So then. Pintrest. What do you make of it?
I had always figured Pinterest was a little bit girly and just a faster and more efficient way for our female better halves to embark on some window shopping and compile lists of the many things they want, that we can never afford to buy them.
And I was right.
I have just discovered a brilliant way that we as writers can use Pinterest… Well, actually, it was my wife’s idea, and when I say we as writers, I actually mean we writers who self publish and have to design a cover.
I personally haven’t reached that part quite yet, but I have had many thoughts on my cover and I’ve complied a board with that in mind. Not only does my board assemble the existing covers that will influence my own design, but I’ve used this board to put different ideas alongside each other to see how they react, as well as using it as a springboard to delve into other concepts that I may not have considered. A Pinterest board such as this is also a very quick way of showing your chosen cover designer the covers that you like; the style you’re going for; ideas you would like included; the feel and mood you are hoping to achieve; &c.
Naturally, I’m keeping my own cover board a secret, but by means of illustration, I have compelled a hypothetical board for you to visit.
So, for argument’s sake, let’s say I wrote War and Peace and I needed inspiration for my cover. Here is a board that I put together in less than five minutes, but you can see how already the ideas are coming together: the fonts, the background images, do I want action or do I want something a little more to do with the characters themselves — that kind of thing. You’ll be amazed at how many cool ideas you can conjure up simply by pinning and then perhaps following another board and seeing where that leads you to (but I suggest you spend more than five minutes doing so if you’re really serious).
While Pinterest is becoming he latest thing in social media, it is only fitting that we adapt it to our own personal applications.
So before (like me) you assume that Pintrest is simply a compilation tool for that bathroom you’re designing (which it’s also very good for) or a way to browse the latest fashions in footwear and handbags; think again. Instead, picture your next cover and get pinning. See what emerges.
And just incase my wife is reading this, I shall thank her once again for the idea and bow to her superior grasp of social media.
Thanks for reading.
Oh, and if you look below, you could even Pin this post (it’s the button with the big red P)…