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Solo Photo Book Month

Posted in Solo Photo Book Month by Paul Butzi on January 18, 2008

Novelists have NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month, during which hundreds of thousands of novelists and folks who want to be novelists (even just for a month) write a novel, start to finish, in one month.

Musicians have NaSoAlMo – the National Solo Album Month, during which a large bunch of musicians write, perform, and record the music for a solo album.

And now I’m pleased to announce the first ever SoFoBoMo – Solo Photo Book Month, for photographers who want to take a crack at putting together a solo photo book in one month.

Why is it called SoFoBoMo and not NaSoPhoBoMo?

It’s called SoFoBoMo because it’s fun to say, and because it’s easier to type than NaSoPhoBoMo. I dropped the Na part because it’s clear at the outset that it’s involving photographers from around the world, and thus it really ought to be InSoFoBoMo, but again that’s just too much. SoFoBoMo is just right.

When is Solo Photo Book Month?

Because we’re just getting started, we’re doing a fuzzy month. You should pick a 31 day period that starts no earlier than April 1, 2008, and ends no later than May 31, 2008. In other words, if you start on April 1, your month ends on May 1. If you start on April 15, your month ends on May 15. Having everyone do it exactly at the same time would be nice, because it would allow for maximum sense of camaraderie, but everyone has different schedules and this fuzzy month start/finish plan buys some of that without the inflexibility.

How many photos do I need for the book?

35 – large enough that it can’t be flung together from a single afternoon’s photography, short enough to be doable. I understand that for some folks 35 is big number. For the folks who have been running photo-a-day photoblogs, it’s child’s play. 35 is a reasonable compromise. It’s the number of photos in the book “The Gift of the Commonplace”, a book of photographs by Ruth Bernhard. If it’s long enough for Ruth Bernhard, it’s long enough for us. UPDATE: You can have more that 35 photos if you like.

Can I include photos I’ve already taken prior to the start of my 31 days?

No. The book should include only text written and photos made (including both exposure and any editing) during the month.

Can I use ideas or plans I had ahead of time?

Yes. Planning ahead, getting hold of equipment or software you plan to use, and learning the skills to put together whatever book-like thing is the final result are all things that you can do in advance. But you have to take the photos and write the text in that one month.

What qualifies as a completed photo book?

The goal is a nicely formatted PDF with the photos in it. That means the book might range from just a PDF assembled with the automated PDF merge in Photoshop all the way to a ready to send off to the POD publisher document assembled with Quark Express or Adobe InDesign. I don’t think it’s a problem to have a broad range of what’s acceptable; NaSoAlMo accepts any sort of recording at all, from an answering machine up through studio recordings. People will set their goal to match their own interests and level, which is probably a Good Thing.

So I don’t need to actually finish with a printed copy of the book?

Nope. A PDF file will do.

How do I sign up?

Post a comment on this page, listing your name (and your URL if you want that included). Or, if you prefer, send email to sofobomo at with that info, and I’ll add you to the list below. Periodically, I’ll update the list by moving entries from the comments up into the body of this page.

How do I prove that I completed my book in the 31 days?

You could post the book on your website, if you like, or arrange for someone else to put it on the web, or email it around, or publish a PDF of the receipt for printing it. Or you could just finish the book, post another comment on this page saying you’d completed it, and there you are.

All I need to do to prove that I finished a book is post a comment? Won’t that make it easy to cheat?

Yes, it will. This is like playing solitaire – the satisfaction is almost entirely in winning, and if you cheat, you only cheat yourself.

The following people have signed up (the list is in random order):


Notice that this post describes SoFoBoMo 2008, which took place in April/May 2008. I’ve closed comments on this post, because the event is over. If you want to sign up for SoFoBoMo 2009, head on over to

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  1. Erik DeBill said, on January 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Sign me up. I’ll probably have to back off from film and work digital to get 35 good pictures in a month, but I can do that.

    -Erik DeBill

  2. julie said, on January 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    This sounds like the perfect kick up the proverbial to stop messing around and Do Something. Add me to the list.

  3. Martin Doonan said, on January 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Count me in – this sounds like fun. I might even reprise my “1 roll, 1 afternoon” modus operandum. good time, too, usually a slump in my picture taking.

  4. Gary Filkins said, on January 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve hemmed and hawed long enough. I’m in. And I’ll plan to begin on April 1 (why not, it’s April Fool’s Day, after all) and figure mentioning that date as the start here and now adds a measure to the commitment.

    And Paul — thanks for shepherding this thing along to this point.

  5. Chris Hoge said, on January 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Sign me up also please. It’s been far too long since I’ve put together a photo book.

  6. Rosie Perera said, on January 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Sure, sign me up too. It’ll be a great challenge for me. Gary Filkins writes “I’ll plan to begin on April 1 (why not, it’s April Fool’s Day, after all) and figure mentioning that date as the start here and now adds a measure to the commitment.” I like that logic. It’s exactly why I chose April 1 as my final day of work when I quit my previous job. Nobody had believed me when I’d been threatening to quit before, but when I picked April 1, I sensed I’d better stick to it or I’d never be taken seriously again. It worked. So, I’m going to start on April 1, too.

