Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates books for young people. She is represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown Ltd.




Debbie's blog post: Why Picture Books Are Important

Just launched: NAKED!


Out in bookstores now:

I'M BORED. Written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. A New York Times Notable Children's Book and Junior Library Guild selection. Teacher's Guide (K-5) now available.



Before using my comics

Creative Commons Licence

Writer comics by Debbie Ridpath Ohi are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

More details: Comic Use Policy

Welcome to Inkygirl: A Blog For Children's/YA Book Writers And Illustrators (archive list here) which includes my Writer's and Illustrator's Guide To Twitter, interviews, #BookADay, my MicroBookReviewswriting/publishing industry surveysWriting & Illustrating a Picture Book For Simon & Schuster BFYR post series and 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day Writing Challenge. Also see my Inkygirl archives,  and comics for writers (including Will Write For Chocolate).

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 Thanks for visiting! -- Debbie Ridpath Ohi


#Kidlitchat tonight on Twitter at 9 pm EST

If you're interested in writing for young people, consider coming to #kidlitchat on Twitter tonight. It's my favourite Twitter chat -- it's always fun, and I always come away inspired.

You can see the transcripts of previous #kidlitchat sessions by browsing the archives.

To find out more about how you can participate (or just to eavesdrop), see my Twitter Chats For Writers FAQ.


Wordcount Challenge Check-in For Writers: 250, 500, 1000 Words/Day


Haven't heard of the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge? The goal of this challenge is to help provide goal-oriented inspiration, with flexibility to avoid giving up in frustration. Please click on any of the buttons above for more info.

So how did you all do this past week? And what are your current writing goals?

Good luck with your writing, all!


iPad Apps For Writers

I've updated my list of iPad Apps For Writers with a review of Black Mana Studio's Manuscript for the iPad.


Message to my younger self

What I just posted on Twitter this morning:


No one loves their iPad more than I love my iPad

I've been featured on the Padgadget site! You can read the article here:

Padgadget Creative Corner - iPad Artist Debbie Ridpath Ohi



From Jo Knowles on the JoNoWriMo Livejournal community site:

Inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), JoNoWriMo+1.5 is similar, but allows writers 2.5 months to complete a project(s) of their choice. On September 16, participants will state their goals, and then for the next 2.5 months we will work on those goals together. Our challenge ends on midnight, December 1.
On official check-in days, I will make a post to the group and ask everyone who has signed up to leave comments and report their progress so far. These dates are:

October 14
November 11
November 25
December 1—OUR FINAL CHECK IN! PARTY!!!!! :-)

On these days, we ask that no one else make an individual post so that the check-in post is easy to find. PLEASE REMEMBER: This community is set up for members to post their questions, ask for encouragement, share their progress, and cheer on others. We are here as a supportive community only. This is not a competition in any way.

For more info, sign up at JoNoWriMo+1.5.


For those who liked the Apostrophe Song...

Shaun McNicholas from Cool Rules posted the following comment in response to The Apostrophe Song video I posted a few days ago:

 Thanks for posting this Debbie. You might like to know that it relates to an iPhone App, The Apostrophe Song, that has hip hop, rock, acoustic and dance versions of the song. The App also has quizzes that test users' knowledge of apostrophes, and classroom ready materials for teachers.There is also an opportunity for schools worldwide to be included on the next update of the App. You can buy it for only $1 (see ). Hope you don't mind this blatent self-promotion :-). The Apostrophe Song has been a labour of love...


Multi-talented speculative fiction writer Maya Bohnhoff sings on video

A while back I interviewed speculative fiction author, Maya Bohnhoff. Some of you may not know that Maya also sings and performs with her husband, Jeff Bohnhoff, and that they have CDs available. Well, they took their song Midichlorian Rhapsody (from their Grated Hits album) and created this highly amusing video:

Yes, that's Maya singing lead. Wow, what a voice!

You can hear samples from their other parodies on their Grated Hits CDBaby page. And while you're there, be sure to check out Track 5. Heh. :-)


Comic: Back To School


Promote A Friend's Book! It's Random Acts Of Publicity Week (Sept.7-10, 2010)

The creation of Darcy Pattison, Random Acts Of Publicity Week is a week where everyone is encouraged to post a review of a friend's book on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing, or elsewhere online. WONDERFUL idea!

