Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pinterest Put Me in Physical Therapy

Today I have a Guest Blogger.  Diane Skelton is a fellow writer who has charmed our writing group with her humor and sassiness.  Can't wait to see the cover of her first book on Pinterest!

Pinterest put me in physical therapy.  When I was first introduced to the online bulletin board system, I spent nearly ten hours craned over my laptop gathering images. Two days later I awoke looking like a contortionist stuck in a pose. I had a Pinterest-kink in my neck, and the doctor ordered muscle relaxers and five months of physical therapy.

At first, Pinterest captured me and gobbled up a good bit of my writing time. But when I learned to use it productively rather than obsessively - at a better desk, with occasional breaks, and strict adherence to my rules - Pinterest became a great writing tool.  My foremost rule is to never let Pinterest be a diversion from writing -- it must be a tool.  In my profile, I announce my purpose: “I'm a writer working on a series of novels. The main character documents flea markets, sells Hull Pottery, and yearns to own a piece of Newcomb Pottery. These boards reflect my characters & me.”

I collect images of Newcomb pottery, which my main character covets(photo above is courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum); images of Hull pottery, which my main character resells; photos and information about flea market and yard sales, where she shops; and collections of items she seeks for clients. I also pin pictures of places my main character might visit.

It’s occurred to me I’m building a marketing database with Pinterest. Nearly 200 other users follow my boards. They are fellow writers or collectors who like the same things my characters do. Some even repin my images. So my followers shouldn’t be surprised when I “pin” the cover of my first book and invite them to buy a copy.  After all, they’re my target audience.
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