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Writers' Cafe / FREE Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin Oct 1 - 30th
« on: September 19, 2020, 10:25:13 am »
StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for sci-fi, all subgenres except erotica.

- No mailing list size or integration requirement!
- No previews will be allowed.
- Pro-covers and editing are a must.

Sign-up here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/a01449c0-ec90-11ea-a274-b70275f8fa40/info


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Writers' Cafe / FREE Fantasy Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin Oct 1 - 30
« on: September 19, 2020, 10:22:14 am »
StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for fantasy, all subgenres except erotica. No previews will be allowed. Pro-covers and editing are a must. No mailing list size or integration requirement.

Sign-up is here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/8e37b316-ec8d-11ea-b45a-3b2ea461787c/info


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StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and horror...any books and short stories about things that go bump in the night. I only ask that there be something "otherworldly" about it. (So Silence of the Lambs, no.)

- No previews will be allowed.
- Pro-covers and editing are a must.
- No mailing list size or integration requirement!

Sign-up is here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/4fbf51f2-e0ee-11ea-a86f-03e9e2693eef/info




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Writers' Cafe / BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 14, 2020, 07:15:44 am »
There has been a lot of discussion of the ineffectiveness of BookBub Featured Deals of late, especially at the 99-cent price point. I got a FD on my sci-fi boxset for the Archangel Project and decided to document the sales for everyone. Hopefully, this will be a helpful case study, one that will help you decide if you want to attempt to get a featured deal and/or attempt to list.

This boxset is new, but the books in it are several years old. None of the books in it have been featured by BookBub in over a year. Just as an FYI: I've noticed in newsletter swaps that boxsets do 2 - 3 times better than single titles.

I am not attempting to hit the USA Today list. I've done that already. What I learned from the experience is that even if you make the list it is more lucrative to not attempt it.

Because I'm not trying to hit the USA Today, I won't be doing targeted Facebook or AMS ads. I might do a boosted post, just to make sure all my FB followers see the sale. I don't expect to spend more than $10 on it if I do that though.

Although I may not be trying to list, I would like to get as high a ranking as possible. I'm hoping that as I drift down the charts I'll get some organic sales. Obviously, the higher I go, the more visibility.

Below are the ads I've booked and social media links. I would love shares of the Facebook / Twitter posts! I organize a lot of group promos on StoryOrigins / BookFunnel, and I'll beg those folks for shares. I also arranged a lot of newsletter swaps--I've left out the names of the people I'm swapping with to protect the innocent.

For anyone curious, the "Boxset List" is a newsletter that folks sign-up for if they download one of my multi-author collections.

Facebook post (FREE)       September 14 https://www.facebook.com/CGockelWrites/posts/1552322444962529
Twitter post (FREE)              September 14 https://twitter.com/CGockel1/status/1305285238931759109
Tumblr post (FREE)              September 14 https://cgockel.tumblr.com/post/629186111614468096/this-is-on-sale-for-a-limited-time-at-all

EreaderIQ: 4 $10         September 14
Newsletter Swap 1         September 14
Newsletter Swap 2          September 14
Newsletter Swap 3         September 14
Newsletter Swap 4         September 14
Boxset List            September 15
Newsletter Swap 1         September 15
Newsletter Swap 2         September 15
Newsletter Swap 3         September 15
Newsletter Swap 4         September 15
Newsletter Swap 5         September 15
Newsletter Swap 6         September 15
BookDoggy   $20              September 16
Newsletter Swap 1         September 16
Personal List (Evening send)   September 16 <-- bit of a hole in my advertising on the 16th. :-P
BookBarbarian Overflow $35    September 17
BarbainBooksy $40              September 17
FKTIPS   $30                 September 17
Booksends $40                 September 17
Newsletter Swap         September 18
BookBub   $754                 September 18
Boxset List Non-opens      September 19
Personal List Thank you / Last chance   September 19
Newsletter Swap         September 19
Newsletter Swap         September 19
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Total Spent: $949-959

Monday Starting rank: 187,000+

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Writers' Cafe / FREE Spec Fiction Newsletter Builder for Sci-fi & Fantasy
« on: September 04, 2020, 08:32:07 am »
September 17 - October 16
For sci-fi and fantasy books that ask "What If?" What if we achieve faster than light travel, what if we travel back in time, what if the veil between faery and the real world breaks down, what if the gods are real, what if aliens invade ...

No previews, but short stories are welcome. No mailing list size or integration requirements. Pro covers and editing are a must.
https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/acee552e-e0cd-11ea-8f8c-8b9dbba0b91a/info


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Writers' Cafe / FREE Newsletter Builder - Myth & Fairy Tales
« on: September 04, 2020, 08:26:39 am »
Does your ebook have myth, folklore, or fairy tale elements? Join the Myth & Magic promo at StoryOrigins to build your list!
September 17 - October 16th

No previews, but short stories are welcome. Pro-covers and editing are a must, but no mailing list size or integration required.

https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/8a51b872-e0cc-11ea-8e80-0fba6e7d04e3/info


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FREE newsletter builder ... For all subgenres of fantasy and paranormal except erotica. No previews are allowed, but short stories are welcome. No mailing list size requirement, but only folks with lists of 2,000+ may post multiple books.

https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/032bfeac-d07d-11ea-bd2e-9f40ab1c9b56/info




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FREE Sci-fi Newsletter Builder @ Story Origin
Sept 1 - Sept 30

No mailing list size required, and no mailing list integration required. All sub-genres of sci-fi except erotica are welcome. No previews, but short stories are welcome.

Join us at: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/8d58eaa0-d07c-11ea-9ee2-07544d5fbebe/info


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FREE Speculative Fic Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin Aug 22 - Sept 20

What is speculative fiction?
noun
a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements.
"this classic of speculative fiction imagines an extraordinary global occurrence that forces Earth's men and women to exist in parallel dimensions"

This promotion is for sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy. No previews, but short stories are welcome. Pro-covers and editing are a must! No mailing list size requirement, or mailing list integration requirement.

Sign up here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/9597f72a-cc34-11ea-8ace-2353fbe17ae6/info


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BLAST OFF WITH SCI-FI Free Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder
@ Story Origin Aug 1 - 30th

StoryOrigin is like BookFunnel, you offer a short story, novella, or novel to readers and in exchange receive an email address.

This promo is for all subgenres of sci-fi except erotica. No previews are allowed (my list hates them), but short stories are welcome. No mailing list size is required, I just ask for my edification. No mailing list integration is required. Pro covers and editing are a must.

Click here to apply: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/1470dbc0-bbbe-11ea-91e5-d75a6a54f974/info


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StoryOrigin is like BookFunnel. You offer a short story, novel, novella, box set and get an email address in exchange. Unlike Bookfunnel, for now StoryOrigin is FREE. It's a great way to build your list.

I'm running this promo for all subgenres of sci-fi except erotica. No previews are allowed, but short stories are welcome. Pro-covers and editing are a must.

Sign-up is here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/bfaea670-a615-11ea-8795-9fa5f103b484/info


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StoryOrigin is like BookFunnel. You offer a short story, novella, or novel for free and get an e-mail address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, story origin is currently free.

Join a promo and everyone shares the promo with their mailing list and social media--we all build our lists!

No mailing list size is required to join, but pro covers and editing are a must. No previews allowed, and this is sci-fi only.

https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/8d957e08-8d91-11ea-bade-ffc6224f098c/info


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Writers' Cafe / Free Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder
« on: April 23, 2020, 01:33:00 pm »
May 1 - May 30th 

StoryOrigin is like BookFunnel, you offer a free short story / novella / novel in exchange for an email address. Unlike BookFunnel it is currently free.

Everyone in the promo shares the promo with their lists and social media, and everyone builds their list.

Join us here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/48bc94ec-73c4-11ea-8bc7-47879d980787/info

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Writers' Cafe / Free Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder
« on: February 24, 2020, 01:26:44 pm »
I've started a new sci-fi newsletter builder at Story Origins. Story Origins is like BookFunnel, you offer a book, short story, novella for free and in exchange you get an email address. Unlike BookFunnel, for now, Story Origins is free.

Professional covers and editing are a must.

The promo will run from March 20 - April 18th. Everyone is expected to share with their newsletters during that time.

All mailing list size is fine--we all have to start somewhere!

Here is the link to join: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/17ef60ae-51c5-11ea-8ca9-bbb2441209d3/info




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Writers' Cafe / B&N W-9
« on: February 12, 2020, 06:31:59 am »
I have a notice that I need to submit a W-9 to Nook Press. I don't know where to find this W-9 I am supposed to send (I presume there is an online one somewhere?)

Seriously considering switching all my books over there to D2D.  :-[

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Writers' Cafe / FREE Fantasy Newsletter Builder
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:57:17 am »
Hey Everyone -

I have a FREE to join Fantasy Newsletter Builder at Story Origins. StoryOrigins is like Bookfunnel, you offer a free short story/novella/novel in exchange for an email address. This is for all subgenres of fantasy except erotica. These folks DO buy full priced books. I find that 2.5 StoryOrigins subs is approximately equal to 1 Organic Sub.

Pro-covers and editing are a must, but I don't have a mailing list size requirement. We all have to start somewhere.

You can see the books currently in the promo https://storyoriginapp.com/to/xxmD1Nb

And join yourself here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/a0260690-2370-11ea-9d3a-ab531fae39ee/info

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Writers' Cafe / FREE Sci-fi Newsletter Builder : Feb 15 - March 15
« on: January 07, 2020, 09:56:02 am »
Hey Everyone -

I have another FREE to join Sci-fi Newsletter Builder at Story Origins. StoryOrigins is like Bookfunnel, you offer a free short story/novella/novel in exchange for an email address. This is for all subgenres of Sci-fi except erotica. These folks DO buy full priced books. I find that 2.5 StoryOrigins subs is approximately equal to 1 Organic Sub.

