I attended the first CYA Conference in Brisbane ten years ago. My novel Letters to Leonardo had been shortlisted in their writing competition.
I haven’t been going to many conferences in Australia lately due to family commitments, but I’ve been busy writing, and am now ready to submit.
When you have submission ready manuscripts is a great time to go to a conference like CYA. In Australia there are a limited number of publishers willing to take on or even view submissions from new young adult and children’s writers and illustrators.
Conferences like CYA give you a chance to meet these people and get your work in front of them.
At this year’s CYA Conference there are 8 publishers and 3 agents available to pitch to. Unfortunately Penguin and Harper Collins are fully booked already but there are plenty more.
There’s also a publishers panel about first pages, and workshops by amazing illustrator, Sarah Davis and talented authors like Kaz Delaney, Meredith Costain and Paul Collins.
CYA is a huge day of information gathering, networking and being inspired. Check out the full program here.
Let me know if you’re going and I’ll see you there:)
P.S. Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about the fabulous SCBWI Europolitan – I learnt so much.