Five Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest

You probably already love Pinterest, but did you know you can use it to build your platform and sell your books? Here are five ways.
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  • Reaching Readers – Many sites are reporting Pinterest as a top referral site. Spend time thinking about your book’s target audience and what their interests are. Create boards that go along with their interests and start connecting with people. Community boards are especially helpful for reaching new followers, and therefore readers.
  • Creating the World – Especially for fiction writers, you can create boards that show the time, place, and feel of the world you are creating in your book. Pin images of clothes your characters might wear, cars they may drive, food they may eat, places they might visit, furniture they may own. You can visually create the world and invite your audience to imagine it with you.
  • Sharing Memes with Quotes – Create images with quotes from your book. Pick the sticky phrases—pithy sayings that pack a punch. If you need help, check out Crystal Stine’s book, Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art (affiliate link).
  • Showing Your Inspiration – Create a board featuring books or blog posts by others that inspire you as you are writing. In my recent book, I quoted from fifteen other books. It would be easy to create a board featuring those books or create memes with the quotes I used. People will notice you are quoting from some of their other favorite books and it will make them more interested in your book.
  • Getting Them Involved in the Process – Your audience loves to look behind the curtain to see how your book goes from an idea to being held in their hands. Write about it on your site and share those posts on Pinterest. Show where you’re writing (at a coffee shop, in the backyard on a quilt, from the desk you bought at Ikea), what tools you’re using (Moleskin notebook, Scrivener, Sharpie marker and Post-It notes), and even the team that’s helping you make your book happen (pin posts by your editor, agent, and publisher).

Pinterest is fun, but it can also be helpful. Make it work for you!

30 Days of Your Stories: Your Worst Fear

worst fear writing prompt

 

We conquered some pretty big fears around my house this week. My oldest son started swim lessons. Before I took him on Monday he said, “I get scared around water and I don’t want to get scared in front of all those other people. They will laugh at me.” But he went. And he got scared. And he said people laughed at him for being scared. But he got in the pool. And even though he had a stomach ache about fifteen minutes before it was time to go each day, he still went. He still got wet. He’s not only learning to swim, but to conquer his fear.

Day 30 of your stores: Your worst fear.

What is your worst fear? Or, what used to be a fear that you conquered?

Podcasts for Bloggers and Writers

At my house, Wednesday is laundry and podcast day.  A couple of my favorite podcasters post on Wednesdays, so I download them all and learn while I get my least favorite chore knocked out. Here’s a list of some I find helpful for bloggers and writers:
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What podcasts do you enjoy on the topics of writing, creativity, or time management?

Gift Ideas for Writers & Readers

Have a writer on your Christmas list? Or someone who loves to read? Here are some great gift ideas!

  1. Vintage Typewriter Necklace from Lisa Leonard
  2. My First Novel moleskin from Alfamarama on Etsy
  3. Read More Books mug from AppraisingPagesShop on Etsy
  4. Library Letters from Anthropologie
  5. Canvas Bag from apericots on Etsy

31 Days of Books for Writers: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

One of the most underestimated skills in the creative process is discipline. But the  most creative people are also the most disciplined. The Accidental Creative helps you focus your creative energy to be more productive.

” … lock in on the heart of the problem quickly (define), establish your game plan to center your activities around the most crucial priorities (refine), and organize your work so that you’re minimizing distractions and staying on course (cluster).” The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry (affiliate link)