  7. Murry Grigsby said, on January 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Sounds like fun so sign me up! If I decide to do something with the spring wildflowers here in Texas I may have to start a little before April 1st but I’ll keep it to a fuzzy month regardless of when I start :0) Thanks for starting this project!!

  8. Neil Shapiro said, on January 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Well I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year, so sign me up! Perhaps having a time frame will help. Then all I need to do is find the time!

  9. John Setzler said, on January 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    This sounds interesting… I read about it on Gordon McGregor’s blog and I think I would like to give it a try. I’ll spend a few weeks thinking about a theme and see what happens 🙂

    John Setzler
    Hickory, North Carolina

  10. Saurabh Vardhan said, on January 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Excellent idea.
    I’d love to give it a go … put me down.
    Now to think of a theme.

  11. joost burger said, on January 19, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Please sign me up. Great initiative!

  12. steve sparkes said, on January 19, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Sign me up. There’s nothing I need more than another project which I’ll fail to complete!

  13. Martin said, on January 19, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Sign me up!
    i like the idea of doing something together. So I will try to do it from April 1 to May 1.

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  15. Dylan Goldby said, on January 19, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I’m down!!! Hope I get through this one.

  16. Rebecca Tesch said, on January 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I’m very intriqued. This seems to be the thing for me at that time. Sign me up.

  17. Wesley Norman said, on January 19, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Gordan, this is a great challenge for me so I would like to committ to the book.

    Thanks so much.

  18. Mark Hespenheide said, on January 19, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I’ll echo to the Nth. I probably won’t start until later, however. My spring project is to compile a book of last year’s New Zealand work into a finished physical book. Starting on another one won’t happen until Summer or Fall. Print-on-Demand is exciting to think about, though…

  19. Martin Frech said, on January 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Sounds good to me! Please sign me up.

  20. Chelsea said, on January 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Wow this sounds great! I would love to be part!


  21. Paul said, on January 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Sounds like an interesting challenge. Sign me up!

  22. Kjell Harald said, on January 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I’ll give it I try too.

  23. Sam Murphy said, on January 19, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I’m in. Better put it in the calendar or I’ll forget.

  24. Rosie Perera said, on January 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    How about setting up a Something along the lines of, to show who is participating and who has finished successfully.

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  26. Julia Weatherby said, on January 19, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Fantastic. I’m in!

  27. stpiduko said, on January 20, 2008 at 3:05 am

    sign me up

  28. Paul said, on January 20, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I agree with Rosie. It would be a great place to post the finished books, assuming that you’d all want to display them for anyone to see/download. Also, the participants could contribute, by donation, to the cost of maintaining the website so as not to cause any financial burden to Paul. 🙂

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  30. Bob said, on January 20, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I’ve been needing a kick in the but to get myself shooting again, so this sounds like a suitable challenge. Sign me up too!

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  32. Paul Cope said, on January 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Sounds a great way to get moving and do something dynamic! Please sign me up. I’ll start on April 1st.

  33. Paul Fabris said, on January 20, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Count me in for this. It’s high time I started trying to editorialize my photos. I definitely need the boundaries of a project like this to do it.

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  35. Jayna said, on January 20, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Tried NaNoWriMo for 2 years but never quite finished it. Hoping I will fare better at this, and will be interesting to work within a theme and do it the month’s deadline.

    Sign me up 😉

  36. Martin Briere said, on January 20, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    It’s just what I need to get off my butt and finaly get something done!

    Sign me in now! Where do I put my signature?

  37. Anita Jessse said, on January 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    This gives me a project to look forward to when all the cardboard boxes are packed and moved and we have finally sold our house. What a perfect way to begin photographing a different location.

  38. arneg said, on January 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I’m going to participate with an anticipated start date of March 23 (going on vacation to Southern California….

  39. bryanhansel said, on January 20, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I’m in. After April 1. I’ll probably post updates at my website:

  40. benhays said, on January 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Sounds great. I think I’ll try and get started the middle of February.

  41. Gary Gardiner said, on January 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I’ll repeat the same date as my last monthly project and begin May 1.

    The best from last May’s “An Interior View” is at .

  42. Michael Hartford said, on January 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Great idea; I’ll start April 1.

  43. paulmcevoy75 said, on January 20, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I’m in like donkey Cong. Or something like that.

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  45. Andreas Manessinger said, on January 21, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Sounds pretty funny and is definitely different from my usual photo-a-day routine. Normally, on productive days, I have definitely more than one image to post-process and publish, and often I don’t do it.

    Because of the self-imposed rules of my blog I need an Image of the Day shot that day, and if I have seven good images at one day, it won’t help me with the next. On the other hand I would want the book to have a certain topic or theme, and that’s different again.

