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Katherine Battersby

Date of Success: 

2009

Contracted

Katherine is a children’s writer and illustrator whose first picture book, ‘Squish Rabbit’, will be published by Viking (Penguin USA). She has had many stories published in The School Magazine and educational resources, and recently won an Australian Society of Authors mentorship to develop a junior fantasy novel of hers. She loves rabbits, running and anime, and thinks exclamation marks are evil.

 

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WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME

CYA is a gem of a conference. Every year Tina and Ally manage to rustle up new and exciting opportunities. Through the conferences I’ve met other writers and illustrators who have become my closest friends, networked with editors from various publishing houses and learnt how to navigate this incredible yet challenging industry.

 

In 2009 I won the picture book illustration competition and gained a significant boost of confidence in myself as a creator – that year I went on to sign with my wonderful agent and get my first book contract.’