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Debbie’s Blog

Welcome to my new blog, which now includes content from many of the blogs I’ve created over the years. You can now also access content via category from this one page instead of having to search for my individual blogs, which were scattered over various platforms and websites.


Perseverance

(Updated May 26, 2024. Also see: Rejection Stories & Advice From Published Kidlit/YA Creators) This is a photo of a letter I’ve had pinned up on my home office Inspiration Board for years now. It represents the many encouraging-but-still-rejection letters I received over the years when I was actively writing . . .





I just signed a book contract!

I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a contract with Simon & Schuster to illustrate I’M BUSY, a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black. I identify way too much with this story. 😁 I’M BUSY is the latest in the I’M series, joining I’M BORED, I’M . . .




New To Bluesky? Here Are Some Tips

(Last updated June 23rd, 2024) – Shortlink to this post: https://debbieohi.link/bluesky-tips Quick navigation: Book Launch threads – Bluesky Lists – Bluesky Feeds – Feed Index – Hashtags – Community event hashtags *NEW* KidLit Mega Feed pulls in #KidLit content from moderated Lists from multiple members of the community! Find out . . .



Social Media and the KidLit Community: My (Updated) Personal Take

Quick navigation: Bluesky Lists – I’m mainly on Bluesky and Substack these days.*** UPDATED March 3, 2024: Also see my new Bluesky Tips: Community Engagement post! Spoiler alert: As you can tell from the image above and screenshot below of Melissa Stewart’s article in School Library Journal, Bluesky is currently . . .



I WANT TO READ *ALL* THE BOOKS!

I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my new solo picture book with Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, I WANT TO READ *ALL* THE BOOKS. Don’t you love my art director Laurent Linn’s wonderful cover design? Read about how the cover was created here, including the cuuuute dog . . .



Guest Post: PB Rising Stars Mentors Announcement!

A guest post by Kailei Pew and Ebony Lynn Mudd Here, we go…PB RISING STARS YEAR 3! ⭐⭐⭐ Thanks so much for hosting us again, Debbie! We l o v e d  announcing the PB Rising Stars Mentors on your blog last year and can’t believe it’s time to do . . .