My First Book

Yesterday was a good day. Roel (the designer of the book and BFF) and I drove to the beautiful office of my publishers in Utrecht to collect the very first book, my very first book – SHUT UP!! I’m just so excited.

It was such a joyous moment when Claudette (one of the publishers) revealed the book to Roel and I from under a Yvestown for Sissy-Boy tea towel, how surreal. It’s beyond our exceptions, it’s perfect and the inside is even better. So much hard work in too little time was laying there, staring at us on the table.

I of course got emotional as it’s such a big deal to me to have finally reached this part of my life where I find myself capable of writing a book. This may sound a bit deep, but I do feel that we all walk paths in our lives and that it takes lots of walks to get to that part where you want to be. Some of my steps were baby steps and some were giant steps. This by far was a giant step and I pulled it off in 5 months, with the help of one person that has been so dear to me for so many years.

I know that a few people who know me (a little) didn’t foresee this step I’ve made as there are always Nay-Sayers in ones life.

Most of you don’t know me personally but if you get to know me you’ll notice quite quickly that I speak quite a lot about all sorts of things. They do say that people who talk a lot are not to be trusted and I do happen to find that people quite often don’t really believe my blah blah as there’s so much of it. But let me tell you this, if you live up to all your blah blah you’ll blow all these people away. Honestly I love people who live in air castles, who have big dreams and lots of blah blah. It’s all about setting impossible goals and making them real, sod your nay sayers!!

Once again the book will be for sale exclusively on the 27th of March in all the Sissy-Boy Homeland stores throughout The Netherlands and Belgium and on the 28th of March it will be for sale everywhere. So people who’ve made a pre-order, your book will be send on the 28th of March.

And *drum roll* the English translation (Yvestown in the Kitchen) for the USA market will be released January 2015. Dream big right, for this simple Dutch girl living in her own air castle!!

FYI: you can buy the wooden bird from artist Anna Wiscombe.

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  • Leslie-Anne Bentley
    14/03/2014 at 10:38

    Congratulations! I only know you through this blog, but you have every right to be proud. You have a real talent and have found a new way to share it with the world. I can’t wait to get an English copy of your book.

  • Kimberly Hughes
    14/03/2014 at 10:41

    So very very pleased for you and so incredibly well deserved! You show ’em! Us big mouths might actually have something important to say sometimes so they best pay attention 😉 Whoop! xxx

  • Rodedahlia
    14/03/2014 at 10:49

    Van harte gefeliciteerd, wat kun jij trots zijn. Ik ben ook heel benieuwd naar de binnenkant. Daarom ga ik naar je toekomen. Schrik niet, gewoon naar de sessie in Tilburg. Kan niet wachten tot het 12 april is.
    Ga genieten van de complimenten die je zeker gaat krijgen en van het moment. Nogmaals proficiat.


  • Emily Quinton
    14/03/2014 at 10:51

    So, so excited and pleased for you! And so very deserved. I can’t wait to see you in a few weeks to celebrate and take photos of you with your book! Wahoo!! xx

  • MUS
    14/03/2014 at 11:24

    goed gedaan! x

  • Tineke
    14/03/2014 at 11:30

    Van harte gefeliciteerd met je boek. Het ziet er prachtig uit ! 🙂

  • Ingrid Jansen
    14/03/2014 at 11:45

    We zijn supertrots op je! en ook op Roel natuurlijk! Zo ontzettend benieuwd naar het boek, nog 2 weekjes….eeeek! Xx geniet van alles

  • Esther
    14/03/2014 at 12:55

    Woeeeehoeeeeee you did girl!!! En wat mooi dat je dit ook met je bff heb gedaan. Jullie moeten allebei beretrots zijn. Terecht!! Gefeliciteerd X Esther

    • Esther
      14/03/2014 at 12:57

      Hmm, sorry voor de spelfouten. Enthousiasme, denk ik ;D

  • Michelle S
    14/03/2014 at 13:16

    Congratulations to you in aiming high and achieving your goal! Looking forward to January 2015 when your book will be released in English! As someone who tends to keep her thoughts and words to herself, I find it inspiring to hear (or read) the ideas and dreams of others. Dream on and keep aiming high!

  • Pam Vieira-McGinnis
    14/03/2014 at 14:11

    Congratulations! I’m super excited about the US release!!! I am so exited and happy for you!

  • Michelle Hillard
    14/03/2014 at 15:04

    Congratulations! I look forward to the English release- I have an idea it will be a huge success here in the US! I believe when creative people talk a lot, it is basically thinking out loud, and when enough plans, ideas, and just thoughts are verbalized, the one that’s right for them will be the one they can run with, and make into something tangible. By the way, Sod Your Naysayers would make a good shirt, heehee.

