Oh wow! This is fun! And EASY! Who knew?
But it's more than just playtime for me, it's also letting me connect with a lot of the other geek-minded (I still prefer the term Space Chic) pinners out there who love space, Sci-Fi, the stars, sweeping landscapes, ancient civilizations and profound sayings.
I'm in heaven.
And as I begin my evolution from writer to author, I'll be able to post my cover images and other related specifics that pertain to my books. And share those of other authors, too. In fact, I already have a few book covers included in my Sci-Fi Culture board, but I'll be adding many more.
What I really enjoy about Pinterest is it seems to come naturally for me. It's not a struggle like putting together words for this blog can sometimes (*cough* often) be. In a little over 24 hours, I've already collected a nice little gallery. Want to check it out? So glad you asked! Be my guest:
Visit Laurie's profile on Pinterest.
If you're one of my peers or you have an account, it's likely I've found you already. If not, please send me a subspace message (or follow me or my boards) and I'll be sure to return the favor asap.
If your focus is only on particular things, I'll post my individual boards below. (Sorry, no foodies or fashionista, but I'm guessing if you're reading this blog there will be something you'll want to take a peek at.)
STARS, GALAXIES AND SCI-FI (54 pins)
SCI-FI/SFR CULTURE (149 pins)
GREAT QUOTES (14 pins)
RANDOM FUN STUFF (21 pins)
ON BOOKS AND WRITING (1 pin) << Needs a little help here
PYRAMIDS AND ANCIENT CIVILIZATION (119 pins) (Some modern coolness too)
TOO CUTE (9 pins) [I can't resist this stuff!]
STORY INSPIRATION (33 pins)
INSPIRING LANDSCAPES (26 pins) Landscapes=real and created, indoor and outdoor.
So how exactly can Pinterest be of value to authors and readers? Well, for one, so much can be communicated to others via images and like interests. It's a way to paint a picture mosaic of what your passions are, what topics you love, or what your books are about. So it's all about reaching out with pictures and graphics, which is what you probably already do on Facebook and Twitter, but with words.
You can find a plethora of user tips about Pinterest...on Pinterest. :) I followed this board which has quite a few:
PINTEREST FOR READERS AND WRITERS
Many bloggers have weighed in on Pinterest too. Just Google "How Pinterest Helps Writers" or something similar to find assistance and information.
Rachel Gardner gives a few tips and cautions in a blog, but the post is over two years old, so I've followed up with a second blog that explains the major copyright issues have been resolved, but also spills how law enforcement is using Pinterest. (I wanted to include historical information on the copyright thing, because this is another reason I've avoided Pinterest for so long. I imagine it might be why others have too.)
Rachelle Gardner: What Every Writer Should Know About Pinterest
Pinterest's Most Wanted - March 2104, The Daily Beast
Do any of you pros and long-time users out there have any must-know tips or must-read articles? I'm eager to learn all I can.
Pippa, I hope you're having a blast with your Restless in Peaceville tour. For any readers who may have missed it, Pippa's zombie-esque story has been out a little more than a month. Check it out here (love the uber cool cover!): Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay.
In case you missed last week's discussion with author Pauline Baird Jones on the newly dubbed category of Top Gun SFR, you'll definitely want to backtrack and give it a look. Until now, we had no solid identifying tag for these edge-of-your-seat, turn-and-burn Science Fiction Romance reads. They feel the need...the need, for speed!
Wishing all the best to Sharon, who's probably up to her ears in edits, and Donna, who's no doubt up to her ears in boxes! Looking forward to hearing more from you both very soon.
Have a great week!
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