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It is time to let go of your entry, you have done well, now get your entry/ies in to CYA!!!

With just on 27 hours left to pumpkin hour tomorrow night, you need to save your work, scan it if its done by hand for the illustrations, and get into the judging system and enter. Time is really running out now.

Once again, CYA Conference will be here for you, if you have a last minute problem tomorrow, please CALL Tina…

Phone: 07 3408 7885

Mobile: 0408 751 208

Please be considerate on Monday night, as Tuesday morning I am up at 4am, so no calls after 9pm PLEASE…

And lastly, remember CYA Conference is here to encourage you, help you along always - not catch you out, if you need a question answered - ask!


Till tomorrow.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam


 









2 days...

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2 days and counting down. Tip for the day: Check your headers contain all the info needed: Title Manuscript, Target Publisher, Word Count!

I have been downloading the entries today, and the most common errors were the incorrect submission details in the headers.

Go back, check your files, if you see you made an error - let CYA  know before MIDNIGHT 30th April and email the replacement file to:

info@cyaconference.com

Remember the submission guidelines are marked, and having marks deducted for a silly set out mistake is just a waste of good money paid. 

Until tomorrow…


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam







3 days ..Today is Friday 27th April


3 days and counting down to pumpkin hour on Monday night. Tip for today: Use the weekend to do a final read through, check illustrations for spelling errors.

The competitions arearriving into CYA COnfrence in at a steady rate – keep them coming, don’t miss the closing date at midnight on 30th April 2012. Remember, artworks in print format don't need to be here before 30th April, get your electronic entry in ASAP, and then post your display copy!

Also, CYA Confrence should be on email alot over the weekend to help you if needed. ( Not 24/7 but here,) so if you need to ask a question , shout loudly on email and we will try our best to get back to you.

Looking forward to receving your entry/ies and good luck!


CYA later!

Tina, ALly and Sam



 

4 Days...

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The are only 4 days until the close of the 2012 CYA Conference competitions.

Tip of  the day: Slow down, take your time, there are still many hours!

4 days is still 24 hours  @ 4 = 96 hours… less than 100 but more than 1.

Till tomorrow - keep those entries coming in.

CYA later!

Tina

PS Once again/as always  - thank you to www.123rf.com - their image is always copyrighted to them: 

Copyright (c) <a href='http://www.123rf.com'>123RF Stock Photos</a>



6 days


6 days …Tip for the day: Illustrators - let your paints dry so they can be scanned in time for 30th April entry. Wet & cold weather on the way for most of Australia, your paints will take longer than normal.  

 

 

Booking: The coding behind the booking form changed overnight - so if you have previously booked, and then you sit with a friend to book, you will notice a little difference in the booking form from previously. Its all the same information, just in a different order so that you don't have to keep putting n your name and email. 

Looking forward to receiving your entry/ies and good luck!


CYA later!

Tina, Ally  & Sam



7 days to go...

With only 7 days left to get your CYA Competition entries in, I thought I would remind you of what we have been discussing for the 21 days of this month, and our tips for the day.

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Counting down:

28 days until the CYA Competitions close: its time to put those finishing touches on, do the final edit and get your entry in – before you miss the deadline.

A few small things that have cropped up that you might want to relook at: Target publishers – please remember that you need to have this in your header. This is used so that the judges know that you have researched the market, and we do have points allocated in the marking/juding sheet to this – so choose a publisher who you want to publish your book, and put them in the header of your entry.

Set outs: Our guidelines for set out are just that - guidelines. We will NOT take a ruler and measure that your margins are 2.8cms and not 3cms…please don't rush out and buy a new printer to make sure that it has the exact meaurments - CYA Conference is not so petty, as long as it looks neat, tidy and had margins - we are usually really happy. YES, you need to take note of guidelines but we are not asking the impossible - if you can't do it - shout - and we will try and help you!

27 days  - Run a spell check and a grammar check!

26 days – Congratulations to past CYA Success stories in the CBC Awards yesterday, and CYA success statistics.

    Katherine Battersby was a notable for Squish Rabbit. (Competition success with this book)

    Lucia Masciullo had yet another of her books with Sonya Hartnett shortlisted – Come Down, Cat! & her book with Jen Storer, The Accidental Princess on the notable list.

    James Foley with Norman Jorgensen, The Last Viking was shortlisted.

    Aleesah Darlison, with Andrew Plant, Warambi was on the notable list.

We are so so proud of you all – well done!

Because of the axing of the Queensland Premier Awards, we went and looked at CYA Conference statistics that we knew about at the time, they are as follows:-

25 book babies so far because CYA Conference happened.

13 of these directly because of the CYA Competitions.

4 of these directly from wins of competitions to the editors involved in the final judging.

25 days – Clarity on paying lump sums

I haven’t seem to have made clear is that when you pay over your fees to CYA Conference – you are welcome to do one payment for multiple entries, we will match them all up. If there is a problem, you will hear form us, if not – all’s well in competition world…Thank you to everyone who have separated them all out and made it so nice and transparent for us. We do appreciate that took lots of your time – thanks.

Also Kaz Delaney (Kerri Lane) – CYA Success dedication to CYA Conference in her new book: Dead, Actually. Thank you so much Kaz!

18 days - Tip for the day: Stop procrastinating and send in your entry!

14 days – Bookings open, line up includes: Paul Collins, Meredith Costain, Isobelle Carmody, Paul Griffin - NY USA, Steph Bowe, Craig Smith, Dr Virginia Lowe, Jo Thompson, Kerri Lane, Belinda Jeffrey, Katherine Battersby, Jan Latta, Lucia Masciullo,  Vincenzo Pignatelli, Judy Paulson, Ben Long, Janet Reid, Agent: Jill Corcoran, Herman Agency, USA, Editors: Leonie Tyle (Publishing Consultant), Kristina Schulz (UQP), Zoe Walton (Random House), Nadine Bates (Hootenanny Books), Vincenzo Pignatelli (BlueQuoll Digital Publishing)

13 days - Have you sent your entry in yet?

Remember: If you are sending art works, the electronic entry needs to be with CYA Conference by pumpkin hour on 30th April, but the paper copies can arrive after that by snail mail - we do use these for display purposes at the conference, but we also use them  to see if the scans do the picture justice too. We have had instances when the scans were poor and the artworks were rescanned at a higher resolution to ensure that the beauty of the picture was seen.

Great news is that Judy Paulson, who was picked up from this very competition just last year by Random House, has her book launch coming up on Thursday 3rd May for Baby Tawnies. 

12 days - Constructive feedback for every entry…obtainable elsewhere?

We love to hear from you and see just how far our competition feedback reaches, and helps get you published, or how you met someone (networked) at CYA Conference, and something came about because of that...

We also LOVE to showcase people who have succeeded from one conference to another. We have you as presenters, so that you can have a festival credit on your resume, again, helping you in your writing and illustrating careers.  And we often have CYA Success stories come back in future years to share more of their growing knowledge.

So please, let us know when you do succeed, it not only makes us smile that day, but always, as then we know that what we are doing is working, and we are slowly making a difference to people interested in Children and Young Adults literature.

10 day - Don’t panic…

A very good friend said to me this week: “Your book will never be finished, you will always find something you want to change, tweak, just do what you can in the time available, then send it in. That is the best thing you can do for your book. Then carry on with the next one you are writing/wanting to write/drafted.”

Congratulations Renée Treml on your first picture book One Very Tired Wombat, that will be published by Random House Australia in September 2012.

Renée said: “As a direct result of the CYA Competition, my picture book was picked up by Random House Australia and will be published in 2012.”

8 days - Read the guidelines, but be practical about them.

We have had a few inquiries about the guidelines, and how far they can be blurred. Remember the most important thing is to be practical, we will not be taking a ruler and seeing if your margin is 3cm or 3.2 cm's. If it looks good, neat and tidy, not squished up and doesn't blur our eyes when we read it  - its usually fine.

Set out - sometimes you can't set things out exactly like the guidelines. eg A verse novel. That is totally acceptable to set it out neatly, and not double space as then 1000 words will take up 15 or so pages, and its not practical. CYA Conference do 'get that' and the judges take it into consideration.

Remember that CYA Conference judges are mostly published writers themselves, and they do understand the logistics of a manuscript set out. 

Congratulations Janet Reid – this is what Janet had to say:

“In 2009, I entered the CYA competition for the first time with The Ruby Bottle. While it wasn't shortlisted, the story did rank quite close to the top, and I was encouraged by the feedback I received. I worked on the manuscript and entered it in the IP Kidz competition where it won first prize in 2011, from which I was offered a contract.  

My second book, Granny Rags, which is due for release in 2013, also started its journey at a CYA conference when I pitched it to Woolshed Press Editor, Leonie Tyle. Her feedback helped me see some fundamental flaws in my manuscript and I felt once again encouraged to work on this story before entering it in the IP Kidz 2012 competition where it won first place this year.

Not only is the CYA competition a great way to receive valuable feedback for writers, but the conference is also an excellent way for emerging writers to begin their networking and to hone their craft through the various workshops and master classes offered and presented by well-established writers and illustrators.” 

7 days…summarising all that we have said before in the tips for the day. Looking forward to receiving your entry/ies and good luck!

CYA Conference booking are open too, so get your competition entry in first, as time is almost up, then book for the conference.

CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam

8 days…

8 days today Sunday 22nd April. 

Tip for the day: Read the guidelines , but be practical about them.

We have had a few inquiries about the guidelines, and how far they can be blurred. Remember the most important thing is to be practical, we will not be taking a ruler and seeing if your margin is 3cm or 3.2 cm's. If it looks good, neat and tidy, not squished up and doesn't blur our eyes when we read it  - its usually fine.

Set out - sometimes you can't set things out exactly like the guidelines. eg A verse novel. That is totally acceptible to set it out neatly, and not double space as then 1000 words will take up 15 or so pages, and its not practical. CYA Conferense do 'get that' and the judges take it into consideration.

Remember that CYA Conference judges are mostly published writers themselves, and they do understand the logistics of a manuscript set out. 


I liked this picture from www.123rf.com (as always, thanks you 123rf your images are amazing!) It Depicted what I was trying to say. 

I promised you a blog on one of our success stories. Someone who didn't win, and who didn't get a contract right away from an editor appointment at conference, but she still has one book in print already, and another coming out. How? You ask... 

Meet CYA Success Janet Reid.

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This is what she had to say about how CYA Conference helped her on her journey t publication:

What CYA conference did for me:

In 2009, I entered the CYA competition for the first time with The Ruby Bottle. While it wasn't shortlisted, the story did rank quite close to the top, and I was encouraged by the feedback I received. I worked on the manuscript and entered it in the IP Kidz competition where it won first prize in 2011, from which I was offered a contract.  

My second book, Granny Rags, which is due for release in 2013, also started its journey at a CYA conference when I pitched it to Woolshed Press Editor, Leonie Tyle. Her feedback helped me see some fundamental flaws in my manuscript and I felt once again encouraged to work on this story before entering it in the IP Kidz 2012 competition where it won first place this year.

Not only is the CYA competition a great way to receive valuable feedback for writers, but the conference is also an excellent way for emerging writers to begin their networking and to hone their craft through the various workshops and master classes offered and presented by well-established writers and illustrators.


The result: 

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Janet will also be joining the success panel at CYA Conference on 7th July 2012. 


Yesterday was 9 days, and although I didn't get the post up I had already done the picture so you can see that anyhow…it has the one thing I probably hate doing more than ironing, a dish towel for handwashing dishes. 


Till tomorrow.

CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam




10 days..where is the time going?

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10 days until the CYA Competitions end. Tip for the day: Don’t panic…

I personally am notorious for leaving my competition entries to the last minute. I see the days ticking past – and go – its ok I have time. Then, suddenly its D-day. The nth hour -and I’m scrambling. I hate the printed style competitions for this reason – inevitable, that will be the day I run out of ink, my printer doesn’t want to talk to my computer, or one of the kids needs my time ( and we all know what the priority is there… not the competition) I land up rushing the entry sheet, and putting the entry into the post at 4.55pm – rushing into the post office with my express envelope saying – please stamp this it HAS to have todays date stamp on it.

Sound familiar yet?

The computer entries are easier – yes, but I still somehow end up sitting at my keyboard at 11.50pm attaching the documents and sending, waiting for an automated response to make sure its there…that it didn’t get lost in cyber space…

Now I thought this was just a trait in competitions, but I have been talking to a fair number of published authors, and they were saying that they have the same thing with their revisions from editors. Do them, read over them, tweek, tweek, tweek as the time ticks by, then when pumpkin hour arrives – they send it in only.

