Hello and welcome to my new blog!

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized
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This is my first ever post on the new site and as such, it’s very important and exciting – a statue shall be erected, bottles smashed, toasts quaffed and so on! Feel free to kick off your shoes and sit down a while.

It seems portentous that the day I launch my new blog is the Chinese New Year. I guess I’m starting out on another chapter…. To quote a friend: Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone in and from Asia- enjoy your holidays and a very prosperous 2015 – the year of the Goat!

While I am a relative newcomer to blogging (started mid-2014, over on Blogger), I’ve been obsessed with writing stories for children my whole life. Back in the dark ages of the 1980’s, when I first started submitting fantasy stories to publishers, the rejection heard most often was ‘fantasy doesn’t sell’ and ‘there is no market for it’.  No one was interested in publishing my work, therefore I continued to do it in my spare time, and stopped submitting the stories.

 

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‘Fantasy is the fiction of the heart’s desire. Pure fantasy, or what John Clute calls “full fantasy”, seems to deal in the fulfilment of the yearning of the human heart for a kinder world, a better self, a wholer experience, a sense of truly belonging. To use the ancient metaphor, fantasy seeks to heal the wasteland.’ ~ David Pringle

They say, just as they do about any job worth doing, ‘only be a writer if you are called to do it’. Because the chances are you’ll never get full recompense for services rendered. You slog your guts out over your prose with no guarantee of being paid. You have to be mad to do it, or at least it helps.  But when you’re called to it, you love the whole dang thing anyway.

You are constructing the Neverland of your choice, whether your setting looks like Hogwart’s school for wizards, or New York City. Set the parameters to match the boundaries of your heart. –Jane Yolen

 

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The tales I’ve written over the years, some of them painstakingly hand-illustrated, sit moldering in boxes beneath my writing desk. That’s fine. Every scribe has them. They represent my university, my scars, my failures on the long haul I undertook as a self-taught writer. I am sure my work was gobsmackingly terrible in the early days anyway back when fantasy fiction was not in vogue and neither was writing for children.

Today of course, it’s a totally different story.

“When K-Lytics.com, a site devoted to tracking ebook trends, released its November 2014 report, they found that children’s ebooks were the fastest-growing category of any type of book on Amazon, with their average sales rankings growing 46% in one month alone.” ~ Laura Backes (Follow Laura on her website, Facebook, Twitter)

 

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There was a cool post recently on TheStoryReadingApe’s blog. It featured a chart showing an estimate of all the books ever sold by genre. There, I read that the ‘Top sellers of all time (are) fantasy and children’s literature.’ I thought, yes! Stick that in your eye, you naysayers and partypoopers from my past, these stories are the top sellers of all time! *happy dance* I feel vindicated. Fantasy Children’s Literature is in vogue. This means my time has come. And if it hasn’t, I can’t give up now I’ve only just gotten started.

 

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Sometimes in life, you get lucky, and you get a glimpse of why you’re here and what it is you should be doing. I may not have achieved commercial success, but I do feel exceedingly fortunate in that I’m doing what I should be doing. If you know what I mean! I’ve stuck with the bucking dragon for 35 years. I never let go for a minute!

 

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I believe the compulsion to write comes from a deeper place. I don’t write about or for children, but I write for the once and always child in myself. When I’m writing for children I’m chasing down a lost eden, that hopeful springtime, to approximate the pleasure I had in those shaded imaginative places. The lost eden of my childhood. -Kate de Goldi

Me too, Kate, me too.

How about you? Why do you write?

 

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 Talk to you later,

Yvette K. Carol

http://www.yvettecarol.com

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Comments
  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    Great opening post, Yvette. Welcome to WordPress!

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  2. Oh, I like this new blog format!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Thanks for telling me that, Teresa! I was really indecisive and spent hours yesterday, trying all the backgrounds. This is the last one I tried and I wasn’t sure if I liked it just because I was tired. Or maybe you’re talking about the layout or that the host works better for you? I’m still really finding my way around this site as if I were in a darkened room. So, I definitely appreciate the feedback!! Thank you 🙂

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  3. Robyn Campbell says:

    Love it, love it, love it!! I figured fantasy was tops. I write adventure. But I do have a fantasy in my head. Not sure I can get into the right mindset to write it though. Fantasy (even in MG) is longer. I guess I would have to study it.

    I have the scars too. *sigh* It’s time for some success. YEAH!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Hi there, Robyn! Thanks for commenting 🙂 *whoop* I didn’t know fantasy was longer. That’s just as well. I started out this year with a 99,000 word epic and so far, Joanna (my cp) and I have gotten it down to 70,000 and we’re only partway through. We’re trying to get it to a more manageable size. However, never fear, if I cut out too much of the good stuff, I have my purple prose police (Maria!) waiting in the sidelines, not to take more out but to put some back in if the resulting book ends up too “gray-scale”!! Ha ha.
      And yes, re success, I agree. We’ve definitely ploughed and planted long enough, time for the harvest!
      I didn’t know you’ve been sitting on a fantasy novel idea. The whole genre is something I plan to write some posts about in the near future so hopefully there’ll be something there to help and inspire the unsure budding fantasy novelist like yourself to take the plunge. It’s like opening the door to your inner child and letting them play. It’s super fun!! *Yes, it’s donut-worthy* 🙂

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  4. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    I love your new digs, Yvette! You did it, sista! Woo hoo! And, yay, that your epic novel is in the top selling genre. How cool is that? Congrats on getting your new WP blog going. Maybe Kristen Lamb will pop in and comment sometime. She said she’ll never comment on a Blogger blog ever again because they’re so much trouble, but she doesn’t have a problem with WP!

    Cheers to many more wonderful posts!

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Ooh, that’s an exciting thought, I didn’t know Kristen had said that. So, I’m in good company is what you’re saying? Ha ha. 🙂

      I’m still getting used to the new digs, actually, so these lovely welcomes from all you girls have been absolutely wonderful. Thank you!!!!!! What a blessing we have in our community! 🙂

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  5. karenmcfarland says:

    Hooray Yvette! You did it! You are going to love WordPress. And what a lovely theme you chose. So Fantasy fiction doesn’t sell eh? I hope they eat those words. How closed minded people can be. I’m proud of you for not giving up. Keep sticking to your hearts desire. That where you’ll find true happiness and fulfillment. 😊

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Karen! Yes, I did hear that statement many times 20-30 years ago, before I basically gave up submitting. Just as well I didn’t stop working though. I found an awesome list of rejection letters today online, which I intend to include either here in the next post or in my newsletter. But the one that got me was this sent to Dr.Seuss: “Too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.” ‘How closed minded people can be’ indeed. Well put! Thanks again, for the kind words, and for stopping by the new digs! 🙂

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  6. It’s beautiful! Congrats, Yvette. I need to blog. I did all of TWO blog posts last year. LOL I’ll be reading yours for inspiration. 🙂

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    • yvettecarol says:

      Oh, thank you, Deb! Marketing and writing mentor, Kristen Lamb, has always said the ultimate to aim for is posting three times a week. I find that sort of regularity utterly intimidating. I post twice a month, with one of those posts coming a few days earlier than the other, because I try to keep up with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, who post on the first Wednesday of the month – so, my next post will be in a couple of days instead of this weekend. To my mind, as long as you show up relatively regularly, then your blog is another place online for readers to find you. 🙂 p.s. you’ve got an excuse, you’ve been busy writing books!

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