Hitting the Promotion Trail by Vonnie Winslow Crist
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-post-with-vonnie-winslow-crist.html
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!
Vonnie Winslow Crist is the author-illustrator of a YA fantasy novel, The Enchanted Skean, a collection of YA-friendly fantasy short stories, The Greener Forest, and other books. To find out more about her, visit her website: www.vonniewinslowcrist.com , blog: http://vonniewinslowcrist.wordpress.com or Facebook page: http://facebook.com/WriterVonnieWinslowCrist Her books can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/Vonnie-Winslow-Crist-Amazon