    Therefore: Sing me up please 🙂

  46. Bernie Sumption said, on January 21, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Sign me up!

  47. sylvainman said, on January 21, 2008 at 4:00 am

    I would like to try that.
    Thank you to sign me up.

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  49. Bulent said, on January 21, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Please also include me. Coincidentally, April the 3rd happens to be the start of a new period in my life and I am sure recording how it goes afterwards will be worthwile, at least for myself!

  50. Faye said, on January 21, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I’m in; sounds like a great spring project!

  51. Chantal said, on January 21, 2008 at 7:55 am

    awesome idea…. count me in!

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  53. Amy Sakurai said, on January 21, 2008 at 9:29 am

    What a wonderful idea! This sounds like fun (as opposed to NaNoWriMo, which has always scared me)! Please count me in!

  54. Mia said, on January 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I’m definitely in for this! What a great idea!

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  56. Saska said, on January 21, 2008 at 11:21 am

    What a kick. I’m in.

  57. Rachel said, on January 21, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    sounds great to me! i am in. 🙂

  58. Denear said, on January 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I have been procrastinating about doing a photo book for a while now….. I have two projects that I ultimatly want to follow through to photo books, for which I already have the pictures taken. I could try one as a practice run for this project. Hope this finally gets me going.
    I will plan to start this SoFoBoMo project around mid April, following the outlined frame work of using current photos and text.
    Thanks for the much needed push…… Great idea!

  59. Katie said, on January 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    This sounds like an awesome idea. I’ve wanted to get myself a book done for a long time (the task is even on my 101 in 1001 list) but never got around to it. Perfect opportunity; sign me up.

  60. Robert Howell said, on January 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Nothing like a deadline to get things done. Add my name to the list.

    Robert Howell
    Vancouver Island, Canada

  61. Geoff said, on January 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I’m in. April 12 to May 12 works for me.

  62. Richard Hart said, on January 22, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Count me in!

  63. Dion van Huyssteen said, on January 22, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Sign me up, sounds like fun.

  64. waterwin said, on January 22, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Stumbled into this coming from a Yahoo found EOS5D post on Canon timer tool for Night photography.
    I have 2 books on my wish to do list for 2008.
    Would love to participate here.

  65. Maarten said, on January 22, 2008 at 3:35 am

    I’m in! Gives me a nice challenge!

  66. Kevin Yates said, on January 22, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Sign me up, just what I need to get going on a project again. Brilliant idea!


  67. Joshua Weiner said, on January 22, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to torment myself for 31 days. Sign me up!

  68. stefano barni said, on January 22, 2008 at 10:15 am

    it sounds like fun. please sign me up 🙂

  69. Paul Butzi said, on January 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

    By email:

    I would be very interested in being involved in this project. I am based in Durban, South Africa.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Rogan Ward

  70. Gordon Fraser said, on January 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    35 photos’s worth publishing in one month – sounds a bit challenging, could we not call it SoFoBoYe? Count me in from 1st April.

  71. Ann Patterson said, on January 23, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I’m in…April 28-May 28.

  72. Rafa said, on January 26, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Count me in. Starting on Fool’s Day.

    — Shameless plug —
    As I mentioned on my blog my project is going to be Polaroids taken with my old 860SE.
    — End of Shameless plug —

  73. Gail Johannes said, on January 26, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Sounds like the perfect framework for inspiration: a deadline! Sign me up April 1 to May 1.

  74. Dean said, on January 27, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Aye – I’ll have a play.

  75. Richard Camper said, on January 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Sounds like fun.

  76. Harshad Sharma said, on January 28, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Sign me up please!

    Will decide on the exact dates soon!

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  78. Alan Hutchison said, on January 30, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Sounds interesting and I’ll commit to it.

    April is the month I start getting away at weekends in my caravan around Scotland, so it’ll coincide with a period when my photographic seasonal output increases. As long as it doesn’t p1ddle down all month 😉

    Great idea!

  79. Toby Cullen said, on January 30, 2008 at 6:27 am

    I am going to give it a try.

    I am away until 6th April so cannot join the keen bunnies starting on 1st April.

    Of course, for those of us who are not able to dedicate every day of our lives to photography this quickly becomes SoFoBocrammedintofourorfiveweekends. But being of a mathematical nature I have worked out that if I start on a Friday I can actually get a full 10 weekenddays to do the work.

    Net result is that I intend to start on Friday 11th April 2008.

  80. Bill Wandel said, on January 30, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Sign me up.
    I have done a couple of one off simple books that I bound myself and used for gifts. Those books didn’t have any text. Adding text will be as hard as taking and organizing the pictures.
    I plan to start April 1.

  81. Suzanne Crowell said, on January 31, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I’m in!!

  82. Art Smith said, on January 31, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Ok, I’m down with it. No idea how I’ll get it done, but this is exactly the kick in the seat of the pants I need. I’ll need to determine a start date later. It may depend on ability to line up model(s)…..

