News & Updates

New home in the cloud


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This should be our fist blog post from our new home in the cloud out there that is known as web hosting… I only hope that it doesn't take the full 24hours they predicted to cross all over the net and repropigate everywhere that is needed…

If you are returning after seeing that the site was down - thank you for coming back.

If you are a regular - thanks for your understanding with the change over.

CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam




Server Change

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This will probably be the last update on our mobile me server …unfortunately it is closing down on the 30th June.

I will be transferring the web site within the next day or so across to a new server, but the web site remains: 

www.cyaconference.com

Its just all the pointing in the other directions that will change from web me to A2 (if I ever get it to upload!)

A quick update on the CYA Conference hotel - Diane Plaza. They are now full on Friday 6th July so we can't take any more bookings for the hotel - but there are other hotels in the area that you can book into.

Also full - Jill Cocoran's one-on-one appointments are sold out.

Leonie Tyle's one-on-one appointments are sold out.

There are a few left with Zoe Walton, Nadine Bates, Kristina Schulz, Alex Adsett and Vincenzo Pignatelli, so if you are still wanting to get a one on one - book fast and get CYA your files ASAP as they still need time to read your work before conference.

I am crossing fingers that the weather clears up for next weekend and that the sun shines. The cocktail party/dinner network gathering is on an outdoor area and while there are heaters, I would hate for the wind to blow! Cross fingers and thumbs and toes...  


Radio alert: Also, while I am blogging… I am on the radio tomorrow 28th June, talking with Amy Stevenson on Book Club 4ZzZ 102.1FM 7 - 8pm, about CYA Conference - please do have a listen...

http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/program/4zzz-book-club

This is the link to get to the program that lets you listen online - way cool….

http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/listen-online

9 days, 8 hours and 45 minutes to CYA COnference…but who's counting?

 


Until next time...


Tina, Ally and Sam

 

After lunch...

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Lunch time at CYA Conference will be  served in the stunning "66 On Ernest" Resturant, which is on Level 2 C Block, made and served by the TAFE School of Tourism and Hospitality students, we are in for a treat… consider this for lunch…

A selection of:

Gourmet Turkish Rolls  - 

Honey
ham, tasty cheddar cheese & tomato chutney

Hungarian salami, Dijon mustard & pickles

Rare roast beef, cheese, cornichons & mild horseradish cream

Mediterranean vegetables, creamy fetta & rocket



Sensational Salads 

Vietnamese chicken salad 

Greek salad or Caesar Salad

Garden salad with an American French dressing 


And Desserts
Homemade assorted gateaux

Fresh seasonal fruit salad

mmmm sound good hey… We thought so too. 


So after this stunning lunch, we get back to our CYA Conference workshops,  and spotlight whats happening after lunch - before afternoon tea.

CYA Conference Success stories presents:

Kaz Delaney, Judy Paulson, Ben Long and Janet Reid.



Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have sold more than 60 books, for children and young adults, between them. 

Kaz's current title 'Dead, Actually' (Allen & Unwin) was released in March 2012, and she is also the author of the acclaimed titles, My Life as a Snow Bunny and Princesses Don't Sweat.  

Kerri's upcoming titles include such gems as Welcome to my Life of Doom (Pearson), Louie the Spy, Princess Pop-a-lot and Diary of a Stinky Kid (Macmillan). 



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Judy Paulson is an early childhood teacher with a fine art degree. She has always had a passion for picture books. 

In 2009 she began to write and illustrate full-time, gleaning her characters from the animals living around her in the hills of Maleny, Queensland. Judy handcrafts her characters and their natural environments, and combines these with photography and the computer to create her picture books.


BABY TAWNIES by Judy Paulson, published by Random House was release in May 2012.


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Ben Long is a writer, comedian, and scientist based in Adelaide, South Australia. 

After discovering his passion for writing while doing a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Queensland, fiction writing is now his obsession. 

Ben writes fun and quirky stories for children, drawing on his interests in the sciences and arts.






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Janet Reid grew up on a dairy farm in Queensland and spent many hours making up and acting out stories, often neglecting her chores. Later, she became a primary school teacher, working in many different areas in Queensland.

Now she likes to use both her farm and classroom experiences to write for children. Janet's first children's chapter book, The Ruby Bottle, was published by IP (Interactive Publications) this year.

Her second book, Granny Rags, is due out early 2013, again through IP.





Heading back into our 'streams' after that to:

Writing Narrative Non-Fiction ~ Discover a range of approaches to writing creative non-fiction that brings factual information alive for the reader. Come with an idea for a project – leave with a proposal! By Meredith Costain

Requirements: Note-taking equipment, ideas for topics you’d like to research and write about.

