Writers write. But in this day and age, writers sometimes feel they're sucked into a black hole of social media. It seems every time you turn around there's another site that promises to be the solution to all your marketing dilemmas.
I've toyed around with the idea of Pinterest, but I haven't yet taken the plunge. I'm worried that I'll be sucked into another time waster. So when agent Rachelle Gardner wrote a couple posts about the benefits of Pinterest for writers, I paid attention.
I did a little searching around the web, and I'm coming around to the idea that Pinterest could be a useful addition to my social media arsenal. I figured I'd share what I found, since I may not be the only one pondering "pinning".
Rachelle Gardner wrote two posts about Pinterest:
13 Things Writers Should Know: this includes some compelling reasons for considering Pinterest
Ten Tips for Authors Using Pinterest: a list of ways to use the site, and a link to frequently-asked questions about Pinterest
If you're looking for a nitty-gritty explanation of how to use Pinterest, consider downloading the free ebook How to Use Pinterest for Business from Hubspot. Though it's not just for writers, it has a lot of information on how to grow followers and why Pinterest makes sense for business.
And a few more posts to help you think it through:
Allena Tapia lists ten creative ways to use Pinterest (and describes the site really well, too)
Susan Johnston highlights four authors and how they use Pinterest to its best advantage.
Christina Farley has collected a list of Pinterest boards that relate to publishing (like agents and the books they represent).
I really like the idea of using Pinterest to research inspirational photos for my novels. Since I already collect images for characters, costumes, and setting, I imagine one day my readers might like to see the photos that brought the novel to life.
What about you? How do you use (or envision using) bulletin boards like Pinterest?