Sign Up for the 2017 Maietta Ink Valentine’s Day Cross-Promo + Giveaway!

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We at Maietta Ink are preparing to run a Valentine’s Day cross-promotion for indie authors! This is a fun opportunity to sell some books, grow your email list, and gain some new readers.

Entry Deadline: 6 p.m. EST on January 20th, 2017
Entry Fee: $5 per author

Entry fee covers the contest prize—an assorted flavors Lindt gourmet chocolate truffles gift box—as well as advertising and labor.

The promotion will run February 14-18th; the giveaway closes February 18th at 8 p.m. EST.

We have 25 spots available, so please submit your strongest work! You may submit one title.

Your Responsibilities

  • Join the cross-promo email list. This is how we will contact you throughout the promotion. We’ll also notify you of future promotions!
  • RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends.
  • Make sure your book is discounted to $0.99 throughout the duration of the promotion (February 14-18th).
  • On the first day of the promotion, send an email notifying your list and link to the landing page.
  • On the second day of the promotion, write a blog post and link to the landing page.
  • On the third day of the promotion, notify your Facebook fans and link to the landing page.
  • On the fourth day of the promotion, notify your Twitter followers and link to the landing page.
  • On the fifth day of the promotion, notify your Instagram followers and link to the landing page.
  • If your book is on Smashwords, please generate a coupon code for the promotion—that way you can track those sales.

We Provide

  • A landing page with all participating titles’ covers, blurbs, and links to each retailer.
  • Landing page view statistics.
  • Amazon and iBooks sales tracking through affiliate links.
  • Graphics for email list, social media, and blogging.
  • Prize and shipping to the winner.
  • Boosted Facebook and Instagram posts throughout the promotion.
  • Facebook event page.
  • Email collection by genre; at the end of the promotion, we will send you a genre-appropriate list of contest entrants’ emails.

Entry Requirements

  • Your book must be $0.99 throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • Your book must be Romance; all sub- and cross-genres are accepted, as long as the primary genre is Romance. Erotic and LGBT+ romance welcome!
  • Your book must be professionally edited, have an enticing blurb, and have a professional and genre-appropriate cover.
  • Books must be full-length novels (or a series box set). Added 12/28 to clarify.
  • Upon acceptance, you must remit the $5 entry fee via PayPal, or risk losing your spot. All authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or by January 22nd.

Sign Up

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who submitted. We are reviewing submissions and will be in touch soon.

Christmas Blog Hop 2016 Signups

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The holidays are here, and if you’re anything like me, things are about to get wicked busy. However, continuing to promote our books is super important. What’s a writer to do?

I like to experiment with my marketing, trying all kinds of different things. For me, the most important question is, “Are my readers having fun?” The second most important question is, “Will this take a lot of time?”

In the past, I’ve done a few blog hops with exciting results! There was the gift-themed hop I did a few years ago and, after that, First Chapter Friday. I believe that when authors come together to do fun things for our readers, we’re all winners.

About the Christmas Blog Hop

Side note: I’m currently brainstorming a more fun name. Please feel free to suggest any ideas!

My goal is to keep things simple. On Wednesday, December 21st, everyone who is participating will post a flash fic piece or short story to their blog, starring your favorite characters. We’ll all share the landing page in our posts and on social media, where readers can find all of the fun stories. I will update and organize the landing page, and provide banners that we can all use to promote the blog hop.

All you have to do is write a fun, no-pressure story. It can be as short as or as long as you like. Write it, give it a quick proofread, and then schedule it.

This Year’s Theme: “The Wrong Gift”

One of your characters has accidentally given another character the wrong gift. This can be humorous, heartwarming, or even heated (in whichever sense of the word you’d like to interpret, heehee).

Feel free to tie it in with your novel(s). (For example, I’m going to be tying mine in with the South of Forever series.) Another fun idea is to tie it in with your email list somehow. (For example, you can ask readers to join your list for more holiday stories.)

You can also feel free to share buy links to your related or other books—and even put them on sale—but please remember this is a gift to our readers. Let’s keep it simple and fun!

To participate:

  • fill out the form below
  • write and schedule your blog post for no later than 8am EST on Wednesday, December 21st
  • email me the link where your post will be live (

If you have any questions, please comment below or email me!

THIS FORM IS CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who’s submitted! If you signed up, you should receive an email from me shortly.

Throwing Spaghetti at the Wall

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I’ve been trying all kinds of marketing things to see what works and what doesn’t… but I have so much going on, I’m kind of worried I might forget something. 😂 Below is a list of current giveaways, promotions, and events that I’m running!

And of course the regular #TeaserTuesday and #1linewed every week, featuring What Happens On Tour!

Make sure you like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.