News & Updates

Until Afternoon Tea

All right, so you have reached half way through the day — having a fabulous lunch and brain-rest — but networking all the while… now we go back to  our after lunch sessions. 


13H45 - 15H15

In Room 1:

Mark Carthew 

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    90 minutes         

                                                                Storyboarding ~

Practical tips for a 24 or 32 page children's book.  








In the Art Studio:

James Foley

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 90 minutes     

                                                Creating Characters 

Requirements: Please bring aprons. You are doing sketching and paper clay  modelling — you could get messy…






In The Masterclass Room:

                                         Jackson Pearce

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(Part 1 of Extended 2.15 Hrs Masterclass)     
       

Social Media 








                                 15H20 - 15H35 

        15 minutes         Afternoon Tea

Sneak preview of Menu: 


Assortment of slices

And of course for those who don't eat sweet treats — there are fruit platters as always.


Tomorrow we showcase: Goldie Alexander, Anne Hamilton  Rowena Beresford, Rochelle Manners and Jackson Pearce, in the last brain-active- sessions of the day…as lastly we have our Success Stories - but their turn is coming for their showcase


And after I push 'publish' on this web site, I will be getting ready to collect Jackson Pearce from the airport. Yes, she is really on her flight and on the way here — and only a few hours outside of Brisbane. I can't wait to meet her, and I know of some really big-fans who are just dying to make contact with her face to face, so it's going to be an interesting time in the next few days:

Jackson will be at the Morton Bay libraries:

Meet the Author: Jackson Pearce

4 July, 11.00am - North Lakes Library

4 July, 2.00pm - Albany Creek Library

Learn how Jackson Pearce, author of retold fairytales Sisters Red and Sweetly, became one of America's favourite Young Adult authors. Free. Bookings required..  

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This is just one of our initiative with Morton Bay Libraries.

Another worth mentioning today: - Preloved books

A large number of preloved books from our collections from Morton Bay Libraries also were delivered this week in PNG. Kate delivered 4000 books — many of which were directly donated by the Morton Bay libraries ( and private donors.)  Thank you to all the librarians who pack these boxes of books for us, and call us in to collect, and distribute to PNG or Africa depending on the containers that are going (or packing) at that time.

Text and picture from: Milne Bay Mobile Libraries - http://mbe-mobile-library.tumblr.com

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Text Books for Cameron Secondary School & Kiriwina High School

Cameron Secondary School, Alotau bring a team of helpers to load an additional 650 books, some of which are being sent out to Kiriwina High School on Trobriand Islands. Cameron Secondary School is a feeder school for many of the year 11 Kiriwina High School students.

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These Cameron Secondary School students couldn’t wait to have a glimpse at the text books that had been donated. History texts a huge hit!

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Cameron Secondary School music student can hardly contained her excitement  with this encyclopaedia of MUSIC book donated by Moreton Bay Libraries, Brisbane. 

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Alotau Kedu Seif Haus                                         14th June 2013

The Digicel Foundation funded Kedu Seif Haus (Women’s Resource Centre) has received an additional 100 books for their mobile library.  Their library was established in March 2012 and has been an invaluable resource for the many women and children who in very unfortunate circumstances are staying at the centre.  Kedu Seif Haus Director Deedee Nipuega and Trainee Manageress Mamele Gilamatas acknowledge that the books have brought much comfort to those using the centre. 

In addition to the library books, Deedee shows off her new reading glasses which were donated by the Rotary Australia Lighthouse Project PNG.  Providing equipment for Ophthalmologists who are in hospitals in PNG with little equipment, the Lighthouse Project has imported and supplied three Ophthalmologists in three Provinces with all the operating equipment, instruments and consumables to commence cataract surgeries as cataract blindness is common in PNG.

Promoting “Bright Eyes" with Eye Care, Glasses and Cataract Surgery, MBE Mobile Library has recently partnered up with the Lighthouse Project PNG in bringing the "gift of sight" to our mobile library users.  Click on the link below to follow a very moving insight into the lives of people who are living with eyesight problems and how the Lighthouse Project is making a difference.

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You can read and look at more of these fabulous pictures on the Milne Bay Mobile Library site.



Kate's plans for the next few weeks:

''Eilish and I are flying out to Misima Island (50 min small plane flight from Alotau) to distribute books which I have been sending out by boat over the past few weeks.  Included in this lot are some school readers (brand new).  There are 8 primary schools out on Misima Island. ( see the PNG - Update blog page for map where this is…)

I am so excited of what we are all achieving.  

