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The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories

Created by Sofia Seitchik

The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories
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317 backers pledged $18,229.00 on Kickstarter

The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries, Artists, Founders, and Entrepreneurs is a book aimed to motivate all kinds of people to go after their dreams, channel their own inner artist, take that leap to found an organization, or even to start their own business. Everyone needs to feel connected, that one story to find relatable and to be inspired to take that next big step; Global Deaf Women created this book to share 80+ stories of all sorts Deaf Women who are of all ethnic background, different nationalities, different types of profession and industries, and of diverse identities. The women are from all over the United States alongside with a photo captured by Deaf photographers.

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$18,229.00 / 317 backers
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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Update #8 Progress of The Light of Deaf Women Book Project
about 2 months ago – Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 05:05:15 PM

Dear Backers!

I trust all is well with you!  It's good to be home again. Here's the update #8 of my video sharing my experience and journey of the book! 

Video Transcript for non-signers: 

Hello all! Now, I am back to the USA! We have been traveling for 7 months in Europe, Asia, India, Middle East and North Africa. Wow, I am very grateful for the rich experiences we all had with my family.

While I was traveling, I worked hard with the team on the book project to make it happen with stories, layout, and cover design of the book. When the sample book arrived, my team sent the pictures of a sample book via texts, for me to see what it looks like, I was excited, but it was not the same feeling, just seeing the pictures of the book until I got home to finally get it in my hand. It is a WONDERFUL goosebumps feeling in my heart to hold this book. It was amazing feeling that the team and community made it happen to have a book into reality! Much gratitude!

Now, here is the update to share the news. I was in communication with the book publisher to point out some issues with pictures in the book, the calibration and the quality of color printing did not come out well. It doesn't seem to have the right calibration and proper set up to do the mass printing.  The book publisher in return, want us to do certain steps to modify the pictures.

After I discussed with my designers and the team what the publisher wants, it was unanimously agreed that we have to find another publisher to meet our expectations in order to work with the book’s calibrations to make it aligned. So we have to wait a bit longer to get this done. You will be informed as soon as we get the right publisher.

Secondly, some of you followed up with me regarding the survey I mentioned earlier. The survey is from the backerkit of the Kickstarter (which we all raised funds to get the book published), the survey will be sent to you, when the book is officially finalized and released. The purpose of the survey is to make sure you have a correct email and mailing address or may need to update in order to receive the book or e-book. The e-book is also available for the order.

Thirdly, for those who have not ordered book or want to get one via Kickstarter, you can o pre-order the book or e-book on our website www.globaldeafwomen.com.

If any of you want to invite me to be a guest speaker to lead a workshop at school, organization or university to share about the book project, and pick out an inspiring story from this book. Also, an opportunity to buy book on the premise and get signature on your new book! I also offer the workshops for secondary schools for the youth programs and students, who would want me to be their inspiration speaker. I can discuss and share the simple and basic skills and success tools to make their dreams come true. Well, that is it! Stay tuned to keep an eye out. Thank you for your support!

Once we receive more details with the book progress, we'll share it in the next post. Stay tuned and thank you! #thelightofdeafwomen #globaldeafwomen

BackerKit surveys are coming!
about 2 months ago – Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 07:19:48 PM

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Update #7 for The Light of Deaf Women book project
5 months ago – Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 08:51:23 PM

Hello Kickstarter Backers! I posted a video on Facebook a few days ago and I'd like to share my video here for our backers on Kickstarter website! 

From the FB post: I finally can share the good news and update of The Light of Deaf Women book project. Enjoy the video with pictures of our travels! Stay tuned for next post/email with the survey form for you to fill out for the shipping. Namaste!

Lots of love, Sofia & GDW Team 

Transcript for the hearing fans/backers:

Hello, I am here to share the update of the book in making, The Light of Deaf Women. First, I would like to say, thank you all for your support, patience, understanding and believing in our project to inspire the world with our inner Light and success.

Speaking of the challenges, Team and I really worked hard on this book project; photoshoot sessions, editing the stories, going back and forth with our wonderful women who is in our book. We finished it! That part took longer than we expected! What took us longer? We faced unforeseen challenges while traveling, I learned a lot about myself through the process as a mother, wife, entrepreneur, travel planner, researcher, supporter, teacher (homeschooling my sons), juggling between roles and traveling the world, it is like a full-time job. I realized I had to take a break from work and focus on myself getting recuperated. 

Now, I am here to communicate with you all, what is the update of the book. We finally finished it! We sent a draft of pages and layout to the publishing company and they will send us a sample book within 5-7 business days to test and make sure everything looks good. Then, they will officially print 1,000 books. It takes about 3-4 weeks to produce/print hardcover books, meaning, you shall receive the book in the time before holidays. I am so excited and can't wait for you to receive the book in your hand and spread the light with the world. Thank you for your continuous support, and patience!

Stay tuned for the survey and next announcement! May Light be with you all.

Oy Vey! Oops! Update #5: The Light of Deaf Women
8 months ago – Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 09:41:24 PM

Hello!

I wanted to inform you guys quick! I caught a little mistake I made in the email, I said "we went with the first choice of the book front cover design." I meant to say second choice! So sorry for the confusion! I must have mixed that up.

The actual front cover design is a white page with words "The Light of Deaf Women." The pictures of women will be inside that word - Women! There were some tweaks per feedbacks and you will see it when it is out!

Stay tuned for our news! Wishing you all a wonderful and Happy Labor Day weekend!

Regards, Irina

Update #5: The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories by Sofia Seitchik
8 months ago – Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 12:49:01 PM

Hello The Light of Deaf Women and Kickstarter Backers!! I trust summer has treated you well! Fall is approaching! Who is ready for the hoodies, foliage, pumpkin carvings and more?

Here’s the number #5 update. We are working on few details on the book, The Light of Deaf Women, to finish up the loose ends. Those loose ends include the designs of front and back cover, ensuring the correct information of *mailing addresses, orders of books, stories, logistics for publishing company and much more. *Please keep your eyes for the email next week.

Thank you, voters for voting a design for the front cover of book. We received a great response and feedbacks. We went with the first choice of front cover for great reasons; classic, easy to read, clean look, of course to keep readers curious to open the book and see who is in the stories. We greatly appreciated your inputs!

Once loose ends are tied/finalized, set and ready to publish a book in the making, we will be in contact with you when we are ready to mail your book!

This project wouldn’t have happened if it was not from your amazing support, our team, interviews with incredible ladies in the book, fans, families and every person who believed in the vision of raising the awareness and spreading the world with light! Thank you from all of our hearts!!

We wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday of Labor’s weekend.

The Light of Deaf Women Author & Project Coordinator, Sofia Seitchik & Irina M. Normatov