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Pinteresting Recipe: Travel, Photos and Books

Bootlicker in good hands

Bootlicker in good hands

If 80 percent of Pinterest users are women and women buy most of the books, authors need to be on Pinterest.

Problem is, authors traffic in words and Pinterest is all about photos.

Here’s one way to create a compelling board:

When you, a friend, or a relative are headed abroad, take or send your novel. You’d be amazed at the opportunities that come up to snag a photo of your book beside a famous landmark or in the hands of a colorful local citizen.

During a recent trip to Thailand, we visited a museum where two women in gleaming gold traditional outfits were posted outside. I asked one to pose with the book and she gladly complied. Could she read it? Does it matter?

Authors these days need to make a smooth transition from creative writing to creative marketing. Send your book on a trip and capture some photos you can use to reach prospective readers on Pinterest.

You might make some international friends in the process. Oh, and here’s the actual board: Travels with Bella and Bootlicker.

 

 

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Dog of Gold Boosts Author Pinterest Page

Author Steve Piacente with Golden Retriever Merlyn

Pinterest dog lovers like “Workout Buddies.”

A little while back, I posed a question about mixing personal and professional on Pinterest.

All but one of my boards relate to my two novels, Bella and Bootlicker or to my adventures in self-publishing. The exception is “Dog of Gold.”

As I wrote in the first post, before any of our (now adult) children arrived, we got a dog. Now, I know people love to talk about their dogs. And people with dogs and kids? Settle in; you’re going to spend a lot of time listening.

I’m no exception. Merlyn was one of the special dogs, a brilliant, athletic Golden with, well, you get the idea. There are times these many years later that I still miss him. (Don’t worry, I miss the kids too now that they’ve moved away, but that’s another post).

My question was whether the doggy board was undermining my brand. I asked if it belonged in another collection, or if I should keep it with the author boards.

The unanimous response was to leave it alone. Those who offered that advice look pretty smart right now. One of the pins – a picture of Merlyn after a day at the dog beach – has already been re-pinned 25 times. Photos from my other boards are starting to get some traction as well.

Authors should be on Pinterest because women love the site, and women happen to buy the most books. Plus they apparently love dogs. Be assured that a handsome canine will turn up in my next novel.

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Free Webinar: How Authors Can Use Pinterest

If women love Pinterest and also buy the most books, where should authors be?

If women love Pinterest and also buy the most books, where should authors be?

If you’ve written a novel, you’ve already told plenty about yourself. But social media sites provide authors the chance to reveal a lot more. How far should you go? How far is too far? Should you post pictures of your kids and dog on Pinterest?

This is one of the topics I’ll be discussing in a free, fun webinar on how authors can use Pinterest on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Please sign up and drop by: bit.ly/MLzN1P

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Is There Room for the Pooch?

Room for Merlyn?

Room for Merlyn?

Authors should be on Pinterest because women love the site, and women, sales figures tell us, buy the most books. Plus it’s an interesting challenge for authors, who traffic in words, to tell stories in photos.

I jumped aboard awhile back. I persuaded friends traveling abroad to take my books along and get photos in exotic places. Bang: Pinterest board.

We spent two days in a studio filming a book trailer. I shot dozens of behind-the-scenes photos. Bang: Pinterest board.

I took an author roadtrip to South Carolina, shooting dozens of photos and learning just about as many lessons. Bang: Pinterest board.

My boards relate to my novels, as I like to keep some space between family life and the writing life. There’s one exception, and I’m still not sure if I shouldn’t pull it down and put it somewhere else.

A long time ago, before any of our (now adult) children arrived, we got a dog. Now, I know people love to talk about their dogs. And people with dogs and kids? Settle in; you’re going to spend a lot of time listening.

I’m no exception. Merlyn was one of the special dogs, a brilliant, athletic Golden with, well, you get the idea. There are times these many years later that I still miss him. (Don’t worry, I miss the kids too now that they’ve moved away, but that’s another post). So I found old photos, scanned and cleaned them up a bit, and created, “Dog of Gold.”

It’s the one board that stands out from the others, in that it has nothing to do with Bella or Bootlicker. It is, however, another story from the same author.

My question: Am I undermining my brand? Does it belong in another collection, or can I keep it with the author boards?

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