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Debra Tidball is the author of award-winning picture books and short stories, plays and poems that have been published in anthologies and The School Magazine.
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
After a picture book manuscript of mine fell through acquisitions with a publisher in 2020, I shook it off and included it an assessment at the 2021 CYA Conference.
My assessment was with Nancy Conescu with Berbay Books who liked the manuscript and invited me to revise and submit, which I did. On reflection, however, Nancy didn't think the manuscript was the best fit for them, but she offered to send it to a friend of hers at HarperCollins, who subsequently went on to offer me a contract for it - a picture book to come out in 2024!
CYA offers fantastic opportunities for creators, and I'm thankful to all the team!