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No Direction Home
by Elizabeth Burns

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Kindle Edition published 2017-05-20
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Hunter Grayson flits from job to job, relationship to relationship, continent to continent until thetragic death of her parents brings her back to her childhood home.While trying to figure out how to move forward, she meets wild, fun Natalya Haven, who quickly becomes the sister she never had. But when Natalya moves in, their friendship unravels.
A second tragedy sends Hunter to a small town in New Mexico, a town out of her own past. For Hunter, that's more than a coincidence, that's fate. Natalya's family will fill the void in her life. Natalya's parents will become her parents. She and Natalya's brother will fall in love. But nothing is ever that simple....

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Bless you for coming in here after reading that subject.

Any way, let's say I have a bunch of folks who agreed to "let the author contact [them] about promos...]" et. al. in the giveaway form's screen. Yay! Now--since I'm not integrated with Mailchimp, am I allowed to just manually add all those addresses to my mailing list? I just want to make sure this is as obvious as it looks, and the green grass isn't concealing landmines.

Much appreciated!


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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 05:48:00 AM »
Actually, your question isn't silly or pointless at all! I had similar questions when I started setting up my Mailchimp account. I have participated in several list-building promos, and each time, I simply uploaded the Excel CSV (or a text doc) of the email addresses into my list.

During the upload process, Mailchimp will ask you if you have permission to add these people and a box to tick "yes."  This is, of course, dependent upon the list-building promo you participated in making it clear to folks that downloading a book means being added to that author's list.

It will help tremendously for you to have a sentence at the top of the first newsletter you send to them reminding them of why they are receiving the email - that they opted in during the particular promo (by name of promotion and date). This will help (but not eliminate) the recipients marking your email as spam or abuse. It's also good to have a brief introductory statement about yourself and your writing and inviting them to stick around for news of book releases, specials, and maybe more giveaways in the future.


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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 06:12:01 AM »
Why don't you simply integrate your Mailchimp account? Much easier.

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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 07:03:30 AM »
I don't have regular access to the internet and I didn't even know Instafreebie had that option. Or I just plain forgot. Thanks for your silly question!


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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 09:09:52 AM »
Why don't you simply integrate your Mailchimp account? Much easier.

Honestly, my publishing effort is just now starting to make headway, and $20/mo = $240 /year.


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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 11:05:30 AM »
There are less expensive alternatives to a paid account at MailChimp. If your list gets big, split it and keep it under the 2k max for a free MailChimp account and a free one elsewhere, for instance. Also, other suppliers don't necessarily charge you for some of the time-saving services that MailChimp reserves for its paying customers.

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Re: Today's silly and pointless Mailchimp and Instafreebie question
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 11:44:43 AM »
I appreciate it. You're not the first person to tell me that MailChimp is sort of mis-featured for authors.


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