Hi everyone. I created this FAQ to provide one place to get all of your questions about the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge answered. If you have additional questions, leave them in the comments and if necessary, I’ll move them up into the FAQ itself.
Also, please note the lovely companion banner to our Participant Badge that Linda Silvestri created for us. Whenever you see that banner at the top of one of my blog posts, you’ll know it is an “official” challenge post and you should be sure to read it if you are participating.
What is the 12 x 12 in 2012 Challenge?
Simple. We plan to write twelve complete picture book drafts in 2012. One picture book draft per month for each of the twelve months of 2012. This means a first draft: beginning, middle, end. NOT a submission-ready piece.
Who is sponsoring the 12 x 12?
Author Julie Hedlund launched the challenge after realizing she only completed one full draft from all 30 of the PiBoIdMo ideas she came up with in 2010. She decided to invite others to come along for the journey for support and camaraderie. You can find out more about Julie by visiting her blog, Write Up My Life.
Who can participate?
Any author and/or illustrator who wants to write and/or illustrate 12 picture books in 2012 at any level of publishing experience. Whether you are brand new to the writing/illustrating, multi-published, or somewhere in between, we welcome you.
Why should I join?
You can join the existing 400+ participants in supporting each other. It is an amazing community of talented writers and illustrators. There is also a very good chance you will write more with the support of the group than going it on your own.
In addition, there will be guest posts on the blog from experts in the field along with a special giveaway each month. The prizes will all be ones geared toward helping you improve your craft.
Did you say prizes? What prizes??
Oh yes, prizes galore! Here’s how it works:
On the first of each month, I will feature a guest post by a published author or other industry professional with picture book writing tips and advice. I’m asking each featured author to donate a prize that would in some way help improve our craft. That might be a manuscript critique, a query critique, a marketing consult, a membership, a writing resource, etc.
In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you must: 1) Be an official participant (see below); and 2) Leave a comment on the first-of-the-month post any time during the month. All official participants who leave a comment on the post will receive one point and be eligible for the giveaway regardless of whether they complete a full picture book draft that month.
Okay, I’m in. How do I sign up?
Unfortunately, the deadline to sign up has passed. You can, however, still follow along on Julie Hedlund’s blog: http://www.writeupmylife.com.
We are also tweeting under the hashtag #12x
Is there a deadline for signing up?
Yes. The deadline was January 29, 2012.
What if I miss the deadline and still want to participate?
You are free to jump in at any time throughout 2012 and participate in the blog discussions and tweet with us using the #12x hashtag. However, only participants who sign up by January 29th are eligible for 12 x 12 giveaways and prizes and to participate in the Facebook group. This is for two reasons.
1. We wanted to create incentives and rewards for people to sign up before the end of January and,
2. Setting a deadline limits the administrative burden associated with the challenge.
What happens if I don’t write twelve PB drafts? Can I still be part of the group?
So long as your intention is to do your best to write one PB draft per month, you are welcome to join us. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you have 12, 4 or even 1 PB drafted if you’ve gotten more accomplished by being in the group than by going it alone. There will be a winner badge, of course, for those who make it to 12 or more, but the idea is that we support, encourage, and help each other throughout the year as we try to put flesh on the bones of those PB ideas.
How do I qualify to win prizes during the 12 x 12?
First, you must be an official 12 x 12 participant (see requirements outlined above).
Second, you must leave a comment on the first-of-the month post from that month’s featured guest. Leaving the comment earns you one point.
Can I still win a prize even if I didn’t get a PB drafted that month?
Yes! So long as you comment on the first of the month post by the featured author, you will earn one point for the prize drawing.
Let’s say I do get my draft written in a given month. Are there additional chances to win prizes?
On the last day of each month, there will be a check-in post on the blog. If you completed a draft that month, you can let us know in the comments. That gives you one extra point for purposes of that month’s prize drawing.
How will you select the prize winners?
Each participant has the chance to earn up to two points per month. Each qualifying participant will be entered into a drawing via Random.org either 1 or 2 times depending on the number of points they earned. Once all the names are entered, Random.org will be used to choose a winner.
Do I have to share or post my draft somewhere in order to prove I wrote a draft that month?
No. This challenge is on the honor system. On the last day of each month, there will be a check-in post on Julie Hedlund’s blog. If you finished a draft that month, simply leave a comment on the check-in post letting us know.
Are there other ways I can get involved with the challenge and meet other challengers?
Join in the discussion on Write Up My Life. There will be many posts with lots of advice for PB writers. You can also follow our progress and news by following the #12x tag on Twitter.
That would be Linda Silvestri, an extraordinarily talented illustrator. If you join the challenge, please post the badge on your blog (if you have one) with a link back to this post.
Please also be sure to visit Linda’s website and her blog: http://lindasilvestri.com/
Do you have other questions? Please leave them in the comments!Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Children's Books, Goals, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, FAQ, Julie Hedlund, Linda Silvestri, Picture Books, Writer, Writing