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

via Hernan Sanchez

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.

Two-Week Permafree Ad Campaign Results!

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Hey everyone! I’ve scheduled about two weeks of ads, and thought I’d share the results with you as they come in. The promo book is a permafree first in series—rockstar romance Diving Into Him (South of Forever, Book 1), if you’re interested. My goal is to create sellthrough for the other two books in the series and build my email list in prep for the fourth and final book.

Thursday, September 1st: My Book Cave

  • Kindle: 158
  • iBooks: 4
  • Nook: 10
  • Kobo: 0
  • Smashwords: 3

I didn’t advertise over Labor Day weekend, because I’ve learned from past attempts that holiday weekends are no bueno.

Tuesday, September 6th: Awesome Gang

I also did an interview with these guys.

  • Kindle: 21
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Wednesday, September 7: BookRaid

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Thursday, September 8: Bookscream

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Choosy Bookworm*

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Ebooks Habit*

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Ebookasaurus*

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Friday, September 9th: Kindle Book Promos

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I chose not to advertise over this weekend, either, since I had a limited budget and wanted to focus on weekdays; the weather is still good and I think a lot of people are still going outdoors on weekends.

Monday, September 12th: Read Free.ly

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Tuesday, September 13th: Booktastik

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Thursday, September 15th: Sweet Free Books

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Friday, September 16th: Book Basset

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September 26th-October 2nd: Kobo Free Spotlight (Romance)

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I’ll be updating this tally as the month continues, so check back!

I’ll also be adding sellthrough totals for the other books in the series.

Thanks for reading!


*These sites were free but didn’t have dates to choose from; they’re on a first come, first served basis. Fingers crossed!