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Monday, September 28, 2015

Moon launch tremendous success

What a perfect and heartfelt day, a trade picture book Moon launch at Gleebooks! Our publishing team was touched by all my mentors' and friends' love and support. It was the great launch that turned out very intimate and nice. Parramatta Council, CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia), ASA (Australian Society of Authors), Wesley Mission, Sydney sketch club members, former local life drawing class members and dear friends joined this event. 
People left to right : Sadami, Launcher Margaret Hamilton AM, author Matt Zurbo, editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin, Ann James and gorgeous two little fans! Photos are courtesy of Janet and Imma. 
Margaret's speech was fantastic. She honoured my work. It was very touching, spot-on, informative and so sensitive. I perfectly agreed her view of picture book industry, publishing industry in general and Australian picture book industry. Then, she talked of Moon. Margaret deeply analysed Matt's text and acclaimed its originality, descriptiveness in poetic language with a well developed structure. She also stated that close family relationships was very valued in the story. Her profound understanding of illustrations moved me so much. Margaret confidently claimed, "This is Sadami’s first picture book and it demonstrates her considerable talent with watercolours and pencil. Her work is luminous, moody and evocative." Furthermore, she praised at my work, "It features sensitive close ups of Max and his father, with Max’s body language reflecting his mood, beautiful Australian landscapes and the soft colours of moonlight." I became speechless. 

Author Matt and I made short speeches. In addition, good news is that Moon has already become "Lamont standing order in Aug 2015"! The quality teacher note is available for Moon. It means that Moon is a good teaching material as well as a fine art work.   
It took nearly two years to finish Moon. Because the beautiful text was very poetic, settings such as time frame and character design were challenging. I imagined hard, tried to feel the text and felt it day and night, while going outside and looking up the moon. Helen and Ann gave me freedom, whilst guiding me. Especially, Helen's way amazed me at first. Later I understood how much she respected this emerging artist and fully trusted in the artist's talent. Technically, my used watercolour paintings required quite sophisticated skills that fascinated Helen. In the process of illustration, I've learned lot about a picture book. 
Book signing was fun and a communication time with our supporters and fans! Fun! I wrote each message with all my heart. I sincerely hope readers will enjoy Moon. 
Yey, Matt and me! 
I asked Margaret, Matt, Ann and Helen to sign my own copy. "I want to keep this for me," I said. Each of them gave me fabulous and hearty messages with "This is the first of many!" Oh, that was so sweet! I owe all my work to our terrific publishing team : Matt, Helen, a book designer, all involved people and mentor Ann. They patiently assisted me, a novice and supported me with endless love.      
The launching date has become one of the best days in my life and for our team. Thank you very much, Friends! With your support, we could have a marvelous success. Particularly, Helen and I appreciate Sydney sketch club's great and warm friendship. After sketching the market in Glebe, some of the members remained there and celebrated the Moon launch. (*Helen clearly remembered sketch club members in a cafe in Glebe and told it with special thanks to Ann and Matt over dinner). Also, we, the publishing team members really thank for Gleebooks! I miss the publishing team : Matt from Tasmania and Helen and Ann from Melbourne. Sweet Matt said, "If so, look up the moon!" Clever! That's the introduction and the theme of Moon. 

Now, through the Moon project, I'm walking strong with others and making new friends and workmates. This is the beginning of my wonderful journey as a picture book illustrator. With this precious experience, I hope I'll make quality picture books onward and upward! Already, I'm working on next projects and developing my own stories. Like these established workmates say, I'll make this Moon "the first of many". 
Friends, Happy Painting! Make your dream come true! 



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12 comments:

  1. I am so happy for you and for this wonderful launch of this book and many many more!!

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  2. Thank you, Rhonda!!! Your support has made this miracle happen. I will make many picture books. Best wishes, hugs, Sadami

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  3. Congratulations, Sadami.
    You will remember your perfect launch day forever and with great pleasure!

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    1. Thank you, Martine! I will!! You, too, enjoy drawing. Love and smile, Sadami

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  4. Congratulations, Sadami, I am so happy for you! The photos speak of a wonderful and glorious day!

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    1. Thank you! All my friends tell me so, "You look so happy," and indeed! It was my best day in life!! It was a great fun. xxx Sadami

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  5. Dear Sadami congratulations on your successful launching of Moon. The cover looks wonderful and so do you. I am sure we will be enjoying many more lovely illustrations from your artistic gift. Have a great time celebrating. Hugs Debbie

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    1. Thank you, sweet Deb!!! Yes, our publishing team enjoyed hugs, kisses, nice dinner and wine. I'm already working on new projects. You, too, enjoy life! Hugs and best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Congratulations, Sadami! Best of luck to "Moon" and the team!

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    1. Blaga, thank you so much for your warm support! Moon has made a very good start in marketing. See how it goes! Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Congratulations Sadami! Your beautiful, hard work has paid off wonderfully and you deserve much praise. Good luck with the book!

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    1. Wow, Dora, thank you! I'm very happy to hear from you!! Yes, we hope Moon will do well, indeed, it has made a very good start already. You, too, enjoy drawing.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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