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Debbie Ohi
Works at Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Attended University of Toronto
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  • Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
    Writer & illustrator, 2010 - present
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Works with Simon & Schuster Children's, HarperCollins Children's and Random House Children's. Twitter: @inkyelbows
Introduction
In a nutshell:
I write and draw for young people. Former systems analyst/programmer. Hobbies: Board gamer, filker, songwriter/musician.

Illustrator of Michael Ian Black's picture book, I'M BORED (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Sept/2012). I'M BORED was chosen by The New Times for its Notable Children's Books Of 2012 list. More reviews, honors: http://DebbieOhi.com/bored

Current and upcoming book projects with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, HarperCollins Children's, and Random House Children's Books. See: http://debbieohi.com/books

My blog for children's book writers & illustrators:

My projects blog: DebbieOhi.com

To contact me:


 Author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books). Represented by Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown Ltd.

My illustrated short story "Kodama" appears in teen anthology TOMO (Stone Bridge Press, 2012), and my YA novel-in-progress was been nominated for the 2011 SCBWI Sue Alexander Award.

Interests (& multiple blogs) on writing (especially writing for young people), children's book illustration, digital publishing and ebooks, iPads, creativity, instapoems, web comics, art licensingfilking, writing songs for & performing with my music group, board gaming. Daily publishing industry news columnist for Writersmarket.com. You can hear soundclips from my music group (Urban Tapestry) recordings on CDBaby.

For more info about my projects, please see DebbieOhi.com.

On Twitter:
@inkyelbows (writing), @BGGgirl (board gaming), @DebbieOhi (livechat), @DebOhi (personal).

GOOGLE+ GUIDES FOR NEWBIES
(especially writers & illustrators):

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MY GOOGLE+ BIZ PAGES:
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I'm Bored (book page)

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MY GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES:
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UPDATE: Now that Google+ has communities, these directories will no longer be actively promoted/updated.


Kidlit/YA Pages: business pages for writers, illustrators editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.

The rest of the list pertain to Profile accounts rather than Biz Pages:

Kidlit/YA: writers, editors, agents, book bloggers, etc.


Digital Publishing & Ebooks: Future of publishing,  e-books, e-readers, technology that affects digital publishing.



Comics & Webcomics: For those interested in reading or creating webcomics.

Creating on the iPad: people who create (not just consume) on the iPad. e.g. writing, music, art, etc.

Filkers: Those interested in filk and filking.

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Bragging rights
Blogger since 1994. Wrote a book. Writing & illustrating more. Founder of Inkspot & Inklings (one of the first websites for writers). Sold a website. My music group's performed in Canada, U.S., Germany & England. Illustrating a picture book for Simon & Schuster USA.
Education
  • University of Toronto
  • Bramalea Secondary School
  • Earnscliffe Public School

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Used part of my advance from I'M SAD (sequel to I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black that I'm going to illustrate for S&S yay) to upgrade my camera equipment so I can take better pics for found object doodles. My iPhone is fine for casual pics, but I need better quality/resolution for book projects.

And YES, I am thinking about finally doing a found object picture book! I've considered using found object illustrations in a previous project but it never worked out because I just didn't have a good enough setup.

I decided on a Canon Rebel T6s and a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, and finally made the purchase yesterday! LOVE my new camera and lens. Still have so much to learn but WOW, the macro lens is making me look at everything differently.

p.s. Pencil courtesy the American Library Association. :-) I picked it up at ALA in San Francisco last year.
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Hello Debbie how are you doing i will like to get in touch with you on message if you don't mind

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Shadow story art using a stalk of hardy geranium from our garden. https://www.instagram.com/p/BF9tgqsK9HL/?taken-by=inkygirl
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Here's a drawing of my superpower. What's YOURS? Some dream of invisibility or being able to fly, but each of us already has a real-life superpower that can change the world.

Post YOUR drawing & you may win a copy of Laurent Linn's Draw The Line and one of his original drawings!!! Details and how to enter: http://rivetedlit.com/2016/05/17/draw-the-line-what-is-your-superpower/

In Laurent’s powerful debut novel, DRAW THE LINE, Adrian Piper Adrian Piper creates a superhero version of himself named Graphite. As Adrian tries to do in his own life with his creations, he gives Graphite the superpower of art to fight brutality. He also draws superhero versions of his best friends, bestowing upon them powers unique to who they really are.

So we’d like you to create a drawing of you as a superhero.

