About a year ago my sister introduced me to Pinterest. We were planning her bridal shower and exchanged ideas through it. I had a lot of fun searching through the pictures and comparing notes with her.
Then she had this idea: “Wouldn’t Pinterest be a fun thing for your writing?”
I started to think about that and created some writing related boards. But how effective is Pinterest for writing promotion?
I don’t have the answer on that yet, but if you love visuals and sharing those with friends, then I think you would enjoy Pinterest.
Why do Pinterest?
1. Brings you inspiration for characters and settings.
2. Gives browsers quick views of categories such as book covers for a particular year, cool book trailers, or how to decorate with books.
3. See in pictorial form books agents represent. Examples:
- Jill Corcoran: http://pinterest.com/jillcorcoran/
- Jennifer Laughran: http://pinterest.com/literaticat/
- Erin Murphy: http://pinterest.com/alwayserin/
- Kate McKean: http://pinterest.com/kate_mckean/
4. See what books publishers carry:
- Random House: http://pinterest.com/randomhousekids/
- Egmont: http://pinterest.com/egmontusa/
- Scholastic: http://pinterest.com/scholastic/
- Penguin Teen: http://pinterest.com/penguinteen/
- Lee and Low Books: http://pinterest.com/leeandlow/
- Harper Collins: http://pinterest.com/harperchildrens/
- Grand Central: http://pinterest.com/grandcentralpub/
5. Discover books editors have edited:
- Sarah Shumway: http://pinterest.com/sarahshum/
- Sarah Barley: http://pinterest.com/sssdb/
- Stacy Whitman: http://pinterest.com/stacylwhitman/
6. Another way to share pictures you love in one easy location. It’s easy to upload to Facebook and Twitter too.
How Does It Work?
The way it’s set up is you build boards. Each board has a different topic of your choice and then you pin pictures onto it.
Ideas for Writing Related Boards:
1. Cool settings– Here you could post pictures of settings that would inspire a book idea.
2. Your book board– A pictorial representation of your story and characters.
3. Interesting personalities– I love this one to pin unusual characters.
4. Books worth reading– For this board I clip the covers of my favorite books.
5. Favorite book trailers– This is a great place to upload book trailers that you love from YouTube.
6. Quotes and sayings– Clip pictures you find inspirational.
7. Books in the home– There are great pictures of decorating with books.
8. Fun with books– Display pictures that show how fun books can be.
9. Libraries and bookstores– For those of you who still find these places enchanting.
10. Book covers of the year– post covers of books that you are excited to read for 2012, 2013…
If you do end up joining Pinterest, pop by and check out my boards at: http://pinterest.com/christinafarley/. And of course, I’d love to hear what you think!