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This page (scroll down) lists any posts I’ve tagged with “News & Events” – usually anything exciting in my work, book projects, upcoming events, and so on.

Where to find the kidlit community on Bluesky

Short URL to this post: https://debbieohi.link/bluesky-kidlit (Last updated September 19, 2023) As the Platform-Formerly-Known-As-Twitter gradually continues to de-stabilize, I’ve been taking a harder look at alternatives….especially if Elon Musk goes through with his promise to remove the ability to Block accounts or charge all users subscription fees. My happyplace is . . .



I’m a Substack Reads recommendation!

As I mentioned in my keynote at SCBWI Florida last month, Substack is currently my happyplace online, more so than any other platform. Which is why I was SO EXCITED when I discovered that I was one of nine Substack newsletters in their Substack Reads recommendation list this week. Thanks . . .



My new Picture Books 101 series on Substack

As I recently mentioned in my keynote at the SCBWI Florida conference, Substack is my current happyplace online. I’ll post more about Substack and how it can help children’s book creators later this year, but I wanted to let you all know about my new Picture Book 101 series on . . .



Perseverance

(Last updated May 25, 2023) (Also see: Rejection Stories & Advice From Published Kidlit/YA Creators, Linda Sue Park’s #12minutes writing routine for first drafts and feel free to join my Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge on FB) This is a photo of a letter I’ve had pinned up on my home . . .



June 7th, 2022: Art & Story: Picture Book Writing 101 (online)

I’m delighted to partner with Brooke Van Sickle and Journey To Kidlit to offer a picture book writing workshop (online) geared toward beginning picture book writers. Don’t know the difference between a picture book manuscript and a short story? Want to know more about picture book manuscript format? Confused about . . .



Where to find me online these days

(Last updated April 7, 2023) I’ve been online since the early days of the Internet, before the term “social media” existed. I have also signed up for many online services, joined many online communities. Because of this, it can be confusing if you’re trying to look for me online. I’ll . . .




Winners of the I’M Book Reader Gallery Contest!

Thanks to all who submitted photos for my I’M Books Reader Gallery, featuring fun images of readers and/or various types of creatures with I’m Bored, I’m Sad, I’m Worried, or I’m Sorry. It was too hard to pick just one winner, so Michael Ian Black and I finally declared a . . .




New #ImBooksReaderGallery entries!

I’m excited to see more submissions for my I’M… Books In The Wild Gallery! I welcome submissions: use this link. There will be prizes! Deadline: Oct. 1st, 2021. Above: A young reader with I’M SORRY in Newton, MA Above: Olivia with the I’M… books in Ohio. Above: Moore family in Michigan-“We . . .