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

Sunday
May152016

Writers: You only fail if you quit. Don’t think about the odds and don’t give up. - Matt Myklusch

Writers: You only fail if you quit. Don’t think about the odds and don’t give up. - Matt Myklusch.

Saturday
May142016

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. - Ray Bradbury

Friday
May132016

Comic: Why you should always proofread your email one last time before hitting SEND

Friday
May132016

Comic: The Scrabble Addict

Thursday
May122016

Comic: Another Advantage Of Print Books

Wednesday
May112016

I love Martha Brockenbrough's strategic advice for authors about Goodreads and Amazon rankings


Tuesday
May102016

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven: funny, sweet and heartbreaking

I finished reading Jennifer Niven's ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES on the flight home from Chattanooga. Tears were involved. Such amazing writing, so many truths, humor and heartbreak. The characters and story still haunt me, but in a good way. Highly recommended.

Added: Ooo, and Jennifer just gave a sneak peek of her new book, HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE.

Tuesday
May102016

Exciting non-sad news: I'm illustrating I'M SAD (a sequel to I'M BORED)!

 

Just got permission to make this public: I am ***THRILLED*** to announce that I will be illustrating I'M SAD, a sequel to I'M BORED written by Michael Ian Black, coming out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in 2018!

I'm excited to be working with editor Justin Chanda and art director Laurent Linn again.

CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT CAN'T WAIT.

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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)