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    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…

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    #illo52weeks – June’s Illustrations

    June is a busy month for me – lots of writing deadlines for a variety of competitions, submissions to prepare for editors at the CYA Conference this coming weekend (so excited and nervous) and the weekly illustration challenge to participate in. Week 22: Childhood As a child, my siblings and I had two rather amorous rabbits, Princess Leah and Luke Skywalker. Copic markers & artline pen.   Week 23: Rain Coincidently there was a lot of rain during the week of this challenge. I think that helped. Collage, watercolour.   Week 24: Calendar This theme had me stumped for most of the week. Then I decided to give digital illustration…

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    #illo52weeks – Week 11 & 12

    Week 11: Green Gelli printing / collage Week 12: Costume Artline pen / collage We break up for the Easter holidays today. I am sure Easter was on my mind when I completed Week 12’s Costume illustration. I was thrilled to see it included in Nicky’s picks here: 52 Week Illustration Challenge As the last week of March it has been busy due to the closing dates for the following competitions: SCBWI Work In Progress Grant Rate Your Story Writing Contest Caterpillar Poetry Prize I can relax for a few days before I prepare manuscriipts for the next competitions: CYA Conference Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2015 Creative Kids Tales – 2015…

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    #illo52weeks – Week 2: Italy

    Every week I panic and think I won’t be able to come up with an illustration for the 52 week Illustration Challenge – it really does make me feel nervous. I almost feel like giving up but I don’t because the joy I feel when I do manage to create a new piece of artwork is wonderful. Week 2: Italy Pencil, copic marker, coloured pencils, Artline pen. I was so stuck with this theme and then I realised that the book I am reading is based in Italy. Masquerade is written by my writing buddy Kylie Fornasier, and I am thoroughly enjoying all the drama and intrigue that went with…

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    CYA Conference 2014

      All through last week my fingers were tightly crossed. I had received an e-mail to say I had been shortlisted for the CYA CONFERENCE  Aspiring (Unpublished) Competition ~ 2014. This was exciting news and with support and encouragement from my other half I decided to fly up to Brisbane where the Conference is held. The winners were announced very early in the morning. The winner of third place was announced. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I must be second!’ The winner of second place was announced. I panicked and thought, ‘Oh my god, how embarrasing, I hadn’t been shortlisted at all, it was a mistake!’ Winning had not occured…

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    Competition Feedback

      As some of you know, I like to enter writing competitions to develop my ability at the craft of writing. I have talked about what I feel you can get out of entering competitions before here. Over the weekend many aspiring and published writers received the results and feedback from the CYA Conference  – Children’s and Young Adult Writers And Illustrators Conference. This is the third year I have entered and over the 3 years I have submitted 8 manuscripts. 7 of which were picture books and 1 a junior chapter book. With your chapter book you only enter the first 1000 words so you have to grab the readers…

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    KBR Unpublished Picture Book Manuscript Award 2013

    Although I am self-published with my little book ‘The Jersey 12 Days Of Christmas,’ I still aspire to be what is known as ‘traditionally published’ through a well known publishing house. Here is a defintion by Gene Mirabelli at Critical Pages: “The names of The Big Six may be familiar to you as distinguished old publishing houses. They are Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Random House, Macmillan, The Penguin Group, and Hachette. Only two of The Big Six are US companies: Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. The others are foreign: two are German, one is British and the other is French.” Until I get a manuscript accepted by a big publisher I…

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    Chapter Book Challenge 2013

    Finally, here is my first post for 2013 and it starts with a new challenge. You can read about it here: Chapter Book Challenge 2013. Have you entered? Here is what it is about: ‘The Chapter Book Challenge is an informal challenge, and it is self-directed. At the end of the challenge, you let me know if you have completed the challenge, and I trust that you will be honest. The challenge itself is to write the first draft of an early reader, HiLo book, chapter book, middle grade book or even a YA book, and to write the book from start to finish, during the month of March, from March 1st through…