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Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to ‘tween’ novels and non-fiction. Her books include Bed Tails, A Year in Girl Hell, novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and CBCA Honour Book Doodledum Dancing

Her latest project is an eight-book series of narrative non-fiction picture books for Animal Planet. 





Making A Scene: Pinning Your Ideas To The Page~ How to create an illustrated spread for a picture book - collecting ideas, creating the characters and then using ink, collage, textures and white space to create a surprising scene which best captures the story and its emotion - By Katherine Battersby


Katherine is the children’s writer and illustrator of Squish Rabbit, which has been published in Australia, the US, China and other countries. 

She has had many short stories published in magazines and anthologies such as Short and Scary (Black Dog Books).

Her second picture book, Brave Squish Rabbit, is due out in September 2012.

In 2010 Katherine was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for her writing and in 2008 she won an Australian Society of Authors’ mentorship. She adores reading, rabbits and anime and thinks exclamation marks are evil. 

A previous CYA Success story, Katherine is back to pass on her knowledge.



ADVANCED MASTER CLASS: Now the Hard Part - Promoting Your Book!   ~ Practical Advice for Authors and illustrators of one or more published book/s will learn how to promote and market their books from one of Australia's most experienced authors and publishers. By Paul Collins

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Paul Collins's many books for young people include The Slightly Skewed Life of Toby Chrysler and series such as The Jelindel Chronicles, The Earthborn Wars, The Quentaris Chronicles and The World of Grrym in collaboration with Danny Willis. 

His latest book is Mole Hunt, book one in The Maximus Black Files. He is also the author of over 140 short stories.

Paul has been the recipient of the A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis, William Atheling and Peter McNamara awards and has been shortlisted for many others including the Speech Pathology, Mary Grant Bruce, Ditmar and Chronos awards.

He is currently the publisher at Ford Street Publishing : www.fordstreetpublishing.com


Then there is afternoon tea...


There are only 10 days left to book in until CYA Conference.

And we are counting them down as we organise the program booklets, finalise catering, and hotel bookings, and generally get ready…ahhh and pack the goodie bags…. if you want to include anything in our goodie bags, we are packing 150 this year and you need to send your items/promotional material to:

 

Physical if delivered by courier:

CYA Conference, 89 Voyagers Drive, Banksia Beach, Qld, 4507

or if posting:

CYA Conference, P.O. Box 275, Bribie Island, Qld, 4507

Owing to larger premises this year, there are still some places available for the conference, so if you haven’t booked yet, consider booking sooner rather than later as some workshops are almost at their maximum capacity.

Till we speak again!

 CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam


        

Short list - 2012

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Congratulations everyone who made the short list for the CYA Conference competition season 2012.

Congratulations everyone who had the courage to enter the CYA Competition. Getting your work out there, in front of a judge is hard, so just by entering you have achieved something - well done!

Unfortunately we can’t all be winners and this competition is about getting your work fast-tracked in front of an editor. The following entries have made the short list for CYA 2012, in alphabetical order.

Unpublished: 

Category 1: Unpublished - Picture Book - Preschool.

Final judge on this section is: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books.


A Cat's Work is Never Done

Nellie's Baking Day

Ten Little Kids

That's Not a Windy Day Hat!



Category 2: Unpublished - Picture Book - Primary School.

Final judge on this section is: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books.


Ten Green Boogers

Bollinger Plays Ball

Meeka

The Not-So-Ordinary Daisy Chain

Undies

 

Category 3: Unpublished - Picture Book - Primary School - Non Fiction.

Final judge on this section is: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books.

A Charm of Finches 

Beat It! 

Dot and the Extra Dimensions


Category 4: Unpublished - Chapter Books

Final judge on this section is: Suzanne O’Sullivan, Commissioning Editor on the Lothian Children’s Books.



Bitter Besties

Desknapped

Time Conspiracy


Category 5: Unpublished: Young Adult Books

Final judge on this section is: Lisa Berryman, Children’s Publisher  at HarperCollins Publishers Australia.




In The Age Of The Shadowy Sun

Speaking of the Daughters

Stalked

The Round table Society

The Third Eye - The Gift

Torn



Category 6: Unpublished: Graphic Novels & Illustrated Picture Books 

Final judge on this section is: Jeanmarie Morosin, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books at Random House, Australia



Category 7: Illustrations - Jeanmarie Morosin, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books at Random House, Australia


No short list is made of the Graphic Novels & illustrated picture books , or the illustrations sections as  Jeanmarie Morosin has kindly agreed to see all art works.



