It’s Day 5 of the Author Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt is:
One of the newest and fastest growing social media platforms is Pinterest? Have you jumped onboard? What kinds of images do (or could) you post that are related to your book or the topic of your book? What other kinds of images do you post? Are you linking each post back to your blog, website, or Amazon page? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Pinterest, what’s holding you back? Take a look at book marketer extraordinaire John Kremer’s Pinterest Boards. After perusing them, how MIGHT you use Pinterest to brand yourself and your book? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us your Pinterest link.
This is a topic that I’ve posted about before, you can read these posts here.
I have been using Pinterest for a little while, and it’s a great time waster… but it is also a great place to look for inspiration. I use Pinterest to have boards for a number of different stories and books as well as personal boards for ideas for things around the home, inspirational sayings and, most recently, a board for my 365 Picture Books blog.
Having the images sorted by story is useful when I’m looking to write a description of somewhere or of something that exists only in my head. It also helps to maintain consistency throughout the story.
I also have a board called Story Inspiration. This just has cool links that may inspire a story at some point down the track.
It’s only recently that I have started using Pinterest to promote my blogs, and then only my 365 Picture Books blog. I don’t get a lot of traffic from there, however I have had people starting to repin pictures from there. It was pretty exciting, especially as it was someone I didn’t know!
It is a danger to spend time pinning instead of writing, so I set myself limits to the amount of time I spend on there. Generally I will look when I hit a road block in what I’m writing, or I’m too tired to write.
If you would like to follow my boards on Pinterest, you can find me here.