Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We interrupt Percy to announce "The Picture Book Marathon!"

Percy will continue tomorrow. Today, I want to announce THE PICTURE BOOK MARATHON 2011! Here is the logo (drawn by me!)

The Picture Book Marathon is like NaNoWriMo, but for picture book authors. The marathon starts February 1st, participants write 26 picture books, one a day (with two days off) through the month of February. This is about writing, not illustrating. You just write the stories. Everyone keeps tabs on their own progress, the stories aren't turned in or displayed publicly.

If you were here last year, you'll remember my 2010 run through the PBM (along side "The Land of Doom" story--check back to Feb. 2010 to see it, if you haven't already.) I displayed my cover illustrations and a brief synopsis for each book. I'll be doing the same thing this year. And maybe, maybe, wandering into the next stage of The Land of Doom.

Everyone is welcome to join and and play along! Finishers receive...well, the 26 picture book manuscripts they wrote, and the personal satisfaction that only comes with forced creativity! If you want to join, visit There will be t-shirts available, with the artwork above printed on them.

Do it, sign up, you know you want to. You have twelve days to get psyched up for it!


Will Strong said...

Awesome. I'm in this year. I'm going for 26 sketched book covers.

Clint C. said...

I'm not likely to "run" this year, but I do have a wordless book idea for you along the lines of "No Touch the Ground!" It would be "Walk on the ceiling" What kid has not hung upside down on the couch and imagined hiking the terrain up there?

Meredith said...

I'm not sure I have the forced creative energy to join up, but I'm psyched for you to do it again! I'm pretty sure I started reading your blog last year during the PBM.

Allison Madsen said...

nice logo!

craveVSworld said...


I'm also thrilled that you'll be posting your ideas again this year.

For PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), I created a PDF checklist and will also make one available for this year's PBM. If possible, may I please use (and attribute)your logo on the checklist?

Sincere thanks and regards,
Crave Cravak

Nathan said...

I made the logo for the people who run the Marathon, you'd have to ask them. Link over to their website, it's in the post.

craveVSworld said...

Will do.
Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love the design you made for the marathon this year! The block printing look is great and I love the sea horse. This is my first year participating in the marathon and your artwork has made the concept all the more exciting for me. Thanks for your hard work!