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Ever since I was small, I've been a storyteller. This website is the story of my life as a writer, it's the comprehensive history behind my stories.
For budding writers, learn about my sources of inspiration and how to tap into the resources around you to create art. Find out more on my Directory page a visual layout of the contents of this site.
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Finishing Book Two
Since I put out the first book, ‘The Or’in of Tane Mahuta,’ in September of 2015, I’ve been working on the next volume in the Chronicles of Aden Weaver series. I expected it to take a long time to edit, just as before. 2016 flew past. The copy had been through a few rounds of critique when in January of this year, critique peep, Maria Cisneros-Toth laid down the challenge. She said she would give me all of February to critique the book for the last time and then she’d be finished. At first, I thought, It can’t be ready I’ve only been working on it sixteen months!
Maria admitted she knew she was pushing me, but as she said ‘sometimes a push is just what you need to get going.’ So I accepted her challenge. I started working day and night and really applying myself to edit it through myself.
We started from the first chapter on February 1st. True to her word, Maria edited every day of the week with me, asking for ten chapters at a time. Multiple emails flew back and forth between us. Sometimes, I would barely have had a chance to put her first edits in and the next lot would roll into my Inbox along with a request for me to send more.
Maria was unstoppable. And thanks to her determined coaching and hard work we got it done. I really thought she was amazing for doing that. Thank you!
It was at that point I found myself at a crossroads. Do I go back to the endless rounds of editing it myself again now, or do I take the ultimate step of getting professional editing now? I decided to surrender my story, to “let it go” and send to an editor, which I did. The amazing thing was I felt wonderful because of it. There was a general let down, a release of stress. The burden of getting it right didn’t only rest on me. Sharing the load really was wonderful. As was giving myself that permission to let it be good enough.
I’m still incredulous that the second book is finished. I’m usually such a slowpoke with my writing. Yet, it really does feel like an achievement. I am at present waiting patiently to see a “proof copy.” Yippee!
Talk to you later,
Yvette K. Carol
" If you don't love the craft of making your story better, you won't make this a career…enjoy the process." Matt de la Peña
The feedback has been great.
'You've done a lot of work on this site. Very friendly! I look forward to some bloggerly blatherings about your writing life.'
~ PJ Reece, author of Roxy, Story Structure to Die For, Smoke that Thunders.
Jaguar Kukulcan said, 'I'm completely wowed by your site. What an amazing body of work. You've done an awesome job of presenting it.'
Claire said, 'Hey Yvette! First day of holidays and have finally found time to check out your website. Read the whole thing including your little nooks and cranies. Very interesting and quite thought provoking.'
'Hey Yvette, So nice to hear from you and I am so proud that you have claimed your rightful space as an author! Your website looks great and has distracted me from work for an hour now! The illustrations and black and white photos are FAB! Well done for putting all this together and sharing so much of yourself. It is a very generous gift and I will keep going back to it.
'Yvette, just wanted to let you know that your synopsis for Aden Weaver is wonderful! I wish I could write summaries of my stories that read as beautifully. :)'
Teresa Robeson, co-author of Out of Time, Tales of Time Travel, and In a Land Far Away.
'Yvette - You have a very nice site. I've joined the e-mail list - so I expect to be among the first to hear that you have not only signed a book-deal, but that Peter Jackson is going to film it - which will be handy for you, being in New Zealand, since you'll be able to walk down to the set every day, and tell him to cut out all those long, lingering looks he's so dreadfully fond of. It is a very nice site, and I love the 'magazine' feel to it, with lots of white space.' Bill Perring, award-winning author of The Seduction of Mary Kelly.
'I think your strength in your writing is you write with your heart and not your head which is good. This is what the readers relate, too. It's the reason as the reader, I became so involved with your characters who quickly became real to me. You should have heard me talking out loud to your characters so many times as I followed them throughout the story.' `Maria Cisneros-Toth, co-author of The Monster Moon Series, and author of Butterfly Hollow. 'Hi Yvette, Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed your newsletter! Also wanted to say how impressed I am that you have been keeping up with your newsletter! I'm passing it on to my friend, Joanna.'
'Love your website. I'm taking notes for my blog. I joined your newsletter. You're an asset to the craft and to other writers. Well done. I both admire and encourage your efforts.' Jan Douglas Miller
'Yvette, Your web site has such heart. From the intricate drawings to the photos and stories and your writer's journey, I feel like I know you so well. I have a son with severe autism and I'm also an introverted writer -- so much common ground! I signed up for your newsletter and look forward to keeping in touch. Your writing has the emotional honesty of an Anne Frank or Anne Lamott - two of my favorite writers. I love middle grade stories and look forward to your books being in print. Here's to a productive and happy 2014, p.s. I'm in the process of having my website professionally done and I know I need to start blogging -- your site is an inspiration.' Debbie Herbert
Teresa Robeson Your newsletters are always full of great info and wonderful stories!
Pinar Tarhan - Hey Yvette!! Just wanted to give you a shout and say I really loved your latest newsletter!
Donatien Moisdon - I do enjoy your newsletter every month!
Catherine Johnson - Great newsletter, Yvette!
Excellent newsletter. You're so good at it now. Love the way you engage your readers and fill it with interesting information and tips and hints. Hmm the jokes could use a little help ;-) - Jaguar Kukulcan
Debbie Herbert wrote on your Timeline.June 30 at 3:00amJust finished your latest newsletter and it was awesome as usual!
The next page is a brand new page called the News Flash! which from now on will feature all the latest events. Following that is a visual directory for the whole website Directory.