Jane Friedman's blog recently published a very useful guest post by Amanda Luedeke. with ideas for authors using Pinterest, which I won't try to duplicate here. But one idea I loved from that blog and its comments stream was creating a novel inspiration board, allowing you and your readers to experience more of the look and feel of your book through a collection of images you've found on Pinterest or on the wider web.
I remember Celia Rees explaining at last year's SCBWI conference about the literal pinboard she creates to inspire herself when in the midst of writing, and I can definitely see the appeal of Pinterest for this immersive visual inspiration.
In this video I'll take a quick look at a writer who's created dedicated pin boards for her books, plus I'll show the basic functionality of Pinterest, including how to sign up, discover interesting images (also known as "pins") and pin boards to start following.
Research shows that, if you intend to pin images that lead people back to a shop which sells your book or other book-related merchandise, you may be able to increase sales by including pricing information in the pin itself. Every image you pin on Pinterest includes description fields which you must fill out in full; don't forget the pricing information in those fields.
Pinterest users can find and share any website images they like on Pinterest
Pinterest users can find and share any website images they like on Pinterest – but if you feel very strongly that you don't want anyone to share images from your website, there is "no pin" code you can embed into your webpages to block this activity.
Personally I think that, as long as images shared on Pinterest include a link back to your website, the exposure on this platform is more beneficial than harmful, but I'm not an illustrator and understand there may be other perspectives among Scoobies on this issue. For more information on "no pin" go here.
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