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Liz Ledden writes junior fiction and picture books, and co-hosts kids’ book podcast One More Page with fellow authors and book lovers Kate Simpson and Nat Amoore. On the show, she chats about all things kids’ books, reviews the latest releases, and interviews authors and other book industry guests.
Liz holds an MA in Writing and Literature via Deakin University, and has a background in professional writing, from marketing to magazines. She’s a member of SCBWI and Writing NSW, plus two critique groups. Her debut picture book is due out with Ford Street Publishing in October 2019.
Liz's second picture book is due out with Larrikin House in 2020. This same book placed 2nd in the picture book (pre-school) category of the 2018 CYA Competition!
WHAT CYA CONFERENCE DID FOR ME
The CYA Conference was one of the first things I got involved in when I started writing for kids. It opened my eyes to the world of manuscript assessments, pitching and writing competitions, and I learnt so much by participating in all of these.
The CYA Competition helped boost morale as I noticed my rankings and feedback improve over a few consecutive years entering. I placed 3rdin the non-fiction picture book category in 2016, had three picture books in the top 10 in 2017, and in 2018 was fortunate enough to place 2ndin both the pre-school and non-fiction picture book categories.
A pitching session at the 2018 conference with Meredith Costain of Ford Street Publishing resulted in a request to submit, and my first picture book contract not long after. The book is due out around October 2019. I have so much to thank CYA Conference for – it’s one of the most warm and supportive kidlit communities, and I highly recommend it!