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Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a published writer and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada, and is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis-Brown.

My Background In A Nutshell

I've had a Web page since 1994 (and have been on the 'net for far longer), which I suppose makes me an old-timer. I've always been somewhat of a geekgrrl. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Psychology, I worked as a systems programmer/analyst for Toronto-Dominion Bank for two years before stepping off the corporate cliff and immersing myself in the arts: writing, teaching piano, and doing some freelance art.

My non-fiction book, The Writer's Online Marketplace, was published by Writer's Digest in 2001. I've also sold a wide variety of nonfiction pieces for print and online magazines as well as some poetry and short stories. I created a Web resource for writers called Inkspot which won a bunch of awards and a newsletter circulation of nearly 50,000. Inkspot began as a hobby but soon became a fulltime career.

Photo by Beckett GladneyDuring the height of the Internet Goldrush, Inkspot attracted the attention of half a dozen U.S. companies vying for acquisition. I ended up selling to a publishing services company, living in Philadelphia away from my husband Jeff for six months, and working as an employee instead of a self-employed entrepreneur.

To make a long story short (see my Woodpile Philosophy), the company who bought Inkspot shut it down early 2001 due to lack of financing, and I'm back to being a freelancer (YAY!).


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