~ Contact me ~
Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a published writer and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada, and is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd. Her illustrations appear in I'M BORED, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012) and in her short story for teens in TOMO: Friendship Through Fiction (Stone Bridge Press, 2012). You can read what the press has said about Debbie's illustrations and view samples here.
Debbie was the founder and editor-in-chief of one of the first online communities for writers, Inkspot. The companion newsletter had nearly 50,000 subscribers. She is also the author of The Writer's Online Marketplace (Writer's Digest Books, 2001).
DEBBIE'S CURRENT CONTRACTED BOOK PROJECTS:
- Two picture books for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers: writing/illustrating one (Title TBA), illustrating the other (NAKED! by Michael Ian Black). Editor: Justin Chanda. Art director: Laurent Linn.
- Two picture books for Harpercollins: illustrating the RUBY ROSE series by Rob Sanders. Editor: Margaret Anastas. First book (RUBY ROSE ON HER TOES) is scheduled to launch: TBA.
OTHER BOOK PROJECTS IN PROGRESS:
- Picture books.
- Illustrated chapter book.
- Middle grade novel (being revamped).
- YA novel (being rewritten).
In a nutshell: I write and illustrate books for young people. I'm the founder of Inkspot and Inklings, one of the very first online writing communities and electronic newsletters. I ended up selling to a U.S. company (here's a summary of my experience) so I could focus on doing more creating and less administration/managing.
Bonus trivia:I have a CD track with my name as its title (see Track 5). :-)
NOTE: At present, I'm not taking on illustration assignments for self-published picture books or to accompany picture book text for sending out to publishers. For the latter, be aware that most publishers prefer to choose their own illustrations.Please read Harold Underdown's excellent article on submitting picture books.
jeff | writing | blathering | long soak in a hot bath | my nieces and nephews | my sister's books | San Francisco sourdough | canoe trips | board gaming | office supply stores | bookmarks | filking | science fiction/fantasy | my iPad | songwriting | reading in the tub | Star Trek:The Original Series | sushi | food movies | sappy happy endings | spicy teas like cinnamon and licorice | my harp | chocolate | Nahanni trip | Urban Tapestry | creative people
MY PET PEEVES:
wasted time | leaf blowers | whiners | squirrels | telemarketers | cigarette smoke | people who send big e-mail attachments without asking first | swimsuit shopping | spam | tv commercials in movie theatres | cellphone slaves | squeaky shoes | being stuck in a line without anything to read