Whatnot: September 18, 2015

Whatnot: September 18, 2015

Last year, I posted a piece describing a social media campaign I ran for my local NPR station during pledge drive. Wanda Jewell saw the piece and replied with an email, asking, “Do you want do that at SIBA next year?” I replied, “Sure!” assuming she would forget she asked me.

Well, Wanda never forgets, and I heard from her a few months ago so we could make arrangements for a Hashtag Photo Booth.

We have a variety of die-cuGerson-SIBA-Twitter-Imaget hashtags to incorporate directly into the image, and we have a black cloth background as well as a bookshelf background. Booksellers, authors, publishers… they’re all stopping by to have a custom image created for their appropriate social medium. And #SIBA15 is the only non-evergreen hashtag. The image above features Rachel Kaplan from Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, the next one is for Twitter featuring Annell & Jim Gerson of The Bookmiser, followed by a Twitter pic for Molly Beth Shaffer of The Nautilus Publishing Company, and the final one below features author Sarah Creech.


Twitter and Instagram images are pretty straight forward, but when creating Facebook cover images, there are just two things to remember.

  1. The pixel dimensions of a cover image are 851 wide x 315 high.
  2. Remember to leave some space for the profile image.

That’s it. Vary the background. Hold a die-cut hashtag. Have fun. A cover image can be changed as often as you please. And the more you do it, the more it is assumed you’re on top of your social media.


Earlier this week, the NPR Morning Edition Book Club announced their next selection. In this audio piece, David Greene visited with author Richard Russo about his pick.

And finally, this video promoting Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by James and Kimberly Dean reminds me exactly how long I should be brushing my teeth at the end of the day. (I’m going to play this video for myself tonight. I fear I’m an underachiever.)

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay