How many times have I attended writers’ conferences, watching authors share their wisdom and wishing I were among them? Don’t worry, it’s a rhetorical question. Even I don’t know the answer … suffice it to say, many. So when I discovered I’d finally be up there, on a panel, rubbing shoulders with other children and young adult’s writers, it was a dream come true.


The 2014 CYA Conference Brisbane

The wonderful CYA Conference people have invited me to join the next CYA Success Story Panel. I’ll be alongside writers Kathryn Apel, Samantha Wheeler, Karen Tyrrell, Caylie Jeffery and Cassandra Webb. Here are the presenters and yes, I am one of them! I’ll let you in on a secret – I check this page from time to time, to make sure it’s real and I haven’t been hallucinating 🙂

The conference is an annual event, and this year’s date is July 5. Less than two weeks away! There’ll be workshops and masterclasses again, and the program looks great.

New Frontier publisher of Mike the Spike

New Frontier
publisher of Mike the Spike

I’ve blogged about last year’s conference previously, when I received first prize for my story Mike the Spike. Now the book’s about to be published by New Frontier as part of their Little Rockets series. The official release isn’t until August, but my diligent publishers have managed to secure some advance copies that will be available for purchase at the conference. Maybe I’ll be even be asked to sign a few! I can feel a swoon coming on … hang on while I grab another coffee …

Right. I’m okay now. I’m delighted for this chance to thank CYA for their role in my success, and to be able to attend this year’s conference. Can’t wait, and I hope to CYA there!

12 thoughts on “On the CYA Success Panel!

  1. Congratulations! If you were me you would be single-handle fly making their website the most viewed statistically! Well done, Stella. Enjoy the conference.

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Hey Stella

    No hallucinations – its real !!!! As is your pretty book ( which I have in my hands this morning – yeah!!!!!)

    Congrats again!

    See ya at CYA Conference!


    1. Stella says:

      Horray! Thanks, Tina. I’m looking forward to passing on my little gem of knowledge 🙂

  3. karenwrites19 says:

    HI Stella
    Fabulous to check out your Blog and your new book. BIG Congrats!
    Thanks so much for the mention.
    Look forward to meeting you at CYA on the success Panel… Karen 🙂

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks, Karen. Looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your books, too!

  4. Congratulations Stella, you’ve certainly earned this. I’m only sorry I won’t be there to cheer you on. Maybe next year! Now go out and slay ’em…but not literally, remember its CYA and not horror 😉

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks Laree, it’s not an easy path to publication. It’s a shame you can’t make it. I’ll try to go easy with the scimitar!

  5. Nice to see someone achieve success out of CYA. Congratulations

    1. Stella says:

      Thanks Rebecca, that’s nice of you. I had a look at your website/blog, it’s fantastic! Are you going to the conference?

  6. Congrats for being a speaker! Enjoy the conference and bring us back the news later on.

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you, Evelyne, I will!

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