Everyone can make a difference in the world, no matter who we are or what we do. What would your superhero look like, and what would be your unique superpower? It should be what you love to do: for example, it could be art, writing, math, cooking, making people laugh . . . anything! How could you change the world?

Enter the Riveted "Draw The Line: What is YOUR Superpower" Sweepstakes and you may win a copy of the book and an original illustration of Graphite based on the art from the book!
See details and how to enter on the Riveted website: http://rivetedlit.com/2016/05/17/draw-the-line-what-is-your-superpower/

‪#‎DTLMySuperpower‬
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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 , coming out from Simon & Schuster in 2018!! Author: Michael Ian Black. Editor: Justin Chanda. Art director: Laurent Linn.

CAN'T WAIT.

For those who don't know, I'M BORED was my very first children's picture book project, and Justin approached me about it at the 2010 SCBWI-LA conference (the conference that changed everything for me http://DebbieOhi.com/scbwi).

The book ended up being a Junior Library Guild selection, a New York Times Notable Children's Book and winning other honors. More info: http://debbieohi.com/bored

I am sooooooooooo excited about illustrating the sequel!! 
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Here's a photo from my high school yearbook. Clearly, THIS was the coolest club around. :-) Happy #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay!
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I've posted about my history with comics and webcomics, what they've taught me about storytelling, and what I'm doing next: http://debbieohi.com/comics
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good luck! Love your work.
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Doodling with the shadow of a lily-of-the-valley blossom.
I know some gardeners hate lily-of-the-valley because it can spread like a weed, but I still love it. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFwjxVIK9Eq/?taken-by=inkygirl
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Love your doodles Debbie.
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Doodling with the shadow of my tea cup this morning.
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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL SEA MONKEY DAY!!! And also, the very first sneak peek of one of the characters from Sea Monkey and Bob , a new picture book written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by yours truly, coming out from Simon & Schuster next year. Editor: Justin Chanda. Art director: Laurent Linn (whose debut teen novel, DRAW THE LINE, comes out tomorrow!!!!!).
This is also the first time I'll be incorporating real-life media into my art; I used a Pentel Pocket Brush for the inking.

More about this unofficial holiday: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/15/business/yourmoney/not-from-a-sea-not-monkeys-discuss.html?_r=0 #NationalSeaMonkeyDay
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I've been sketching a lot via the Procreate app on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil. YES, I also love sketching on regular paper, but because my sketch style is fast and loose and prolific, I was going through a LOT of paper and MANY paper sketchbooks.

Anyway, just discovered last night (!!) after a sketchfest that Procreate enables a playback video. Duh, serves me right for not reading through the whole user manual. For those interested, I'm sharing an excerpt from my sketchplay last night. As you can tell, I wander a lot before settling on a final image. :-)

https://youtu.be/XNt-4KpWkWk
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I interviewed RUBY ROSE, OFF TO SCHOOL SHE GOES author Rob Sanders, and he offered some fantastic advice for young writers as well as talking about how RUBY ROSE got published, the editing process and more: http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose-robsanders (PLUS get a sneak peek at some of the interior illustrations by yours truly! :-))

http://debbieohi.com/book-rubyrose-robsanders
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Happy #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay! Thank you for all that you do.
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Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

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HangoutParty.com is the site to view of all the most happening Hangouts taking place on Google+. Watch and participate in concerts, lectures

Daily motivation: #amwriting - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writer...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

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The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry

NaNoWriMo Music Videos & NaNoWriMo Comics & a new NANOTOONS Face...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

KidLitArtists
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Children's book illustrator group brought together by the SCBWI Illustration Mentorship Program. Twitter: @KidLitArtists

iPadGirl - For Writers, Librarians, Editors and Bibliophiles
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Digital publishing industry (esp. effect on children's publishing), e-books, iPads apps for writers. How writers & illustrators can get the most out of their

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - For Writers, Librarians, Ed...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Video interview & book trailer: THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Miche...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Comic: Pirate Plagiarism (in honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day) - Inkygirl...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope (TIFF Review) - Debbie's Bl...
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Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers & Artists - Inkygirl: An Illus...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, book reviews, interviews for kidlit/YA writers & illustrators by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian

Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Gu...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.

Sketch Club App for iPad: Fun To Use, With Built-In Community - iPadGirl...
inkygirl.com - written by Debbie Ohi

Digital publishing industry (esp. effect on children's publishing), e-books, iPads apps for writers. How writers & illustrators can get the most out of their

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debbieohi.com - written by Debbie Ohi

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