Hatchlings:

Hatchlings Category 1: Picture Book –Preschool or Primary Aged Children  

Final judge on this section is: Katrina Lehman, Senior Editor, Books for Children & Young Adults, Penguin Group (Australia) 

Hatchlings Category 2: Chapter Book & Young Adult  Novels

Final judge on this section is: Katrina Lehman, Senior Editor, Books for Children & Young Adults, Penguin Group (Australia) 

Hatchlings Category 3. Graphic Novel & Illustrated Picture Book

Final judge on this section is: Katrina Lehman, Senior Editor, Books for Children & Young Adults, Penguin Group (Australia) 


No short list is made for the Hatchlings as Katrina Lehman has kindly agreed to see all the entries.





Published Author Section


Published Author Section: Category 8 - Category 1 - Picture Book Packs.

Final judge on this section is: Zoe Walton, Publisher – Children’s and Young Adult Books at Random House Australia,  in conjunction with Jeanmarie Morosin, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books at Random House, Australia


Owlets And Eaglets  

The  Beautiful Chameleon

The Boss 


Published Author Section: Category 8 - Category 2 - Novels.

Final judge on this section is: Zoe Walton, Publisher – Children’s and Young Adult Books at Random House Australia,  in conjunction with Jeanmarie Morosin, Commissioning Editor for Children’s Books at Random House, Australia

Bully On The Bus  

How To Be Ten

Saving Sarah Davis


Thank you to all our volunteer judges and to the Final judges for all your effort in helping make this competition a reality.

Congratulations again to everyone who shortlisted and who's work is not going in front of an editor.

Result sheets of all entries will go up as soon after conference as we can get them on the web site!


If I push the publish button now, I will make the deadline of 21st June 2012, only just….


CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam





Booking form outage



Just a quick update to inform you of the following out-time tomorrow Thursday 21st June 2012.

Our booking form will be temporarily down between 10:30 and 13:00 owing to server maintenance at wufoo. 

If it gives you any trouble, PLEASE return after this time to book…

The entire site will only be offline for approximately 15 minutes, but maintenance will be the full 2.5hrs. 

I apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam

Before Lunch...

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After the scrumptious morning tea, provided by the TAFE students, we continue our spotlight on our program:

Our international guest from NY, USA - Paul Griffin presents:

Young Adults ~ Keeping them sane, alive and encouraging them to open their hearts to the world. (90 minute master class).

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Paul began writing his first novel as he finished college, in 1988. That novel and twenty-two others went unpublished. Meanwhile, he worked on the truck docks and in construction, as a dog trainer and a driver, teacher, tutor, EMT, butler, bartender, waiter, cook and dishwasher (alongside Vin Diesel).

The hardest and best work was the teaching. Paul started working with at-risk, incarcerated and special needs teens in 1989, with a concentration in conflict resolution and substance abuse/safe sex workshops aimed at stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among young adults.

Twenty years to the day after Paul graduated Dartmouth, Penguin/Dial released his "first" (twenty-fourth) novelTen Mile River and then The Orange Houses a year later. 

Paul's newest novel is Stay With Me

His next and fourth novel, Girl On Fire and a fifth, tentatively a sci-fi romance, will publish in 2012 and 2013 respectively. 

Paul lives in Washington Heights, NYC with three dogs and one wife, documentary moviemaker Risa Morimoto.


Digital Apps ~Illustrators and publishers POV’s and aspects of creating digital formats.(90 minute master class) - by Lucia Masciullo & Vincenzo Pignatelli


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Lucia Masciullo is an artist, full time painter and illustrator of children books. She’s born and bred in Livorno, Tuscany, where bushes smell of rosemary and saltiness. She moved to Brisbane in 2006 and started working as a self represented artist starting up a business to sell her paintings to America, Europe and Australia. 

Since 2008 she has been working with Australian book Publishers: Hardie Grant Egmont and Penguin. Lucia has published five children books: When No-One is Looking, On the Farm/At the Zoo, The Boy and The Toy and Family Forest, and Come down Cat. Some have been translated into multiple languages. And has illustrated numerous different covers.

In 2010 she won the Aurealis Award for The Boy and the Toy, written by Sonya Hartnett and illustrated by Lucia, and recently was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Ministers Awards for Come down Cat. 


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Vincenzo Pignatelli holds a PhD in Neuroscience but has always been passionate about storytelling and technology. He has recently founded Blue Quoll Digital, a small digital publisher based in Brisbane with the focus of creating outstanding digital kid storybooks for the iPhone and iPad market.

 Blue Quoll fist AppBook, “Mr Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes” is a delightful, interactive Storybook that has been featured by Apple in several Countries and has ranked among the top book Apps in Italy, France and Australia. 