  • Ellen Vesters
    14/03/2014 at 17:22

    Zooo mooo-ooooi!

  • Aubrey Marshall
    14/03/2014 at 19:40

    Congratulations on your beautiful book!!!! Looking forward to getting my hands on it January 2015.
    I found your fabulous blog through Pinterest and I am so happy that I did. I absolutely love your home, your photos are like eye candy. GORGEOUS!

  • nina
    14/03/2014 at 19:52

    Van harte Yvonne! Het lijkt me een geweldig moment om zo je eerste boek in handen te houden… Ga het de komende tijd nog maar heel vaak doorbladeren en ervan genieten! Ik ben heel benieuwd naar de inhoud!

  • Pati from London
    14/03/2014 at 21:57

    Congratulations Yvonne!!!!! Yay for dreaming!!!
    The book looks absolutely stunning and it is easy
    to see from the pictures and your blog the great amount
    of hard work and love that has gone into it.
    Well done!! Pati xx

  • Sally Edmonds
    14/03/2014 at 22:00

    This is SO EXCITING, Yvonne!!! Yahoo! A big pat on the back from across the Atlantic. Am looking forward to the book in the U.S. I love reading your blog and will love reading your book. Keep reaching for the stars.

  • caroline
    15/03/2014 at 06:21

    En omdat het zo’n major iets is kom ik vlieg vlieg vlieg helemaal vanuit Singapore over voor je launch. Nou ja, bijna alleen daarom. Alleen nog even mijn witte gewaad strijken en goud op poetsen. Je zal me kunnen herkennen zijn mijn zomerse teint en mijn gouden schoenen.
    Dikke klapzoen,
    Caro Xx

  • Daniela
    15/03/2014 at 18:20

    Congratulations Yvonne! Your book looks really beautiful!

  • Tamar Schechner
    16/03/2014 at 12:01

    Dearest Yvonne,
    How exciting!! I cant wait for the english version! I wish you the best of luck and lots of love and hugs.
    xox from Tamar

  • Traci Barr Segal
    16/03/2014 at 18:52

    Just beautiful, Yvonne. I so proud of you and your beautiful talents. Happy to hear of an English version in the works!

  • Liza
    16/03/2014 at 19:31

    Gefeliciteerd en wat gaaf dat het allemaal gelukt is. Het ziet er super uit en je mag trots zijn.
    Geniet ervan!

  • Kristin/Hekkan Hekkel
    17/03/2014 at 07:28

    Congrats on your fabulous book! 🙂 It looks gorgeous, and I can’t wait to get a hold of an English copy. Too bad I’ll have to wait so long… Wishing you all the best 🙂
    – Kristin –

  • Hydi
    17/03/2014 at 17:48

    One word: super!

  • Claire Robinson
    18/03/2014 at 12:36

    Just the cover of your book looks oh so stylish… so looking forward to seeing more early next year! And you do produce some of the prettiest and inspiring blah-blah!

  • Michelle
    21/03/2014 at 09:21

    Dear Yvonne, you are a great inspiration – truly! I’ll look forward to the english version of your book! Congratulations – enjoy this well earned success!

  • Sophie
    22/03/2014 at 15:37

    will you release a french version (easier for the ingredients) ?

    and congrat’s again Ivy

    best regards,

  • Elizabeth
    23/03/2014 at 21:06

    Yvonne, this is so cool. The first of many books, I hope. And super pumped it will be released in English, otherwise I was going to have to learn to speak Dutch! xxx

  • Milou Curvers
    27/03/2014 at 08:11

    Gefeliciteerd en geniet van de grote dag vandaag!!

  • kathleen
    03/04/2014 at 11:51

    Ik ben vandaag nog maar eens gaan kijken in de Standaard Boekhandel maar het boek ligt er nog steeds niet…snifsnif

  • Hiske
    06/04/2014 at 13:55

    Air castles are the best! I have a few and one af them is becoming a little bit real, whaaaa, so excited! And glad to see one of yours came true, wishing you the best!

  • Kari
    10/04/2014 at 18:41

    You make me believe that I can write that book that’s always been deep inside of me. Thank you. Blessings and congratulations!

  • Maria
    24/12/2014 at 13:05

    I commented last night and now going through your old posts. Love you beautiful blog, your books look amazing and I am very excited to read your magazine in the future. What a creative person you are. I love your dream big personality and air castle example. That’s me. Living in lala land. Off with the faeries like my husband calls it. But you know what, you inspire me because I have a feeling, deep down I will achieve something fab one day. For now I am raising my babies, my two little boys but one day will be my turn to focus on my goals and dreams. In the meantime I will dream and read beautiful, inspiring, visually beautiful blogs like yours 🙂