes this year, including moving it to January.
Here’s an example from Tara’s blog Writing For Kids While Raising Them posted last year by guest contributor Margo Sorenson, with writing tips and pitfalls to avoid.
And here is a recent post from Tara’s blog which tells an inspirational success story directly linked to PiBoIdMo, by Chana Stiefel.
So keep your eye out for the announcement of the changes!
By the way, I hope to see you at the Write-in/Sketch-in for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators Saturday, October 22, 1-4 PM at the Finksburg Library, Finksburg, MD. Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, hourly door prizes, and lots of moral support! Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will also be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. This free program is co-sponsored by Carroll County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Please RSVP by October 19 here.
Here’s a recap of all the upcoming events.