Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

Thoughts on Using Pinterest For Zazzle Promos
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MarShelle Jacobs

MarShelle Jacobs

Posted: November-16-17 10:43:56 PM 

Groups: ProSeller
Joined: 18/10/2008
Posts: 247
Location: Rockford

Is there an advantage to going through your pinterest boards and getting rid of old stuff that never generated any traffic?

If you have a LOT of products you'll HAVE to delete pins. Pinterest has a pin limit. It was 10,000 pins but I think they increased it to 50k now? I've got more than 20k products across all of my Zazzle stores combined, if I tried to pin all my products I'd hit Pinterest's limit and never have any pins for my blogs.

I'm an author (Fantasy novels), and a content writer (the website in my sig here) the site has 10k+ pages (been adding pages daily since 1996) and every new page gets pinned. I publish around 4 new novels a year and so pins for that go out.

But then the bulk of my pins are me collecting other people's pins (mostly recipes and crafts that I want to make, so save them on pinterest so I can find them again easily)

In the end, if I used Pinterest just to self promote, I'd hit the pin limit in under a month. I just have way too many products (not just on Zazzle, but including my non-Zazzle career as well).

I find it's far more to my advantage to use Pinterest as intended: a social network; rather then using it for self-promo of my products. Thus rather than blasting everyone with lots of pins of my new products, I instead repin other people's pins, and share those of FaceBook and Twitter. I've got 100 boards and topics range from quotes I like to cute cat photos to gardening tips to my fave music videos. All my recipes collections are separated (tofu board, winter drink board, summer drink board, cupcake board, bread board, mac&cheese board, pizza board, etc) I think I have fewer the 5 boards that are self-promo. I have one called "Art by EelKat" that is for my Zazzle products, and one called "Books by EelKat" that is my novels and book release updates, and one that is "Interviews with EelKat" that is my YouTube videos about how I make my art and write my books, then one that is "Eelkat's vlogs" which is my vlog. So that's 4. Yep. Less then 5. Yeah, I've 100 boards and 4 are self-promo the rest are my collections of other people's pins.

People are far more likely to follow you and repin your pins if you act like a screaming fan girl loving on other people's pins, then if you just spam them to death with self promo pins. At least, that's what I've found.

That's why, every time I send out a self-promo pin, I then re-pin 3 to 5 pins by other people. I try to make sure my repin of other people's stuff is way higher then my pinning of my own stuff.

I'll do that until I get close to the pin limit, then, I'll go back through all my old pins, and anything that has "0" interactions I delete. Then anything that is outdated I delete. Anything I've lost interest in, I delete. Stuff that's no longer relevant I delete.

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