How I Use Pinterest As A Writer – & Children’s and YA authors, publishers, and book bloggers on Pinterest

Have you tried out Pinterest yet? A social media system where you can pin images, and then click on those images to get to the original article, site, video, etc. It’s a visual way to explore the web, and to bookmark or save resources that interest you. I’ve really been enjoying it–as a writer, a reader, and a book lover. I’ve found book-related art, food, and furniture that I hadn’t seen before, been reminded of books I love, and found new people and interests. I also think it’s another way to reach other readers and writers.

As an author on Pinterest I’ve made collections–or “boards” (think bulletin boards)–of a bunch of book-related things I love (libraries, book quotes, book furniture, edible books, etc), as well as some boards that relate to me and my own books, such as my book trailers; my books (and links to online bookstores); my free resources for my books such as my teacher’s guides; photos of celebrities who provide visual inspiration for my characters; etc. I also made collections that relate to issues that I explored in my books and that are important to me, such as self-harm; sexual abuse; self-defense; feminism; LGBTQ issues; body image and media awareness; and more. I also try to help other writers while sharing my love of books, so I have boards where I pin my favorite books in the genres I read the most (picture books, YA books), and boards where I pin book trailers by other authors in the genres I write and read. My Pinterest boards really fit me and my books–which I think is important. I pin what I love and what I care about. You can get as creative as you want on Pinterest!

I’ve already seen at least one person buy and read Scars through Pinterest; that was so gratifying and feel-good! I’ve also connected with a bunch of readers, book bloggers, publishers, book lovers, and other authors, and enjoyed it! Sound interesting? Come find me on Pinterest!

Are you an author and still not sure if you want to join in, or how? Check out Authors Meet Your New Friend Pinterest, Pinterest for Writers, 3 Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest Guilt-Free. There’s a ton more articles, too.

And there are a lot of book-loving people on Pinterest. To see some of the children’s and teen authors, publishers, & book bloggers on Pinterest, check out Perogies and Gyoza’s list, and to see a TON of YA authors on Pinterest, check out YA Highway’s YA authors on Pinterest. Belong in that list and you’re not included? Let them know in the comments’ section.

I can see there’s a bunch more I’m going to have to follow!

Update: I just discovered (through writer Peter Taylor) Joel’s article on how to use Pinterest as a writer and it’s got a ton more great ideas, as well as some fantastic resources like (now called which allows you to highlight text and pin it. What a *fantastic* resource! I get frustrated sometimes when there’s a great article or post I want to link to but Pinterest can’t find a picture or something that I can link to. So now I can!

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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10 Responses to How I Use Pinterest As A Writer – & Children’s and YA authors, publishers, and book bloggers on Pinterest

  1. Greg Pincus says:

    I have actually had quite a bit of traffic driven to 30 Poets/30 Days this year from Pinterest – mostly from teachers/educators pinning the logo and link to the announcement then others sharing it in their “resources” or “poetry” boards. As an author, I also see using boards (maybe private ones?) for manuscripts – inspiring pictures, settings, faces, resources, etc. So I’m on Pinterest, trying to figure it all out, too!

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for the link. These are all great ideas of ways for authors to use Pinterest. I love seeing the visuals of all an authors books side by side. Especially since I live abroad so most of my books are bought on the internet, and I don’t get that visual experience of seeing covers in a bookstore. Lucky I have Pinterest to give me a similar experience!

  3. Oh, Greg, I’m glad to hear you got a lot of traffic from Pinterest! that is very cool. And I love the idea of using boards for manuscripts.

    Jen, I’m glad you liked seeing the way some authors use Pinterest–and glad you like seeing the book covers! It is neat to see them that way. I like seeing what books everyone has, and matching up what I love with what looks good but I haven’t read yet.

  4. Peter Taylor says:

    Many thanks, Cheryl. I’m only just starting on my Pinterest journey and your info and links will be most useful – and thanks for the acknowlegement, too.

    You and your readers may also find this a useful resource:

    All best wishes

    Peter Taylor

  5. You’re welcome, Peter! I’m glad you told us about Joel’s article; it’s a great resource. Have fun pinning!

  6. Maggie Lyons says:

    Thank you, Cheryl, for this very informative article. I’ve just started a few Pinterest boards and am fascinated by this new medium. I’m eager to learn more to enhance my own use and that of others.

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  8. Donna McDine says:

    You’ve convinced me to join in. Thanks for the valuable article and insights! And thanks to Margot Finke for sharing this article with me.

  9. Glad to hear it, Donna!

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