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.

Post-Launch Inventory: What Happens On Tour

sof3_whot_teaser01_08232016I so didn’t mean to skip my July post, but things got super busy. Between writing my next book and preparing for August 19th, I totally forgot.

I wrote a recap of my launch plan over on the Kboards Writers’ Cafe, if anyone’s interested. I released this book on less than $200 out of pocket—with special thanks to everyone who participated in my GoFundMe for the What Happens On Tour cover design.

The release party on the 19th went extremely well. I had a full lineup of author takeovers, plus lots of door prizes. Here are the attendance numbers:

  • Interested: 30
  • Went: 78
  • Invited: 690

Not my best attendance rate, reader participation was the highest I’ve ever had.

What Happens On Tour was on pre-order for $0.99 for a week before release; I left it at the sale price over the weekend after launch. This resulted in 20 sales across Amazon, iBooks, etc (and there’s still another week left in the month). I also made the first book in the series permafree, which has so far resulted in over 130 downloads across the board. I have several promotions advertising the free first book coming up in September, so I’m optimistic for next month’s sales too.

Post-party, my social media numbers are as follows:

  • Newsletter: 251 subscribers
  • Twitter: 1,370 followers
  • Facebook: 503 likes
  • VIP Facebook reader group: 93 members
  • Romance Readers Anonymous: 123 members
  • Wattpad: 155 followers

Speaking of Wattpad, each of the books I have available there are doing well, too:

  • Sandpaper Fidelity (full): 39.6K reads / 1.2K votes / 26 comments
  • SOF1—Diving Into Him (full): 316 reads / 3 votes / 2 comments
  • SOF2—Savannah’s Song (excerpt): 132 reads / 4 votes / 0 comments
  • SOF3—What Happens On Tour (excerpt): 6 reads / 0 votes / 0 comments
  • The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos (excerpt): 8.4K reads / 149 votes / 5 comments
  • Playing for You (excerpt): 97 reads / 0 votes / 0 comments
  • Becoming Natalie (excerpt): 103 reads / 1 vote / 0 comments

So far, all reader feedback has been excellent (with the exception of one message from a reader asking why my books aren’t all free).

My plan was to submit Diving Into Him to be featured once it was complete, but unfortunately Wattpad has closed their featured submissions for the time being due to overwhelm. I’m hoping there will be enough crossover from Sandpaper Fidelity to get the SOF series going.

Today I sent an announcement to all followers letting them know that I’d like to give them free copies in exchange for their honest review on Amazon.

Speaking of reviews, my Amazon reviews are growing too!

  • CIT1—Crazy Comes in Threes: 0
  • CIT1.5—”The Santa Pact”: 0
  • Becoming Natalie: 2 (4.0 average)
  • Sandpaper Fidelity: 0
  • Playing for You: 0
  • The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos: 45 (3.6 average)
  • SOF1—Diving Into Him: 8 (4.2 average)
  • SOF2—Savannah’s Song: 1 (5.0 average)
  • SOF3—What Happens On Tour: 3 (5.0 average)
  • Sade on the Wall (writing as Kaylene Campbell): 10 (4.5 average)

I had Playing for You in KU for 90 days to no avail; its last day is today and it only got a handful of readthroughs. Tomorrow it’s going wide again and eventually I will be rebranding it as the prequel to the South of Forever series (possibly with a better title).

I have a campaign beginning in September to increase reviews. A reader recently messaged me and posted to my VIP group asking why my books don’t have more reviews, saying she loves them and they should have more. I went so long being too shy to ask and, though I’ve asked my reader group a couple of times, I didn’t get much response. The only thing that’s worked well for me in the past was offering incentives; that and NetGalley was how The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos got to 45 reviews since its re-release in January (previously it had like 10).

Going forward, I plan to keep doing what I’ve been: leveraging my free tools and advertising when I can. When the South of Forever series is complete and I’ve begun my next series, I may pop SOF into KU to see if it does better. (From what I’ve gathered, standalones don’t tend to get much traction in KU.) I’ve been thinking of putting my duology in KU from the get-go, but I’m not sure yet.

Speaking of my duology, the first book, Just One More Minute, comes out sometime in November. (I’m aiming for the 18th but it’s not set in stone just yet.) Then, in January or February, I’ll release the fourth and final book in the SOF series.

As soon as I can afford it, I plan to start listing all of the SOF books on NetGalley, too. Reviews and releases are my main focus right now.

That’s all for now! I’ll try to update here more regularly in the coming months.

CHECK OUT THE SOUTH OF FOREVER SERIES

Diving Into Him (South of Forever, Book 1), by Elizabeth Barone Savannah's Song (South of Forever, Book 2), by Elizabeth Barone What Happens On Tour (South of Forever, Book 3), by Elizabeth Barone

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