A very good friend said to me this week: “Your book will never be finished, you will always find something you want to change, tweek, just do what you can in the time available, then send it in. That is the best thing you can do for your book. Then carry on with the next one you are writing/wanting to write/drafted.”

I had to agree with her. Sometimes there is only so much you can do by reading and rereading. Then its time to pass it on its way – give it a kiss and let it out into the world.

 Are you at that stage with your entry but still holding it to the last minute? 

If so, don’t. 

Send it in sooner rather than later, send it with a kiss for good luck, and let it go. Save yourself some stress – and get it in now.

If you are still actively working on it – that's a different story altogether – move your butt and get it done. You have 10 days! But don’t panic and spend time stressing over how little time, make use of that time instead.

To inspire you further, I wanted to share this success story with you today  - 

Meet Renée Treml. 

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Congratulations Renée Treml on your first picture book One Very Tired Wombat, that will be published by Random House Australia in September 2012.

Renée said: “As a direct result of the CYA Competition, my picture book was picked up by Random House Australia and will be published in 2012.”

You can visit her on success page our website at: http://web.me.com/qmsa/CYA/cya-success-wall/renee-treml.html

And, tomorrow we have another success story for you – she didn’t win any of the CYA Competitions, and she didn’t get a contract from the onsite editor she had an appointment with at CYA Conference. But she still has two books contracted. How?

Till tomorrow!

CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam


12 days...

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Only 12 days left until the CYA Competitions close…tip for the day: Constructive feedback for every entry…obtainable elsewhere?

Today I received some brilliant news of another success story, I will be putting her story up on the wall soon, but I just wanted to once again let everyone know that CYA Success wall is there for you when you succeed in your journey towards publication.

We love to hear from you and see just how far our competition feedback reaches, and helps get you published, or how you met someone (networked) at CYA Conference, and something came about because of that...

We also LOVE to showcase people who have succeeded from one conference to another. We have you as presenters, so that you can have a festival credit on your resume, again, helping you in your writing and illustrating careers.  And we often have CYA Success stories come back in future years to share more of their growing knowledge.

So please, let us know when you do succeed, it not only makes us smile that day, but always, as then we know that what we are doing is working, and we are slowly making a difference to people interested in Children and Young Adults literature.

Till tomorrow!

CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam




13 Days


13 days and counting down to the close of the CYA Conference competitions! Have you sent your entry in yet?


Remember: If you are sending art works, the electronic entry needs to be with CYA Conference by pumpkin hour on 30th April, but the paper copies can arrive after that by snail mail - we do use these for display purposes at the conference, but we also use them  to see if the scans do the picture justice too. We have had instances when the scans were poor and the artworks were rescanned at a higher resolution to ensure that the beauty of the picture was seen.

Mmm Talking art works: 

Great news is that Judy Paulson, who was picked up from this very competition just last year by Random House, has her book launch coming up on Thursday 3rd May for Baby Tawnies. 

I am particularly so excited for this, as Judy has been to nurerous CYA Conferences, and we have seen her work come through the system, and her dedication to improving her standard has shows. And its payed off. 

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Would love to see you there supporting her if you can make it!

Judy has a second launch too up in the clouds of Maleny …. Second launch is 6pm. 17th May, Rosetta Books, Maleny... opened by Peter Carnavas. Ahhh I love that drive!

Judy will also be in the sucess panel at CYA Conference this year, sharing her views and giving any tips she can pass on to others who are wanting to be published in picture books. 


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So, till I check in with you again tomorrow with the next day counted down off the calendar…

CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam.


Bookings Are Open

CYA Bookings are now open.

People who prebooked - your form links will be sent to you shortly, you get your first choice of everything!

Please view the wonderful program we have for you this year including, 

Paul Collins

Meredith Costain

Isobelle Carmody

Paul Griffin - NY USA

Steph Bowe

Craig Smith

Dr Virginia Lowe

Jo Thompson

Kerri Lane

Belinda Jeffrey

Katherine Battersby

Jan Latta

Lucia Masciullo

 Vincenzo Pignatelli

Judy Paulson

Ben Long

Agent: Jill Corcoran, Herman Agency, USA

Editors: Leonie Tyle (Publishing Consultant), Kristina Schulz (UQP), Zoe Walton (Random House), Nadine Bates (Hootenanny Books), Vincenzo Pignatelli (BlueQuoll Digital Publishing)

Have a look through the programs page - we have a Networking Cocktail dinner on Friday 6th July before conference.

