Last Saturday, Letters to Leonardo had its Brisbane launch at the CYA conference. What a fantastic day it was.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to launch my book along with two other very talented writers, Kathryn Apel (This is the Mud) and Kim Miller (They told me I had to write this).
We had forty-five minutes to share the stories of our road to publication with the enthusiastic and supportive bunch of authors and illustrators at the conference.
Our session was expertly introduced by Sheryl Gwyther, and although there was a minor technical hitch (due to my ineptitude with large screens and lots of buttons), it was a fabulous experience.
All of us had an anecdote about how entering previous CYA writing competitions had assisted us on our journey.
For me, placing third at the inaugural CYA conference in 2006 in the YA section couldn’t have come at a better time. I was down on confidence as a writer, and the judges were so encouraging about my manuscript that it gave me the impetus to rework it and get it ‘out there’.
It was subsequently published by Walker Books who have been amazingly supportive all along the way.
Full credit to Tina, Ally and all the volunteers for another fabulous CYA conference. Jackie French was inspiring, Brian Falkner was motivating…and there were so many other inspiring speakers.
The food was great…and the enthusiasm and talent at the conference was palpable.
Can’t wait for next year.