10 Pinterest Tips for Writers

10 Pinterest Tips for Writers

In today’s post, I want to share some of my best Pinterest Tips for Writers.

Whenever I feel beleaguered from reading email, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook updates, I sneak over to Pinterest and feast on the images.

Opening Pinterest is a well-deserved break from the blocks of text I normally read on blog posts, newsletters, and social media posts.

Don’t mistake me; Pinterest isn’t just a vacation for my eyes. It’s a powerful social media network that, research indicates, nearly rivals Facebook in terms of traffic referral.

I take time to use it professionally and value its power.

In fact, according to Shareaholic, Pinterest accounts for three times more traffic referral than Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn all together. Wow!

If you thought Pinterest was for the DIY, beauty, and crafts aficionados, think again. Men are discovering Pinterest and there are numerous ways for writers to use Pinterest to market their books and connect with readers, prospective readers, and colleagues.

10 Quick Pinterest Tips for Writers

  1. Create a pinboard for your blog and save the images from your blog to your pinboard. Whenever you save images from your website or blog, the web address will attach to the image. Then when users click your image, they will travel to your website and read your post and hopefully navigate to other pages on your website. Below is an example of a video I pinned to my pinboard of blogging images. Yes, you can save videos to your pinboards!

Sharon Hamilton2. Do you have trouble getting your writing started in the morning? Create a pinboard of visual writing prompts and share them on Twitter and Facebook.

Pinterest

  1. Repin images that represent the venues where characters in your novels and stories live and travel to. This board of mine is titled Barcelona and I created it for a future novel.

10 Pinterest Tips for Writers

  1. Find images that represent the clothing your characters wear and the meals they enjoy. Here’s an example of a dress a character might wear in a historical fiction novel.

Historical fiction novel

  1. Create a pinboard of your favorite books.

10 Pinterest Tips for Writers

  1. Create a pinboard of books your colleagues have written. This will help your colleagues’s books enjoy greater awareness on Pinterest. Here’s a book cover from my friend and colleague, Sharon Hamilton.

Sharon Hamilton

 

  1. Do you love bookstores? Create a pinboard of beautiful bookstores from around the world.

10 Pinterest Tips for Writers

  1. Writers love libraries, right? Create a pinboard of libraries from around the world.

 

libraries

  1. Create a pinboard of quotes about writing by authors.

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  1. Create pinboards that represent the stories you’d like to write. The only image I have as an example would be from my Barcelona pinboard above. So collect images of clothing, meals, and scenes from the places where your future characters will reside.

For more information on how you can use Pinterest to market your books, get a copy of my ebook Pinterest Just for Writers.

 

Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including the 2nd edition of Social Media Just for Writers and The Author’s Guide to Goodreads. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for my free email course.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for talking about Pinterest. It’s the only social media I really enjoy, even a guilty pleasure. I LOVE my 5 or 6 boards—they’re soulful, true, and personal—and I love the concept that collections of images collaged together make a bigger statement. For me, though, Pinterest always feels like cooking for one…. I can’t seem to figure out how to invite people to my boards to trip out. The boards are so rich and inspiring, yet I keep them a secret. Should I just tell my email list to check them out? Maybe I will….

  2. These are great ideas for creative writers. Though I focus mostly on content writing, and writing about freelancing for newbie freelancers, I love to write fiction in my off time, so I find this helpful. I’ve started a couple of secret inspiration boards.

    http://www.amylynnwriting.com

  3. Thanks, Frances, for the shout-out. Great article, and some super inexpensive advice for writers and bloggers as well. Really enjoy your help and perspective. You’re the best, Frances!

  4. I have been using Pintrest for a long time, it has a lot of useful information, and pin which is informative about many different things.

  5. Thanks for these great writing tips using Pinterest. 🙂 — Suzanne

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