Every person that takes part in some small way is changing peoples lives! 

I will then be off to Popondetta on 16th July for 5 days setting up a school/community library.  These will be the books that we packed up at Tina's place ( see BOOKS TO KOKODA - PNG blog page ) and sent to HOPPL.''


Wow….. So as you see, that project is going so well, we are so very happy that Kate is on the ground in PNG, that FastAir - Brendale, put up with me dropping off books all the time. But finally, that the books are getting into the communities that need them.

If you have books that you have at home that you are not using anymore, and you are coming to CYA Conference, bring them along  and put them in the Preloved boxes at the book shop, and we will send them to one of these worthy projects.


6 sleeps left till CYA Conference.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam







Until Lunch

Head already full of ideas - settle into the next 90 minutes… 

11H20 - 12H50

In Room 1:

Tristan Bancks

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90 minutes Masterclass

Story Scrapbook 

A free contemporary storytelling tool for Mac and PC lets you bring together images, video, music, text and web grabs on virtual pages, making creative writing interactive and fun. It is based on my own multimedia-fuelled writing process, bringing the writing process alive for people who think visually interactively and aurally, as well as textually. Story Scrapbook lets you tell stories your way.                         



NOTE TO ATTENDEES OF TRISTAN'S WORKSHOP AT CYA 2013:Story Scrapbook

It would be great if attendees all have Scrapbook loaded onto their laptops. CYA is trying to set up a wifi network for this class, but if you have your own personal hot spot it will help.

If participants have trouble loading the software before the day, they just need to have the latest Adobe Air and Adobe Flash loaded. All the info on downloading and installing the app is here: http://www.tristanbancks.com/p/story-scrapbook.html

Will be brilliant if they all have it loaded before the day. 

It is for Mac and PC but not for iPad / iPod due to it being Flash-based.

Trouble shooting: participants can leave a comment at the bottom of the Story Scrapbook page if they are having trouble loading it and we will assist.


In the Art Studio :

Judy Horacek

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90 minute Masterclass  

Cartoons and Characters                                                 






In the Masterclass Room:


 Brian Falkner 

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(Part 3 - Extended 3 Hrs Master Class)

To Kill a Mockingjay ~ 
(Lessons for writers from the Hunger Games trilogy)






                            12H55 - 13H45

                           50 Minutes      Lunch


Sneak peek at the menu:

Selection of Gourmet Turkish Sandwiches – including seasonal whole fruit and a mini salad with dressing 

- So  what do you fancy?

Ham – Honey-baked ham, sweet pickles, mesculin lettuce, cheddar cheese

or

Chicken – Cajun chicken tenders chargrilled, avocado salsa, lettuce

or 

Beef – Medium cooked roast beef, horseradish cream, lettuce, pickled mustard

 or 

Vegetarian: Eggplant – Chargrilled marinated eggplant, roast capsicum, creamy feta

…mmmm all so nice…..


Tomorrow we showcase: Mark Carthew, James Foley and Jackson Pearce…oh and Afternoon tea…


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam



Break out sessions

So you survived the Slashing's of Editors panel , and we are onto the next part of the day.

We break out of the main threatre and into smaller groups, streamlined to your interests…


09H25 - 10H10

In Room 1:

Pam Rushby  

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45 minute session: 

Your Elevator Pitch ~ How to pitch/how to submit your book.







In the Art Studio :


Serena Geddes 

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(Part 1 - 90 minute Masterclass) - 

What Mickey Mouse couldn’t teach me ~ 
Picture books and how I started, tips and techniques, interpreting text, learn the basics of expression to  develop your own characters. A brief introduction to raditional animation with some original art from my days at Disney. 


Requirements: Please bring a sense of humour and your imagination!

                             



In the Masterclass Room:


 Brian Falkner 

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(Part 1 - Extended 3 Hrs Master Class)

To Kill a Mockingjay ~ 
(Lessons for writers from the Hunger Games trilogy)




10H15-10H30      

15 minutes      Morning Tea

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Sneak preview of menu:

Assortment of Mini Danishes

Assorted Biscuits


10H30-11H15      



In Room 1:

Jackson Pearce

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(45 minutes) 

Everything I love about YA.  

