If you’re a picture book writer, you probably like pictures. And if you’re like me, you probably like pictures a whole lot more than you like spreadsheets. Pinterest is all about pictures. Pictures that link to your favorite web pages. But Pinterest can be more than just a fun place to collect pictures of funky manicures, Kidlit tattoos, or cheesy lasagna recipes. Pinterest can help you with your manuscript submissions.
Most literary agents, and some publishers (the ones that accept unsolicited manuscripts), have a web page listing their submission guidelines. Pinterest allows you to create an organized board to ‘pin’ links to these guidelines. For a few months now, I’ve been collecting pins of literary agents that represent picture book writers. Now I have a board full of links to agents’ submission guidelines, or interviews I found interesting. When I have a manuscript I feel is ready to submit, I can go to my pin board and quickly review the agents I’m interested in. You can set your board as a public, one other pinners can view, or you can set it to private.
I’ve found Pinterest a helpful way to keep track of agents that are actively looking for clients, and I hope you find it helpful too. I’ll be sharing more ways I use Pinterest in the future, feel free to follow if you’re interested in how Pinterest might inspire you as a writer.