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An art book collection of images and stories from the yearlong photography project about women and what inspires them.
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Portland Book Release Party - April 18th!

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Please join me on April 18th at Cultured Caveman in Kenton from 3:00 - 5:00 PM to celebrate the arrival of OUR book -- this book could not have been created without all of your support! Enjoy light refreshments, raise a glass to the success of our combined efforts, pick up your book, bring your friends, check out 50 prints from the project displayed at the restaurant and more.

If you supported the Kickstarter at the $50 and higher level then this is great opportunity to pick up your book. When you do you will also get a free raffle ticket -- Lisa Schroeder, chef and owner of Mother's Bistro and Bar downtown, generously donated a gift certificate for dinner for two (she is one of the inspiring women in from the project!). If you bring your friend and they buy a book they will also get a free raffle ticket and a chance to win a dinner out.

I decided to host the party before Mother's Day because I think the book will make a wonderful gift for the inspiring women and moms in our lives.  I'm excited to say my mom will be there from New Jersey and my sister from Los Angeles :).

Here's the link to the Facebook Event Page -- please RSVP there if you can:

https://www.facebook.com/events/358558534348701/

If you'd like to share the book with your friends and family you can send them to the website where they can buy copies of the book:

http://www.sheinspires365.com/buy-the-book/

Thank you so much for all your support and I hope to see you soon!

Love, Andrea

DETAILS:

Saturday April 18, 2015

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Cultured Caveman in Kenton (8233 N Denver Ave.)

Light refreshments and champagne will be served.  Coffee, wine, and cider available for purchase.

The book is here!

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Hello faithful Kickstarter supporter!

We finally did it!  The advance copy of the book is in my hands and it's beautiful!  I can't wait to share it with you.  1000 copies are on their way to my home now, scheduled to arrive on April 10th.  

On April 18th I'm going to host a book release party at the Cultured Caveman in Kenton -- if you are in Portland and can attend you can pick up your copy of the book then and there.  If not then I'll ship it to you by the end of the month.  I'll send out a request for addresses shortly. 

I'd also like to host a casual event in Washington, D.C. in July -- I'm currently searching for a good venue.  If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate your thoughts.  

Thank you thank you thank you for hanging in there with me through all the delays -- I hope you feel like the book was worth the wait.  Can't wait to hear what you think.

Lots of love and appreciation,

Andrea

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She Inspires 365

Happy New Printer!

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Hi there!

Just a quick update and a big thanks to my designer, Rita Sabler.  She connected me with a new printer who is going to do a wonderful job on our book and have it delivered before Mother's Day 2015 -- nearly 3 years after we raised the money and held the show at p:ear gallery.  I can't believe it's been 3 years.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding as I have maneuvered the world of self publishing.  There's a long story about my first printer -- I won't bore you with it now, but I was forced to cancel our contract.  The new printer is very professional and efficient and so much better at communicating about the process.  This is it -- it's really happening this time.  

More updates soon about the exact release date and events on the west and east coast.

Much love,

Andrea

She Inspires 365 Update

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I know all of you have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of She Inspires 365, and that not having the book yet is frustrating – regardless of the reasons. I am so sorry it has taken this long for your generous contributions to come to fruition. I’ve hesitated to contact all of you because I wanted to have something more concrete to say other than: "we’re still in production".

On the bright side, we are still in production! The book is completed, and the printing is in progress. Unfortunately, the original printer I was working with did not work out (long story that I won't bore you with) so I've had to re-research and select a new printer.  I was so hoping to have the book in my hands and off to you by the holidays, but it’s apparent that is probably not going to happen. 

Please bear with me, and know that your support is greatly appreciated and still a huge part of making this project a reality. I will continue to keep you updated as this adventure unfolds.

Thank you!

Andrea  

A problem and a solution!

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Hello faithful supporters!

As usual it has been way too long between updates and for that I am sincerely sorry. At some point in the not-too-distant future I'd love to hire someone to help me with social media outreach, marketing, and communications ... but until then I'll continue to do my best to keep you updated on the book. Apparently so far I have failed miserably (on the updates) so I deeply appreciate your patience and continued support.

THE QUICK LIFE UPDATE: As always the book continues to be on my mind and printing it is a top priority, but sometimes it has to take a back seat to big life changes. The last update I sent was in October 2013, just a few days before giving birth to our first child, Everett. He is now almost 7 months old! (I can hardly believe that.) He is adorable and loving and sweet and funny and fun and everything Tom and I ever hoped for. I've had the privilege of staying home with him and have loved every day we have had together. Before he was born I (naively) thought that I would integrate work seamlessly back into my life when he was ... 3 months ... maybe 6 months old. If you are a parent (or have known a parent) you probably know that it's not that easy and the real truth is that I haven't been rushing back to work. Time with him just seems too precious and fleeting so that is where all my energy has been focused.

THE PROBLEM: When I last wrote I shared with you that the book is done -- this is still true -- but that is was twice as long as I originally budgeted and fundraised for so it costs twice as much to print. Because I'm home with our son I haven't had an opportunity to raise or earn more money (until now -- see SOLUTION). Printing a smaller number of books does not make any sense -- it's almost as expensive to print 200 books as it is to print 1,000 books or more. Finally, because I have been planning to print overseas, I need to pay with cash -- no credit cards accepted.  So to recap, I just haven't had enough money to print the book -- this is my fault, not yours.  The money you gave me has successfully paid for all the editing and designing and will cover about half the cost of printing.  

THE SOLUTION: In April of this year Washington, DC Public Schools hired me to create a stock photo library for them to use in their teacher recruitment marketing materials and on their website. So Everett and I flew across the country for 10 days so that I could complete this project and so that I could earn the money needed to print the book! I've just completed all the editing of over 2,500 images and will deliver the final collection on Monday.

THE NEW GOAL: I will go to print this summer and have the book delivered to you in the fall, right around when Everett turns 1!

I hope this all makes sense and please feel free to contact me directly if you have any more questions -- phone is best right now -- it's harder to write emails these days. 

My number is 732-713-8473. 

Thank you so much and I hope this finds you doing well. 

Kindly, 

Andrea