Beth Barany

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France. Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother. Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.) Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites! From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors. On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads! Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

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  • Pamela

    I write fantasy…my target is male and female…which leads me, through this diagram to ‘forget it’? Why? Males are not visually oriented or only women interested in shopping, cooking, crafts, etc use this site???
    I am certain I am missing something here. ;)

  • shanna

    Great Information. I am visiting via #BlogBoost. Thank-you for sharing information about Pinterest. I am trying to leasrn how to navigate it for Pinterest for my blog @

  • Beth Barany

    Pamela, lots of images from fantasy are on Pinterest. You might what to search for dragons. I posted one here: ;-)

  • Malika Bourne

    Thanks Beth. the extras on boards are a great idea.
    By the way, I used my pin-it widget in my tol bar and this post is pinned.

  • Terry Odell

    I’m more or less with Pamela here. I’m still very much on the fence. I’ve got a new account and some followers, but it seems that 95% of what I see is fashion or cooking. I’m not abandoning it, but I’ve yet to have someone say, “I found your books on Pinterest.” I’m of the ‘it can’t hurt to be more visible’ school, so I’m staying up there, but I wonder if there’s any hard data pointing to name recognition via Pinterest, much less an uptick in sales, which, ultimately, is why a writer would want to spend time on the boards.

  • Melinda B. Pierce

    I’ve seen some fellow authors use it for inspiration boards too, and I use it myself for a visual TBR pile. If at some point I get to add my own book and just two other people repin it – then I think it is worth the time. The more authors that use it, the more readers will notice and take an interest as a way to recommend books to others.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chart!


  • Beth Barany

    Melinda, I agree with you! And you’re welcome!

    Terry, Like any social media tool, it’s about exposure, and connecting. So only do it if it’s fun, and it helps you connect with people, potential readers, you may not have normally connected with in your everyday life. After all, that is what marketing is: connecting and sharing our message with others who would wouldn’t normally learn about us.

  • Mona Karel

    I started pinning last year. At first it was just book covers, pictures of dogs, and re-pins from when I’d go trolling if I couldn’t sleep. Then I found pictures I’d been looking for, of the man who inspired my hero in My Killer My Love, and I wanted to share.
    I use a writing alter ego, and Facebook is mostly my “real” self while my blog and Twitter are my “writer” self. Pinterest is “Monica Stoner w/a Mona Karel”…so it’s all of me in one place. At the moment I don’t have scads of followers but that’s growing day by day. And since I’m a visual person, plus I take a lot of photos, it’s a relaxing way to share the inspiration for my stories.

  • Margaret Fieland

    How do you pick a category? Too bad I can’t check more than one…

  • Anne E. Johnson

    Thanks for this, Beth. I joined Pinterest a few weeks ago, but I haven’t done much with it. Maybe this will inspire me to get more involved, esp. by seeing how other authors use it.

  • Aletha McManama

    Beth, I so agree that once you get signed up with Pinterest, you can use the tool to build relationships, which is known as relationship marketing. It’s real…it’s authentic and it’s what your followers are looking for.

    When someone sees a book pinned on Pinterest, then shares it with someone else, it could potentially turn into a domino effect with that same book “pin” being pinned and “repinned” over and over. It’s a visual tool that can creates visibility for the author. That’s the way I see it.

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