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I have two opportunities for authors to participate for free.

These are both new deals for members of my website. This is different than my main subscriber list in that website members take extra steps to register & confirm that they want access to the member book deals. Membership for my site is growing fast; over the last 3 days there have been more than 900 new reader sign ups who want free books, and the total list for my Read & Review Program is just shy of 500 readers who want to review books. I plan to run the following two promos for free for a trial period. 

#1: Hot 100 Free Books
The Hot 100 Free Books Promo from RR Books is FREE for authors. All genres. One link to vendor of your choice where your book is free. First come, first serve, closes at 100 entries. Promo will run when entries are full. Authors will receive a reminder email one week prior to the promo start and when the promo is live. Authors are required to share the promo to social media and to their mailing list via a simple link included in your regular newsletter. If you are not willing to share to social media & your mailing list, please do not sign up for this promo as it is only fair to leave the spot open for other authors who want to do a cross promo. There are several other promos available at www.rrbookdeals.com that do not involve cross promotion that may work if this one does not.
  • FREE to 100 author submissions. First come, first served.
  • Promo will run when all spots are full
  • All genres
  • Simple design, clickable cover image with genre tag
  • Must be FREE on day of promo
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  • Authors required to share on social media & send out simple hyperlink for HOT 100 page to their subscriber list
Sign up HERE for the HOT 100 Free Book Promo

#2: Read & Review Program (50 Listings Available, first come first served) FREE LISTING OPPORTUNITY IS CLOSED; OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS
  • Submit your book for a listing with the NEW RR Books Read & Review Program.
  • Books are listed by category and length
  • Books are listed with 25 copies available
  • Books remain available to reviewers & active on the website until all copies are claimed; Books are then removed from the website
Sign up HERE to list a book in the Read & Review Program

We do not accept any books with offensive content or explicit covers; if your cover does not pass Facebook/Amazon guidelines for ads, please do not submit. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will not be posted.
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Here's the link to the book talk I did at the Easton Historical Society, where I promoted my KS campaign live and in person. I'm on at the end, after an oil painting of a prize winning cow named "Dolly Dimple", a hundred year old German "bisque" doll and an ancient wooden wheelchair.

http://www.eastoncat.org/file/easton-historical-society-presents-0

It was fun and I got a few nominations out of it.
  


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Awesome opportunities, Ebbrown! Thank you! Do not yet released books apply for the read and review program by any chance? I'm sending the book to my small group of arc readers tomorrow and will publish it in two weeks.
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Great opportunities, thank you! ;D


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Thanks for the opportunities. Just applied for the Read&Review!


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I submitted the English War of the Worlds: Retaliation. I listed it as as Sci-Fi, but really, it's historical fiction. Anyway, I hope to get a few reviews so I can run a BookBub.

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Awesome opportunities, Ebbrown! Thank you! Do not yet released books apply for the read and review program by any chance? I'm sending the book to my small group of arc readers tomorrow and will publish it in two weeks.

No problem & absolutely, pre-release books are perfect as well for the Read & Review 😊
   
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Can you specify offensive? Do you mean bad lanuguage and violence or more like sexist, racist, etc? My characters have potty mouths.

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Woo hoo! I applied for both. I hope I squeaked in.


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Can you specify offensive? Do you mean bad lanuguage and violence or more like sexist, racist, etc? My characters have potty mouths.

Sure. I need to limit things that won't pass through Amazon or Facebook advertising bots, since I do targeted ads for a lot of the promos I run. If one book in a collage of 50 has a questionable cover, the ad will get yanked or denied, so I have to have limits on what can be on covers. For covers, they generally should not have outright nudity/bare breasts or explicit sexual content, and should not have a gun pointed at the reader or a massive amount of blood. I have to stay in line with what Amazon will allow in Ads (note that what Amazon allows in paid Ads is VERY different than what they allow on KDP books; they are much less tolerant of anything that's even borderline, and it just makes too much work for me if I have to swap out & recreate ads at the last second).

As for content, I'm absolutely fine with erotica, violence, potty mouths, all of which can happen in many genres. Books should be categorized with the proper primary genre, and as long as they are labeled correctly, readers will not complain. I want to ensure that all books are what they say they are, so it is more likely that readers will select it to review. I don't want an erotica book mis-labeled as romance, and then a reader leaves a negative review & is annoyed that they wasted time on erotica when they wanted a romance without detailed sex.  Same for books labeled Science Fiction, when it's actually a romance, because readers looking for a Science Fiction novel will be disappointed.

