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

Wednesday
Mar282018

Social media tips for authors and illustrators (Part 1)

I've been using social media since before the term existed and though I am far from expert, I have learned a great deal along the way. I'm going to start posting some social media tips for authors and illustrators on my blog from time to time, in hopes of helping some of you avoid the (many) mistakes that I made.

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Tuesday
Mar272018

The story behind my upcoming Broken Crayons picture book with Linda Sue Park for Simon & Schuster BFYR!!!

 

I am THRILLED and HONOURED to announce that I will be illustrating a picture book by Linda Sue Park. The announcement appeared Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf last week while I was out of town:
Announcement in Mar. 22, 2018 issue of Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf

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Tuesday
Mar272018

Comic: Writer's Block Biscotti

Tuesday
Mar202018

Celebrating Judy Blumesday in NYC....WITH JUDY BLUME! 

Things have been crazybusy lately, so I've only had a chance to post about this now. And of course I NEED to post about this, because how often am I going to have a chance to say that I shared a stage with the amazing JUDY BLUME?!? Needless to say, I was a wee bit excited:

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Monday
Mar192018

Punctuation Is Important

Monday
Mar192018

THE MAGIC WORDS: Writing Great Books For Children and Young Adults

I rarely post about books on the craft of writing because there are so many good ones, and I was also being inundated by requests from publicists and authors to review their books for Inkygirl readers. To reiterate: I lack the time or inclination to be an official book reviewer, so please do NOT put me back on your lists. Thank you. :-)

I do, however, sometimes post about books I like, and I had to post very briefly about THE MAGIC WORDS: Writing Great Books For Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein (W.W. Norton).

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Friday
Mar162018

Behind The Scenes: Illustrator Andrea Offermann and the cover of THE YIN-YANG SISTERS AND THE DRAGON FRIGHTFUL

Don't you love the gorgeous cover of The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful? Written by Nancy Tupper Ling, this upcoming picture book is illustrated by my friend, Andrea Offermann, and it comes out from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books For Young Readers on Sept. 18, 2018. Andrea was kind enough to share the process behind the cover design process....

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Thursday
Mar012018

Advice to writers/illustrators: Take the long way. Shortcuts rarely pay off. 

Wednesday
Feb142018

Comic: Valentine Rejection

Tuesday
Feb132018

Free picture book templates, how-to guides and other resources

Over the years, I've been accumulating all the "How <title> Was Created" guides for young writers and illustrators, advice from children's book creators I've interviewwed, plus a few tips for not-so-young book creators. Feel free to browse all this info as well as my free picture book thumbnail templates at my CREATING PICTURE BOOKS resource.

Saturday
Feb102018

Common source of writer's block amongst cat owners.

Saturday
Feb102018

Comic: The Four Stages Of Writing

Friday
Feb092018

Comic: Kidlit Restaurant

Thursday
Feb082018

Comic: Starving Writer, Sort Of

Wednesday
Feb072018

Don’t wait for your Muse. Avoid precious rituals. Get into the daily habit of doing the work.

Tuesday
Jan232018

A comic for bibliophiles

Tuesday
Jan162018

Thanks to The Write Life for choosing Inkygirl for their Best Websites For Writers 2018 list!

Thanks to those of you who gave me the heads-up about my website being on this list.

And thanks to The Write Life! See their list of 100 Best Websites For Writers in 2018 for other recommendations.

Tuesday
Jan162018

Writing or illustrating a picture book? Browse my free Picture Book Creation Resource (including templates)

I've been gradually compiling my "How This Picture Book Was Created" resources, advice from the children's book writers and illustrators I've been interviewing, and the thumbnail sketch and layout templates I use for my own writing and illustrating process. Here's the link to my CREATING PICTURE BOOKS resource.

There is no charge. All I ask is that you pay it forward someday.

Monday
Jan152018

Where do writers get their ideas? Everywhere. But the actual magic lies in making one idea real. - Cheryl Klein, THE MAGIC WORDS

One of my goals in 2018 is to write a middle grade novel.

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Friday
Jan122018

Things You Should Never Say To A Writer On A First Date