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Monday, August 8, 2016

ASA Contract Assessment Service

When you successfully get a contract, how do you handle a contract without a literary agent? A publishing contract has many technical jargon that we are unfamiliar with. Author and Illustrator advocacy body, Australian Society of Authors has a wonderful service, "Contract Assessment Service". It's available to ASA members. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to ASA for their kindness, patience and a wonderful support for me to understand the contracts. 
Btw, this painting has two people : an editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin and Matt Zurbo, an author of Moon that I illustrated. We’ve become lovely friends in a publishing team. In my eyes, they looked like a mom and a son. It was our launching day and we enjoyed dinner together last year. It’s very sweet that we can help each other and build friendship. I'm now getting to know a new publishing team at Ford Street Publishing. I hope we will create a good picture book for "My Dog Socks"!   

ASA has rich and very varied services. Many helpful workshops and events on their calendar. It’s worth following up and schedule.  https://www.asauthors.org/events/calendar
When I studied "Children's Picture Book Illustration Course" at Sydney Uni, lecturer Donna Rawlins recommended us, students to join ASA at the end of the course. 

I deeply thank for ASA and highly recommend to join ASA and use their services! ASA is a sweet mom or a wise granny and a strong dad or a reliable granpa for us.
Friends, happy painting and a happy Illustrator life!












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16 comments:

  1. Hi Sadami, it is so good you have a resource like ASA to help with those things that are confusing to make certain business do not take advantage of you. Your are smart in many ways! Enjoy your day.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Yes, we need peak bodies and information resources, particularly, legal stuff. You, too, enjoy your art activities. Cheers, Sadami

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  2. You are sharing such good information for those just starting out! And I love this painting - especially the guy's shirt - so cool!

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet Rhonda! Sharing is a good thing. Btw, the model loves this painting, saying, "My treasure!" Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Veo que estás muy bien asesorada y por empresas especializadas como ASA. Todo profesional necesita unos buenos consejos, porque no solo es dibujar. Eso, ya no necesitas que nadie te dé consejos puesto que ya eres una gran especialista en dibujos ilustrados. Bravo, nos completas este mensaje con un excelente dibujo. Como dice la comentarista anterior, un caballero con una llamativa camisa, muy bien ilustrada y no me extraña que le guste. A mí también!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, tipo Joshemari. Voy a disfrutar de dibujo.
      Pero ASA no es una empresa, es un "órgano central" que representa a los usuarios. En nuestro caso, ASA representa autores e ilustradores de Australia. ASA tiene una membresía para ejecutar sus servicios. Su misión es "ser el principal defensor de los intereses profesionales y artísticas de autores australianos por:
      La protección de los derechos fundamentales a la libertad de expresión
      Trabajar para mejorar los ingresos y las condiciones de
      La promoción de la escritura de Australia y la cultura literaria "
      ASA nos defiende, los miembros. Sobre todo, estas actividades son beneficiosas para los miembros: servicio de información jurídica ASA y promoción de autores e ilustradores de Australia. Siempre consulto asesoramiento legal ASA. Siempre necesitamos para obtener información legal, como los derechos de autor en la impresión y publicación indutry. Estoy seguro de que va expericen la misma materia, tarde o temprano, cuando se tiene una exposición y publicar un libro de sus propias pinturas. En tal caso, Joshemari, ¿dónde vas a obtener consejos? De todos modos, tiene una semana productiva!
      Los mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, kind Joshemari. I'll enjoy drawing.
      But ASA is not a company, it's a "peak body" that represents users. In our case, ASA represents Australian authors and illustrators. ASA has a membership to run their services. Their mission is "To be the principal advocate for the professional and artistic interests of Australian authors by:
      Protecting basic rights to freedom of expression
      Working to improve income and conditions
      Promoting Australian writing and literary culture"
      ASA advocates us, members. Especially, these activities are beneficial for members : ASA legal information service and promotion of Australian authors and illustrators. I always consult ASA legal advice. We always need to gain legal information such as copyrights in printing and publishing indutry. I'm sure you'll expericen the same stuff sooner or later, when you have an exhibition and publish a book of your own paintings. In such case, Joshemari, where will you get advice? Anyway, have a productive week!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      I see you're well advised and specialized companies like ASA. Every professional needs some good advice, because not only draw. That, no longer need anyone to give you advice since you are already a specialist in illustrated drawings. Bravo, you complete us this message with an excellent drawing. As the previous commenter, a gentleman with a striking shirt, well illustrated and no wonder he likes he says. Me too!
      A hug.

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  4. Very educating Sadami. I do not know if anything like this exists in India. But seems like a very useful idea.

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    1. Thank you very much, AK! You, too, enjoy drawing! Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. It is good to have expert help from the ASA, Sadami!

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    1. Thank you, Judy! Your recent watercolour painting is so lovely!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Dear Sadami I am so glad you have a wonderful help in the ASA. The legal parts and contracts must be quite a challenge. Love your painting of two people who are special to you. Have a super day.

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    1. Thank you, Debby! Legal stuff and to know peak bodies are important. Happy to know you like the painting. Yes, they are so special to me. Matt really likes that image! Cheers, Sadami

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  7. This painting is wonderful, Sadami! At first I thought it is an illustration as they look so like characters from a story

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    1. Oh, so caring Blaga, They are not from the story though, happy to know people love that painting. It was a scene from the dinner we enjoyed after the book launch of Moon. Thank you for warm support. You, too, enjoy painting. Your comments give me energy to work on "My Dog Socks"!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. What great idea to have ASA and its services! I admire you for so generously sharing your knowledge and words of wisdom.

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    1. Thank u, Meera. Yes, we, illustrators need advocacy. Please check it in the States and keep in touch with them, if you need. Cheers, Sadami

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