I haven't seen anything from you that I wouldn't take, Felicia, I think you're golden. And btw, I'm about to tag you in our FB group because you won the Free Promo from that author giveaway I did. Thank you so much for sharing & helping spread the word about our group.  ;D ;D
   
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Thanks, Ebbrown, awesome opportunity. I've just applied for the Read & Review.

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Ive applied to both. Thanks for the opportunity, Ma'am.  ;D

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No problem & absolutely, pre-release books are perfect as well for the Read & Review 😊

Awesome! Thanks again  ;D

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Sure. I need to limit things that won't pass through Amazon or Facebook advertising bots, since I do targeted ads for a lot of the promos I run. If one book in a collage of 50 has a questionable cover, the ad will get yanked or denied, so I have to have limits on what can be on covers. For covers, they generally should not have outright nudity/bare breasts or explicit sexual content, and should not have a gun pointed at the reader or a massive amount of blood. I have to stay in line with what Amazon will allow in Ads (note that what Amazon allows in paid Ads is VERY different than what they allow on KDP books; they are much less tolerant of anything that's even borderline, and it just makes too much work for me if I have to swap out & recreate ads at the last second).

As for content, I'm absolutely fine with erotica, violence, potty mouths, all of which can happen in many genres. Books should be categorized with the proper primary genre, and as long as they are labeled correctly, readers will not complain. I want to ensure that all books are what they say they are, so it is more likely that readers will select it to review. I don't want an erotica book mis-labeled as romance, and then a reader leaves a negative review & is annoyed that they wasted time on erotica when they wanted a romance without detailed sex.  Same for books labeled Science Fiction, when it's actually a romance, because readers looking for a Science Fiction novel will be disappointed.

I haven't seen anything from you that I wouldn't take, Felicia, I think you're golden. And btw, I'm about to tag you in our FB group because you won the Free Promo from that author giveaway I did. Thank you so much for sharing & helping spread the word about our group.  ;D ;D

That makes sense. And yay! Your group is awesome and I'm so happy to be a part of it.

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Thank you for the opportunity! I applied for the free promo and tomorrow I'll try to get in the Read&Review one.

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That makes sense. And yay! Your group is awesome and I'm so happy to be a part of it.
Glad to have you!!  :D :D


Thank you for the opportunity! I applied for the free promo and tomorrow I'll try to get in the Read&Review one.
Awesome, welcome aboard! :D
   
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Signed up for the Read & Review Program. Thanks for putting this together!

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Quick question, ebbrown.

My $2.99 thriller SOOT ANGEL is free on InstaFreebie but, of course, readers must trade their email for a copy. Does IF count as a vendor?

Same question as to listing for reviews.

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These look terrific. I hope I make it on time. I've had wonderful results from your promos.
Checking how fast I can revive my book that's least objectionable. :)
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Thank you! Just applied for the R&R program ;D

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Quick question, ebbrown.

My $2.99 thriller SOOT ANGEL is free on InstaFreebie but, of course, readers must trade their email for a copy. Does IF count as a vendor?

Same question as to listing for reviews.

Thanks - m

For the Hot 100, instaFreebie books are fine. You can use one link to the vendor of your choice, so your book cover would link to instaFreebie.
For reviews, you don't need a link to your book. I host the files & distribute a set number of copies to reviewers; authors do not collect reader emails or any reader info through the review program.   ;D
   
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For the Hot 100, instaFreebie books are fine. You can use one link to the vendor of your choice, so your book cover would link to instaFreebie.
For reviews, you don't need a link to your book. I host the files & distribute a set number of copies to reviewers; authors do not collect reader emails or any reader info through the review program.   ;D

We also applied for the R&R program :)


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Sounds great! Signed up for both. I had good results with the Mega Mailing list and would love to get some more reviews.
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It's a bit odd to "welcome" such a longstanding member, but this appears to be a thread dedicated to this particular cross-promo opportunity, so I'll go ahead and add the boilerplate. I'm sure ebbrown is perfectly aware of all this ...

You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe!

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Thanks for the great opportunity. I just applied for the R&R program.

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This is a very generous offer and a wonderful opportunity. Thank you. Very much appreciated. Sent a book in for the R&R option.
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Thanks for your very generous offer! I've applied for Read and Review with one of my SF romances.

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Thanks so much for the excellent clarification on what constitutes "offensive" content. It's helpful to know the issues. I ran into AMS content restrictions before they started allowing bare man chests.

Brava for your focus on correct genre categorization. Respecting readers with accurate genre labels creates a better environment for all of us.

