Thursday night was epic! As we held an adult book launch over wine and cheese to celebrate the release of You’re One! You’re Two! You’re Three! You’re Four! and You’re Five!
The evening started with Valerie Khoo talking about the dedication, education and commitment it takes to establish a career in writing picture books. We then talked about my path to publication and I read from You’re One! which is dedicated, To Sean, my one in a million! We had a video from Katherine Battersby, who spoke about the fun she had illustrating the series, the different materials she used for the collages and how she works digitally to create the artwork for the books.
Anna McFarlane, Children’s Publisher from Allen & Unwin gave a beautiful and very moving speech about how she felt when she first received the texts for this series. We played a fun game of Heads and Tails with the crowd to win a full set of books. And then toasted the launch of the series.
On the night we also ran a social media competition to win two framed, signed prints from the book which Katherine had kindly organised. Which was won by a very excited Alex who managed to garner 108 like is just over an hour! That is some serious social media power!
We still have two major launches to go – One at Abbotsleigh ELC this Tuesday and the funky ‘numbers disco’ at East Lindfield preschool on Thursday.
But here is the show real from Thursday night….
With my wonderful agent Alex Adsett who had flown all the way fromBrisbane for the evening.
Picture This critique group members
AAPS team, Catherine Pelosi, Author and Alex Adsett, Agent.
With Valerie Khoo, speaker extraordinaire, National Director of the Australian Writers Centre, Author, Journalist and the list goes on. Basically an incredible lady!
An early shot of The Lindfield Learning Hub as guests were arriving.
Me, happy as a pig in mud, signing my books – yey!
My beautiful publisher Anna McFarlane leading a toast to the series and the start of my writing career
Showboating with You’re Two!
The evening was such a buzz as we celebrated three years in the making for this gorgeous series.
Huge thank you’s have to go to Valerie Khoo, National Director of the Australian Writers Centre who was the most spectacular MC and launched the series on the night.
To Anna McFarlane, Publisher, Allen & Unwin for her beautiful and moving speech.
To Alex Adsett, Director of AAPS for coming to celebrate all the way from Brisbane.
To my Critique group, Picture This, for all of their help and support on the night and over the last three years.
To our fabulous illustrator Katherine Battersby, who couldn’t attend the evening as she now lives in Canada, but who sent a wonderful video.
To all the people who helped with set up, organisation and lending equipment – Nicola, Alyce, Adele, Felicity & Ross and Andrew Stevenson.
To the team at The Lindfield Learning Hub for hosting such a wonderful night.
To my dad for coming over from the UK to help out during this very hectic time.
To all the friends and family who came along to support the evening,
and of course,
To my gorgeous husband Sean, for the years of believing in me and supporting me in this exciting venture – You’re The Best!