In March 2012, Blue Quoll  launched a second App Book titled “Puss in Boots, The Great Adventure” that builds upon the long term goal of creating a library of digital books based on traditional tales re-written with humour and attention to storytelling.

In 2012 Vincenzo began holding workshops for the ASA (Australian Society of Authors) discussing the potential and challenges of creating and marketing Apps on the AppStore.

Create a Picture Book ~ Aspects of creating pictures books, (3 hour extended masterclass) by Dr Virginia LoweJo Thompson is a 3 hour master class. Covering both writing and illustrating of a picture book, and everything you should know to construct one!


Dr Virginia Lowe kept a record of her two children’s responses to books, from birth to adolescence, in 5000 handwritten pages. This formed the basis of her PhD thesis, and her book published in 2007, Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell. 

Since 1997 she has been the proprietor of Create a Kids’ Book, helping people to write and illustrate for children, with her team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors, including illustrator Jo Thompson.

 

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Award winning illustrator, artist and graphic designer, Jo Thompson is passionate about picture books.



A variety of styles, endearing characters and vibrant, dynamic layouts are a feature of Jo's stunning work. 

Jo won the 2009 CYA Conference, picture book illustration competition and a publishing contract with Ford Street Publishing.


Her first picture book, The Glasshouse written by Paul Collins, was selected as an Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities, included in two traveling exhibitions and IBBY’s permanent exhibition in Norway. 

Illustrations from The Glasshouse were shortlisted in the CBCA’s 2011 Crichton Award.

As the Illustration tutor for Create a Kids' Book, Jo inspires emerging picture book writers and illustrators in her monthly workshops with Dr Virginia Lowe, assesses picture book manuscripts, runs the picture book e-course and mentors illustrators through the creation process.

Editor/Agent One on one Appointments:

There are a few places left with the agents and editors:

Here are the spaces available as at Sunday 17th June: 

Leonie Tyle and Jill Corcoran - 5 each

Zoe Walton, Nadine Bates and Kristina Schulz, Alex Adsett and Vincenzo Pignatelli -  just under 10 each.

If you are still wanting to pitch to any of these, please book ASAP and email your work to CYA Conference, so that the editors/agent can get a chance to read it within a reasonable timeframe (NOT the night before!). 

Reminder of thePre-reading Requirement - for all Children’s or Young Adults Manuscripts & illustration Work:- 

Picture books: 2 texts,  ( Note: For Jill there is only 1 picture book text)
Novels: 10 pages + synopsis, or 
Illustrations: 4 – 5 samples. 

You will also need to send a photograph and a small 100 word BIO on yourself, and the direction you plan to go with your writing/illustrating as a career in the future.

Work must be emailed to info@cyaconference ASAP!!!!!

Times for your editor/agent sessions will be emailed to you one week before conference.  

The conference is beginning to fill now, and the joys of the bigger facilities is that so far everyone’s choices have been accommodated. The state of the art theatre at TAFE on South Bank  is looking like it was worth hunting around for as the numbers booked in grow and I know that we can all be seated comfortably in there together...

Until we chatter again on the 21st June 2012, when the shortlists from the CYA Competitions will be announced, on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam


Before Morning tea...

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A big shout out to CYA Success story - Alison Stegert who has been signed by literary agent, Debbie Carter of Muse Literary Agency, NYC, 2012. We are so happy for your success Alison – well done!

You can see her full story on Alison's success page.


Today we also spotlight: Sessions before morning tea…

Slashings Of Editors~ Editor Etiquette...what editors expect and don't like to see. Editors: Leonie Tyle, Zoe Walton, Nadine Bates, Vincenzo Pignatelli, and Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing). This is a forum panel chaired by Kaz Delaney.

Our authors and illustrators take over with:

Sharpening the Senses ~ Establishing scene and mood, and characters using sensory detail (45 minute workshop), by Isobelle Carmody.



She has won many awards spanning her writing career, including CBC Book of the Year in 2011 in the younger Readers' Category for The Red Wind, the first book in a series for children, which she illustrated with pen and ink drawings. She has also won the CBC Book of the Year in the Older Readers Category and the Peace Prize for The Gathering, the Golden Aurealis for her urban fantasy, Alyzon Whitestarr.

At present she lives in Prague in Eastern Europe with her partner, Jan Stolba, a poet and Jazz musician, and her daughter Adelaide.


The Pain And Ecstasy Of Social Media  ~ How it affects/impacts the author today (i.e - how to juggle it
all…)(45 minute workshop), by Kaz Delaney.


Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have sold more than 60 books, for children and young adults, between them. 

