Read this post if you're thinking of becoming an author.
So, you have your story ideas from PiBoIdMo... Or, perhaps, just from general idea generation. Now it's time to research your concept to find out what's already been done, and give yourself the best chance possible of making sure your book will stand out from the crowd, and that your new twist really is a new one. But, don't forget, even while thinking outside the box, you still need to set some limits, or you'll never get your book done.
Most importantly though... Find what works for you. Even if that means writing out of order.
Also, you should always remember Jen's editing tips... Slow down! Your book takes as long as it does to finnish, and rushing it will only ruin it for your readers, which is not something you want happening... You want your readers to enjoy reading your book. Surely it's worth taking a bit longer than you'd hoped to get it out in order to achieve that?
Need an illustrator, or cover artist? Jacob Blackmon is your man! He specializes in fantasy themes; he does work for Paizo on a regular basis, for example. But Jacob doesn't only do fantasy and roleplaying artwork... He does other stuff too. You can see some of his work on his DeviantArt page, as well as by looking at some of my book covers, since he's one of my cover artists.
Marc Curlee is also a great artist, who would be happy to help out where he can. His work is generally more suitable for adults, and not child friendly. But if you're looking for an artist to do covers for books for older readers, Marc's your man! You can check out his DeviantArt page to get an idea of the kinds of things he does.
Both Jacob and Marc can also be found on several social media sites, such as Facebook, for example.