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Vonnie at Carroll County Farmer's Market I love to imagine stories, then jot them down. I enjoy researching, revising, and polishing a story. I like sketching, then painting cover art. Quiet talks with other writers, readers, and fans about my fiction are fun. But I do NOT like to promote, even though I realize promotion is a necessary part of building a reader base and letting people know that a book is available.

I’ve thought a lot about why many writers and illustrators, me included, hate the promotion part of the book business. I’ve decided it’s because when we draw attention to our books, stories, or artwork, we feel like we’re bragging somehow. For me, it’s not about “look at what I’ve done,” so much as inviting readers to enter the fantastical worlds I’ve created. It’s about telling a story around a campfire and having people listen.

And so, with an eye to promotion, I invited you to visit a few guest blogs and interviews I’ve done recently:

Thanks to romance writer, Allison Merritt, for inviting me to guest post Speculative Romance: http://havenovelwilledit.blogspot.com/2013/03/guest-post-vonnie-winslow-crist.html

Thanks to fantasy author, Jennifer Allis Provost, for inviting me to guest post Where the Magic Begins: http://jenniferallisprovost.blogspot.com/2013/04/where-magic-begins-by-vonnie-winslow.html

Thanks to the wonderful author, Jaleta Clegg, for interviewing me on her blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/2013/04/author-interview-vonnie-winslow-crist.html

Thanks to fantasy author, J. Michael Squatrito, Jr. for inviting me to guest post Location Matters in Fantasy: http://theoverlords.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-guest-blog-with-vonnie-winslow-crist.html

Skean copy And last, but certainly not least, thank you to Douglas R. Cobb for interviewing me for The New Yorker Times (and asking very specific questions about The Enchanted Skean): http://newyorkertimes.com/2013/05/vonnie-winslow-crist-interview/

I hope you’ll read and enjoy the interviews and guest posts, and I hope I get more comfortable doing book promotion!

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Whimsical Words remains primarily a place for me to ponder the writer-illustrator journey, but I thought my readers might enjoy some words from visitors. Why the change?

First, I’ve had the opportunity to do some guest posts, and have found it fun and challenging. Plus, I hope I’m reaching a new audience each time I venture into the unknown territory of another blog.

Second, I like the idea of sharing different points of view. As the years drift by, I’m doing my best to become wiser, but I’m no Gandalf! (Sorry, I can’t resist a Tolkien reference). I think there’s a wealth of information and experience that others possess that will make Whimsical Words a better blog.

Third, writing and illustrating are lonely pursuits. I spend hours researching, writing, sketching, and painting with Sandy the Black-Mouthed Cur as my only company. That solitude is necessary in order to focus on the story or art I’m creating, but it’s nice to have the occasional conversation with someone who’s also interested in fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction, myth, legends, illustration, or writing.

Lastly, I think it’s important to support other writers. As much as I want people to find my books, buy and read them – I want even more to encourage kids, teens, and adults to read. By giving authors and their words a forum, I support reading, writing, and my brother & sister authors.

If you’ve been following Whimsical Words, I’ve shared links to a number of my recent guest blog posts. Here’s another link: http://nickwale.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/finding-inspiration-and-the-drive-to-succeed-by-vonnie-winslow-crist/ And thanks to Nick for hosting me.

So, look for my 1st guest author, Gail Z. Martin’s take on “The View from Outside the YA Fence” on Monday, January 21st.

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   Guest blogging is both terrifying and rewarding. But I believe if an author wants to raise the visibility of her books, she has to grit her teeth and push herself into the blogging world. So I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone once again, and revealed a good deal about myself and my career in an Author Tale post on Indie Ebook Review.
   I’m thankful to writer David Lowbridge for both hosting me and for his comments on the post:  “Our first ever Author Tales has just gone live over on the blog! I would like to thank Vonnie Winslow Crist for being the brave soul who took the first spot. Its not easy being first. What she has written is a clear and brilliant piece of advice for all authors.”
   I encourage you to check out the article and share your thoughts on what I’ve written:
http://indieebookreview.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/alls-well-that-ends-well-cautionary.html
   Now, to bravely push myself to do even more guest blogs!

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