Thursday, April 6, 2017

THE POWER OF PINTEREST IN NOVEL PROMOTION BY DIANN MILS



DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should
 expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

 Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian Fiction books of 2014.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/diannmills, Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannmills or any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.

THE POWER OF PINTEREST IN NOVEL PROMOTION

Pinterest claims to have 100 million active monthly users while noting 176 million registered users. Those stats are amazing, especially when writers are geared up to market and promote a new book. http://bit.ly/1cBE4PX

Using Pinterest for promoting novels allows writers to expand their creativity. An easy way to entice a reader to check out our work involves pulling out special sections of the novel that can be translated into an image or meme.

Story symbols, products, and services have the ability to represent key aspects of the book and urge the reader to investigate further. For example: is your character a Starbucks, Coke, or McDonalds fan? Does the character thrive on baseball or tennis? Does your character take long walks by the ocean to ease her mind?

Snippets of the setting make the story come alive.

Photos of the writer engaged in the writing process or involved in something fun links the passion of the writer for the story.

Quotes from the story—those witty comments that can be humorous, insightful, or way deep. (In fact, we writers often wonder where they came from.)

Now that you have an idea what to use for your novel’s Pinterest board, stir up your creative juices and let the writer’s uniqueness shine through.

1. Create a new board for your novel. If the book hasn’t been     released, make sure this is a “secret” board.
2. Study the psychology of color. Use what attracts readers to your books.
3. Organize what you want to pin on your story’s board.
4. Create memes for setting and symbols. PicMonkey or AdobeSpark is an easy way to personalize and make your designs powerful. Use free stock photos from sites such as Pixabay.
5. Use a plain canvas background or a pic to focus on a quote. Again PicMonkey is an amazing tool.
6. Include your url on each pic. This brings traffic to your website and invites repins.
7. Use keywords to organize and complete the necessary description for your pins. This ensure your story and brand are easy to find.
8. Add the Pinterest button to your website.
9. Make your board public on the day before your book’s official release date.
10.Share your board and pins via social media with friends and      readers. Others are excited to see a new perspective on the story.
11.Follow others on Pinterest and they will follow you.

I love this simple and easy way to show readers the fun and exciting parts of my book. How do you use Pinterest to market and promote your work?

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy of DiAnn's new book, DEEP EXTRACTION. (U.S only please.)

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfectmeans of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional―the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.

Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer―and to each other―the more intent someone is on silencing them for good. 

 

33 comments:

  1. Hi DiAnn, I am a 'Pinterest junkie'. I can get lost on this site and I always enjoy seeing the boards for new book releases. You have given all of us great tips. Best wishes for this new book. I am looking forward to reading it.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Connie! So glad I could help.

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  2. Thanks for the opportunity of winning the second book in your FBI Task Force series. I read and truly enjoyed the first one, Deadly Encounter. Keep on writing!
    dawn dot nicol at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Dawn, Thanks for the kind words! Writers always need encouragement.

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  3. Beverly Duell-MooreApril 7, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    I sure enjoy reading your books. They keep me on the edge of my seat!
    duellonlysis(at)aol.*dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Beverly, That's my goal!

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  4. This is my very favorite kind of book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy. That would just make my day!! spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi, Stella, Every reader is a winner. :)

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  5. I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. Hi Rosalyn, It was so much fun to write.

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  6. I think it's interesting how Pinterest can enhance books and help promote them.
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1@imonmail(dot)com

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    1. It's the visual with exciting elements about the book.

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  7. Hi DiAnn, great post! I'm new to Pinterest, but it's definitely fun and interesting :) thanks for the giveaway, blessings on your weekend!
    Kara
    Wman4JCatAOLdotCOM

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    1. Hi Kara, Pinterest can be addicting!

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  8. Interesting info on Pintrest. I'm relatively new to Pintrest and find it addicting. Would enjoy reading "Deep Extraction", it sounds like an exciting read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Interesting info on Pintrest. I'm relatively new to Pintrest and find it addicting. Would enjoy reading "Deep Extraction", it sounds like an exciting read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I have started using Pinterest more. I love to look at all the pins others have. I love your books and would love the chance to read your latest best seller.
    jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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    1. Hi Deana, I have to give myself a time limit on Pinterest!

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  11. Don't use Pinterest. But I do love DiAnn's books. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  12. I spend way too much time on Pinterest! I pin the cover of every book I read and review on my board for that year. I've been doing it for at least three to four years. My current board for 2017 has 25 covers so far.
    That's for the chance to win your newest book!
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Gail, what a great idea! Authors love you.

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  13. Would love a chance to win this book. I am currently reading Deadly Encounter. Blessings

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    1. Hi, Kimberly, thanks for reading my book!

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  14. Love reading any book by DiAnn! Also, I enjoy looking at the Pinterest boards about the books.

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  15. Sounds like my kind of book. Somehow I missed out on the first one but have it on hold at the library now. Would love to win but win this one but will look forward to reading it either way!

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  16. Sounds like one I would like to read. Would love a chance to win a copy.
    betsylu2@msn.com

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  17. Love your books DiAnn! I have to say that I try to stay off of Pinterest, primarily because I know I would never get off of it! However, I do enjoy seeing all the different pins that different authors do to help make the books/characters come alive! Thanks for the great giveaway! jdennis298(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Hello DiAnn! There are so many "treasures" to be found on Pinterest. I do enjoy viewing my favorite authors' boards.

    I'm excited to read DEEP EXTRACTION! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    psalm103and 138 at gmail dot com

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  19. I rarely go on Pinterest even though I have an account! I use it mostly for contest entries or every once in a while for recipes I want to save for later. I sometimes browse my author's boards to see their inspirations for their books. Other than that, I just don't utilize it as much as some other people!

    Deep Extraction sounds like a thrilling new suspense novel, but I don't expect anything less from you :-) Thanks for the giveaway and fun interview.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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