On site parking (paid) this year. Your parking disk will be emailed to you before conference.

CYA Conference on Saturday 7th July 2012…looks great - I can't wait now that its all up there to attend a few of the workshops...

Hotel bookings at the same price for deligates as we got for our presenters.

Extra food packs for parents of Hatchlings staying ( so you don't go hungry)

… and highlighting our International Author - Paul Griffin and our International Agent onsite - Jill Corcoran…

Look forward to seeing you there!


14 days till CYA Competitons close and counting down!


CYA later!


Tina, Ally & Sam


  

18 days and counting down...


There are only 18 days left till the CYA Competitions close.

 

Tip for the day: Stop procrastinating and send in your entry!


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam



Happy easter

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Myself, Ally and Sam and all the others in the CYA Conference team of volunteers wish everyone a very happy easter!


Stay safe!


CYA later Alligators!



24 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN...

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24 days till the competitions close - enjoy your easter break.


Happy Easter! 


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam


25 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN...


25 days until the close of CYA Competitions, and the entries are beginning to roll on in at a faster rate.

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One thing I have noticed is that I haven’t seem to have made clear is that when you pay over your fees to CYA Conference – you are welcome to do one payment for multiple entries, we will match them all up. If there is a problem, you will hear form us, if not – all’s well in competition world…Thank you to everyone who have separated them all out and made it so nice and transparent for us. We do appreciate that took lots of your time – thanks.

 

I had to share this with you –

 

 

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That beautiful writing was scanned from Kaz Delaney – (aka Kerri Lane) in the acknowledgement in her book Dead, Actually. 

This book was as a result of signing with an Australian Agent at CYA Conference. 

 Thank you Kerri – that is just beautiful! And I am so glad that in our small way we could help you along in your dream to being published in Australia, not just overseas.

 

It is moments like this, when I hold someone’s book baby in my hands that I remember why I was part of CYA Conference getting started back in 2006. Why I dedicate my time to it – moments like this when I go – because of CYA Conference, this book is here today, it happened.

 

I’m not claiming that without CYA Conference the book wouldn’t have been published anyhow – it's a great book, and great books find homes, but we just sort of helped speed up the process but putting the author and the agent together. Well, I like to think we made a difference  - so… don’t anyone dare to burst my bubble okay!


Yesterday I commented on the fact the Campbell Newman had axed the QLD premiers awards. And I signed the petition to ask him to please bring them back… 

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman: Reinstate the QLDPremier’s Literary Awards & no more Arts cuts #QLDlitprize

http://t.co/jAly6LeT


It is sad but in my heart I am not sure that they will ever have the same effect again as long as he is Premier of QLD, the 'gloss' and 'prestige' has gone out of them - afterall who wants an award from someone who doesn't believe in books, or the publising industry?

…today he is following CYA Conference on twitter. Check it out…


I'm sure its not him personally, and just some minion in his office who is now watching what people in the industry are saying about yesterdays decision. But the fact that he even knows about CYA Conference is amazing!

Social networking….its a fantastic tool for both professional and casual networking… it didn't exsist less than ten years ago, but is now a global phenominum… Do you use it to its advantage for your work?

Till tomorrow…

if you are driving anywhere - take care. 

Flying anywhere, pack light so you can bring home lots of souveniers . 

Staying home - enjoy the time in your own space!


CYA Later!

Tina, Ally & Sam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN...

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With the sad news that Campbell Newman has ‘canned’ QLD Premier Awards, I have to admit that my heart sank for every Queenslander writer and illustrator who tries to make a living in this industry. These awards were a fantastic opportunity, and I thank previous Premiers for having forethought and recognising that writing and illustrating children’s books is an art form, and for respecting that.

 Perhaps when Queensland is out of its huge financial debt, our new Premier will bring these awards back, with a new twist, and make them better than they were???

 I used to work in the automotive industry so put in factory terms, it’s kind of like:  an unwanted ‘salary sacrifice’, but hopefully when ‘the company’ is back on its feet again, you get back pay and hope that your salary will be put inline again with what is market appropriate.

