I love Pinterest! I think it’s a beautiful medium and I simply love enjoying what other people have posted, liking, commenting and re-pinning onto my own boards. But it’s not just a fun place to hang out, it’s also a great tool for authors to connect with their readers. How, I hear you ask, since it’s all about pictures and writing is all about words? Well, if you think about it, writing is about painting pictures with words. Pictures and images often inspire us to write and why not combine the two?
Here are two ways I can see this working very well.
1. Create a board that shows what inspired you to write your book. Is it landscapes, places, foods, animals, people – wherever your inspiration came from, there must be images connected to that. Your fans will be interested and inspired at the same time.
2. Create a board with book covers of books that are in the same genre as your book. Make sure your book is prominently among them. If people find books they’ve already read and enjoyed in the same list as your book, they are likely to try out your book as well.
Make sure when you pin images you find on websites to link directly to those images on Pinterest, so you don’t breach copyrights. If you have the little PinIt add-on in your browser even better, it will make the process of only pinning images you can share on Pinterest easier and link to the correct content. When linking book covers, including your own, link to Amazon or another book seller. The book covers are meant to be marketing tools and people will be happy for you to share them.
I will post more ideas on how to use Pinterest as an author in the future, so watch this space. 🙂
- Pinterest for Writers (socialmedia4writers.com)