Sure thing, Kamy. It sounds like a wonderful program. We have something similar in Austin called Badgerdog for high schoolers and Badgerpup for elementary school kids. It's not targeting girls, but kids from at-risk homes. Very inspiring to hear their stories.
It's great that you're involved with them. I'm sure you're making a difference.
Very thought-provoking post and exactly what I needed to read! The hardback/paperback thing is very crazy; I had to insist in my contract that my psychology trade book was NOT first published as a hardback, because as it would also be used by university students, as a hardback it would be ridiculously expensive. My previous text is only bought in hardback by libraries; everyone else always buys the paperback. So of course this is even truer for most fiction. Congratulations on getting a traditional deal for your novel and even more so for doing your pros and cons and deciding on the She Writes Press path! (Imagine if you had decided to go with the big publisher; what would that have signaled to all we She Writes press hopefuls!)