 But he hasn’t said that – I’m just hoping…being forever the optimist.

Then I got to thinking that yes, those awards are gone. But CYA Conference isn’t. And just yesterday the Children’s Book Council shortlists were announced.  I don’t have facts and figures for how much impact these awards have in real figures of number of books sold to schools, but I’m suspecting its plenty numerous as writers involved are always happy for the accolades of having their books nominated – and for the royalty cheques at the end of the year as their sales climb.

 Past CYA Success stories people in the CBC Awards yesterday.

  • Katherine Battersby was a notable for Squish Rabbit. (Competition success with this book)
  • Lucia Masciullo had yet another of her books with Sonya Hartnett shortlisted – Come Down, Cat! & her book with Jen Storer, The Accidental Princess on the notable list.
  • James Foley with Norman Jorgensen, The Last Viking was shortlisted.
  • Aleesah Darlison, with Andrew Plant, Warambi was on the notable list.

We are so so proud of you all – well done!

So CYA Conference was never in the same league as the Premier Awards. But we are in the same industry – Writing & Illustrating Children’s books.  And I looked back at our stats and success pages.

 25 book babies so far because CYA Conference happened.

13 of these directly because of the CYA Competitions.

4 directly from wins of competitions to the editors involved in the final judging.

 And I began to smile.

That is an average of 3 books a year since inception in 2006, books we have helped make happen, real people who have succeeded on their publication dream because in some small way, CYA Conference has been there to help them, or make a direct contact for with an editor.

Obviously we can’t offer the huge Premiers cash prize, but now no longer does he. Yet we are still here to give feedback, encouragement, and to help real people published along the way.

So with only 26 days till the competition ends, hope your entries are almost ready to send in and you are on top of the new deadline date: 30th April 2012.

It's a evolving world we live in, we need to be flexible along with it, stand tall when everything goes our way, roll when we need to, duck and hide when there is danger and smile broadly when the sun shines on us!

 

CYA Later!

 

Tina, Ally & Sam

27 days and counting down...

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There are now 27 days left till the CYA Conference competitions all close.

Continuing on our theme of checking items before submission:

Run a spell check and a grammar check!

I am doubly guilty of this, I mistype - then read what I think I have typed, and not the typo glaring me in the face.

But don't always accept what your computer says is the correct - look up the definition if you are not sure. Words I personally get messed up (well me and my computer):

defiantly and definitely
actuary and actually
angel and angle (one being a cherub with wings while the other is a measurement..)

Mistakes are so easy to make.

But spell check doesn’t always pick up errors either…this was a real error of mine in a real competition– learn from me and reread your manuscripts and passages put into your illustrations:


The error:

She ran her hands up his shit and sighed.

What I thought it said:

She ran her hands up his shirt and sighed.


See the difference?

 

I didn’t.

Spell check didn’t.

But three judges did, and all commented on how bad my spelling was in the entry.


Spelling??? 

Seriously its a typo!!!! 

But it makes no difference - wrong is wrong.  

If you have someone who can, get them to read your work, they often pick up errors that you over-read.

 

If you have done this already – yeah!  Hope to see your entry/ies soon as, so they are not left till the last minute on 30th April 2012.


CYA Later!

 

Tina, Ally & Sam.

PS Thank you as always to www.123rf.com for the free images I use on our web site.


 

28 days and counting down...

2nd April 2012

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With only 28 days left till the CYA Conference competitions all close, its time to put those finishing touches on, do the final edit and get your entry in – before you miss the deadline.

A few small things that have cropped up that you might want to relook at:

Target publishers – please remember that you need to have this in your header. This is used so that the judges know that you have researched the market, and we do have points allocated in the marking/juding sheet to this – so choose a publisher who you want to publish your book, and put them in the header of your entry.

Set outs: Our guidelines for set out are just that - guidelines. We will NOT take a ruler and measure that your margins are 2.8cms and not 3cms…please don't rush out and buy a new printer to make sure that it has the exact meaurments - CYA Conference is not so petty, as long as it looks neat, tidy and had margins - we are usually really happy. YES, you need to take note of guidelines but we are not asking the impossible - if you can't do it - shout - and we will try and help you!

CYA Later!

Tina, Ally & Sam

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