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For those interested, I've started posting about the process involved in creating two picture books for Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers:

http://debbieohi.com/pbcreation

One is from an illustrator's perspective:
The I'M BORED Scrapbook documents the creation of I'M BORED, a new picture book by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by yours truly, coming out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012. This blog includes photos, sketches, process notes, comics as well as quotes from the author, editor (Justin Chanda) and art director (Laurent Linn).

The other is from a writer/illustrator's perspective:
I'll also be posting in Inkygirl about the very first picture book that I'll be writing AND illustrating (just recently got the contract from Simon & Schuster, yay!). I'll be posting about the process, what I'm learning, what happens at various steps and what they mean, the people I interact with at S&S and what they do. I'll be sharing some of the templates I create for myself to help with workflow, plus give you a peek of what goes on inside Simon & Schuster BFYR later on in the process, after I've handed in my finals.

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#1 - May 12, 2012, 06:28 AM
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These sound really interesting!
#2 - May 12, 2012, 06:53 AM
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Debbie...the potato. OMG the potato. *snicker*

this is so very cool! thank you so much for sharing!!  :bow
#3 - May 12, 2012, 07:30 AM
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Thanks for sharing Debbie! :)
#4 - May 12, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for sharing Debbie! I love hearing about the whole process. It's so daunting sometimes and yet many people don't share how it all works. I'm sure many people will find this very helpful.
#5 - May 12, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Debbie, Thanks so much for sharing this! Saved link to favorites! Cali
#6 - May 12, 2012, 08:45 AM

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Sounds fascinating, Debbie! Thanks for doing this.

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#7 - May 12, 2012, 10:38 AM
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Dina: Thanks!

Artemesia: Power to the potato! :-D

Wendy, Christy: Hey, good to see you two over here. :-) I've only recently started to do more browsing and posting. I've heard so many good things about these boards that I've decided I really need to spend more time here.

Cali, Carrie: Thanks!

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#8 - May 13, 2012, 06:32 PM
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Really inspiring to read, looking forward to reading more   :grin
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I really enjoy your work and perspective Debbie. It's always interesting to hear about the intricacies of producing a picture book from house to house and imprint to imprint.
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Thanks, Debbie!
#11 - May 14, 2012, 05:45 PM
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Looking forward to reading the blog series!
#12 - May 15, 2012, 01:25 AM
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What a great service you'll be rendering (pun intended) to us wannabees!
#13 - May 15, 2012, 06:31 AM
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Thanks, Debbie.  Can't wait to read all about your process. 
#14 - May 15, 2012, 07:10 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement and kind words, everyone. Much appreciated. :-)

I've posted Part 2:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/5/15/writing-illustrating-a-picture-book-for-simon-schuster-books.html

Topics covered:
- struggling to find a unique story idea, brainstorming, my phone call with my editor, and a print-ready PDF (approved by my editor :-)) thumbnails template for story-planning.
#15 - May 15, 2012, 10:30 AM
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