    Thanks. I think.

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  84. Christian Ahn said, on February 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm


    this sounds like something for me, because I only get things done on a deadline! 🙂

    Please sign me up, I would like to use the month of May (May 1st till May 31st) because I hope for good weather.

    I have a project that I am thinking about for a while and that would be perfect. I will involve my hometown: Düsseldorf, Germany. But I would need to have an even number of pictures. Thus, is it OK to do 36 pictures?



  85. Tom Westbrook said, on February 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Include me in. Sounds like a wonderful challenge. So it’s 35 pictures, no more, no less? Later is better for me, so May 1-31.

    One question: If I complete taking photos on, say, May 31, when is the book due? If I’m doing film it may take a week or two to get processing, editing and scanning done.


  86. Paul Butzi said, on February 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    So it’s 35 pictures, no more, no less?

    No. It’s at LEAST 35 photos. If you want to put in more than 35, go right ahead.

    One question: If I complete taking photos on, say, May 31, when is the book due? If I’m doing film it may take a week or two to get processing, editing and scanning done.

    If you start on May 1, then the book needs to be done on May 31. You get 31 days, start to finish. That includes processing, editing, scanning. The whole schmear in 31 days.

  87. Tom Westbrook said, on February 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    That makes sense. I’m still in.

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  89. Alan Shefland said, on February 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I heard about NaNoWriMo a couple of weeks ago and immediately decided to try it. As I find out April is the start date, and I am almost two weeks into my project. Can I continue on, complete it and submit in Apr.?

  90. Tigraki said, on February 8, 2008 at 12:52 am

    After much thought, I have decided to give it a try. Sign me in!

  91. daoist56 said, on February 9, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I’m in

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  93. ejeschke said, on February 10, 2008 at 1:06 am

    For the record, I’m going to give it a go. I like the idea of April 1 to May 1.

    Eric Jeschke

  94. Steve Weeks said, on February 10, 2008 at 5:04 am

    After much thought and angst I decided I am in. All my best to everyone on this project.

  95. Colin McKie said, on February 10, 2008 at 8:50 am

    This should be an interesting learning experience. I’m in!


  96. Miguel Marcos said, on February 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I’m in, too.

  97. Stephen Baird said, on February 10, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Count me in on this one

  98. Alan Abercrombie said, on February 11, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Very interesting project, the May proposal just right.

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  100. Art Smith said, on February 11, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Just an update — looks like I’ll be starting towards the last possible date. I’m looking at making the book not only a single photographer book, but a single model book as well, and her availability is much better in May (after classes end).

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  102. Mark H said, on February 14, 2008 at 8:34 am

    yes I am committed, YES I AM COMMITTED

  103. Lewis Walsh said, on February 14, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Sounds like a great idea. I’ve been toying with the idea of a book for some time, but finding a theme has always been the stumbling block. Hopefully this will light a fire under me.

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  107. Tom Hall said, on February 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I am DOING it. If for no other reason that my website is over a year out of date, and this if I can get a book done, I can certainly update my site. And I can put MY book on the shelf with all those photo books I’m addicted to.

    Great idea.

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  109. Jessica Resas said, on February 19, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Sign me up. I am looking for something to do. This looks like a good challenge for me to get back into being creative.

  110. Amanda McGlothlin said, on February 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    🙂 Count me in!

  111. Aaron Smith said, on February 20, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Count me in 😀

    Would be nice to actually finish a photography project I plan to start… 😛

  112. Rebecca said, on February 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I love this idea and I’m seriously considering it. It would be a fantastic challenge. Now I just need to figure out if I can do it.

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  114. Shin said, on February 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Sounds like fun. I’m in

  115. lillian said, on February 22, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Sign me up! I was tipped off to “” last week, that led me here today, and now i’ve got some focus for my next project.

  116. Borghal said, on February 23, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I’m in as well. Will be writing about it in my weblog!

  117. Lia said, on February 23, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Count me in! I’ll be writing up my SoFoBoMo experiences in my blog, too!

  118. Lisa Fearheller said, on February 23, 2008 at 11:39 am

    This is wonderful! I’ve been looking for a creative challenge, not to mention wanting to do a book so this is perfect! I’m all in for April 1 to May 1. I’ll post it on my website, too!

  119. Paul Butzi said, on February 23, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Via email:

    Sign me up!

    Tess Berg

  120. Nan Hill said, on February 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I’m doing it! Sign me up, please. 🙂

  121. dkwett said, on February 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Amazing, this steady stream of sign-ups! Guess I’ll join in too. We’ll all have a lot to look at come May.

  122. Jay Banks said, on February 24, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Sounds like a giggle – count me in!

  123. MeRy said, on February 24, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Yes, great idea, sign me up plz 🙂

  124. Luke Stiles said, on February 24, 2008 at 7:20 am

    I’m in.

