Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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This page is for use by those attending the CCBC's Business Of Writing seminar. Please do not post this URL anywhere publicly. I realize that the URL is at the bottom of most of my slides; I'm fine with posting a few slides publicly, but please don't specifically point people to this page -- thanks so much!

Also, here are answers to questions I am frequently asked about the craft and business of writing and illustrating for young people including how I got my agent and advice on how to find an agent.

For those looking for info about the basics of breaking into writing and illustrating for young people, I STRONGLY recommend you checking out Harold Underdown's Purple Crayon site. I also have a "Getting Into The Business" section in my FAQ.

LINKS AND RESOURCES I MENTIONED DURING THE SEMINAR

(Last updated November 26, 2016)

INTRO, SOCIAL MEDIA:

QUIET: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking - by Susan Cain

 

My definition of networking:

Networking is about gradually building trust through meaningful relationships.

 

TWITTER:

My Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators

How to post photos/GIFs on Twitter: bit about tagging people in photos in near the bottom.

My Twitter lists of agents who represent kidlit/YA, kidlit/YA editors, art directors.

#PitMad: a pitch party organized by Brenda Drake. Read the rules carefully before participating.

2016-2017 Pitch Contest Calendar

 

TIPS ON FINDING AN AGENT:

See my list of tips and resources on how to find an agent here.

 

EDITORS, AGENTS & ART DIRECTORS RESEARCHING ONLINE:

Inkygirl survey of editors, agents and art directors about researching people online

 

CONFERENCES AND AUTHOR ORGANIZATIONS

CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination - See CANSCAIP website

SCBWI - Society Of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

SCBWI Annual Winter Conference in NYC 2017 (I'm on faculty this year)

Organizations for children's book authors and illustrators: CANSCAIP, SCBWI

 

PERSONALSTUFF I MENTIONED:

How a rejection got me a book deal: My career-changing SCBWI Summer Conference experience

More info about my books: DebbieOhi.com/books

Ruth Ohi - my awesome sister

Maureen McGowan - YA author who came up with the lightning rod analogy

Kevin Sylvester