                             






In the Art Studio :


Serena Geddes 

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(Part 2 - 90 minute Masterclass) - 

What Mickey Mouse couldn’t teach me ~ 
Picture books and how I started, tips and techniques, interpreting text, learn the basics of expression to  develop your own characters. A brief introduction to raditional animation with some original art from my days at Disney. 


Requirements: Please bring a sense of humour and your imagination!

                             



In the Masterclass Room:


 Brian Falkner 

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(Part 2 - Extended 3 Hrs Master Class)

To Kill a Mockingjay ~ 
(Lessons for writers from the Hunger Games trilogy)



UPDATE on bookings:

28th June: The hotel is now SOLD OUT and we do not have anymore rooms for you to purchase via CYA Conference. We advise you to look on wotif.com or hotelclub.com for last minute specials at this stage.


Look forward to tomorrow when we showcase: Tristan Bancks, Judy Horacek & Brian Falkner.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam

 












Conference day …what to expect

With CYA Conference just 9 days away, we continue to highlighting our program and the wonderful presenters we have this year. We will feature a few daily as the program advances…

So… Saturday 6th July 2013  - 8am….. 


You arrive at TAFE South Bank, Brisbane and smell… coffeee…….


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8:15am - Conference Opening and to start the day we have the announcing of the Final Competition Results. And for that to happen we needed Final Competition Judges. 

Thank you again to our final judge editors:

Final Judge: Katrina Lehman: Part-time Senior Editor for Penguin Books, Australia. 

Hatchlings:

Category 1 - Picture Books, 

Category 2 - Chapter Books & Young Adult Novels, 

Category 3 - Graphic novels & illustrated Picture Books, Middle grade illustrated novels.


Final Judge: Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia

Aspiring / Unpublished: 

Category 1: Unpublished - Picture Book - Preschool, 

Category 2 :Aspiring / Unpublished - Picture Books - Primary.

Category 3: Aspiring / Unpublished  - Picture Books - Non-fiction 

Category 4 - Chapter Books - Younger Chapter Books & Older Chapter Books. 


Final Judge: Lisa Berryman: Children’s Publisher  at HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Aspiring / Unpublished:

Category 5:  Young Adult Books.


Final Judge: Sophia Whitfield: Editor for New Frontier Publishing.

Aspiring / Unpublished: 

Category 6 & 7: Graphic Novels, Illustrated picture books and Middle grade illustrated novels. 

Category 8 :  Illustrations.


Published Author Competition:

Final editor: Kristina Schulz: Children’s Publisher at the University of Queensland Press (UQP)

Published Author Competition:

Category 1: Picture Books

Category 2: Novels


Thank you again to Kristina, Sophia, Suzanne and Katrina for being our  final judges in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.


8:50am - Slashing's of Editors

Meet our onsite industry professionals. Hera about Editor etiquette — what editors expect and don't like to see…

Agent Alex Adsett: Alex is an agent at Alex Adsett Publishing Service.

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She has fifteen years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry, as well as a solid background in legal research and contract drafting.

Alex has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008, working with publishers including University of Queensland Press and Sleepers, and authors such as Barry Humphries, Kylie Chan, Sue Woolfe, Krissy Kneen, Narelle Oliver, and  Chris Currie. 

You can see her full BIO on her Agent Page

Editor: Claire Craig: Claire is currently the Children's Publisher at Pan Macmillan

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Claire Craig has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. She worked at many of the major publishing houses in Australia before realising her true passion for children's books. She is now the Children's Publisher at Pan Macmillan Australia. 

Claire is also the author of the three Harriet Bright books and, under the pen name Petra James, seven books in the ARKiE SPARKLE: Treasure Hunter series.

You can see her full BIO on her Editor- Claire Craig Page


Editor: David Reiter : David is a Publisher at  IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd). 

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IP Kidz imprint has published authors such as Libby Hathorn, Hazel Edwards, Mark Carthew, Anne Morgan and Goldie Alexander in digital as well as print formats. 

An expert in digital publishing, David gives talks here and overseas on the application of digital media in the composing and publishing of transmedia works.

You can see his full BIO on his Editor: Dr David Reiter Page


Editor: Leonie Tyle: Leonie is a Publisher at Tyle&Bateson Publishing.


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Leonie Tyle has been associated with children’s books for over 30 years as a librarian, reviewer, speaker and publisher. With Robyn Sheahan Bright and Robyn Collins she founded Jam Roll Press, which merged with the University of Queensland Press in the mid 1990s. 