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  126. TD Yandt said, on February 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve posted an entry at my photography blog regarding SoFoBoMo… and linked it back here so folks can get more information on the idea. Personally, I’m undecided at this point. I’m definitely leaning towards it – but as a new parent I have to be sure I allow enough time for both my family, and my work before embarking on any new “just for fun” projects.

    Anyway, if you’re interested, you can read my thoughts at

  127. Amy said, on February 25, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I’m in, ready for the challenge.

  128. April Atwater said, on February 27, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I am excited about this project. Sign me up.

  129. Dan Hayon said, on February 29, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Hello SoFoBoMo friends,

    you can count on me. I would have started right now, but first of April is fine. Sign me up too, please

  130. Jim Rhoades said, on February 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds like a great idea. I can’t wait to participate, and will be blogging about it on my site:

  131. Dave Rees said, on March 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

    As a rule, I’m not a “joiner”, but spotted this on Blurb and it looks like rather a spiffy idea. Will be starting April 1; please count me in. No idea what I’ll be doing, but it won’t be my usual landscape / buildings / people thing. (so what the hell does that leave?…)

  132. Robert Forrester said, on March 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Terrific (by any definition) concept, Paul, and I would like to jon in! Here for all to see is my declaration that I will follow the SoFoBoMo rules and produce a book of images, starting April 19 and completing by May 20, using a pinhole camera.
    My goal is to produce rewarding images in genres such as architectural, portrait, still life, and landscape photography – and NOT to make a collection of fuzzy pictures. Whether I succeed or not is to be seen, but the attempt will be worthwhile.
    Thanks Paul, and best wishes to all SoFoBoMo participants!

  133. Diane Ward said, on March 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    The SoFoBoMo Train is pulling out of the station of April 1st, and I’m on board !!!

    I have one photography book, (not thru blurb – I know what am I waiting for – a contest ?).

    Today I had an idea for a new book, and gave myself a 2 week deadline to send it to print.
    Here I am ready to learn how to use blurb and discovered SoFoBoMo…

    I think we need T-shirts !


    ciao !!

  134. denise jasura said, on March 4, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Fantastic … I’m all in.

  135. stephen h said, on March 4, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    i’m in. not sure what my starting day will be, but i’m in.

  136. i’m creating a new book, who’s with me????

    i came across a new idea/contest the other day, namely SoFoBoMo, or solo photo book month. the idea is to create an entire book of photography from scratch in just one month, including all-new images, text, layout, everything.
    since i haven’t re…

  137. Sarah Ketelaars said, on March 5, 2008 at 8:02 am

    what a fabulous idea! i’m in… just have to decide which project to shoot – oooh the excitment!

  138. Charlotte said, on March 6, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    I’m up for it! It’ll be a good way to inspire my “art” side I guess!

    I made a flickr group so people can post their photos if they’re interested, and can discuss things together.

  139. Alishia Potter said, on March 7, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Count me in!!

  140. mikeledray said, on March 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    sign me up!

  141. Cathie T. said, on March 15, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Sign me up too! It should be a challenge, but it’ll get me working with photography again.

  142. […] button in preparation and brush up on those book / page-layout skills.You can read about the SoFoBoMo project here This entry was posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 and is filed under General, SoFoBoMo. You can […]

  143. […] Photographer looking for a project? April is almost here, and that’s the month to start your SoFoBoMo project. What is it? It’s Solo Photo Book Month… a project where photographers will […]

  144. LifeSpy said, on March 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Yo count me in!
    ill see if i can get some more from my blog 🙂

  145. Bruce Hemingway said, on March 19, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    What a great project! I’m in!

  146. shermancharles said, on March 20, 2008 at 8:10 am

    This will be a great challenge. I’m in.

  147. Mary said, on March 20, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Im in!

  148. SoPoBoMo « Liza Littlehawk said, on March 20, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    […] friend Cathie recently told me about the Solo Photo Book Month project (SoPoBoMo) presented on the Photomusings website. It’s creating a lot of excitement amongst photographers and sounds like a great way […]

  149. Liza Littlehawk said, on March 20, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Great idea! Sign me up.

  150. […] Photo Book Month Jump to Comments Over on Musings on Photography they have started  a SoFoBoMo due to start on 1st April-ish 2008 which lasts for a 31 day month. […]

  151. sskennel said, on March 21, 2008 at 8:00 am

    I’m in, starting the day my G9 arrives.

  152. keavy said, on March 21, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve been reading the posts about SoFoBoMo for a while and thinking what a great idea it is, but now it’s time to make a commitment. Count me in!

  153. Steve Dodds said, on March 22, 2008 at 8:50 am

    got here via a link from
    Glad I did

    This sounds like fun. Since I live in Indonesia, this would definitely be (In)SoFoBoMo. Now if only the wet season would end. A good test to see whether I can really use my little G9 every day as I originally planned when I got it.

  154. greg.newman said, on March 23, 2008 at 6:17 am

    I need a kick in the buttocks so this sounds like the mule to do it. Count me in. ( )

  155. Matt Murtagh said, on March 25, 2008 at 5:47 am

    nice idea, sounds like a challenge, sign me up!

  156. SoFoBoMo -- Matt Murtagh Photography said, on March 25, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    […] at Musings on Photography they’ve come up with a photographic alternative to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) […]

  157. Robert Hoehne said, on March 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    a week before it starts, no idea how, where or what… well why not, I’m in.

  158. Jean Paul said, on March 26, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Hello! A friend sent me this link and I have no idea how it all works, but have been thinking about producing a book, so this sounds like a great idea! I can start April 1st!

  159. Margaret Evans said, on March 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Oh…what the heck…always up for a challenge
    April 1st it is!

  160. Brad Gibson said, on March 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Wow. I’m scared! 🙂

    I’m in. I’ve been noodling about topics for a while now–this is just the thing to force me to make a decision.

    Great idea.

  161. Lorraine Day said, on March 26, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    35 images? 30 days? And text worth reading, besides? Gulp.

    Count me in! April 1, if I can come up with a subject by then; May if I can’t.

    – Lorraine

  162. Steve Johnson said, on March 26, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Count me in. I’m looking forward to this huge challenge 🙂

  163. Denear said, on March 26, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    To follow up on my original comment (#58 above) my blog is located at
    This is a personal challenge, which is probably more than I can handle at this time of year, but I am going to give it a try. Spring is crazy busy for me, but I’m in.

  164. BeppeRdam said, on March 27, 2008 at 4:07 am

    That’s a wonderful idea!
    For me it will be a huge challenge, but I will try my best.’
    I’m in.

  165. Steven Scherbinski said, on March 27, 2008 at 5:03 am

    I guess I need to declare that I’m in, even though I’ve written about it already. I’m planning to start in late April though.

  166. pgarver said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Your post from yesterday reminded me that I hadn’t left a comment here, but I’ve been planning on it for over two months now – I’m in on April 1st.

  167. Miles Mitchell said, on March 27, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    This is great! I’ll begin May 1 after I’ve cleared a few things up. Thanks for creating the game.

  168. John Wilson said, on March 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Okay, enough dithering: I’m in.

  169. Charles said, on March 28, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I’m scared but I’m in, too. (

  170. Franka T. Lieu said, on March 30, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Fit well with some of my going on project, would like to chip in.

  171. Nancy Lehrer said, on March 30, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Sign me up. Serendipitously, I’ve been working on a book of Historic LA as seen today since late Feb. All photos are taken, just working on editing and book organization. I’ll be sending it off to Blurb Books for publishing. I’ll check back here for more.

  172. Ioana S. said, on March 30, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I’m in! I picked April 1st as my start date. Good luck everyone!

  173. […] 31 SoFoBoMo starts tomorrow By CaledoniaAdd commentsSoFoBoMo It is now the end of March and the Solo Photo Book Month officially starts tomorrow. You can read about the SoFoBoMo project here.  From my reading of the […]

  174. My Camera World said, on March 31, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Well I have been uming awing about this for some time now. Since I have a month before I start, we are heavily snow bound right now, that I will have an opportunity to find a good collection of image.

    Count me in. but my date will be most likely towards the end of April.

    Thanks for providing the forum and encouragement to all of us.

    Niels Henriksen

  175. Glen said, on March 31, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    This is a great idea and, after mulling it over for a few days, I think I’ll give it a try. The 35 shots shouldn’t be a problem but I am a bit concerned about outputting a polished PDF. Time to learn Scribus I guess.

    I’ll plan on starting mid-April.

  176. Mike said, on March 31, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve been putting this off for long enough, I’m in and starting tomorrow.

  177. David Walker said, on March 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I’m game … even if I create the worst SoFoBoMo book in the universe I will enjoy doing it.

    The blog where I will chronicle the process:

    My home page

  178. MK said, on March 31, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    After lurking and thinking about this project, I’m going to give this a whirl. Count me in and I’m starting tomorrow.

  179. […] and updating my photoblog, I have decided to take on another project. Premiering this year, the Solo Photo Book Month follows in the footsteps of National Novel Writing Month and its friends, giving photographers of […]

  180. CJ said, on April 1, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Very cool! I’m in!!

  181. Annie said, on April 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I’m in, starting today.

    I take barely decent photos, I have no time for another project but I can’t resist this one!!

  182. SoPoBoMo begins « Liza Littlehawk said, on April 2, 2008 at 9:27 am

    […] 2, 2008 by littlehawk Today is my start day for the SoPoBoMo project. I did some shooting this morning. After starting out stiff, as I got into the shooting, it got […]

  183. texasdirt said, on April 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I’ll give it shot, sign me up

    My DeviantArt Site

  184. Amy Sakurai said, on April 4, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    OK. Today is my starting day for SoFoBoMo. Haven’t shot a single photo yet, but I’m tagging my SoFoBoMo blog entries: Amy’s SoFoBoMo.

