Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: L.A. Lewandowski

Why should authors care about Pinterest? I considered this question as I stared at the blank Word document. Should I try to convince you that fifteen minutes a day several times per week pinning and interacting on the site could find you new readers for your work? I have always liked a challenge.

The last time I looked I had 1783 followers on the main page of my profile. This isn’t a huge number by Pinterest business standards. I am connected to pinners who have over fifty thousand followers. You must admit that is a big number. How did they gain so many followers? Are they celebrities? No, they are business people who recognized early on the unique draw of this social media site.

For authors, Pinterest provides the opportunity to add a visual aspect to the written one, and attract a new group of readers to your books. You can create a board that contains video and pins of places your characters visit. You can post the recipes they eat. You can use these boards to attract a different set of readers to your work.

Pinterest is like any other social media site. A new user needs to take a little time to understand what works and what doesn’t. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen on author profiles is having only one board, My Books, for example, with the cover of the book repinned every time the book is reviewed or promoted. At a minimum a main profile page should contain three boards so that the first line of boards is filled out. This is visually pleasing.

What type of boards are popular and will help an author’s pins to be repinned?

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Why Waste Time on Pinterest | Indies Unlimited
  2. And You’ve Gone Too Far ‘Cause You Know it Don’t Matter Anyway* | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...
  3. Bookstore Shelves, Gatekeepers and the Brave New World: Why I’ve Decided to Self-Publish
  4. How Do You Define Credibility and Legitimacy as an Author? | Indies Unlimited
  5. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Nonsense United
  6. Anne R. Allen's Blog: The Biggest Mistake New Writers Make and 5 Ways to Avoid It
  7. HarperCollins Thinks There's No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks - The Digital Reader
  8. Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 33: Telling Important Scenes, Instead of Showing - Helping Writers Become Authors
  9. Writing flashbacks: how to write them well - with examples
  10. Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read | Books |
  11. David Farland’s Kick in the Pants—Setting Your Own Standards of Excellence
  12. The Kill Zone: POV 102 - How to Avoid Head-Hopping
  13. Ask the Agent: What are the new trends in publishing? - Chip MacGregor
  14. Kill me now – what do I do about a negative review? | Nail Your Novel
  15. The New Pinterest Analytics Tool: How To Use It for Business | Social Media Examiner
  16. Which of These New WordPress Themes is Right For Your Audience? - Copyblogger
  17. Four Ways to Crush Your Email Challenge and Build the List : @ProBlogger
  18. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
  19. Author, Jody Hedlund: Is Writing Under Inspiration Just a Huge Myth?
  20. Will Bookstores Sell Your Indie Books? A Self-Publishing Series Case Study - Where Writers Win
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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