The business of books is constantly changing. Whenever I see a post I might want to return to, I send it to my Pinterest shelf. I don’t really understand how Pinterest works as a Social Media outlet, but it works beautifully for a website filing system. That’s my take on it, anyway.
Business of Books is currently my ‘board of the month’ in my footer place below.
I put things there that I find interesting, useful, and might want to refer to again. Recently I put in Nick Rossi’s amazing post on the Amazon infographic (that he got from the originators). It’s stunning, and gives several great overviews of different angles on their business.I recommend you click on it to get to the original to browse through (it’s big).
I termed it ‘business of books’ because it covers all sorts of things that I might find useful. That includes the state of the publishing business, new ways of publishing and technical changes in publishing. I keep posts on editing issues, including several key posts in Adirondack Publishing’s excellent series featured on the Story Reading Ape. Pricing and marketing find their place there. And if you have difficulty tracking your sales, there are posts about that. I’m looking forward to the release of a tracker system on the Windows platform which I crowdfunded to get written for Mac.
My favourites in Business of Books
There seem to be several of Adirondack Editing’s series in ‘Business of Books’. It’s no surprise, really, since the most important thing a self-published author has to do before publishing is to get the editing right, and tight. Removing ‘filter’ words – I didn’t know what the term meant, let alone to look for it – is one of my favourites, although really, the whole of Susan Uttendorfsky‘s series is worth bookmarking.
Anne R Allen appears several times – these tend to remind me of things that go on in my head that do not help the business of writing (and marketing) a book.
There are also several ‘how to’ posts, on blogging topics (things your Author blog must have, how to make your ‘Look Inside’ work for your book sales). The one from Jaq D Hawkins on how to do good keywords for your Kindle book is particularly useful. I don’t know whether I’ll ever be nimble enough to make mini-books as key-ring giveaways, but they look gorgeous, and the vid is great.
My other Pinterest boards
Apart from the business of books, I also have boards to help me rediscover guest posts/book tours I’ve done for my books, boards for my publications, for the BookElves publications and promotions, for Flash Fiction I like (and tips) and for interest areas like astronomy and food!
I keep track of people whose blogs I’ve enjoyed in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, which includes many ‘friends’ I now follow regularly.
One important (to me) board is my Inktober one, where I post all my sketches for the #Inktober meme in October each year. I am nowhere near the standard of others who take part in this illustration event, but it helps me practise, and display my progress. Increasingly it is the first place you’ll see my book illustrations for the Princelings books – and it makes me wonder whether I should draw and post illustrations for the Viridian series, just for my own benefit.
There is also a shared board for the Great Middle Grade Reads review board, as well as a collection of review/reading list boards that I thought might be useful, but I rarely use these days.
I think like most things, how you use your Pinterest boards varies with what you are doing in your life, and some of my boards have no more than two items on them. I might drop them, but it’s hardly important.
How to make a Pinterest widget
You may not know how to make a Pinterest widget to display your boards on your blog, and not just a link using the Pinterest badge.
Here you are at your Home page. This is mine:
See that ? at the bottom right? Took me ages to remember where it was, but click that… and you get an pop-up menu:
This does not appear in the menu at the top, and if you go to the Help Centre, it isn’t obvious either.
So… Click the ‘Create Widget’ option…
This takes you to the Developers area (but without having to log in), and gives you a nifty dialogue box to help you build your own widget.
Using the prepared ‘Profile’ might suit you; that shows your latest pins. But I prefer to show off a specific board, which you can do by clicking the box labelled Board to the left of the blue-lined ‘Profile’ box. Click around the options, seeing what they do.
Put the URL to the board you’d like to feature (Pinterest User URL), and then play with your layout.
‘Square’ will fit most situations, but the layout for ‘sidebar’ is long and thin – maybe too long for what you want. The one for ‘banner’ is wide and shallow. You can adapt the one closest to the layout you want by selecting it, then choosing the size option ‘create your own’ which is what I’ve done below, starting with ‘square’ and just halving the width from 400 to 200.
This is what happens, using the URL to my Blog Tours board:
Once you’re happy with how it looks, you’ll be able to Copy and paste the code from the box below into your widget area (use an html box), or even web page in the WP Text or Blogger Html setting.
BUT there is a warning in red below the widget code box that you need to put another bit of code into your website. If you’re a coder, you’ll be able to do this. For coding-illiterates like me, the widget works if you paste that bit of code with the ‘script’ tags straight after the widget code you’ve copied.
NOTE: this is a live feed, so visitors can scroll to see other pins in that board, and it will also update to show new pins you post. It may not display in draft view. If you are concerned about your website performance in loading – that will add to the time for loading. So don’t do it if web performance is an issue for you.
But if you’ve done it, and you have problems, just delete the code from your sidebar or post. It won’t do anything nasty to you. She said, discovering some coding oddities after I’d typed this note – the code disappears if you switch from text/html before saving it..