Sure. I need to limit things that won't pass through Amazon or Facebook advertising bots, since I do targeted ads for a lot of the promos I run. If one book in a collage of 50 has a questionable cover, the ad will get yanked or denied, so I have to have limits on what can be on covers. For covers, they generally should not have outright nudity/bare breasts or explicit sexual content, and should not have a gun pointed at the reader or a massive amount of blood. I have to stay in line with what Amazon will allow in Ads (note that what Amazon allows in paid Ads is VERY different than what they allow on KDP books; they are much less tolerant of anything that's even borderline, and it just makes too much work for me if I have to swap out & recreate ads at the last second).

As for content, I'm absolutely fine with erotica, violence, potty mouths, all of which can happen in many genres. Books should be categorized with the proper primary genre, and as long as they are labeled correctly, readers will not complain. I want to ensure that all books are what they say they are, so it is more likely that readers will select it to review. I don't want an erotica book mis-labeled as romance, and then a reader leaves a negative review & is annoyed that they wasted time on erotica when they wanted a romance without detailed sex.  Same for books labeled Science Fiction, when it's actually a romance, because readers looking for a Science Fiction novel will be disappointed.

I haven't seen anything from you that I wouldn't take, Felicia, I think you're golden. And btw, I'm about to tag you in our FB group because you won the Free Promo from that author giveaway I did. Thank you so much for sharing & helping spread the word about our group.  ;D ;D
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For the cover images, do you want the full-size image, or is there a preferred size?

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It's a bit odd to "welcome" such a longstanding member, but this appears to be a thread dedicated to this particular cross-promo opportunity, so I'll go ahead and add the boilerplate. I'm sure ebbrown is perfectly aware of all this ...


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Thanks so much for the excellent clarification on what constitutes "offensive" content. It's helpful to know the issues. I ran into AMS content restrictions before they started allowing bare man chests.

Brava for your focus on correct genre categorization. Respecting readers with accurate genre labels creates a better environment for all of us.

Thanks Viv! Yes, the category thing is a pet peeve of mine, and I get a fair amount of emails from readers who appreciate the ease of finding correctly categorized books. Readers DEFINITELY let me know as well when something is categorized poorly.  This is even more important now with the Read & Review program, for both authors and readers.

For the cover images, do you want the full-size image, or is there a preferred size?
I prefer the full size image; I do not have any file size restrictions on the uploader. I do prefer covers that stick to the Amazon guidelines, as it helps make things easier and look more streamlined when covers are the same standard size. I recommend that authors use KDP suggested dimensions:
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The ideal size of your cover art is a height/width ratio of 1.6:1. In pixels, this means that, for every 1,000 pixels in width, the image should be 1,600 pixels in height. To ensure the best quality for your image, particularly on high definition devices, the height of the image should be at least 2,500 pixels.

Ideal dimensions for cover files are 2,560 x 1,600. (this is the size that I use and recommend)

Important: The minimum image size allowed is 1,000 x 625 pixels. The maximum image size allowed is 10,000 x 10,000 pixels and your image must be less than 50M.

Size
Your cover image must be less than 50MB. Try to avoid compressing your files, as this can affect the quality of your cover when displayed on reading devices. We recommend saving your file with a minimum of 72 dots per inch (DPI).

As of today (3/22), there are 5 spots left for titles in the Read & Review Program, and about 40 spots left for the HOT 100 Free Books. The Hot 100 will run when it is full & authors will receive a notification email to share it on social media & send out to their subscribers. The Read & Review will likely open by Monday, & reviewer members will be sent a notification.

A huge shout out & thanks to all of those who have submitted!  8)

   
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Finally got around to submitting my book for the Review Program. Can't wait to see the results  ;D

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Finally got around to submitting my book for the Review Program. Can't wait to see the results  ;D

Awesome, you're in! The Read & Review is now full; still have a few spots left for the HOT 100.
I expect the R&R to be live early next week. The HOT 100 will go live when it is full.

Thank you to all the authors who submitted!  8) 8)
   
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Exciting! This newb is looking forward to seeing what happens with both the R&R and the Hot 100 :)

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Is the Hot 100 full? I've suspended an IF campaign for now, but will start it up as soon as Hot 100 goes live.
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The Read & Review Program is now live! This program is for the member readers of the RR Books website and is not accessible by the general public.
To read more about the program or submit a book for a future listing, see the website here.
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The Read & Review Program is now live! This program is for the member readers of the RR Books website and is not accessible by the general public.
To read more about the program or submit a book for a future listing, see the website here.
Thank you to all the participating authors!

Hello! So does this mean readers are going to have access to the books submitted to the R&R earlier, or has that been going on?


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We do not accept any books with offensive content or explicit covers; if your cover does not pass Facebook/Amazon guidelines for ads, please do not submit. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will not be posted.

How do you define "offensive content"?

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Hello! So does this mean readers are going to have access to the books submitted to the R&R earlier, or has that been going on?