In 2009 she began freelance consulting from her Brisbane office where on 2013 she has now formed Tyle&Bateson Publishing

You can see her full BIO on her Editor: Leonie Tyle Page


Editor: Rochelle Manners: Rochelle  is the publisher at Wombat Books  / Even Before Publishing.

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Rochelle publishes a range of titles for the mainstream and Christian market. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and in editing and publishing and brings a range of experiences to the publishing process.

A major passion of Rochelle's is to put good works out to the public and have them be successful and useful to the people they reach. 


You can see her full BIO on her Editor: Rochelle Manners


Editor: Sophia Whitfield: Sophia is an editor for New Frontier Publishing


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New Frontier publish quality children’s and educational books which inspire, educate and uplift children. Books that children will want to read again and again.

You can see her full BIO on her Editor-Sophia Whitfield page


We look forward to hearing exactly whats being bought, what the editors are tired of seeing. Also, why not to throw a manuscript at an editor in the ladies room and mostly why they don't want to  sparkling glitter in your submission that will tumble out onto them when they open the post, and they to deal with a sparkling office, passage, board room and anywhere else they go that day as they attempt to rid themselves of the nice present…

Once this is complete, we break off into our sessions for the day, and people begin their editor one-on-one assessments. 

Next: Pam Rushby - Your elevator Pitch, Jackson Pearce - Everything I love about YA, Serena Geddes - What Mickey Mouse couldn't teach me, Brian Falkner - To Kill a Mockingjay


Reminder that Jackson Pearce, our USA presenter at CYA Conference 2013 is being interviewed by Amy on the 4ZZZ Book Club tonight after 7pm. Tune into 102.1FM. ( http://zedbookclub.com/)


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam




Countdown: 13 days


The last 2 weeks have begun and we are in countdown mode….

 (Thank you timeanddate.com for the counter!)


Spot Light today:

Friday night dinner - A networking event that also helps charity.

Friday 5th July 2013 is a Networking Dinner : 

Cost: Cash - $70.00 or  PayPal $72.50 

Where:  "66 On Ernest" which is Level 2 C Block at Southbank Institute of Technology (TAFE), 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane.

Starts at 6pm for 6.30 start -  9pm. We need to vacate the premises as the TAFE student are catering our conference the next day. (And we all need sleep to get through a whole day of conference on the 6th!)

Although this a networking evening, we will have a items on display for the ebay auction of items donated towards this casue, and a portion of the ticket price will be donated towards awareness of literacy and numeracy in Zimbabwe, with The Mother Africa Trust. 

Projects 1: Container of books to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as well as other items to help the Mother Africa Trust.

Project 2: Take a group of Australian authors and illustarters to Zimbabwe, where we plan to go into the schools and donate our time, helping the children and adults with literacy and numeracy. 



This project is in need of actual money, unlike the Milne Bay Mobile Librararies where we work with a coprorate sponser. 

Idea behind the dinner: Most of the presenters, and industry professionals will be at the dinner, this is your oppertunity to get to know them on a relaxed social basis, get to know others in the industry who also attend, have a great African themed dinner and network. You are welcome to bring your partners to this dinner, and the dress code is warm casual - although we are not outside this year, its still been chilly of late - so dress warm! 

If you have booked for conference already and now want to join us in this dinner, drop us an email 

or call us - Tel: 07 3408 7885 or mobile: 0408 751 208

and we can add this to your booking.


If you have already booked - C - Ya there! 


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam.









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Time: 6pm for 6.30 start - And 9pm we need to vacate the premises as the TAFE student are catering our conference the next day.

Competition Short List 2013

Congratulations to everyone who entered the 2013 CYA Conference competitions. It is never easy putting your work in front of anyone else to be judged, and ranked against other people. 

Thank you to our final judges who have taken on the task of deciding who the finals placing go to, and to all our volunteer judges: 

Allison Rushby, Ally Howard, Anil Tortop, Cass Webb, Claire SaxbyDebbie Kahl,  Emma McTaggartKaren CollumKathryn Apel,  Kerri Lane, Lynda Calder, Michelle WorthingtonRebecca TimmisSharon NorrisTania McCartney, Taryn Bashford and Tina Marie Clark.

Thank you everyone for being patient with these results.


Please note that stories are in no particular order.

