8 Ways Pinterest Can Help Your Writing Career!

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Of all the social media sites that can help your writing career, I’m not going to say Pinterest is the best. Many agents, writers, and publishers (and marketing experts) swear by Twitter. Blogs are an exceptional way to display meaningful content. Facebook, well, I don’t think too much of Facebook for a writing career, but some people do use it, so I have a page that I mostly advertise my blog posts on. But Pinterest, well I kind of think it’s the most fun. And it’s very useful too! Here are 8 ways you can use Pinterest to further your career:

1. Connect with readers. Fangirls (and boys) love Pinterest. I actually think you’ll find more on Tumblr, but they’re on Pinterest too. They pin memes, quotes, headcannons, products pertaining to their favorite books and much more. I’m actually a bit of a Fanwoman myself and I have boards for Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles, LOTR, Divergent, Avengers, Star Wars, Hunger Games and more. It helps me to see what my reading base is like. Or at least what they like. One thing I’ve figured out: they love to be devastated! Break their hearts and they’ll love/hate you for it. Love/hate is far more powerful than plain hate or plain love. Trust me. They want you to make them bleed, metaphorically speaking. Plus, pinning all these fan related pins is kind of fun.

Real . . . or not real? my Hunger Games fan board.
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2. Another way to connect with readers is through boards for book types. I split mine into YA, MG, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers, Westerns and a few others. I pin books I come across on their corresponding boards, but I seek out YA books the most. The analytics tool has shown me that my most popular YA book pin of late has been The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. I haven’t even heard any buzz about this book on other social media, but it seems to be popular on Pinterest. With my YA book board, I’ll be able to reach readers who want YA books, and if they pin it, they spread it to their followers, and so on. And another benefit is keeping track of all those books you want to read yourself!

YA Books my YA book board.
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3. One of my personal favorites is my writing board. Here I pin articles, blog posts and memes all pertaining to writing. It is a great way to connect with other writers in a helpful way, promote the posts of my fellow writers, and learn a lot for myself. If I want to re-read a post from months ago, but I can’t remember where I saw it, I can usually return to this board. It may take a few minutes to find (I have hundreds of pins) but it’s better than scratching my head and trying to remember the name of the post or the blog where I saw it. I also have a marketing board, which I pin to, but don’t read a lot. I like to think of it as my board for when I need it. Someday, whether through traditional publishing or self, I’ll need to get involved in marketing, so this board is preparation for that.

The Business of Writing my writing board.
pinterest the business of writing

4. Community boards are another way to connect with potential readers as well as other writers. Some pinners will start boards and invite others to pin to these as well. In this way, you get a broader audience. I have access to boards with thousands of followers. I can reach other writers with my blog posts, readers with my book reviews, and someday hopefully readers with my own books. Until then it’s a great way to promote myself.

Writing Motivation a community writers board I belong to.
pinterest writing motivation

5. Some of my boards just allow me to share my love of reading with others who feel the same way. I have a board for book humor, one for book reviews, another that shows beautiful pictures of books or places to read, and one that promotes the love of reading. Once again, this is more for the fun aspect, but every new contact I make in anyway is another potential sale, you know, when I have something to sell.

Little Piece of Heaven . . . my board of pictures of books and reading nooks.
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6. Pinterest can also be a way to show your personality and human side to potential readers. I have boards for my favorite books and authors, the people I crush on (in a more intellectual way), I promote girl power through another board, and also have one that shows books that have changed my life. Letting people see the inside of your heart and mind is just something I do because I like to, but it’s a marketing tool as well.

ME my board that is just, all about me!
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7. Pinterest also allows me another avenue to advertise my blog posts. I have a board dedicated to only my blog posts, but I can also pin to all those community boards I talked about before. That’s thousands of people (I calculated 50,000 at one time, but that’s an estimate) are seeing my blog pins, and I do receive repins from those. Not as many as I would like, but my exposure is growing.

My Blog Posts which is, um, self-explanatory.
pinterest my blog post

8. The last reason I’ll share why I love Pinterest for my writing career is for the opportunity to create boards pertaining to my books. For my current WIP I have an inspiration board, a research board and a playlist board. It not only allows me to share a little and create interest for what I’m writing, but most importantly, organizes ideas for my book in concise places. It has been invaluable for the creation of my current work, and I used it for my last novel too.

