I hope you’re all doing great. It’s been a very big year here at the Spaulavallo homestead and in the world of LionHorse Productions. First I’ll update you on the professional side:
The book is DONE! I’ve just received the final PDF back from the editor with the final corrections. Rita Sabler, my designer, will be making the changes this week and creating the official final draft file, which will be print ready. I’m really, really proud of the book and the work that we’ve done, which was made possible by YOU. Because of your support I was able to work with Rita who did an extraordinary job of laying it all out and making it into something meaningful and beautiful.
Next step = printing. Originally I was going to print about 1,500 copies of the book. However, the book turned out to be more than twice as long as I budgeted for. First drafts of the book included a photo on each page, very little room for the stories, no chapter titles, and the final page count was about 120. After much discussion, Rita and I decided to create a layout that allowed more breathing room for each photo and story -- this turned out to be much more elegant and easy to read. I also needed to add more pages than expected for content, the index, chapter title pages, and more. This brought the final page count to 260. Therefore the book will cost more than twice as much to print as I originally thought. So I’ve needed to rethink my printing strategy to stay within what I had first budgeted and fundraised for. I’m working now on getting new quotes from local printers who will print a much smaller run of books (my original printer only works in large orders). So if you take anything away from this email let it be this: they will be printed soon!!
And I’m going to get as far as I can before Tom and I welcome our first child into the world, some time in the next few weeks. (That’s our big personal news of the year!) I really pushed hard to get the book off to print before baby arrives but as you all know, life has a way of making its own plans and timelines. Once baby is born Tom and I will take some time to ourselves to transition into the world of parenthood. But please rest assured that the book will NOT be forgotten – it will just be on yet another new timeline adjusted for life.
My new goal is to release the book on Mother’s Day 2014, exactly 2 years after the She Inspires 365 gallery exhibit and the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The release will be marked with a party here in Portland and those of you who are expecting books will receive them a few weeks before that event. I'll email you for your current mailing addresses at that time.
Thank you all so much for your continued support, encouragement, and patience. This has been a HUGE learning experience for me but I’m excited that we’re so close to reaching the end of this journey together!
With much love and appreciation,