Last month, I offered three reasons why writers should love Pinterest, so today, let’s have some fun with marketing. Marketing…fun? Eeek! Those two words couldn’t possibly go together, right? :)
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Books rank #14 for what women find “pinteresting” while Food/Drinks rank #1.* Not bad news for writers, but how can we capitalize on this information? If your books involve any food/drinks, it wouldn’t hurt to pin some delicious looking food items to your book boards. My heroine in When Love Triumphs whips up a batch of macaroni and cheese instead of digging into the ice cream bucket when she needs comfort food, so why not pin a scrumptious, nicely browned mac and cheese recipe?
I’ve used a couple of cool sites to create unique pins: Canva and PicMonkey. Both are fairly easy to use. PicMonkey is free, and Canva offers free designs as well as some premium options for $1, so any extra dazzles you’d like to include won’t break any marketing budgets. Use your own pictures or Pixabay is a great resource for free images.
Jazz up your boards
Be creative. Check these out:
- Inspirational setting ideas
- Book quotes
- Reading and writing boards
- Inspirational boards
- Writing Tips
- Bio with pictures
Don’t just pin/repin book covers. Spread the Pinterest love around. What are your interests? Hobbies? I created boards for adorable animals, recipes, decorating ideas, seasonals, landscapes, coffee, etc. When I allow myself the freedom to venture outside the box, I find marketing much more enjoyable. And rather than following the same friends from Facebook or Twitter and seeing the same faces, why not consider Pinterest as an entirely new venue to make friends?
- Since a pinterester can click to follow through on a link, it makes sense to pin your book covers from a “retailer,” right? Pin your covers from a “buy” site.
- Follow boards, rather than pinners, or you will wade through a feed clogged with meaningless pins. Make your feed what you’d like…whatever inspires, excites or relaxes you.
What boards inspire you?
Have you tried Canva, PicMonkey or other graphic applications? Which is your favorite?
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