I may be the most competently incompetent social media person around. I have Tumblr. I have Twitter. I have Facebook. I have Goodreads. and now I have Instagram. When promoting myself in these spaces, I spent most of my time talking about my books instead of (I guess?) posting pictures loosely pertaining to them.
I am not the kind of writer who uses images of things to prompt my writing, or even to anchor my descriptions. This is fundamentally why I don’t have a Pinterest account. Share the images which inspired your characters, I’m told. That’s cool, but I don’t have any.
Anyhow, I’m trying. Hence, the Instagram account, which forces me to use the camera on my phone for reasons other than taking a photo of what my wife told me to buy more of at the store.
I also appreciate that one way to promote my writing is to take quotes from something and put it in a box in front of a picture of something or two, and sharing the hell out of it, with the hope that people who are unfamiliar with the novel will read the quote and share the hell out of it too.
I’m sure there is a single word that means quotes in front of pictures in a box but I don’t even know what that word is. I also don’t know a thing about graphic manipulation. I don’t have Photoshop, and if I did I wouldn’t know how to use it. I pay someone to design my covers, and someone else to update the website, and concentrate on writing words instead.
But, this has to change, and thankfully there is such a thing as Canva for graphic design luddites such as myself. (My nearest equivalent experience is newspaper layouts, which I did in high school. Our printer was a cold type press machine and we had no computers. Just think about that.)
I’ve been playing with Canva for a few days, and produced the images below. They may be awful, but if you think they are less-than-awful, please share them, and let’s all hope I start to get better at this.
(The third one is pulling from my Tumblr. Why? Because I can’t get the image to upload here. Why? I don’t know. See: luddite, graphic design.)
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