Welcome to Day 3 of #NJ12DaysOfAuthors June Series! @YvetteMCalleiro #TheOneDiscovered @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC
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On the 3rd day of the June “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…
AUTHOR, YVETTE M. CALLEIRO!
Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). She’s also been known to ride the stationary bike at her gym for hours while reading anything from paranormal to fantasy to suspenseful thrillers.
When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school reading and language arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her beautiful son who enjoys paranormal and adventurous stories as well. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.
NJ: Hi, Yvette! I’m so happy you could join us, even while you’re on vacation! Let’s get at it! How long have you been writing?
Yvette: I wrote my first poems when I was 11 or 12 years old. I’ve been writing in some form ever since. I wrote and published my first novel at the age of forty.
NJ: What genre or genres do you write under?
Yvette: I mostly write fantasy or paranormal, but I also write poetry. I have a contemporary fictional novel coming out later this year.
NJ: Are you indie-published or traditionally published?
Yvette: I am a proud indie author. Originally, I tried to go the traditional route because I didn’t know any better. Once I learned about the indie world, I never looked back.
NJ: How many books have you published to date?
Yvette: I have five novels and one short story published. I also have a few poems published in RRBC and RWISA anthologies. I’m hoping to create a collection of poems one day.
NJ: Please share one of your books with us.
How do you choose when both options have dire consequences?
Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life. She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth. She has a loving mother. She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job. She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to.
Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans. Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them. Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading. A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior. Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind. Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home. But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart?
Choices create action. Actions have consequences. When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make? Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?
NJ: Yvette, I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing?
Yvette: The first book in my series, The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1) is free. As a new author, I want readers to take a chance on my story and me, so I’ve put the first book permanently free. The second book is just $0.99. If they liked the first book, paying a buck for the next book is well worth it. After that book, a reader will know whether they love my style of writing and want to finish the series, so the other books are $1.99 or $2.99. That’s still a great price, especially for the story they will be enjoying. I put a lot of time, energy, and money into creating my stories and their book covers. I’m not looking to become a millionaire on my books. I’m just looking to bring enjoyment to my readers, so I price my books to attract new readers.
NJ: I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there. What was your main reason for getting on Twitter? For support? For fun?
Yvette: I use Twitter solely to promote my books and the books of other authors. I have such little time for relaxation and enjoyment, and I don’t want to get sucked into the black hole of social media. So, I jump on Twitter to do what I need to do, and I jump right back off. Then, I enjoy being present in my life with the people I care about.
NJ: What other social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?
Yvette: I use Facebook to promote my books and support other authors. My Instagram is more about mindfulness and meditation. I have LinkedIn, but I’ve never really found that beneficial (probably because I don’t use it often). Marketing is my weakest area, and I’ve made peace with that (for now).
NJ: Supporting others is a huge part of my identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media? If so, how?
Yvette: I spend more time promoting other authors than I do promoting my own books. Lol! I enjoy uplifting others. I believe in the energies in the world, and I focus on giving out positive energy so that I am surrounded by people humming with good mojo.
NJ: That’s awesome! In my book, it’s always better to give than it is to receive, which is why I’m such a hound dog when it comes to folks supporting other folks. I created this series in hopes that all the authors being profiled and promoted, will connect with the other authors in the series and become a truly supportive part of their “village.” Yes, it takes a village to raise a child but it also takes a village to grow authors. Yvette, do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?
Yvette: I read every tweet, and I do my best to visit the links and learn about the topic before I retweet. I don’t like tweet threads; I just don’t have time to follow those. I try to connect with every tweet that tags me, and there are certain hashtags that I visit and promote, but I don’t spend a lot of time perusing and sharing tweets.
NJ: I will give you credit here – you do a very good job of making your rounds supporting your fellow RRBC members in their promotional endeavors. Good for you! As little time as I have in my world, I do take the time to visit the Twitter feeds of authors who might pop up on the sidebar of my Twitter and then, I take the time to peruse their feed, looking for a few tweets of substance to send out to my followers on their behalf. If only everyone would take the time to do just that.
If you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you. How could they best support you? What would you have them do?
Yvette: I would ask them to read my book(s). If they enjoy what they read, I would ask them to share it on their social media outlets and to encourage their readers to read it. When I publish a post on my web site, I would encourage them to share it and interact with me on the blogs.
NJ: Those are great ways to support your fellow authors, Yvette. We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way. Have you come across any writing resources that might benefit other authors? If so, share 2 or 3 of them with us, please.
Yvette: I enjoy conferences like the RRBC WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO. I find great tips and resources at events like that.
NJ: That’s amazing advice, Yvette! Our virtual WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPOS are extremely informative, they are a ton of fun, and you get to learn so much about your fellow authors and their books! And, the best part is, you never have to leave your home to attend and participate. I would encourage any author reading this to join us this year. If you’re not a member of RRBC, you won’t be able to promote your books in the conference but you are able to take part in our Sessions. Now, authors are always seeking good formatting services. Who do you use to format your books, and would you recommend them?
Yvette: I used Smashwords.com. They provided a free download to teach one how to format books, and I took the time to teach myself how to do it. It was a bit frustrating at first, but it was worth learning.
NJ: Can you share with our audience 2 or 3 of the top methods you use to market your books?
Yvette: Marketing is my weak area. I promote my books on social media (Facebook, Twitter). I have also promoted free books on Smashwords, Bookbub, and a few other sites.
NJ: What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?
Yvette: Learn to accept constructive criticism. Then, become a better writer with what you learn.
NJ: Yesssssssssssssssssssss, Yvette! Would you please say that again and say it louder? That’s OK – I’ll say it for you! LEARN TO ACCEPT CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM!!!!
OK, let me calm down! You really made my day! Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?
Yvette: I was raised as a military brat, and the lesson ingrained into me from childhood is that your reputation is everything. So, I pride myself in making sure the energy I put into the world is well-received by others.
NJ: Good for you! In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old?
Yvette: Availability. The writers of the past were aloof and were not connected with their audiences. Today’s authors focus on making a connection with their readers via social media and blogs.
NJ: Yvette, do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or, does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?
Yvette: I value professionalism in all aspects of my life. I understand that whatever I create and however I behave reflects upon me. I don’t concern myself with the behaviors of others. The literary world is vast, and there will be authors of all calibers within it. It’s up to the readers to decide the quality of authors that appeal to them.
NJ: If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?
Yvette: If the review has legitimate critiques, such as grammar, point of view, or head-hopping issues, then I take time to review my work and make the necessary changes. I always want my best work to be in the hands of my readers. If the critique is more about someone not liking the story or my characters, I appreciate the honesty of those reviews and accept that not everyone has the same taste in stories, and that’s perfectly okay with me.
NJ: Great response. You can’t help that someone doesn’t like the topic you wrote about – there’s nothing you can do about that. But, when someone has legitimate critiques that could help you grow into a better writer, if you pass on accepting those blessings, all I can say is poor you, and I don’t want to read anything you write. This goes back to what you said earlier – learning to accept constructive critiques. Yvette, do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?
Yvette: Who doesn’t love flattery, right? Lol! Still, I always want people to be honest with me. It’s one of my core values, so I appreciate when others have the courage to share the not-so-pretty truths.
NJ: Another great response! You’re on a roll here, Yvette, but, now it’s time to say goodbye! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to profile you in my series.
OTHER QUICK FACTS ABOUT YVETTE…
- Schoolteacher & Mom
- Writing is a hobby / hopefully will become full-time one day
- Blogs about writing and supports other authors on her blog
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