#27-pinterest-for-authorsHappy Independence Day! As we celebrate America’s independence this weekend with barbecues and fireworks, we celebrate authors’ independence as well. From now until July 31, use promo code INDIE16 and join the Winner Circle for a full year for just $39.95, $20 off the annual membership.

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Now, as we’ve written before, we’ve become big fans of Pinterest, and we hope you will, too! Enjoy our favorite past Pinterest intel and several new links to more info on how Pinterest can draw new readers to your author website and your work!

WWW AuthorsPinterest has a real treasure trove of photos and links on anything from history to fun book art to places we need to see (and those we don’t). Marketers are hyping it daily as a must-do.

So, more of our authors are now into Pinterest, too.

We encourage you to share your boards with us, or read on to discover what sort of boards you may want to post on Pinterest!

Meet Mary Arno

Mary’s novel, Thanksgiving, releases this fall and Mary’s new Pinterest page now includes several boards, including our favorite, a walk through the pages of her book. Mary took photos of many of the “real life” places in Louisiana (New Orleans and Baton Rouge) that appear in her novel, then matched them with quotes from the book. Clever, useful, and a fun way to get an even greater sense of “place” than words can offer!

Author Mary Arno's Scenes from Thanksgiving

Author Mary Arno’s Scenes from Thanksgiving

Meet Kat Varn

Kathleen Varn’s challenge is that her current novel, still in the writing stage, involves a lot of research into the post WWII era of the Tin Can Sailor, while her last novel surrounded the mystique of being thrown into a troupe of belly dancers. Rather unrelated topics, but diverse Pinterest boards can address each. So, boards for her book, Ameera Unveiled, and her dance troupe, and her new book, In Her Father’s Jacket, and just for fun, fellow favorite authors.

Kat Varn Pinterest BoardsIn Kat and Mary’s case they’ve also already built boards more “author/book specific” in terms of pics of the covers, awards they’ve received. These can also be used to tout reviews, or highlight pics from book signings:

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Kathleen Varn’s board about Ameera Unveiled includes her author photo, writing space, website, awards and reviews…

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Mary’s author board offers up her cover contest link, a pic of her Faulkner Gold Medal (quite an honor!), her pic, website and more…

Meet Thomas P. Wise

Thomas P. Wise’s new Pinterest boards focus on his newest work coming out this November, Life on Base: Quantico Cave. Again, great pics being found, in this case right on Pinterest, Tom is then matching them to excerpts from the forthcoming book:

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Quotes from Life on Base: Quantico Cave, by author Thomas P. Wise

Pardon the pun, but getting the “picture?”

What Else Can You Pin?

Besides all the great ideas author Steve Piacente has offered up HERE, you might consider these as well:

Unique art made from books: Remember cutting through the pages of an old book to create a clever safe for your keepsakes? Repurposing books has come a long way! Want a headstart? Check out this board full of amazing art: https://www.pinterest.com/lanalang/book-art/

Best indie bookstores: Start a board of the greatest you’ve actually been to (or where you’ve done a booksigning) or those you want to visit. Just get a look at these we found in a Pinterest search:
https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=best%20book%20stores

Coolest libraries: We’ve begun one on Pinterest but it’s not nearly inclusive yet. Can’t wait to have more time to go browsing through these stacks!
https://www.pinterest.com/sharijstauch/lovely-libraries/

Got the munchies?: If food is your thing, you’ll find plenty of it on Pinterest. But what about where your book characters eat? Or what they make or bake? Need some inspiration?
https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=literary%20food

Okay, show and tell time – We want to see your boards — include a link to any you’d like to share with your comments below. Do you have a Pinterest success story? We want to hear about that, too!

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4 thoughts on “Author Marketing Mastery #27: Pinterest for Authors

  • July 7, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    I created a pinterest board of who I’d cast to play the main characters in my books if they were turned into movies. https://www.pinterest.com/shawneda/ and it is based on each collection in the series.

    • July 7, 2016 at 11:35 am
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      That’s a GREAT idea!!! Well done, Shawneda – love, love it!

  • July 5, 2016 at 11:45 am
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    I’m still learning how to use Pinterest for my authorings; here’s the link: http://pin.it/XC9H2YT

    • July 5, 2016 at 11:57 am
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      There ya go! Add pics of fans at events, book signing you do AND attend… the possibilities are endless!

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