Luckily, I didn't start the event until I knew what I wanted to do. The Writers had tons of events, so I wanted an event focused more on Illustration.
Actually, I'm pretty selfish, so I created an event that would help me out with my own work. A dummy creation challenge was exactly what I needed. I'd like to say I came up with the name “Smart Dummies” myself, but it was Amanda Smith who suggested the name. (Love it!) I had originally called the event “Picture Book Dummy Month” (PiBoDuMo), but it was too close to Tara's event so a swift change was in order!
One of the biggest challenges for the event is all the organization and emails I had to make for this event. I started sending out emails July 1st, but I should have started in June at least. The emails are a lot of back and forth that I didn't think about. I had to answer a lot of questions, and think of questions for interviews. While I spent a lot of time personalizing every email, I was able to save time by cutting/pasting the main information for the event in my emails.
I had to be meticulous in my organization for the event. I made a very detailed list of all the participants, when I sent (or needed to send) reminders, if I had their post, and who I needed to contact when. Even then it was tough keeping up all the information correct (and replying to all my emails) I believe everything is going to end up okay.
I learned so much by doing this event. Next year I will work harder to get more prizes and start everything earlier. With all the work that's gone into the event (and everything that I still need to do) I regret nothing.
Smart Dummies is a challenge for those who want to create a Picture Book Dummy in 30 days. You can sign up for this event until September 7th.
This week's blog post is by illustrator/writer Dani Duck.
Bio: Basically awesome. Seldom boring. Avid coffee drinker and chocolate fanatic.
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