Pinterest & Marketing Strategies Pt. 2: DIY Instructions

Pinterest ScrenshotLast week I wrote a response to a post by Angela Ackerman entitled, 3 Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book. This week, I thought I’d discuss making pins from your cover and what that takes as a DIY.

Much like making a cover yourself, making visual content for Pinterest yourself can take some work if you don’t know how. Fortunately, I made the cover of The Black Bag myself so I had an idea of what it would take to make some content to pin on a Pinterest board.

Just to review, Angela suggested using visual content related to your book(s) paired with quotes to attract more attention. It was an interesting and simple concept so I wanted to give it a try.

Here’s how I went about it. Since I currently only have the cover of The Black Bag to use for this e-book I planned to clip part of the cover and add the quote. From there you simply upload what you have to your board as a pin which includes linking to your content – in this case I used the link on Amazon.

After clipping what I wanted from the cover photo, I needed to add the quote. To do this, I used PowerPoint much likc I did in creating the cover. In Powerpoint, you add a slide and then insert the picture – in this case the clipped file I had created (by the way I did this by using OneNote to highlight part of the photo and then saving what copied into OneNote as a .jpg file).

PHS PinterestOnce I had the file in the slide, I added a text box and then the quote. However, the clip, being part of the original photo was too small (which was not a surprise). So to increase the size of the clipped file I used Gimp to increase the size and then run it through PowerPoint. For more details on saving a .jpg file from a PowerPoint slide click on this link that relates how I created my cover.

After all this, I pinned the end result to my Pinterest board. Check it out and let me know how you like it. I was even able to post it on Facebook and tweet it. I plan to search for another appropriate photo or two and create more visual content to pin on my board.

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Available at Amazon, Smashwords and All Major E-Book Vendors!

Do you use Pinterest yet to promote your books? What other ideas do you have to use Pinterest more? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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