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 Pinaquote.com (now called shareasimage.com) 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!