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Catherine has always loved writing fun, adventurous and sometimes quirky stories. She joined a writing group in 2011, and was thrilled to find people who could talk about all her kooky stories with, and hasn’t stopped writing since.
In 2016, she signed with agent Alex Adsett and not long after had a book deal with Hachette.
Her first book Quark’s Academy was release in 2017 and her second book, a picture book Something for Fleur – also with Hachette is due in April 2018.
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WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
I have entered the CYA conference competition several times. I’ve always found the feedback to be incredibly helpful. A couple of times I placed in the top ten which really helped with my writing confidence. At the 2015 CYA Conference, there was an opportunity to pitch to agents and editors over Skype. As I live in Sydney, this was perfect for me. I pitched my middle-grade book, Quarks Academy to agent, Alex Adsett. Alex loved the pitch and asked me to send the whole manuscript! After squealing with excitement, I sent her the story. At the CYA conference in 2016 (nearly a year to the day) I officially signed the contract to join AAPS publishing! It was an amazing moment. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, I placed first in the young reader’s category for another story at the conference: Vikings Behaving Badly.
Later that year, when I received the CYA competition feedback for a picture book I had entered, I had another burst of excitement. The feedback was really positive! It gave me the confidence to send that story to my agent, Alex. A few months later, I had another offer from Hachette to publish that picture book, which will be published in 2018.
Without CYA, I don’t believe I would be where I am. CYA is an incredibly well-organised, supportive community, that gave me the opportunity to connect with agents, publishers and writers, as well as guide me with my writing career!
Thank you so much!