Short list for 2013 CYA Conference Writing & Illustrating Competitions:

Hatchlings Section (8 - 18 yr. olds)

Final Judge: Katrina Lehman: Part-time Senior Editor for Penguin Books, Australia. 

Category 1 - Picture Books

Category 2 - Chapter Books & Young Adult Novels

Category 3 - Graphic novels & illustrated Picture Books, Middle grade illustrated novels.

Katrina is kindly viewing ALL entries entered into the Hatchlings Competition, so NO SHORT LIST will be made for these sections. 

Thank you Katrina for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.




Aspiring / Unpublished: 

Category 1: Unpublished - Picture Book - Preschool.

Final Judge: Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia


The Little Red Boots

What's That Noise?

When Nanna Comes


Category 2 :Aspiring / Unpublished - Picture Books - Primary.

Final Judge: Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia

AJ and the Underwackers Disaster

Ben and the Hairy Wild Men

Bert's Bath

Category 3: Aspiring / Unpublished  - Picture Books - Non-fiction 

Final Judge: Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia

Down By The Billabong

Side by Side

What Do You Use Your Feathers For?


Aspiring / Unpublished Category 4 - Chapter Books.

Final Judge: Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia

Younger Chapter Books:

Marlee's Mozzie Madness

Mike the Spike 

The Curse of the Shattered Sceptre


Older Chapter Books: 

The Dud Dog Detective

The Old King

The Worm Whisperer


Thank you Suzanne O'Sullivan for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.


Category 5: Aspiring / Unpublished  - Young Adult Books.

Final Judge: Lisa Berryman: Children’s Publisher  at HarperCollins Publishers Australia

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Thank you Lisa Berryman, for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season.

All Illustration Sections:

Category 6 & 7: Aspiring / Unpublished - Graphic Novels, Illustrated picture books and Middle grade illustrated novels. 

Category 8 : Aspiring / Unpublished  - Illustrations.

Final Judge: Sophia Whitfield: Editor for New Frontier Publishing

Sophia is kindly viewing ALL illustrations entered into these categories, so NO SHORT LIST will be made for these sections. 

Thank you Sophia Whitfield for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season.



Published Author Competition:

Final editor: Kristina Schulz: Children’s Publisher at the University of Queensland Press (UQP)

Category 1: Picture Books

Sammy the River Dog, The Best of Friends, The Little Shop of Miracles

The Yesterday Dress,  Solo Dan, New Shoes For Sam

All the Kings Horses,  Look Out! There's a Dragon About! Banjo



Category 2: Novels

The Land Of The Free

Ella McZoo: Animal Whisperer

David and the Scavenger Prince


Thank you Kristina for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.

Congratulations again and good luck to those on the short list and thank you for entering to everyone.

Complete Result sheets of all entries will go up as soon after conference as we can get them on the web site, and feedback sheets are due to be emailed out to everyone before the 31st August 2013 as per the competition terms of entry.


We are now almost only 2 weeks to conference… 


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam





Final Editors -Competitions

Judging is fully underway and some sections are already with their final editors. We are on track to announce the short list on 18th June 2013.

So, in the mean time - these are  your final editors for the competitions in 2013.

Suzanne O'Sullivan: Children’s Publisher at Lothian Children's Books, Hachette, Australia

Final Judge: 

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 1 - Picture Books - Preschool,

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 2 - Picture Books - Primary,

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 3  - Picture Books - Non-fiction, 

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 4 - Chapter Books.

Thank you Suzanne O'Sullivan for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.

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Lisa Berryman: Children’s Publisher  at HarperCollins Publishers Australia 

 Final Judge: 

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 5 - Young Adult Books.

This year in consultation with Lisa we made the decision to increase the amount of words in this section of the competition, it attracted a fair number of entries even with its larger word limit.  

Thank you Lisa Berryman, for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season.


Sophia Whitfield: Editor for New Frontier Publishing

Final Judge: All Illustration Sections:

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 6 & 7 - Graphic Novels, Illustrated picture books and Middle grade illustrated novels. 

Aspiring / Unpublished Category 8 - Illustrations. 


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Sophia is kindly viewing ALL illustrations entered into these categories, so NO SHORT LIST will be made for these sections. 

Thank you Sophia Whitfield for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season.


Katrina Lehman: Part-time Senior Editor for Penguin Books, Australia. 

