I have been working hard all weekend on the Homework my illustrator gave me to come up with a look and bio for my main character, Emily. Of course, I already had a vague idea what she looks like, but putting it all down on paper is not easy.
As luck would have it, I came across a blog post about how to use Pinterest as an aid for writing and marketing your book, in particular with regards to visualising a look of a character or place.
Until now, I had steered clear of Pinterest, mostly because I feel that there are already too many forms of social media and it is an impossibility to participate in all of them. However, the blog post made it sound interesting enough for me to check it out.
On Pinterest you can create ‘boards’, which are basically collages of pictures based around a theme of your own choosing. Other Pinterest members can follow your board and see what sort of pictures you post, excuse me, pin to it.
It seemed that it is possible to have three ‘secret boards’ on Pinterest, which only you can see, until such time that you make them public. The writer of the blog post used these secret boards to collect pictures of what she thought her character looked like, such as hairstyle and clothes, but also hobbies, likes and dislikes. As a marketing tool, she would then make the board public, so that her readers could get an idea of the character and interact.
Seeing as I have to build interest for my new series, this Pinterest approach didn’t seem like too bad an idea. Specially as I had to think about Emily’s looks anyway.
Therefore, I created three secret boards and one public one about York, the main setting of the series. On top of that, I added an extra page to my website, where I left some fun info about the new series. A bit scary, as making them public, will mean I have to use them in the book, but also fun as people finally get to know more about the new book.
Please check out my New Page or have a look through my York Pictures on Pinterest and let me know what you think!