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Hi all,

I'm organising an Instafreebie group giveaway for Science Fiction and Fantasy books for the week of 11 - 17 December. Many people have had great success with offering a free book or short story on Instafreebie, netting several hundred new subscribers.

Sign up to Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com

The promo will be hosted here: http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

Note: You must send the promo to your subscribers at some point during the promotion period. Not only does this mean that all authors are benefiting from everyone's mailing lists, but it is part of Instafreebie's "you share, we share" policy, which means they'll share to their list (and website) too, giving us all better results.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/ORJ4ftJhr58vY1Nx1

You can also sign up to the Facebook group for more info and future promos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/instafreebiepromos/

Guide to setting up your giveaway properly: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,240995.msg3358522.html#msg3358522

I am also running a"99c Promo" a week later.

Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/DSuYKELTrEqkgNP42

For more Sci-Fi and Fantasy promotions I organise, see here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sffpromos/
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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 02:27:50 PM »
Just a quick update: we have Instafreebie's support for 12 October (and the following day), when they'll feature it on their website, in their newsletter, and via social media. We will then continue to promote it for the rest of the week, with the final day being 18 October. Ideally we'll stagger newsletter mentions for maximum impact.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 02:45:39 PM »
Do I need to sign in with them?


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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 03:33:02 PM »
Do I need to sign in with them?

You need an account with Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com?invite_code=exGkmiVfUP

To get newsletter signups, you need a Plus account, which normally costs $20/month, but you can get a 30 day free trial to use for this promotion (just make sure you time your signup to the trial to cover the dates of the promo itself). If you don't have a Plus account, you can still give away free books -- you just won't get the emails of people to add to your list.

Once you're signed up, and you've added your book, you'll get a unique link to that book, which you can add to the relevant field in the form.
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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 04:39:02 PM »
What is the name of the font for the text: science fiction, on that image? It's so pretty! I wants it >.<

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 04:44:49 PM »
Signed up today. Looking forward to this one! Any chance of an updated graphic once the dates are for sure finalized?

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 04:49:56 PM »
What is the name of the font for the text: science fiction, on that image? It's so pretty! I wants it >.<

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Signed up today. Looking forward to this one! Any chance of an updated graphic once the dates are for sure finalized?

The dates are finalised now (12-18), and the graphic has been updated. I'll be making a more fantasy-themed variant, and using both to promote. I'll also be making different size ones, and ones with some book covers included. Join the Facebook group to get these as I make them.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2016, 06:11:28 PM »
Space Age

The dates are finalised now (12-18), and the graphic has been updated. I'll be making a more fantasy-themed variant, and using both to promote. I'll also be making different size ones, and ones with some book covers included. Join the Facebook group to get these as I make them.

I don't have a book to contribute, but I love things to promote to my 90-something subscriber email list. Contact me via my facebook page (linky in the sigy) and I'll get graphics and details of who all is participating to send a promo out during that time frame.
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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2016, 01:10:44 PM »
I don't have a book to contribute, but I love things to promote to my 90-something subscriber email list. Contact me via my facebook page (linky in the sigy) and I'll get graphics and details of who all is participating to send a promo out during that time frame.

Thanks Jennifer, much appreciated. I'll be in touch :)

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2016, 02:52:53 PM »
Signed up. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2016, 02:18:18 AM »
Awesome- I've been using the free trial and am going to sign up for paid, after getting about 200 signups for doing virtually nothing. :-) I'll fill out the form as soon as I get back to my computer.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2016, 04:13:45 AM »
Sounds like a good plan. I'm in.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2016, 04:16:39 AM »
Count me in with Tube Riders: Underground in my sig. Love Instafreebie. Still on my trial month and I've gained 1800 subscribers.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2016, 04:46:04 PM »
Glad to have you all on board. We're at 24 signups now.

Here's a fantasy variant of the promo graphic:


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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2016, 05:15:21 PM »
Hi! I signed up, but I don't have my book live on Instafreebie yet because it's in KDP Select until the end of this month. I'll get a link then, though. Is that ok? I put a note in the place for the Instafreebie link.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2016, 05:43:46 PM »
Glad to have you all on board. We're at 24 signups now.