Final editor: Hatchlings Section (8 - 18 yr. olds)

Category 1 - Picture Books

Category 2 - Chapter Books & Young Adult Novels

Category 3 - Graphic novels & illustrated Picture Books, Middle grade illustrated novels.

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Katrina is kindly viewing ALL entries entered into the Hatchlings Competition, so NO SHORT LIST will be made for these sections. 

Thank you Katrina for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.


Kristina Schulz: Children’s Publisher at the University of Queensland Press (UQP)

Final editor: Published Author Competition.

Category 1: Picture Books

Category 2: Novels


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Thank you Kristina for being a final judge in the CYA Conference Competition season 2013.


So there you have them. Your final judges for 2013.

Good luck to everyone who entered, and once again - a huge thank you to the Final Judges.

BUT

We can't forget the volunteer judges who have (and are still) working so hard to give you all feedback on your entries. THANK YOU to all. As judging is still in progress, I can't name you - YET - but know that we couldn't run this competition without the help of these judges either.


Quick reminder: Editor/Agent sessions are fast booking out — so get your registration done ASAP - work due for pre-reading by 14th June 2013.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam



 


CYA Success Stories X 2

I am so excited to add Deb Gilmartin to the program for the line up on the 6th July 2013 for her CYA Success story, and to know that in a small way - we put her and Helen together and this book came about because of that meeting.

The Gift,  A Helen Chamberlin Book published by Windy Hollows was published in June 2013.

So the panel gains another member and we get another book baby!!! Yes!!!

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Congratulations Deb!

You can read Debs full success story on her page


But wait there is more…

Congratulations to Gay McKinnon on the publication of her first book as an illustrator, 'The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land' by Anne Morgan (IPKidz). 

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It is wonderful to see CYA Conference having a small hand in the process of this book baby! 

You can read the whole story on Gay's success page.

Congratulations Gay!

Dr David Reiter from IPKidz is at CYA Conference this year taking pitches, so get your appointment booked ASAP. 

Pitches of 15 minutes maximum. Actual pitch times to be notified. These happen through out the day.

We will endeavour to accommodate your first choice, however, these will be a first in, first served process, with preferences given to those attending the CYA Conference, and those only pitching, given second option.

Pre-reading Requirement - for all Children’s or Young Adults Manuscripts & illustration Work and Web Sites/Blogs:- 
Picture books: 2 texts
or Novels: 10 pages + synopsis, 
or Illustrations: 4 – 5 samples. 
Web site development: Your web site/Your blog site.

Work must be emailed to info@cyaconference by 14th June 2013.

(You can take it that you have your 1st choice if you have not heard from us by 14th June 2013 to tell you otherwise.)

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


Note from CYA Conference on availability of editors/agent: Many of the editors are sitting on almost full so get your registrations in, and book your assessment ASAP!


So that is our exciting news for the day. Glad you could share it with us.


CYA later!

Tina, Ally & Sam


The middle of no where…

Kate Skeet delivered books on Friday 31st May 2013 to the remote community of Dogura. And Kate's adventure was an interesting one…

Expected journey time: 2hr drive and 1 hour boat ride

Reality:  1 1/2 hours driving by car then 2 hrs on a dinghy!  

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Typical terrain along the North Coast to Dogura

You can read about the full journey on the Milne Bay Estates Mobile libraries tumbler page, but Kate shared these beautiful pictures with us so we could journey along with these books, so I have put them here too.


But first a HUGE thank you to Kate and to Milne Bay Estates (Part of New Britain Palm Oil Limited NBPOL) who are a certified sustainable Oil Palm Company in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It is the largest employer in the province with approximately 3000 employees. But they allow CYA Conference to load books inside their containers (packed by Fastair in Brendale) to Kate and her team, so that the communities are helped. 

Thank you to New Britain Palm Oil Limited, for your forethought in this program and for working along side CYA Conference. 


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Loading the dingies with books to journey to Dogura.


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Dogura (see the top of Cathedral)

This Cathedral was built by the early missionaries and consecrated in 1939.  Interestingly it was not destroyed during WWII.  Dogura is a mission station so there is a health centre and the High School and Primary school on the Dogura plain (which used to be the site of tribal warfare).  It also has a trading store. 

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The Cathedral of St Peters and St Paul sitting on the plateau at Dogura



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Inside Dogura Anglican Cathedral


The schools were overwhelmed at receiving much needed books.

