#illo52weeks – August’s illustrations

Phew! August was a busy month. going back to casual teaching in a primary school has not only been nerve wracking and exhilarating but also taken up a lot of what would usually be my writing and illustrating time. But nevertheless, I kept on time with each illustration if if it was by the skin of my teeth. So here they are:

Week 31: Shakespeare

I decided to use good old fashioned pen and ink as this was the first thing that came to mind when thinking of shakespeare. he would have written all his manuscripts and plays in pen and ink, probably with a quill, but I didn’t go that far. ūüėČ But I did look for a Shakespeare quote to help me with my idea.

Week 31- Shakespeare
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 32: Fabric

I am still keen to keep improving my digital skills and The Princess & The Pea came to mind.

Week 32- Fabric
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 33: Mythology

Drawing characters is also another area I want to improve, especially cute ones like this little fella in his dressing up outfit as Medusa. I think Book Week must have been on my mind as my kids were dressing up during this week for Book Character parade. My daughter went as Tweedle Dee and my son as Asterix, although living in Australia not many of his friends knew who he was, in jersey they would have done, especially being only a couple of hours away from France.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


Week 34: Japan

This one was tricky for me. I had never been to Japan so couldn’t draw from memories. So I decided to do another¬†little character/figurine.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015


And then finally the full results for the CYA Conference Writers Competition arrived in my inbox. You can go to this link here: Final results. Initially you get to find out whether or not you are shortlisted, which I was and you can read about it here: CYA Conference 2015. Then you get the judges feedback which is so valuable but this doesn’t tell you where you came in the ratings but the Final results do.

So here are my results:

Category 1 РPicture Books РPreschool ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette Рmy manuscript TEN LITTLE RANGERS came 9th out of 107 entries.

Category 2 РPicture Books РPrimary ~ Suzanne O’Sullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette Рmy manuscript THREE GREEDY PIGS came 7th out of 147 entries.

Category 4a – Chapter Books¬†~¬†Suzanne O‚ÄôSullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.¬†– my manuscript THE WOODLINGS came 1st out of 16 entries. ūüôā

Category 4b – Chapter Books¬†~¬†Suzanne O‚ÄôSullivan, Lothian Books, Hachette.¬†– my manuscript SIRONA”S SECRET came 3rd out of 36 entries.

I like to know where I am placed. It help me see whether or not I am improving, which manuscript is my strongest and most appealing to it’s reader and which manuscripts to get polishing ready for submitting to editors/publishers.

This weeks’ illustration is Week 35: Botany.

CYA Conference 2015

Last year for the first time ever I attended the CYA Conference in Brisbane. I  had been shortlisted in the pre-school category and so was keen to go. Much to my utter amazement and delight I came 1st. You can read more about it here: CYA Conference 2014

I attended again this year because it was the tenth year anniversary and I had enjoyed it so much last year. Much to my surprise I was shortlisted again. Twice. In utter disbelief I came 1st in the junior fiction category and 3rd in the middle grade category.

I have mentioned many times the importance in entering competitions because without polishing my work, meeting deadlines and entering competitions such as this and sometimes shortlisting or winning I would have nothing to put on my Author’s Bio as an aspiring writer. An Author’s Bio is often required when submitting work and it is something worth thinking about in advance.

  1. Here is my stuff  (just an overnight bag was all I needed) for my flight from Sydney to Brisbane:
packed ready to go
Packed ready to go.

2.Enjoying the peace and fancy decor in the smart hotel room:

Me being all arty in the hotel
Me being all arty in the hotel


3. Meeting and mingling with new and old friends at the networking dinner:

Catherine Oehlman, me and Elizabeth Kasmer.
Catherine Oehlman, me and Elizabeth Kasmer.


4. Arriving early at the Conference Center (7:30 am) to hear the results of the Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition:

me receiving certificate
Receiving my certificate from the lovely Suzanne O’Sullivan – Associate Publisher of children’s books at Hachette Australia. Photographer in photo is Peter Allert. Photo by Catherine Oehlman.

4. Taking a photo of the certificate! ūüôā1st place certificate

5. Listening to fascinating authors tell us about their humorous journey to publication and how they keep getting their inspiration once published:

Morris Gleiztman
Morris Gleitzman

I learnt so much from the editor consultation sessions.

I made new friends.

I was inspired by other writers.


Here are some little bits of useful information gleaned from the CYA Conference:

Paul Collins (author & publisher at Ford Street Publishing) suggests:

when getting bookmarks made only print them on one side so you can sign the back.


Meredith Costain (author) believes that:

great openings need to be immediately engaging… gripping… have likeable characters… make you want to find out what happens next.


Morris Gleitzman (author) liked:

as a child to find the exception to the rule.


It was a great weekend and I look forward to next year!