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Debbie Ohi
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows

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Yet another reason why it's good to proofread your email one more time before you hit SEND.
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"Breathing book molecules helps you write. It’s a fact." - +Ame Dyckman on going to the library: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2013/1/10/interview-with-childrens-book-author-ame-dyckman-about-boy-b.html

This is also available as a free, print-ready poster at http://debbieohi.com/read
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Biggest misconception about writing picture books: thinking that short = easy/quick. See:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/11/28/misconceptions-about-writing-picture-books-why-short-does-no.html
(includes link to my free picture book templates)
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Thanks to the +Toronto Public Library for inviting my sis Ruth Ohi and me to be part of their #TPLStories Project! See our interview: https://www.facebook.com/torontopubliclibrary/photos/a.10154604743935229.1073741834.17572765228/10155034334875229/?type=3&theater

See other TPL Stories here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/torontopubliclibrary/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154604743935229
"TPL stories is a collection of short stories that highlight what Toronto Public Library means to our users, staff, and communities. Share your story using #TPLStories."

Special thanks to Clive S. Sewell for the fun photo and Michelle Leung for putting everything together. Background to the photo: Clive took a ton of photos during the photoshoot, and Michelle suggested that Ruth and I sit at the one of the kids' tables and play with some crayons and paper while he photographed us. R and I had crazyfun with that, mostly pretending to draw while we talked/yelled at each other as well as as Clive and Michelle, trying to grab each other's crayons etc. Then Clive asked us to hold up what we had been scribbling on, and that's when he took this photo. :-)

This photoshoot was also when my current obsession with FOUNTAIN PENS began! Michelle talked about fountain pens a bit and I mentioned that Jeff liked fountain pens, and she suggested we go to Scriptus Toronto (Toronto Pen Show). Jeff was very keen on the idea so we went, and that's when J bought me my very first fountain pen (red Lamy Safari) and ink (Iroshizuku Yama-Guri).


http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/11/28/misconceptions-about-writing-picture-books-why-short-does-no.html
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Continuing my experiments re: turning mint tins into travel paint sets. The empty watercolor pans I ordered via Amazon just arrived, yay! I cut up some magnetic tape and stuck a bit on the bottom of each pan. Now I can fill the pans with colors I like and switch them out whenever I'd like. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I did not invent these ideas - there are MANY who make DIY travel watercolor sets; just search for the term online. I'm experimenting to find out what works for me and will post a summary with lots of reference and resource links in Inkygirl.com when I've had more time to see how well these travel paint sets hold up over extended use.
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Biggest PR mistake I've noticed some companies making: underestimating the value of a simple apology.

Back in December, I received the attached invite along with some other Google Toronto Local Guides. Read it over carefully -- am I right that it sounds like an actual invite?

It turns out that Google ended up receiving 3000+ RSVPS for an event at the Art Gallery Of Ontario that apparently could only accommodate less than 300.

Anyway, I RSVPed right away and got back the following autoresponder message:
"This email is to confirm your registration for Local Guides Challenge: Toronto. Please note attendance will be prioritized based on the recency of your contributions to Google Maps. We'll be in touch via email to confirm your place on the guest list."

Hm. So the "you and a guest are invited" invite was more like a "you and a guest MIGHT be invited"?

I cleared my calendar anyway, just in case. Made a couple more contributions to Google Maps in hopes of increasing my chances.

On Jan. 20, three days before the event day, I received:

"We'll Keep Our Fingers Crossed
Our event is at capacity. You're on the waitlist — we'll let you know if a spot becomes available. Thanks for being a top Google Maps contributor."

Oh well, I thought. I hadn't made the cut. I made other plans.

Today, out of curiosity I decided to do a search online to see what happened with the event. Turns out that I wasn't the only one misled by the first invite, and a lot of people missed or never received the waitlist message. Some had rearranged plans, booked flights and hotels to come to Toronto for the event. Some had been excited about the event, telling friends and family that Google had invited them to a party. Some had kids and had to book babysitters.

My questions:

Why did they phrase the initial invite message to make it sound as if it was an official invite?

Why on earth did Google send out 3000+ invites to an AGO event that they knew would only accommodate 300? And why didn't they make this clear from the initial message?

Why didn't they let people know sooner than later that the venue was full instead of right before the event?

https://www.localguidesconnect.com/t5/Local-Guides-Challenge-2016/Local-Guides-Challenge-Toronto-Event/m-p/113290#M1892

Mistakes happen. But just a simple apology would have done wonders. I'm just a new Local Guide, but some of these people have been volunteering for years.

Bad move, Google.

For me, it wasn't a massive inconvenience but I admit it's left a bad taste in my mouth, and I wish Google hadn't sent me the invite in the first place.

#googleguides #localguides


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I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS.

Giving away this original Lindor wrapper doodle as part of my #Storystorm17 blog post today: https://taralazar.com/2017/01/24/storystorm-day-24-debbie-ridpath-ohi/
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On story brainstorming, baking & TIME: read my illustrated #Storystorm17 guest post today on Tara Lazar's blog: https://taralazar.com/2017/01/24/storystorm-day-24-debbie-ridpath-ohi/
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To children's/YA book writers out there: Mark Gottlieb of +Trident Media Group Literary Agency is actively building his client list and seeks picture book writer/illustrators, middle grade and YA writers. I interviewed him on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2016/10/13/literary-agent-mark-gottlieb-of-trident-media-group-building.html
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Happy #InternationalLiteracyDay! Educators: feel free to downloand & print any of my free literacy-focused activity sheets, reading logs, posters and bookmarks:
http://debbieohi.com/read

(includes Minecraft & Pokemon Go themes)
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