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Welcome to my Inkygirl blog (scroll down to see individual posts), which was originally on a separate site at Inkygirl.com. I’m in the process of moving it to my new site but all the posts have not yet been transferred, and I still need to fix a bunch of links. Thanks for your patience during this transition!

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Common mistakes made by new picture book writers

(Updated from an older post. Also be sure to check out my FAQ for more useful advice!) So many people think that short = easy, especially when it comes to picture books. And while yes, it’s easy to crank out a picture book manuscript in terms of wordcount, writing a . . .






Interview with 13-year-old Abigail The Story Teller

Thanks to 13-year-old Abigail The STORY Teller, who was my 45,000th follower on Twitter! When I asked Abigail which of my books she would like me to send to her as a thank you gift, I was honoured when she chose my own solo picture books Sam & Eva and . . .



Did LIBRARIANS, SQUIRRELS, ALIENS or AME DYCKMAN steal my books?

*****[Exciting update November 9, 2021, 3:30 pm ET: MY BOX OF CONTRIBUTOR COPIES JUST ARRIVED!!!!.] According to my social media followers, either librarians, squirrels, aliens or Ame Dyckman stole my books! 😀 Even though I’M SORRY launched over two months ago (Sept.7th), I have yet to receive my box of . . .




NaNoWriMo Begins! (and why I am a NaNoWriMo Rebel this year)

NaNoWriMo begins today! For those who don’t know, the full name of this annual event is called National Novel Writing Month. There are many variations possible for those who want to use this community writing challenge in other ways (I’ll be talking more about this later in this post), but . . .



THANK YOU, school librarians!

Photo: With Carrie Davies at Nerd Camp. I continue to be grateful to school librarians for sharing my books and works by fellow creators with young readers. I was lucky enough to meet teacher librarian Carrie Davies (see photo above) in person at Nerd Camp Michigan years ago. I’ve also . . .



How to support indie bookstores by including indie bookstore links

(Feel free to scoop the above image for posting elsewhere. You can also access the animated gif version on my GIPHY page.) I’ve had book creators ask me how to find book links for indie bookstores, so here is a short tutorial. For U.S. indies, it’s relatively easy. Just go . . .