How To Get Ideas For Your Picture Book | Picture Book Idea Month

Brain Burps About Books Episode 201

Tara Lazar talks about how to get ideas for your picture book using PiBoIdMo

PiBoIdMo with Tara Lazar

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
This week’s guest is Tara Lazar, author of the picture book illustrated by James Burks, The Monstore, and creator of Picture Book Idea Month, aka, PiBoIdMo. (You may even learn how to say it, too.)
The Monstore by Tara Lazar
Tara and I talk about

  • Why Tara started PiBoIdMo––it came from a baaaaad place!
  • The results of being part of PiBoIdMo (Contracts, Agents and Grants, OH MY!)
  • What makes this community special. (It’s awesome.)
  • If Tara could magically give everyone in her community one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?
  • What she said was the hardest question she’s ever been asked. (Hint: I asked it!)
  • Giving a shout-out to some of her power-users and most active members. Hear who she mentions and find out what she likes most about them!
  • The hottest topics that always seem to be discussed in the group.
  • How newbies––or anyone––can get the most out of PiBoIdMo.
  • What has surprised Tara the most about being the head of this forum.

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When I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR I thought, “Hey! I could do that, but with children’s publishing as my focus!” That’s how Brain Burps About Books got started. Writing is so solitary. I thought it would be a great way to get to talk to my friends and make new ones, plus I could help others learn. Maybe I’d learn some stuff myself, too. I’ve had the privilege of talking to the first three National Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature, to librarians and New York Time’s bestselling authors. I’ve interviewed to booksellers and publishers, writers, illustrators, app creators, and app distributors, and more! There is always something new on the horizon to learn and to share. So many listeners have asked how to support the show, and actually, now you can. I’ve installed a donate button to help defray the costs of producing the show. What do you learn or get out of Brain Burps every week? If it’s worth donating a dollar, two dollars, five, or whatever you think the show is worth to you, it would help enormously. The show costs $20 a month to keep on the server, and that’s only if there are four shorter episodes in a month. That number doesn’t include other costs like my time to research and record, post, edit the intros and outros, web hosting, and equipment and software to do all this. I ended up loving podcasting. I love my listeners. My “Burpers!” This is my gig, I know. and like I said, it’s an incredible experience for me. But if you’ve you’ve been helped, or just love it too, and you’re able, here’s your opportunity to help defray the costs. No matter what, thank you for being a Burper!

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