Yes, reader access just opened! When I checked this morning there were already 49 downloads, so far so good. I also emailed authors who submitted a listing with a link to register for the site so that they can view what the readers see. My goal is to run a tight ship and keep it accessible to those readers who truly will follow through with a review, while making it stress-free for reviewers without direct author intervention.

How do you define "offensive content"?

I need to limit things that won't pass through Amazon or Facebook advertising bots, since I do targeted ads for a lot of the promos I run. If one book in a collage of 50 has a questionable cover, the ad will get yanked or denied, so I have to have limits on what can be on covers. For covers, they generally should not have outright nudity/bare breasts or explicit sexual content, and should not have a gun pointed at the reader or a massive amount of blood. I have to stay in line with what Amazon will allow in Ads (note that what Amazon allows in paid Ads is VERY different than what they allow on KDP books; they are much less tolerant of anything that's even borderline, and it just makes too much work for me if I have to swap out & recreate ads at the last second).

Facebook is even more intolerant of anything sexually suggestive, but it is interesting that the more money I spend the easier they seem to be on me when I ask for a blocked ad to be reconsidered, haha. I had a book ad denied because it had the word "submission" in the title, with a cover that was completely benign. Crazy, I know, but it took me three tries and several hours to get the ad through the re-submission process. Ugh.

As for content, I'm absolutely fine with erotica, violence, potty mouths, all of which can happen in many genres. Books should be categorized with the proper primary genre, and as long as they are labeled correctly, readers will not complain. I want to ensure that all books are what they say they are, so it is more likely that readers will select it to review. I don't want an erotica book mis-labeled as romance, and then a reader leaves a negative review & is annoyed that they wasted time on erotica when they wanted a romance without detailed sex.  Same for books labeled Science Fiction, when it's actually a romance, because readers looking for a Science Fiction novel will be disappointed.
   
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Thanks for doing this eb brown.

Will you be running the Hot 100 and Read & Review again?

I'd love to include my new release The Pursual especially as it's set to go free soon.

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I followed the instructions in this morning's email to register at the website, but I can only view the Hot 100, not the R&R. Do I need to sign up for that under the R&R tab?

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I went to the R&R page today and signed up - but the part for the book image would only allow 10Kb instead of 10GB - which means the image is hugely pixelated :( hope you fix it, and I'd be happy to email a better cover image, too!
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Yes, reader access just opened! When I checked this morning there were already 49 downloads, so far so good. I also emailed authors who submitted a listing with a link to register for the site so that they can view what the readers see. My goal is to run a tight ship and keep it accessible to those readers who truly will follow through with a review, while making it stress-free for reviewers without direct author intervention.

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Thanks for doing this eb brown.

Will you be running the Hot 100 and Read & Review again?

I'd love to include my new release The Pursual especially as it's set to go free soon.

Thanks!

No problem! I will be running the HOT 100 again (there are still spots left if you want in on this one); the Read & Review is now live as well :)

I followed the instructions in this morning's email to register at the website, but I can only view the Hot 100, not the R&R. Do I need to sign up for that under the R&R tab?
Yes, for the R&R you do need to sign up under the R&R tab; we go over new R&R membership requests and send out an invite usually within 1-2 days. I will check it today & update so you can get in. :)

I went to the R&R page today and signed up - but the part for the book image would only allow 10Kb instead of 10GB - which means the image is hugely pixelated :( hope you fix it, and I'd be happy to email a better cover image, too!
Thanks Pauline! I removed the limit & I will pull your cover from Amazon to make sure it's the best. Thanks for letting me know!

Wonderful, thank you!
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No problem! I will be running the HOT 100 again (there are still spots left if you want in on this one); the Read & Review is now live as well :)
Yes, for the R&R you do need to sign up under the R&R tab; we go over new R&R membership requests and send out an invite usually within 1-2 days. I will check it today & update so you can get in. :)
 Thanks Pauline! I removed the limit & I will pull your cover from Amazon to make sure it's the best. Thanks for letting me know!
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Thx! I submitted my book, The Pursual, yesterday. Did you get the submission? Off to check out the Read & Review some more. Thanks again for this opportunity especially for new authors like myself!

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Thx! I submitted my book, The Pursual, yesterday. Did you get the submission? Off to check out the Read & Review some more. Thanks again for this opportunity especially for new authors like myself!
No problem ~ I see you, you're all set! As soon as it's filled, it will go live & I'll send an alert out to all the authors. 8) 8)
   
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No problem ~ I see you, you're all set! As soon as it's filled, it will go live & I'll send an alert out to all the authors. 8) 8)

Thanks so much.