Authors, if you use Pinterest, have you considered displaying some of your boards on your author website?
I’m not the most sophisticated user of Pinterest by any means. But I do have three public boards that relate to my writing projects. Since my latest series takes place in West Africa, I have a board for Africa photos. The photos I pin here not only inspire me as I write, but give readers a glimpse into the world I’m writing about.
I also have a character board for each series. On these boards I pin photos that inspired the characters and, for the SSU series, photos of animals that are mentioned in the books.
Readers who find me on Pinterest can follow my boards, but how do they find the boards in the first place?
One way is through my website.
Authors, learn how to display your Pinterest boards on your website.
I recently started using the Pinterest board widget. Give Pinterest the url of your board and you will receive code that you can include on your website. I put the widget code on the Contact page on my website and also included it on the thank-you page that appears after someone has signed up for my author newsletter. This widget shows a grid of the most recent pins to my board. What’s super cool is that if you mouse over the image, you get a scroll bar that allows you to scroll down to see any additional rows of images. So a reader can see all the images on my board without leaving my website.
This is how the boards look on my Contact page:
Here’s how to get the code:
If you try this, please let me know so I can check out your site.
This article first appeared in the Tech Talk column of the April 2017 issue of the Heart of the Bay, the newsletter of the San Francisco chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Copyright © 2017 Vanessa Kier.