  185. Judi ClarkTucholl said, on April 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Never done a book before………couunt me in, Will start April 5th.

  186. Murry Grigsby said, on April 6, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    This is the link to my SoFoBoMo – Solo Photo Book Month, for photographers: You can run it as a slideshow by clicking the appropriate box at the upper right of the page. This is mostly photos and very little text because I’m a photographer—DAH! My fuzzy month was 3/15/08-4/15/08. I know we weren’t supposed to start until April so sue me! I was going to do one about our Texas wildflowers but this year’s crop was so poor I switched and did one about Mercer Gardens on the north side of Houston. There are 53 images and it takes about 10-15 minutes to view the whole show. So have a look if you want to but if not it’s your lose :0)

    Murry Grigsby

  187. 4.7.2008 - dusk « caught light said, on April 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    […] book project (SoFoBoMo – Solo Photo Book Month) promises to be a bit more of a challenge. I can usually get 35 photos that I’m happy with […]

  188. Katie Weisberger said, on April 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Sign me up!

  189. Mark Grealish said, on April 10, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Count me in.

  190. […] know I need to pick up my interest again, so I’ve decided to take part in Solo Photo Book Month. I have the writing ability, I have the typesetting skills to put it into a book and I have the […]

  191. william said, on April 15, 2008 at 12:11 am

    count me in!

  192. Pierre said, on April 15, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Hi: I am starting today: April 15. please count me in. A SoFoBoMo from France…and sorry for my bad english.

    Pierre (Rhizome)

  193. Helen Todd said, on April 16, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I’m in for April 2 – May 2.

  194. Paul Mounce said, on April 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Sign me up!


  195. Sarah Ketelaars said, on April 21, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I started on April Fool’s day … it just felt appropriate! So only two weeks to go, it’s a bit of a roller coaster but i’m loving it. I’m going to show the pictures in a local cafe during the Brighton festival and am doing the book to tie in with the exhibition. Do people have advice about which of the online book companies give best results? So far i’ve found mac books to be reliable, photobox cheap and cheerful, and the much praised really appallingly disappointing – but maybe i was unlucky? Has anyone tried Blurb/Bob’s Books or anyone else you could reccomend? I need to print a few copies for the show so any reccomendations would be very welcome. Thanks
    hope you’re all happy as much fun as I am! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s work…

  196. Cathie Toshach » Prints and Paper said, on April 21, 2008 at 9:59 am

    […] ago I signed up to participate in SoFoBoMo, a photography project in which you create 35 images and arrange them in a PDF book at the end of […]

  197. […] SoFoBoMoSTART! […]

  198. Dave Mercer said, on April 22, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve already started, but forgot to sign up- so now I am… april 1 start.

  199. Guy said, on April 22, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Not that I’m waiting until the last minute or anything… 🙂

    I’m leaving for a week in London on April 30, so that’s my start day. Want to use the pix from that trip for this book. For the sake of getting it done in time, PDF will be the publishing medium.

    FWIW, I’ve done a fair amount of research on POD sites, and so far Blurb looks the best in terms of useability and support; their Booksmart software is great for someone who doesn’t have much page layout experience, or just doesn’t want to bother jumping thru the necessary hoops to use other software. I bought a Blurb-printed photography book by someone else to check the quality. It’s not a Taschen art book, but it’s not bad. I’m working — slowly — on a San Francisco project that will go to Blurb for printing.

  200. Sarah Ketelaars said, on April 23, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Thanks Guy i’m going for Blurb, seems pretty striaghtforward so far. Last minute is good … at least that’s what i keep telling myself as i only have a couple more days left of shooting in order to be ready for May 1st. Actually if i succeed i’ll have done the whole thing in a mere two weeks as i spent the first two weeks thinking about it. Hmmm. Not the way i usually work at all but i’m finding the pressure strangely enjoyable. It’ll feel rather luxurious to return to my usual slow pace!

  201. Gordon McGregor said, on April 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Sarah, I had similarly bad experiences with lulu. Blurb has been okay. There is a bit more about how I got on with blurb on my blog (I get a ‘discarded’ message when I try to post the url here)

  202. John Chabalko said, on April 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I’ve been planning on doing this since paul first posted about it. Officially signing up now!

    Name/Location: John Chabalko/San Francisco, CA
    Media/Format: Film/Medium Format

  203. rvewong said, on April 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I’m signing up late. By coincidence I started a wildlife project that was going to take longer than a month but all hell broke loose and I had to quit early. I knew sobomofo was going on and I figured I might be able to adapt and give it a try, not much time left. The last photo is in the can now all I have to do is learn Scribus, then learn how to write.

    Bob Wong, Ottawa, Canada

  204. Brenda Maes said, on April 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Just heard about this, I have been wanting to do this for a long time, this sounds like its just the thing to get me started. I will start between May 5 and May 10th.