To those of you who aren't on Facebook, I've posted what Darcy said at the end of this post.

If you DO participate and post a review of a book somewhere during the week, feel free to use this badge of honor I created this morning specifically for the event:

I've also created a shortcut,, which points to Darcy's Facebook page about the event.

From Darcy Pattison:

September 7-10, 2010

WHAT? I always promise myself that today I’ll write a review of my friends’ books and actually post them on Amazon or Library Thing or GoodReads or somewhere. But do I? No. That’s about to change! We're going to help publicize our friends' books during the Random Acts of Publicity Week.

...Why? I know how wonderful it is to see new reviews on Amazon of one of my books. I know that it’s better to give than to receive. During the Random Acts of Publicity Week, I vow to put these two things together and give friends some support for their books.

Why this week? We all know that the holiday shopping season is when people buy things, including books. Especially books! We want our Amazon pages and other publicity in place before that season starts. So, September is a great month to help others by reviewing their books and doing other Random Acts of Publicity.

How? See each day of this week for tips on helping publicize your friends' books.

Who? Anyone and everyone can join in this week of paying-it-forward.


New comic up on Writer Unboxed

I've posted a new comic up on Writer Unboxed: "Not An Old Wives' Tale After All...."


Nonfiction Childrens' Writers Critique Group seeks new members

From Inkygirl reader Deborah Amadei :

I am starting up an online Nonfiction only childrens' writers critique group. The following categories are eligible: magazine articles, PB, middle grade, as well as proposals for middle grade nonfiction.  We have our own google group, which is  by invitation only. Starting the end of September/early October I will post  the first  invitation  to submit.  I will be requesting submissions every three weeks  (one week for submission and two weeks for the critiques. ) For now I will limit submissions to a maximum of 10  pages.
If you are interested please e-mail me with a writing sample, which should include their categories to
Deborah Amadei 


The Apostrophe Song

Found this video via the HarperKids video channel.


SCBWI Illustration Mentees Blog Launched

I'm pleased to announce that the SCBWI Illustration Mentees Blog is now ready for visitors! In it, you'll find info and resources for those interested in children's book illustration as well as updates about our own illustration projects. I'll also be posting from the viewpoint of a writer venturing into children's book illustration for the first time.

Please do come visit, and tell your friends. :-)


Digital publishing, E-Books & iPads

Just a reminder that if you're looking for digital publishing, e-book and iPad info, you should read my iPadGirl blog (and follow iPadGirl on Twitter). I keep my main Inkygirl blog focused on the craft and business of writing.


Time Management Tip

It's often not so much about finding time to write as MAKING time to write.


But don't give up reading THIS blog, of course.



Are you ready for Random Acts Of Publicity Week? (Sept.7-10)

Founded last year by writer Darcy Pattison, Random Acts Of Publicity Week is a week where you do something to promote a friend's book or promote a recent book you've read.

What a fantastic idea! I've created a short URL to make it easier for people to remember and promote the URL: 

I'm going to participate. What about you?


Laurie Halse Anderson: Your Time Is Your Currency

YA author Laurie Halse Anderson has a post that everyone should read. I'm serious. If you haven't already, please go read it RIGHT NOW:

Laurie Halse Anderson: Your Time Is Your Currency

I dare you to read this and NOT be super-inspired.


Wordcount Challenge Check-In: 250, 500, 1000 words/day


Haven't heard of the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge? The goal of this challenge is to help provide goal-oriented inspiration, with flexibility to avoid giving up in frustration. Please click on any of the buttons above for more info.

So how did you all do this past week? And what are your current writing goals?

Good luck with your writing, all!


Morning Inspiration: "To Be Of Use"

Author Jane Yolen posted this wonderful poem by Marge Piercy in Facebook recently, saying that people are always asking her about her compulsion to write and work ethic. I -love- this poem, and totally agree with its sentiment. Not just about work but about life in general.

Image above: my Daily Doodle (I've been posted Daily Doodles on my main site, for those interested), inspired by the poem this morning.