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Karen Comer writes middle-grade and young adult verse novels. Grace Notes (YA) was published by Hachette in February 2023 and Sunshine on Vinegar Street (MG) was published by Allen & Unwin in June 2023.
She’s a freelance editor, who also facilitates a monthly writing group and presents writing workshops to schools and holiday programs.
Karen can be found at www.karencomer.com.au or on Instagram at @karen__comer
She lives with her family in Melbourne.
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
CYA has given me the opportunity to share my writing with publishing experts and receive feedback. I submitted the first 2,500 words of my middle-grade verse novel to an agent and a few editors. Before my first meeting with agent Danielle Binks from Jacinta di Mase Management, Danielle asked to see the full manuscript. She emailed me some positive feedback before our meeting, then offered to represent me in our meeting. Dream come true! She then pitched my MG and YA verse novels - Hachette published Grace Notes (YA) in February 2023 and Allen & Unwin published Sunshine on Vinegar Street (MG) in June 2023.
I'm grateful to all the CYA volunteers who do so much invisible work behind the scenes, and to all the agents and editors who offer their professional advice.