Authors will learn how to create infographics from materials inside their book. Infographics are a great way to represent information visually. This is the last blog post in the How to Provide Value Beyond the Book series.
According to Wikipedia, “Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. ”
So how would an author use an infographic? Like a previous blog post on slide presentations, there may be some data or info an author can pull from his/her book to present as an infographic.
Infographics don’t necessarily have to show statistical data. A nonfiction author could present tips or a checklist as reference tool for a reader. If an author writes historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, they could pull together visuals from the time period or the fictional world the book covers.
Pinterest – Infographics Galore!
If you have signed up for Pinterest and you’ve been looking for different ways to add original pins, infographics are highly recommended. According to Quietly’s Pinterest Best Practices, “Pinterest images work better vertically. The standard dimension size for a pin is 735 x 1102 pixels.”
Infographics do very well on Pinterest’s grid layout because those extra long graphics stand out. Below is a board I created with book or writing-related infographics.
5 Tools For Creating Infographics
Below are some resources for making your own infographic. Most offer a free account with free premade infographics to get started and paid accounts if your want access to more templates.
1 | Canva
I talked about Canva.com and some other free image editors in my previous post on visual content. See below how I used Canva to create my first infographic.
2 | Easel.ly
Easel.ly offers a free sign-up and if you like their templates, you can upgrade to Easel.ly Pro for $3 a month.
3 | Piktochart
Piktochart offers a free lifetime account. If you need to upgrade, the Lite version is $15 a month.
4 | Venngage
Venngage offers limited templates for free and if you want to upgrade for more, their Premium plan is $19 a month.
5 | Bitable
Bitable offers a way to create an infographic video. Video, if you don’t know yet, is a huge marketing tool. Try it out to see if you like it.
5 Infographics Ideas for Authors and Writers
1 | Character & Story Chart
If you have a huge set of characters and expansive story (series), you may want to provide your readers with a chart. Pride and Prejudice is a classic book, but this format could certainly be used for any story.
2 | Writing Process
Writers share similar and sometimes very different processes. Readers are often intrigued with how an author pulls a story together. A visual presentation would probably draw more attention.
People love quotes! Pull some quotes from your book or book series.
4 | Bonus Content
I often get asked do I have recipes to go along with my Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. That’s on my list of things to do. The infographic below as well as the infographic on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are great ways to offer bonus content for a book.
5 | Blog Post Content
Below I used one of the Canva infographic templates to demonstrate how to create an infographic to go along side a blog post. Sometimes providing readers a snapshot of a blog post is helpful. If you create an infographic, be sure to include your website or logo on it.
Well, that was a fun blog post to write! I hope you enjoyed it. If you have created an infographic or you plan to create one, please feel free to share. I would love to see it and possibly “pin” it on Pinterest.