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An art book collection of images and stories from the yearlong photography project about women and what inspires them. Read more

Portland, OR Art Books
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This project was successfully funded on May 21, 2012.

An art book collection of images and stories from the yearlong photography project about women and what inspires them.

Portland, OR Art Books
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Happy New Printer!


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,


She Inspires 365 Update


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!


A problem and a solution!


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. 



Big News!!


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, 


Summer is on the way ... as well as the book!

Hello supporters of She Inspires 365,

I hope this finds you all well. I wanted to give you a quick update and again, apologize for the great length of time that has passed between updates. I have spent the winter months working with my wonderful designer, Rita Sabler, laying out the book, editing the photos, and creating something special that I know will honor this project. I've also been working with writer/editor, Jane Turville, to refine and edit the quotes and stories of the women who participated. I am so grateful to my small but powerful team because they have helped me to rediscover the essence of the project and have kept me on track.

The projected delivery time for the book is now mid-summer. Again, my deepest apologies for taking so much longer than originally anticipated. My goal is to finish the final draft within the next month, then the printing will require an additional three months. After the book goes to print I will turn to marketing and a distribution.  A big part of my plan is developing a diverse list of well-known, inspirational women which includes feminist bloggers, filmmakers, writers, politicians, magazine editors, philanthropists, educators and more.  It’s my hope to send each of these women a copy of the book and a letter asking them to help me get the word out about the project via social media outlets. I am also looking into the possibility of having the book available for sale on Amazon and in national bookstores. More on these efforts later. Thank you again for all your unwavering support and for your considerable patience. I’ll send another update early next month. 

Very kindly,