Cristina Youhanna is an artist and author from Mount Nebo, north west of Brisbane. Cristina was awarded a SAFE Grant in 2013 to purchase a computer with i-sight functionality to support her online marketing of her novel Pretty Little Voices.
What did the SAFE grant mean to Cristina?
“Week 6 – An unexpected “outcome” occurred at this point – something I could never have an anticipated. In the preparation of my monologue to camera I was inexplicably drawn back to my manuscript and began to re-edit the work itself – not a huge overhaul of the manuscript, but enough to then lead to a new synopsis and query letter – I had somehow stumbled upon a new way of interpreting my novel and that now meant my marketing strategy would have to change.”
“Week 7/8 – With my new approach I could now begin to craft my “straight to camera” dialogue as part of a writer’s “ongoing conversation with themselves”, rather than as a straight sell of the product ‘Pretty Little Voices’.”
“Bingo! All the background work had paid off. I am very grateful to Access Arts for making this possible.”