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Some basic rules for using Pinterest

Again, if you’ve been using Facebook or Twitter for a while, the same general guidelines apply to Pinterest.

  1. Stay engaged in the conversation. Don’t just post your own content and call it good. You need to repin, like, and comment on other people’s Pinterest content. Follow the Pinterest boards of writers you admire.

  2. Put the “P” symbol on your site or blog so your readers will know they can also follow you on Pinterest.

  3. Make sure the names of your boards have catchy titles.

  4. Large photos are best. Pinterest is all about the visual. Pick great pics.

I hope this intro is helpful for anyone just getting started on Pinterest. If you’ve been using it for a while to promote your writing, we’d love to hear about your experience.

Chris Robley is a poet, producer, songwriter, blogger, marketeer, editor of the BookBaby Blog and CD Baby's DIY Musician Blog (free informational resources for independent authors and musicians), and manager of (—which is “poetry" spelled backwards. Follow him at and

This article first appeared on the BookBaby Blog on April 25, 2012. It is reprinted with the permission of the author. BookBaby is an e-book publisher for independent authors that offers a full array of services including formatting, cover design, distribution, and short-run book printing. Find out more at

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