SoFoBoMo 2009

SoFoBoMo: Solo Photo Book Month

Well the second year of SoFoBoMo is in progress, with the 2009 sign ups in progress here.

If you are not familiar with SoFoBoMo, the intent is that you will select a topic, photograph it and develop the resulting photographs into a book, all of that within 30 days, start to finish. The 31 days is a termed a fuzzy month (yeah, a fuzzy term, eh?), that allows you to:

You pick a 31 day period that starts no earlier than May 1, 2009, and ends no later than June 30, 2009. In other words, if you start on May 1, your month ends on June 1. If you start on May 15, your month ends on June 15.

With more of the informal rules posted here.

The ultimate goal: to stop procrastinating and make a real physical book in a month or less.

Oh, yeah. Last year I ended up doing TWO books in 31 days. One of which I did on a Saturday, which is now in its second version: Sharpening Photographs for POD Publishing. This book came out of my despiration to figure out how to sharpen photographs adaquately for digital halftone printing used by POD publishers, such as Blurb and LuLu.

But this was not really my real 2008 SoFoBoMo book, which was Places Amongst Us and is now out of print. You can read more about my personal trials and tribulations during the 2008 SoFoBoMo with my articles that are complied in the SoFoBoMo catagory on my personal blog, Singular Images.

It does not cost you anything to sign up (FREE), there are no prizes, but there is the ultimate personal prize: you have your own published book. nice.

BTW if you are not sure about how to self publish a book, I am teaching a one-day workshop on Developing a photographic POD Book at the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR on March 15th, with more details here.

by Doug Stockdale

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