Pinning up a cover design

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.

However.

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.

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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.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.46.51So, 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)…

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8 comments on “Pinning up a cover design

  1. samulraney says:

    I first started on Pinterest in December of 2012. I had no idea what to do with it as an author. Then, I sort of stumbled into a very successful type of board; famous quotes. I decided to start posting author quotes. Well, the board took off to the tune of 6600+ followers to date (it’s under my pen name: http://www.pinterest.com/andyraneauthor/books-n-stuff/). And, while my postings about my books haven’t gone over well, I’ve had a bit of success with blog posts about writing. The pins for those old blog posts still generate upwards of 50 visits a week to my old blog. Now, if only I could redirect them to wordpress. 😉

    • gpeynon says:

      That’s a really cool idea. I shall go and have a look at your board. I love author quotes. Yes, 6600 blog followers would be lovely eh? But a lot harder to maintain than Pinterest I would imagine.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. Ahhhhh, so that’s what pinterest is for. I’ve just been keeping folders in my computer chock-a-block full of images (that I nabbed from Google Images) for the settings and characters. Will have to set sign up and have a bit more of a look.

  3. Kate Loveton says:

    I have a Pinterest account, but am pretty lax with it. I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it. Or how to work with it. This was interesting.

    By the way, how is your swashbuckling sci-fi story going? I was quite interested when you brought it up a few months ago. I liked the concept.

    • gpeynon says:

      My story is still with the editor. He’s had a rough time of it recently and his schedule took a serious hit and delayed my manuscript for a while. However, I am promised it will be with me either tomorrow or Friday so looking forward to that. I can start querying then.

      In the meantime, I’ve written bit of flash fiction set in the same world, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.

      How is your writing going? Are you finding time to write a novel with all of the blogging that you do? I certainly couldn’t keep up that kind of work rate. Respect.

      • Kate Loveton says:

        Actually, I am considering doing a post about that tonight – unless I conk out from exhaustion, which is likely.

        I will certainly keep a look out for your flash fiction piece!

  4. Reblogged this on WRITES & RESPONSIBILITIES and commented:
    So, I’ve gotten myself stuck into pinterest. Mainly off the back of the below post from my friend, Gpeynon (thanks, mate!).

    It’s awesome. I’ve already lost heeeeaps of writing time putting together images that inspire my characters, mostly for Xing and Kioni (two of the heroines). If, like me, you’ve got folders of brainstorming images for your characters, get on pinterest.

    Here’s mine so far in case you’re curious. http://www.pinterest.com/drsylvesterfict/

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