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Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) – November

Picture Book Idea Month – PiBoIdMo – 30 days of idea brainstorming for picture books.

Sign up the last week of October. Check out Tara Lazar’s post:  http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/piboidmo-2011-is-coming/. If you plan to join PiBoIdMo, subscribe to Tara’s blog, so you don’t miss out during the sign up at the end of October.

“You will be able to sign up, grab a badge for your blog and social networks, and get ready for some awesome prizes! There will be critiques from published authors, feedback from literary agents, original illustrations by picture book artists, signed books, jewelry, journals, and who knows what else!”

See the lineup of editors and agents: http://taralazar.wordpress.com/piboidmo2010/

Read below for fun information about Tara Lazar and PiBoIdMo below:


Tara Lazar is one of those talented writers who help inspire other picture book writers to go a little out of their comfort zone to create great ideas for new stories that may lead to successful publication.

Here are her answers to my questions about PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month, held in November of each year. The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. To win prizes for PiBoIdMo, you have to register on her blog:  http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/piboidmo-2011-is-coming/

Would you please explain a little about the history of PiBoIdMo?
PiBoIdMo was born out of jealousy! I noticed all my novel-writing friends having a great time with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and felt left out of the loop. So I created Picture Book Idea Month in November as an event specifically for picture book writers.

What date did you begin?
The first year, 2008, I did it on my own. In 2009, I decided to share it with others and hosted it on my blog.

What inspired you to get this idea rolling?
NaNoWriMo prompted it. I didn’t think writing a picture book a day was something I could do, but a new book concept a day was something achievable.

What have you learned from doing this?
That creativity can be encouraged–you can get the lightning bolt to strike more often if you are out in the open, actively seeking it.

What has been your proudest moment while doing this?
When Karma Wilson, author of BEAR SNORES, said she used my website to help her find ideas.

Why did you decide to get others to join you?
Because writers often work in solitary conditions. PiBoIdMo brings picture book writers together for support and encouragement.

Tara Lazar’s first picture book, THE MONSTORE, will be released by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in 2013, illustrated by James Burks. For a sneak peak at the illustrations, go to http://www.taralazar.wordpress.com. Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Congratulations on your first book, Tara. Thanks for sharing and encouraging others.

To find out other ways to join forces for creative ventures, look for an article I wrote called, “Find Your Creative Edge” on p.24 of the July-August SCBWI Bulletin. I am honored that Stephen Mooser and the others on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin staff chose my article to put in the bulletin. If your article gets published, you get paid $50.00 plus they pay $70.00 for the renewal of your membership for a year. For PubSub3rdFri, send them an idea you have found helpful to you about writing or illustrating.

Never Give Up
Celebrate Where You Are
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards


4 Responses

  1. Great interview, Joan and Tara! I love the idea of PiBoIdMo. I participated in NaPiBoWriWee one year, and I really did write one picture book per day (or a first draft of a picture book, obviously). None of them ever developed into anything, but I really enjoyed doing it. I’m looking forward to trying PiBoIdMo this year!


    • Dear Scotti,
      Thanks for writing and for the compliment about the interview. PiBoIdMo is indeed a great idea. I’m glad you enjoyed NaPIBoWriWee (National Picture Book Writing Week). I look forward to hearing about your success with PiBoIdMo. Be sure and register with Tara so you have a chance to win great prizes to inspire you on. I hope you’ll visit my blog again soon. Do something good for you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Joan,

    How wonderful to find this interview of Tara Lazar. I admire her so much! Congratulations to Tara on her upcoming book. I love the concept of a Monstore.

    Congratulations to you, Joan, on your recently published article in The Bulletin. Well done! Keep promoting ways to encourage writers.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked my interview with Tara Lazar. She is quite admirable. Thanks for congratulating me on my recently published article in the SCBWI Bulletin. It was fun writing it and a major achievement to be published in a national magazine with my own by-line, too. Yee Haw for all writers and illustrators! Go forth and do your creative things! Good luck in your new writing endeavors. I wish you much success! Celebrate you today.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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