Sci-fi LOTM – Inspiration my board for inspiring images for my current WIP.
pinterest sci-fi lotm inspiration

So that’s it. Will Pinterest catapult you to fame and riches? No. But it is another tool in the arsenal you need for the uphill battle that is publishing. You can learn, you can promote and you can organize. But you can also just have fun!

Pink Shirt Day – Bullies Beware…We’re NOT Going to Take it Anymore!

Kevin Craig

Did you know that PINK SHIRT DAY began in NOVA SCOTIA? And that it was the initiative of two high school students? Thanks to two students who weren’t afraid to SPEAK UP when they saw someone being bullied for the mere offense of wearing a pink shirt to school. All it takes to promote change is a spark. Once a spark is lit, it’s pretty hard to put out the flame. So today, I would like to thank DAVID SHEPHERD and TRAVIS PRICE. These two remarkable high school students stood up and said, “We’re not going to take it anymore…” These two students were not afraid to say, “NO. This is NOT happening!”

When David and Travis organized a protest in their own school to encourage fellow students to don pink shirts in solidarity with a grade nine student who was bullied for doing the same, I’m sure they had…

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Is it still Interracial dating when you’re mixed?

Fusion

No matter where I live or whom I date, I will always be out of context.

Here’s how it all began: My mother and my maternal grandparents were born in Burma. My grandpa’s father was Chinese and my grandma’s father was British; both of their mothers were Burmese. Unlike many first generation Asian Americans, my mom’s first language was English. My paternal grandparents are first and second generation Americans of Eastern European ancestry with firmly established Jewish identities.

Because I was raised in the racially intolerant Southwest, the fact that I developed my own strong Asian American identity is somewhat of a miracle. After all, Phoenix, Arizona is home to the nation’s strictest anti-immigration policies and state university fraternities that host “dress like black people”- themed MLK celebrations. And unlike “majority-black” Washington, D.C., my current home of 14 years, nearly 70 percent of the Phoenician population self-identified as white as of the 2010 Census.

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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
ISBN-13: 9780553418361
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2014
Pages: 432

Book blurb as seen on Amazon:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Critiquing this book is kind of like showing up to Times Square on New Years Day as the street cleaners are sweeping up the confetti and yelling, “Let’s start the party!!!” Most of you have probably already read this novel, and certainly don’t need me to advise you on whether you should read it or not. There’s been enough hype from the book and the movie that it doesn’t need my help, but I’ll add my own two cents anyway.

Thrillers and crime novels are far, far from the types of books I usually read, so as a genre, I wasn’t very excited. And truth be told, this didn’t encourage me to pick up any others. I still don’t like thrillers or crime novels. But Flynn did do something that pulled me in. Her ability to develop a character study of even the minor characters in just a few sentences was amazing. I not only understood and sympathized with the characters, everyone of them, I recognized myself, or people I knew, in them. It was uncanny how she could peel apart the layers of a person and expose them to the world for all to see.

And her ability to write characters wasn’t her only strong point. In fact, she had no weak points. Plot, suspense, characters, were all above reproach, as was the writing. Never once did I think, “That could have been better.” I love it when a novel keeps me fully invested and I don’t get distracted by poor writing.

The only negative I have to say, besides the fact that I don’t generally like books like this, is I kind of predicted the main plot twist just from reading the blurb. Which was no big deal, because it didn’t ruin the story or anything and I didn’t know for sure what the rest of the story would bring. Basically, no suspense ruined.

And the ending was satisfying, if totally messed up. Actually, this whole book was messed up. It went from character studies of normal people to some pretty crazy stuff, which kept it interesting. I didn’t really like either of the main characters. Heck, I don’t think I liked any of the characters, but I still wanted to know how it ended. Flynn didn’t disappoint. There is no real happy ending for anyone, just an ending. I don’t know if she plans a sequel (which would be even more messed up) but maybe it would offer a more conclusive ending. At any rate, I’ll imagine my own resolution, which may be what Flynn intended. Not that I didn’t like the ending. It was . . . appropriate. Kind of like life. The end of one story is the beginning of another.

My Review: 3.5 stars (I took off a bit because I didn’t like the genre. If I had, it would have been a 5.)