Because I’m an author, I like to be able to promote my books as often as possible but I don’t want the posts I put out to focus on that same old book cover all the time.
So… this is what I do. I go to the web looking for just the right pictures I can use to bring interest to my blurbs. I find a lot of them on right on Google images. If you’re not sure how to get there, just go to the main Google page and you’ll see the word images at the top. Click on that and when the search box is ready, type in Public Domain and then the name of what it is you’re searching for.
For instance, I just released a book called Special Agent Kandice and one of the characters is a German Shepherd called Blue. I thought the readers might be interested in this dog and it turns out I was right. When I found a picture of what I imagined Blue would look like on the Public Domain, I saved it to my desktop. (right click and save as)
Then, I went to my Power Point which is a free program most of you would have if you have Microsoft (find it in your programs) and opened a new slide. When you click on Insert and picture, you can go to your desktop, add the picture you saved and start creating.
You know what? It was fun. Plus, for my little extra effort, I got a lot more views, shares and retweets. This kinda tells me that folks really love colorful images rather than just dry old blah-blah. Also, people relate to animals in a big way.
As you’ve probably already surmised, I am not really up to a professional level – at least not with Power Point. No doubt these images are not as expert as many others you’ve seen. But the more I make, trying different methods, the better I’ll get.
***Just so you know, images you use from the Public Domain are free for anyone to use. You will find a lot of items there and you can have a lot more fun when you put out Facebook comments to your friends.
Special Agent Kandice
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Special Agent indeed, Kandice Warner is everyone’s best friend. Talk about a Barbie doll! This female might have the same pretty-girl looks but even though she has a tender heart, she also has the resilience needed for a very successful FBI Hostage Negotiator. Feelings of inadequacy constantly force her to prove that she’s tough, and she demonstrates her courage when dealing with a murderous bank robber, a desperate jumper, being stalked, kidnapped and beaten. But her tender heart can get her in trouble and she needs to grow a thicker skin. Almost impossible when her obstinate new boss, for reasons of his own, interferes in everything she does.
Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division in Washington, Dan Black is as hard as they come. With the grit of a street youth stiffening his resolve, he’s worked his way up through the ranks, his personal space shields as strong as ever. Until he sees the sweetest things on two legs! A girl from his past. The one he’s never been able to forget. Working undercover in the Seattle bureau, he tries to protect his childhood fantasy but she refuses to stay put or take orders. Faced with a woman like that, what’s a mere man to do?
NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She also has many single titles and a huge number of box sets – her own and multi-author collections.
Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a booklover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”
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“Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints.” ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller