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Update Conference & Competitions

This is a large update, so much has been happening. Thank you to everyone who has been so patient while I attempted to balance my own publishing deadlines while still dedicating time to CYA Conference. It will be a balancing act, but one that I hope to achieve, and I thank everyone for your continued support. 

Firstly - Competitions:

With just under 400 competition entries for 2014, the judging is is full swing. 

Invoices will be sent out by 11th June 2014. Only if you don’t receive yours then, please get hold of us. Remember that CYA’s invoices are invoices and payments receipts all in one because all competition entries should have been paid for at the time of entering.

Final Judges for the 2014 Competition Season:

Aspiring Section:

Category 1 - Picture Books - Preschool ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.

Category 2 - Picture Books - Primary ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.

Category 3 - Picture Books - Non fiction ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.

Category 4 - Chapter Books ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.

Category 5 - Young Adult ~ Lisa Berryman, HarperCollins.

Category 6 (includes Cat 7) ~ Graphic Novels, Illustrated Picture books and Illustrated Middle Grade Novels - Karen Tayleur - Five Mile Press

Category 8 - Illustrations ~ Karen Tayleur - Five Mile Press.

Hatchlings Section:

All Sections ~ Katrina Lehman - Penguin.

Published Section:

All Sections ~ Sue Whiting, Walker Books.

Thank you to all the Final Judges! 

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteer judges who complete the preliminary judging, I can’t name you now (incase someone wants to bribe you with chocolate, or fine wine…LOL) but I will name you after the volunteer judging is completed and with the final judge.

Conference Update:

Please have another look at the editors onsite - we have added Rochelle Manners from Wombat Books & Rhiza Press to the onsite lineup.

For the first time, we have onsite a Children’s Book Smith ~ Tadaa. Welcome on board Anil & Ozan! 

Although this is a FREE appointment, (Correct CYA is not charging you for your 15 minute consult with Tadaa) you still need to book through us.  There are only 18 appointments on offer - so first come best dressed.

For those who have booked in already for conference, you can’t edit your entry online, please send us an email and we will manually amend your registration.

Please note that NO CONTRACTS will be signed during CYA Conference as emotions are running high then, and you need to have a clear mind when entering into a self publishing venture, and have assessed all aspects with a clear head. 


CYA Success Panel:

The 2014 CYA Success Panel will be:

Kathryn Apel, Samantha Wheeler, Stella Tarakson, Karen Tyrrell and  Caylie Jeffery. Congratulations to each of these authors who have achieved a success with a book publication, or something that CYA helped them with, between conference last year and 5th July 2014. 

I can’t wait to hear from each of you what diamond of advice you have to pass onto others at the conference. 


Samantha Wheeler


Stella Tarakson


Kathryn Apel


Karen Tyrrell


Caylie Jeffery


Cassandra Webb

Invoices for conference. 

Owing to people always changing their minds up to a week before on what they are doing, adding in editor appointments, dinner etc, the invoices/receipts for conference will go out after conference by end of July (probably before that.)… 

Right, leaving you with loads to think about. I hope its all positive! 

Our 9th CYA Conference is on 5th July 2014, be there or be square! (LOL)

CYA later!

Tina, Ally, Sam, Deb, Nats and all the volunteers who make this day happen.

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