Here's a fantasy variant of the promo graphic:



I love the promo graphics!

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2016, 06:54:36 PM »
Loving this!
I will try to be ready in time!
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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2016, 07:39:01 AM »
looks like the group is off to a great start!

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2016, 08:09:31 AM »
Question - Would you use the free book that is the "reader magnet" for signing up for your list as the Instafreebie giveaway, or a different one? I'd like to grow my list and give InstaFreebie a run, but I don't want to bork things up by not having the flow correct.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2016, 04:22:06 PM »
Hi! I signed up, but I don't have my book live on Instafreebie yet because it's in KDP Select until the end of this month. I'll get a link then, though. Is that ok? I put a note in the place for the Instafreebie link.

That's fine. I'll be contacting the supplied emails to chase up anyone who hasn't provided a link, etc. Or you can send me the link directly. This is one more good reason to join the Facebook group :)

Question - Would you use the free book that is the "reader magnet" for signing up for your list as the Instafreebie giveaway, or a different one? I'd like to grow my list and give InstaFreebie a run, but I don't want to bork things up by not having the flow correct.

You can use that, or something else -- or both. In the latter case, it means you have two (or more) items to offer on a rotating basis for promos (to avoid reader fatigue). The only way to really know which of your books/stories will attract the most subscribers is to try them out and see what results you get. I'll more than likely run more of these in the future, so if one doesn't work out as well now, you can try another next time.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2016, 10:27:40 PM »
Since some people are unsure of how to properly set up their giveaway, here is a quick guide with images:

1. Add your book by uploading the .epub file, cover, etc.

2. Select "New Giveaway" (see image).



3. Select "Create advanced giveaway" (see image). [If you can't select this, it means you don't have a Plus account. You need a Plus account (free for first 30 days, $20/month thereafter) to avail of the mailing list opt-in feature. Without this, you can still give away free books, but it largely defeats the purpose of the promo (gaining subscribers).]



4. Leave "No limit to number of copies", "No expiration date", "Sharing", and "Public" all ticked (see image). [These increase your potential downloads/subscribers.]



5. Select "Mailing list opt-in required" (see image). [This is important. If you make it optional, you may get substantially lower subscriber numbers.]



6. Leave "Public (Standard)" selected (see image). [Password protection is only for offering books as ARCs, subscriber bonuses, etc., where you want to limit supply.]



7. Leave all three formats ticked (see image). [The more formats, the wider your readership/subscribership.]



8. All done. Now, copy the link indicated (see image). [Do NOT copy the link in your browser bar, which will just redirect to the Instafreebie homepage for everyone else. This link MUST have the word "free" in it, not "book". It's the link to the giveaway page for that book.]



9. Share away, and participate in some group giveaways like the ones I organise.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2016, 05:28:12 AM »
Excellent guide! Do you think it would be worthwhile to add a field for Twitter/FB URLs to author profiles/pages so we have a go-to list for sharing/retweeting the week of the event?

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2016, 01:26:12 PM »
finally created insta account.  Need to figure a few more things out tonight or tomorrow.
I should be good to go with a short I have just uploaded.
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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2016, 06:32:02 PM »
Excellent guide! Do you think it would be worthwhile to add a field for Twitter/FB URLs to author profiles/pages so we have a go-to list for sharing/retweeting the week of the event?

I'll set up promo posts on various social media that people can share, and invite others to do the same on platforms I don't use. This will probably be easier to arrange in the Facebook group.

I'll also set up a new page on my website with a slew of promotional graphics in various shapes and sizes for people to use.

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Re: Instafreebie Group Giveaway - Science Fiction & Fantasy (12-18 October)
« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2016, 10:58:25 PM »


I'm in, but I'm waiting until September 19 to create my Instafreebie account so that I can use my free plus days for this giveaway. Therefore, I'm waiting till then to fill out your form too, as I'm guessing you need the link to my Instafreebie campaign and it will be a pain to match that up later.  ;D

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