  205. […] under: Uncategorized — douglaspstockdale @ 4:03 pm This month is the second half of the SoFoBoMo, and international voluntary event for photographers who have ever thought about producing their […]

  206. Gianluca Bersani said, on May 6, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I would like to partecipate to your project.
    If possible I will do SoFoBoMo for 25 days.
    Thank you

  207. Jamal Ahmed « draw the line said, on May 9, 2008 at 8:54 am

    […] gives you easy access to his collection. This is based on a photograph taken by Anil Advani for his SOFOBOMO project. Jamal Ahmed, also a friend, is a well known Bangladeshi Artist and you can read more about […]

  208. BaldaZen said, on May 12, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I have started today my SoFoBoMo.
    I know I am a latecomer, but I have been inspired by the idea and decided to participate.
    I’ll try to document two shopping streets and the main square near my home in the city center of Genoa, Italy.
    I don’t know how it will end up, but I won’t miss the experience of trying…

  209. An artist and his muse « Maya said, on May 14, 2008 at 8:59 am

    […] reference for both these pieces have been taken by Anil Advani for his SoFoBoMo project and used with  […]

  210. Gary Lennon said, on May 21, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Sign me up!

  211. Esther Emma Jongste said, on May 23, 2008 at 5:30 am

    The 20th of May I started my SoFoBoMo. I signed up on the official site, but something went wrong. I’ll give it another try. Good things in live don’t come in one time.
    I’m late for the official April month, But I read that one can start until the 31 of May. So, here I am.
    My project is called: Colorful Daily Details.
    On my Blog Emma, you can read all about the progression

  212. Paul Butzi said, on May 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Just a quick note to clarify the ‘official’ start and end dates…

    To participate in SoFoBoMo 2008, you need to do your project in a 31 day period that starts no earlier than April 1, 2008 and ends no later than May 31, 2008.

    So those folks who are signing up after May 1 – you still have to finish on or before May 31.

    I’m sorry if there’s been confusion on that point.

  213. Sarah Ketelaars said, on May 28, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Well, it’s been quite an experience. I meant to start on april 1st ‘cos it seemed like a fun date to chose but actually i didn’t manage to get going till 21st April, and i had the added pressure of having to get it all done by May 1st as i decided to produce an exhibition to show in conjunction with the book for the Brighton Festival.
    Anyhow, somehow the ridiculously tight timetable helped me. The show went up at a local cafe on May 1st and the book was printed by Blurb. I’ve sold nine prints and a handful of books and had lots of really positive feedback.
    The project looked at local traders in the area where i live – the butchers, bakers, flowershop, local tandoori house etc. The project was a series of portraits of individuals, but i hope it was also a snapshot of the local area. In retrospect i can’t believe i did it, and not only that, but did it so publicly. When i look at the images now i see the glaring mistakes i’ve made and wonder what i was thinking of and yet i also feel pleased i did it. I’ve learnt so much and i know the next project will be better! If i hadn’t been brave enough to do this and to show it i would never have learnt so much. So thank you Paul for this great idea – it’s been a really wonderful experience for me.
    As i used Blurb to make my book i’ve had to make a word version (the Blurb pdf has a watermark) so i’ve made a version as close as possible in word and now just need to get it on the site. How do you make a link to a pdf? the images are on my website but not as a pdf. Sorry i feel like i’m always asking questions but i can’t work out how you link to the pdf.
    To answer some of the questions you asked Paul – i thought the ‘fuzzy’ month was useful (except i wish i hadn’t announced i started before i actually did!), i would definitely do a book next year but probably i would not link it to an exhibition as that extra time pressure was a bit stressful! Mind you i spent a happy half an hour sitting in the cafe listening to two strangers chatting and really looking at my book,talking about every picture and laughing with enjoyment and at that moment it all felt worth it!
    I’ve really enjoyed looking at everyone’s work. When i look at my own i think anyone could have done it , but then i think, they didn’t and i did, and somehow that’s enough right now! So well done everyone who took part – i think we should all be proud of ourselves.

  214. Guy said, on May 29, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Finally got photos selected & processed from my UK trip. Ought to have the layout finished tonight (just in time!). Anyone interested in seeing the PDF can contact me at G I V I E at Y A H O O dot C O M. The file will probably be a bit large, so be sure to send an e-mail address that can accept oversized attachments (e.g., Yahoo, Gmail). The book will eventually hit print, but probably not until midsummer.

  215. […] say that all this exceeds the expectations I had when I wrote the signup post is massive understatement. I thought that, with luck, we’d get a total of 12 people signed […]

  216. […] Produktion) mussten in diesem Zeitraum erledigt werden; Details zum Konzept finden Sie auf Paul Butzis blog. Paul Butzis Idee war gut und fand regen Zuspruch: 170 Personen wollten teilnehmen, […]

  217. Art Kuntz said, on July 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Are you going to have another challenge? I am new to your blog.

  218. […] few months back, Paul Butzi suggested a wonderful project, Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo). The rules were simple, you had one […]

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