I took another big step this week towards my book becoming a reality and hired a cover artist! I plan on talking a little more about who I went with in a later post. They said it will take at least two weeks before they’ll have anything to show me, so I figure I’ll wait until then. Needless to say, I’m super excited, though! I think being able to actually see an image will make this whole dream feel more concrete. I can hardly wait.
In order to hire this cover artist, I had to fill out a form. One of the questions asked for some examples of covers I liked. Instead of listing out a whole bunch of covers, I actually just pointed them to my Pinterest board dedicated to covers that had caught my eye within my book’s genre. Not only was it a really easy way to convey what I was looking for, but each cover has a little description with why it was included on the board.
Have you used Pinterest in your writing projects? If not, may I highly recommend it? It’s not just for people interested in weddings, arts and crafts, and babies, y’know. Actually, I don’t have any boards like that. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those things, mind you. But, that does tend to be the stereotype regarding Pinterest.)
Instead, I use it as a visual bookmarking system. You know how lots of creative types recommend hanging a corkboard and keeping things that inspire them pinned to it? That’s basically what I use Pinterest for. Only, instead of having to actually cut out photos from magazines, I just pin from my internet wanderings.
It’s also really helpful for keeping things organized. So, for example, I have separate boards listed under “Writing.” One is for the art of writing and is full of articles with advice on character development, methods of plotting, pacing, chapter structuring, etc. Basically, anything having to do with the actual act of writing.
However, as I stated in a previous post, writing a book is so much MORE than the actual act of sitting down and writing a book. There’s also the business side of things. From registering your copyright and marketing, to potentially starting your own business, authors these days have to be willing to wear the hat of an entrepreneur. For those topics, I have a separate board for the business of writing.
That’s not all. I also have a separate board for book covers. Right now, I’ve concentrated mainly on romantic suspense titles. However, I don’t plan to only write in one genre. As I branch out, I’m sure I’ll be adding to my list of Pinterest cover boards.
Lastly, I have a board full of images and links that I’ve been using as inspiration for my actual work in progress. I’m currently keeping this last board secret, but plan to make it available just before I publish. That way, if my readers happen to look me up, or are curious how I’m envisioning my characters, they can take a look.
I can’t take credit for the idea of using Pinterest in this manner. The first author I found using it this way was Amy A. Bartol for her Premonition Series. You can find her boards here: https://www.pinterest.com/amyabartol/
If you’re an author, you may find Pinterest is a pretty handy tool to have in your writer’s toolbox. If you’d like to see some of the boards I’ve come up with, feel free to check them out here: