Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank you, Tara Lazar

     If you write picture books and you don't know about Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo, check it out here.
 
Open source image courtesy of PippaDust
       PiBoIdMo is just one example of the amazing kindness and generosity of the writing community. Tara could be holed up at home, working on her own manuscripts and enjoying the holiday season. Instead, Tara chooses to spend the month of November bringing inspiration and craft tips to other writers. By sharing daily posts from published picture book writers and illustrators on her blog, her followers get a glimpse into a variety of working methods. And the enthusiasm for the work is palpable and infectious.
        This was my second year participating in PiBoIdMo. I think I got even more out of it the second time around. And just a disclaimer: I didn't win any of the agent/editor/critique prizes last year, and Tara hasn't announced winners this year, so I'm not feeling any love that wasn't given to the whole group. It's all that good.
     I have been fortunate to meet Tara in person and share a "real" hug. This post, while a virtual hug, is no less heartfelt.
     Kidlit writers are a wonderful, welcoming group. And Tara is a gem among them.

6 comments:

  1. I was so psyched for PiBoIdMo this year, my first time, but I was out of the country for most of the month and I also signed up wrong somehow so I never got any emails and couldn't get involved as much as I'd like. Still, it pushed me to get 30 ideas I otherwise wouldn't have, so I'm adding my thanks to Tara for this brilliant event.

    I hope to get more out of it, like you, on my second time. :)

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    1. You can go back and read all the PiBoIdMo posts. Tara keeps them on her blog. Hope we can both participate next year. :)

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    2. Yes, they are always on the blog. Getting them sent via email is just an extra bonus--if it works, LOL. You can see this year's entire list of links here: taralazar.com/piboidmo

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