The She Series Book

Created by Karen Hallion

The She Series: 100 Portraits and Essays of Inspiring Icons Whose Actions Changed the World

Latest Updates from Our Project:

March update!
4 months ago – Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 01:04:30 AM

Hi everyone - 

Amy, Karen's Business Manager here with an update for you on how we are progressing with the She Series Book!

Today I was so relieved to finally submit my essay on Kathrine Switzer to our editor, Caitlin, to work her magic.  Running is my favorite thing and Kathrine's story has been a huge inspiration for me.  For those of you who don't know, in 1967, Kathrine became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an officially registered competitor. During her run, a race official attacked her, tried to grab her bib number and screamed at her to stop running.  But she kept going and is the reason women are allowed to participate today.  

Writing this essay was a fun challenge for me and (not so humble brag here) brought back a lot of emotions and memories from when I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011. I can't wait to see it published alongside Karen's beautiful illustration!

At this time, we have 105 essays completely finished, about 3/4 of the art done and 2/3 of the layout done.  Our proofreader just had a baby and is on leave but should be back just in time to read the final version before we submit it to the printer.  I am optimistic that I will have a better framework for when the book will be finished next month when I update you.

In the meantime, we really appreciate your patience - we definitely bit off more than we could chew when we started this but know in the end it will be a wonderful book.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send a message.

Thanks again!

A little update from Karen!
5 months ago – Fri, Feb 04, 2022 at 10:35:58 PM

We have been chugging along on this project for the last six months and it is coming together  beautifully. To be honest, if I had known how complicated this was going to be, I don't think I would have jumped into it so quickly!

We are a  little behind on where we wanted to be by now but I am so lucky we have a  wonderful team of people who are working so tirelessly to make this book a reality. The essays are almost all in the final stages of review and they are amazing. I was hopeful I was going to finish the art this month, but I have run into a roadblock; I am having shoulder and neck issues, most likely due to working at my Cintiq for long hours each day. The  knots in my muscles are causing numbness in my arm and hand, and terrible migraines. 

I was planning on spending the next few days knocking out a bunch more of the art for the book before heading to Florida for a signing I am doing as part of the  Epcot International Festival of the Arts, but I think my body is telling me I need to take more of a break. I am doing heat/ice and  getting back to PT, and although the thought of stopping and delaying further stresses me out, I am going to take a break from art until I get back from Florida.

Thank you for being so patient! I will keep posting some of the art that you haven't seen yet - starting with this Aretha Franklin portrait I just finished - as well as some snippets from the essays, and page  layouts, and will continue sharing updates on our progress as we get closer and closer to printing.

For anyone who may be attending the festival, I will be there Friday, February 11th-Monday, February 14th from 2pm-5pm each day. Only the Star Wars art that I have done for ACME Archives will be on sale but I will sign anything you bring me. The booth is near the Mexico pavilion and I looking forward to getting margaritas after I'm done signing  :)

Thank you again for your support - it's appreciated more than I can say.  If you have any questions, please  don't hesitate to send a message.

Update - by the numbers!
6 months ago – Mon, Jan 03, 2022 at 09:36:47 PM

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Edits, edits and more edits! A small glimpse behind the scenes...
8 months ago – Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 12:16:16 AM

Hello backers!  

Amy, Karen's Business Manager, here with an update for you on the book development.  

We have been chugging along through what is a fairly lengthy process to get the essays in final form. Writers have been submitting their drafts, they are reviewed by our sensitivity reader, our editor, go to our proofreader and then back to the writers for final approval.  Phew!  

It's been a lot of fun and exciting to see the final pages really come together, and we're so in awe of the amazing contributors to this project and their many talents.  

At this time we're still planning to meet our goal of getting the book to the printers by end of year, but we will update as we get closer if we anticipate any delays.

In the meantime, please enjoy a sneak peak at the essay below which will appear in the book.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch and we will be sure to post an update again soon.

Thank you!
11 months ago – Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 06:45:58 PM

This is Amy, Karen's Business Manager, here with an update - Karen is still recovering from her hip replacement surgery so I am stepping in!  First, on behalf of Karen and the entire creative team behind this book, I just wanted to thank you so much for your incredible support.  We're so excited to bring this inspirational book to life.

We will be opening up a BackerKit platform in the coming weeks which will enable you to edit your pledge and add on more items than you may have originally pledged for, including some new items that were not available on Kickstarter. You will get an email from Backerkit when it is launched with instructions on how to edit your pledge and confirm your items.  Additionally, since our shipping window is so far out, you will have time to edit your shipping address up until about 4-6 weeks prior to shipping.

If you have any other questions at this time, please send me a message through Kickstarter and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you again!