Isn’t the slogan picture so adorable this year?
I will be participating, just like last year.
If you don’t know what it is, and you are a picture book writer, here’s a good description, from the founder, Tara Lazar. Basically you try to think of a new picture book idea every day for the month of November. Then you have the other eleven months to write the books you’ve thought up. Here’s where you go to sign up.
I dug out my notebook where I wrote my ideas last year so I could figure out exactly how much participating in PiBoIdMo helped me. I ended up having forty-three ideas last year, and then being inspired enough by eight of those ideas to write rough drafts of them (with one more rough draft still in process). Of those eight rough drafts:
–three have been extensively revised and I’ve submitted two out of the three to agents throughout the year
–one is a keeper that I still need to revise
–one I’m revising with an eye towards turning it into a magazine story
–one I turned into a silly poem that I’ve been submitting to magazines
–two have been shelved as duds (for now, at least–I may revisit them someday)
I guess that may not sound like much of a success story. But it has been for me. I was able to generate a ton of ideas, feed my creativity, learn a lot about my craft, and now I have three more picture book manuscripts and two magazine submissions ready to go, inspired by ideas I wouldn’t have thought up in the first place without participating in Picture Book Idea Month.
So, hooray for me! And hooray for picture book writers! And hooray for PiBoIdMo!
Also…you may have noticed that on my sidebar there’s a new widget thingamajig that says I am contributing to the blog Picture Book Quest. And I am, I promise! But it’s just starting and still in-process, so I don’t have my first review up yet there, or my bio or anything. So don’t think I’m tricking you if you click on that and there’s no sign of me :). There will be, soon!