Holy Name High School at Dogura has 526 students of which 506 are boarders!  This is because it is a feeder High School for the Islands and remote villages around the area.  Therefore most of the students need to board.  They don't have internet so the books are really, really important.  Kate and her team took 1,780 books to the Dogura area (400 Elementary, 500 Primary and approx. 900 (variety of text and reading books) for the High School. 

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Arriving at Dogura

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Unloading books at Dogura


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Books being loaded at Dogura.  Tractor and Trailer donated by the Alotau Provincial Government in 2010

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From the beach to the plains of Dogura

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The Milne Bay Estate Team delivering books.


Head Boy, Holy Name High School, Dogura

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Holy Name High School, Dogura


Holy Name High School, Dogura


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Holy Name High School, Dogura


The pictures below show just how dedicated Kate is to deliver these books, the size of the dingys that they travelled in, and the Wamira primary school into which they walked and carried the books by human hands (and shoulders) as there was no transport to the Wamira primary school other than the boat.


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Unloading books at Wamira



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Walking books into Wamira Primary School


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Sophie Yr 5 Wamira Primary School

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Eilish ( Kate's daughter who delivers most books with Kate)  playing with Wamira Elementary & Primary Students

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Late Afternoon River at Wamira

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Dinghies picking up the Milne Bay Estate Mobile Libraries team - Farewell Wamira


Epic!!!


Just a tad… but its just the start of Kate's month - see our previous post for other plans this month….

A large number of the these books donated for this trip were donated by Moreton Bay Region Libraries .

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THANK YOU to: Redcliffe, Deception Bay, Strathpine and Arana Hills for your donations over the last year and a half. The books are now landing in PNG, and just look at their journey they have been on.… 

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Puzzles from Moreton Bay Libraries were also loaded and taken to this community. 


Make no mistake - these books are needed in PNG and they are wanted. It's so great to see the communities helping Kate set up a sustainable library system.

Text books and school readers on this journey were from schools that donated directly to the Milne Bay Mobile Libraries project - but there are books arriving from donations we received from the following school commentates:

St Eugene's - Burpengary

St Peters Lutheran College - Brisbane

St Peters Claver College - Riverview

And of course so many personal, author donated, and publisher donations for books of all shapes and sizes - thank you!


We look forward to pictures from the rest of Kate's adventures… remember in her diary this month, places she will be near….

HOPPL - near the Kokoda

Misima Island (formerly called St. Aignan)

And Siassi Island.


And the container with 4.5 tons of books in it, from CYA Conference is due to arrive in Milne Bay this month also, so Kate will be extremely busy!  We wish Kate and her team all the best this month ( and every month) and hope to join in on a photographic adventure with her as she helps spread the books around PNG.

From CYA's POV and I'm sure everyone who donated to us and has waited so long to seep pictures like these, its fabulous to see that the books are getting to the children and the adults who need them in PNG, and that the simple library systems that Kate is helping the communities implement, will keep running once she has made her delivery and the water settles behind her. 




Update on Mother Africa: 

We now have a tax free import certificate into Zimbabwe organised - thank you Bulawayo Rotary for persevering with this, and obtaining this valuable piece of paper. 

Rotary Bribie Island have asked for an updated quote for the new financial year for the container to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, so we will be getting that together and representing to the new committee in the new financial year for the roatary-to-rotary container. So it’s all looking very positive that this container will leave hopefully in 2013, if not early 2014.


General:

But in the mean time, we have a competition that is in the process of being judged, and we have a conference on 6th July 2013 to get ready for, and our time is not unlimited. We will be busy for the next few weeks as we count down to conference, but we do it this year, with a warm lingering feeling of being part of something different, something wonderful.  

In 2011 we stood up at CYA Conference and asked for preloved and new books to be donated to us. We never imagined that we would be flooded with books. We set out with a goal, and although our continent changed, (and believe me, Africa is still in our target,) we have accomplished a lot in PNG (with Kate's help and Milne Bay Estates mobile library network for distribution).

This feeling of doing right will travel forward with us… inspire us to continue on this journey of being the conduit to channel books where they are needed. We have provided a heap of books to people less privileged than us in Australia, and we have helped spread the means in which to increase literacy and numeracy in other communities less fortunate than us. Thank you everyone in the CYA Conference community for helping us achieve this dream!


CYA later!

Tina. Ally & Sam. 








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