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

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.

Click to read more ...

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.

Wednesday
Mar232016

FIFTEEN LANES by S.J. Laidlaw (Tundra Books, launching April/2016)

Just finished FIFTEEN LANES by S.J. Laidlaw (a.k.a. Susan Laidlaw), which comes out from Tundra Books/Penguin Random House on April 5th, 2016.

An intense and compelling read, FIFTEEN LANES follows the lives of two teenage girls from very different backgrounds.

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Sunday
Mar202016

A comic for other writers and illustrators who go through self-doubt during the creative process

A comic for other writers and illustrators who go through self-doubt during the creative process.

Friday
Mar182016

Be aware when research & prep becomes a crutch. At some point, you need to jump in & WRITE.

Tuesday
Mar152016

Picture books create readers from the ground up. Don't rush children out of them.

"Picture books create readers from the ground up. Don't rush children out of them." - Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Tuesday
Mar082016

Going undercover with CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones (Holiday House)

As you can tell from the photo, I had fun going undercover with CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE (Holiday House Books for Young People), a debut novel from my Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency sister, Ena Jones. Looking forward to Clayton's second adventure in CLAYTON STONE, FACING OFF, coming fall 2016.

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Tuesday
Mar082016

Comparing yourself to others can suck joy out of creating. Find your own pace, savor the journey.