Kaz's current title 'Dead, Actually' (Allen & Unwin) was released in March 2012, and she is also the author of the acclaimed titles, My Life as a Snow Bunny and Princesses Don't Sweat.  

Kerri's upcoming titles include such gems as Welcome to my Life of Doom (Pearson), Louie the Spy, Princess Pop-a-lot and Diary of a Stinky Kid (Macmillan). 

She lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie, New South Wales and is a self-confessed bling tragic who believes a smile will take you way further than a frown. And save you a fortune in cosmetic interventions later on.

Through The Lens - When Photography Tells The Story ~ A hands on master class on how to make images dramatic, (90 minutes masterclass) by Jan Latta - Please note that there is a requirement to bring your lap top with their photos to show Jan at end of presentation. If not lap top, bring copies of your photos.


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In 1994 Jan Latta went to Africa and came face-to-face with a mountain gorilla in Rwanda. The experience changed her life. When her guide said there were only 600 mountain gorillas left in the world, she decided to publish books for children on endangered animals.

She has traveled to Africa eight times. Every day she followed prides of lions, dangerous rhinos, herds of elephants and gentle giraffes. She came close to cheetahs and played with mischievous chimps. She went to China twice to photograph and write about pandas. Then Borneo, where she photographed orangutans in the jungle. And for the tiger book, she went to India.

 The ABC asked Jan to write a journal of her adventures in the Diary of a Wildlife Photographer book.


Create a Picture Book ~ Aspects of creating pictures books, (3 hour extended masterclass) by Dr Virginia LoweJo Thompson is a 3 hour master class. Covering both writing and illustrating of a picture book, and everything you should know to construct one!


Dr Virginia Lowe kept a record of her two children’s responses to books, from birth to adolescence, in 5000 handwritten pages. This formed the basis of her PhD thesis, and her book published in 2007, Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two Children Tell. 

Since 1997 she has been the proprietor of Create a Kids’ Book, helping people to write and illustrate for children, with her team of enthusiastic and experienced tutors, including illustrator Jo Thompson.

 

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Jo Thompson is an award winning illustrator, artist and graphic designer, passionate about picture books. 

As the illustration tutor for Create a Kids' Book, Jo inspires emerging picture book writers and illustrators at monthly workshops, assesses manuscripts and mentors illustrators through the creation process.  

She won the 2009 CYA Illustration competition and was offered a publishing contract with Ford St Publishing. Her first picture book, The Glasshouse, written by Paul Collins was released to coincide with the 2010 CYA Conference.



I know that I'm looking forward to these sessions at CYA Conferenence, hope you are too!

After morning tea sessions to be highlighted next.

There are still places available for CYA Conference 2012 in our new premises at South Bank TAFE, bookings are online - click here for the form.


Till next time!


CYA later!

Tina, Ally and Sam





Spotlight: editors

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Today we spotlight our onsite editors:

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



Editor: Leonie Tyle (Leonie Tyle Publishing) 

For her one-on-one assessments at CYA Conference 2012, Leonie will be looking at: 

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All aspects of childrens literature including picture books, illustration portfolio's, middle grand and young adult.  











Editor: Zoe Walton (Random House)

For her one-on-one assessments at CYA Conference 2012, Zoe will be looking at:

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Quality commercial fiction for children and young adults. NO PICTURE BOOKS. 







Editor: Nadine Bates (Hootenanny Books) 

For her one-on-one assessments at CYA Conference 2012, Nadine will be looking at:







Picture books and illustration portfolio's











Editor: Kristina Schulz (UQP)

For her one-on-one assessments at CYA Conference 2012, Kristina will be looking at:

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Middle reader fiction and young adult fiction. No series or picture books.










Editor: Vincenzo Pignatelli (BlueQuoll Digital Publishing) 

For his one-on-one assessments at CYA Conference 2012, Vince will be looking at:

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Apps and app ideas with story only.

 









Places with the editors have filled fast but there are still a few spots left, so book and get your work into CYA Conference before the due date of 14th June 2012.

A reminder for the pre-reading requirement - for all Children’s or Young Adults Manuscripts & illustration portfolio's:-

Picture books: 2 texts,  (Note: For Jill there is only 1 picture book text)


Novels: 10 pages + synopsis, or 


Illustration portfolio’s: 4 – 5 samples (Obviously on the day bring your whole portfolio!)

 You will also need to send a photograph and a small 100 word BIO on yourself, and the direction you plan to go with your writing/illustrating as a career in the future.

Work must be emailed to info@cyaconference by 14th June 2012.

Until we chatter again.

CYA later!


Tina, Ally and Sam





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