My memoir lends itself to presenting visually the miscellany and ephemera mentioned in my book:
How are you using Pinterest---or other newer forms of social media ot promote your work?
hi stephanie! that is a great use of pinterest, and your book sounds amazing!! i use pinterest to put up inspiration boards for my novels-in-progress.
here's two for my skater werewolf romance: one on just skater imagery http://pinterest.com/katasharya/skaters/, and another here:
and one for another book i'm working on: http://pinterest.com/katasharya/book-inspirations-outside-skaters/
this reminds me...i gotta update on pinterest! i've been a little unactive for awhile, but i forget how fun it can be!
Kat, your pinboards are fantastic! That’s a great idea to use Pinterest for both research and inspiration.
Thanks, Stephanie! I really like your idea of collecting visual memorabilia for your book, and am following your pinboard...looks like a truly fascinating story! xo
I have only just started but I use pinterest in two related ways. I created an inspiration board on which I pin images related to my books - this acts as a visual reference board (eg what does a frankincense tree look like) and then as well it attracts people who are interested in the relevant subject who might then be interested in my books. It's on http://pinterest.com/zoebrooks/resources-for-writing/ And I pin my covers to my favourite books and graphics boards.
Hi Zoe, your Resources for Writing pinboard is great;) I know a lot of people use Pinterest for inspiration for decorating and clothing ideas, but it’s really refreshing to find it used, as you and Kat do, to inspire and inform your writing!
Zoe, I've been using Pinterest boards the same way you have. It gives me visuals of the things I'm writing about. And also lets people perhaps get interested in the book I'm working on.
This is for my current book: http://pinterest.com/creativeboomer/book-in-progress-reluctant-djinn/
It also helps me keep my writing on track. What a huge difference it made staring at a photo of Richard Gere as I wrote an emotional scene. I kept finding myself deleting things thinking "Richard wouldn't do that but he would do this." It actually did a lot to keep my character on focus.
Hi Stephanie, I just started on Pinterest a few months ago. I have about 7 or 8 boards and one is dedicated to my non-fiction, self help book. Of course, that's my favorite board. It allows for a visual support for divorced folks (mainly women). It also promotes my blog posts visually. THat being said, I'm not sure how effective of a marketing tool it really is. I also have boards on other subjects that are a personal tone. I think this gives readers from my blog or my book a more personal connection to me. Bottom line is it's a fun social media. Your book sounds incredible! Mental illness is a subject that needs more understanding and attention in our world and you are contributing to that education. Your pin board is very interesting and will help other people going through what you've gone through, so keep on pinning!
Thanks, Lisa! I’m glad women writers on getting on board(!) with Pinterest and finding our own ways to use it.
I haven't started using Pinrerest. However, I find your page to be a beautiful inspiration for me.
Thank you for sharing.
I also made a board with my "inspiration" on it =) It is a clever idea!
Writer Digest has an article about Pinterest from March (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to...) with these statistics: "As of last week, Pinterest was the third most popular social networking site behind Facebook and Twitter. In addition, over 58% of the traffic is female with 59% between the ages of 25 and 44. For individuals and businesses trying to reach men and women between the ages of 25 to 44, Pinterest is the ideal social network to utilize."
That's sort of how I'm using it, too, just as visuals of the book since I sort of write very visual prose. That makes it fun. But also use it as just more fun social media out there. (BUT I have to admit, I love it when I get a notice that somebody's popped my book cover up on THEIR "Books to Read" board, too.)
I just love visuals of any kind, so it really appeals to me, and I'll be checking this conversation myself to learn how to use it more!