Edited from the press release:
So far 137 people have signed up for SoFoBoMo '09. View a list of all SoFoBoMo '09 participants.
For SoFoBoMo, the goal is to make the photos, write any needed text, lay out the book, and produce a .PDF of the book, all in 31 days. Rather than confining it to a single calendar month, we use a 'fuzzy month,' where you can pick any contiguous 31 day period inside a two month window—this makes it a bit more flexible and encourages broader participation.
Why should you participate in SoFoBoMo? There are a lot of reasons.
A lot of photographers have considered doing a book, but various concerns have stopped them. Heck, the same concerns stopped us. We worried that our photos weren't good enough. We worried that we didn't have enough photos. We worried that we couldn't write decent text, or couldn't do a decent job of layout, or that we didn't have the time to do a good job.
SoFoBoMo gives us (and you) an end run around those fears. There's no requirement that the photos be good. (But we suspect you'll be surprised by how good yours are if you participate.) There's no requirement to have any text at all. And there is no requirement on quality of layout. There are just three constraints: all the work must be done in one 31-day stretch that falls completely inside the two month window; the book must contain at least 35 photos; and you have to generate a .PDF of the book. That's it.
SoFoBoMo was started by Paul Butzi, but it exists because of the efforts of all the participants. There are no fees, so we don't collect money. Bottom line: SoFoBoMo is a bunch of photographers all around the world who want experience turning their photos into books, and all do it at the same time to help one another be successful. No one is excluded. Everyone is free to participate. The more, the merrier!
If you're uncertain, take a look at Gordon McGregor's essay on why you should participate. And then go and sign up.
(Thanks to Paul)