Three Questions For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Welcome to Inkygirl: Reading, Writing and Illustrating Children's Books (archive list here) which includes my Creating Picture Books series, Advice For Young Writers and IllustratorsWriter's and Illustrator's Guide To Twitter, interviews, my poetry for young readers, #BookADay, writing/publishing industry surveys, and 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day Writing Challenge. Also see my Inkygirl archives,  and comics for writers (including Keiko and Will Write For Chocolate). Also check out my Print-Ready Archives for Teachers, Librarians, Booksellers and Young Readers.

I tweet about the craft and business of writing and illustrating at @inkyelbows. If you're interested in my art or other projects, please do visit DebbieOhi.com. Thanks for visiting! -- Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Thursday
May052016

Comic: Print vs Digital

Tuesday
May032016

Comic: Punctuation Kidfight

Monday
May022016

Advice For Writers, Taxidermied Piranhas and Family Memories:Three Questions with Sylvia Liu

Photo credit: Copyright K. Woodard Photography

Sylvia Liu is an environmental lawyer turned children’s author and illustrator, inspired by aliens, kraken, cephalopods, and the oceans. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, two daughter, Siberian kitten and guinea pig. 

A MORNING WITH GRANDPA is Sylvia's debut picture book! The story won Sylvia the 2013 New Voices Award from Lee and Low. Such a sweet and inspiring story, gorgeously illustrated by my friend Christina Forshay, whom I met through the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship program.

Thanks to Sylvia and Christina for letting me be part of their A MORNING WITH GRANDPA book tour!

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Sunday
May012016

Amazing Cake Illustration Process From Up-and-Coming Children's Book Writer/Illustrator Akiko White

Find out how Akiko White created this incredible "cakelustration" in the interview below.

I was blown away when I saw Akiko White's winning "cakelustration" in 2014 when she won the SCBWI Tomi dePaola Award. Find out more about Akiko's process from early sketches to final illustration.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Comic: Backstory

Wednesday
Apr272016

In the end, it comes down to having a good story. No amount of promo/networking can substitute.

Monday
Apr252016

Free to print & download: Book recommendation bookmarks

As some of you already know, I've been gradually updating my For The Love Of Reading resource and Summer Reading Resource pages with free, print-ready activity sheets, posters, bookmarks and other resources.

Most recent addition: print-ready bookmarks (four to a page) that young people can use while they're reading as well as keep track of their recommendations. One is for books with an author AND illustrator; the other is for those with an author and no illustrator.

Click on any of the bookmarks below to get a free, print-ready PDF.


 

Thursday
Apr212016

It's natural to feel brief envy of others' success but learn how to move on. Focus on your own journey at your own pace.

Wednesday
Apr202016

Develop a thick skin. Being able to take criticism is part of the business, before AND after publication.

Writers & illustrators: Develop a thick skin. Being able to take criticism is part of the business, before AND after publication.

Wednesday
Apr202016

Comic: Plot Crisis

Monday
Apr182016

Comic: The Rejection

Wednesday
Apr132016

Micropoem: Punctuation Rebel (for Day 12 of #AprPAD)

Tuesday
Apr122016

Poem for writers about bad reviews

As I mentioned earlier, I'm having fun participating in Robert Lee Brewer's April Poem-A-Day Challenge. This poem was written in response to the topic "defence."

 

 

Tuesday
Apr122016

Comic: Poet Fame #NationalPoetryMonth

Happy National Poetry Month

I'm participating in Robert Lee Brewer's April Poem-A-Day Challenge, and have been posting some of my poems on Twitter at @inkyelbows and have also been posting some on my Poetry For Young Readers page.

Wednesday
Apr062016

Comic for other writers and illustrators working on their taxes right now

Friday
Apr012016

Comic: Bilbiophile Angst

Friday
Apr012016

THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid: Standalone, action-adventure thriller launching this Nov/2016

Wow, loved S.J. Kincaid's THE DIABOLIC so much. I strongly recommend this standalone action-adventure thriller, especially if you're a fan of Erin Bow's THE SCORPION RULES. Fantastic world-building and character relationships.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Productivity reminder: When online, DON'T FALL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE.

Of course, this isn't based at all from my own experience.

Ahem.

Tuesday
Mar292016

Advice For Young Writers, Treadmill Desks and MISSION MUMBAI: Mahtab Narsimhan Answers Three Questions

Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of The Third Eye. Her realistic novel, The Tiffin, based on the dabbawallas of Mumbai, also received critical acclaim. Mission Mumbai and Looking for Lord Ganesh are coming out this year. Committed to diversity in her stories, Mahtab lives in Toronto with her husband, son, golden retriever, and far too many novel ideas. 

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Wednesday
Mar232016

New comic: Zombie writers

Thanks to Traci Van Wagoner, who provided the winning caption for the challenge I recently posted in social media.