Pro-covers and editing are a must, but I don't have a mailing list size requirement. We all have to start somewhere.

Join here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/d0d7756c-3c84-11ea-9dd0-13af51e8dd48/info


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Writers' Cafe / FREE Sci-Fi & Fantasy PERMAFREE Booster
« on: January 05, 2020, 09:02:51 am »
I'm hosting a Sci-Fi & Fantasy Permafree Booster at StoryOrigins Feb 2nd - March 2nd.

StoryOrigins is free to join right now, so participating in this promo is completely free. All you have to do is sign up for a StoryOrigins account, create a Universal Book Link (here are instructions: https://storyoriginapp.com/tutorials/creating-universal-book-links ), and then join the promo. Once the promo starts we all share with our lists throughout the month.

Will this change your life? No. Will it deliver slow steady downloads cheaper than AMS or Facebook. Yes! Will it take less time than Facebook / AMS? Also, BIG yes!

All subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi are welcome except erotica. Short stories are also welcome. More than one book is fine if you meet certain conditions. I am picky about editing and covers.

Here's the link to join up: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/7e35f6ac-2d8a-11ea-bc56-df0d6b607aef/info




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Writers' Cafe / Illinois Writers Looking for Health Insurance
« on: December 11, 2019, 01:58:11 pm »
If you are a writer in Illinois stuck on an ACA plan with limited docs, BCBS has opened their small group insurance to businesses that 1099 one other individual. You'll be able to pay for your insurance with pre-tax dollars, and even if you get subsidies, it might wind up being a better deal. We discovered we'll save about $100 / month in straight up premiums, plus and an additional $500 / month on taxes. We will also bring our family out-of-pocket max way down.

Here is the agent we worked with: alexandra dot eidenberg at insuranceppl dot com

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Writers' Cafe / Is anyone still using Prolific Works?
« on: November 22, 2019, 04:37:06 pm »
Is anyone still using Prolific Works? I found that when they changed their name from Instafreebie my downloads decreased too much to be worthwhile. But if they're building brand recognition again, maybe I should at least keep a free account active?

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon 6 month preorders? 1 year preorders?
« on: September 04, 2019, 02:37:27 pm »
Okay, word on the intertubes is that Amazon is going to be allowing 6 months or even 1 year preorders for indies! This would probably be a game changer for us as far as hitting the USAT. Anyone have confirmation?

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Writers' Cafe / What is good ROI for a 99-cent Box Set?
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:39:02 am »
Hey Everyone -

Just looking for averages here -- from newsletter services (excluding BookBub), how many box sets would you expect to be sold at 99-cents per dollar spent?

Would you expect 20 sales from $10? More? Less?

Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / FREE Fantasy Newsletter Builder
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:43:56 pm »
This is a newsletter builder at Story Origins--so it is completely free (sign up for Story Origins here: https://storyoriginapp.com/ ). Runs August 28 - September 26th

This promo is for all sub-genres of fantasy and paranormal except erotica. Short stories, novellas, novels, and bundles are all welcome. Professional editing and covers are a must. No mailing list size is required, I just ask for my edification!

Sign up here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/b6423054-abeb-11e9-bd5d-577ce86f778a/info


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Writers' Cafe / Free Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:40:41 pm »
This newsletter builder is on Story Origin, so it is free to sign up. August 25 - September 23 ( https://storyoriginapp.com/  )

Story Origins works like BookFunnel or Prolific Works, except it is free right now. You offer a short story, novella, or novel for readers to download free of charge in exchange for an email address. Groups of authors with such giveaways get together and promote it to their mailing list & social media.

It is open to all sub-genres of sci-fi, sci-fantasy, and science fiction romance are welcome (just no erotica.) No previews are allowed, but short stories and novellas are welcome. Professional covers and editing are a must.

I'm getting about 1,000 subs a month on StoryOrigins (though I am in more than one promo!) Considering the price, I highly recommend it.

Here is the sign-up Link: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/f3ad501e-abea-11e9-b5b1-c7aef20f4786/info




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This is a newsletter builder at Story Origins--so it is completely free (sign up for Story Origins here: https://storyoriginapp.com/ ). August 22 - September 20th. Sci-Fi Romance / Fantasy Romance / Paranormal Romance ... Short stories, novels, novellas, and bundles are all welcome, but no previews and no erotica. Professional editing and covers are a must.

Here is the signup link: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/48d106e2-abe8-11e9-86be-9beb0983045e/info



Update: because someone asked Story Origins works like BookFunnel or Prolific Works, except it is free right now. You offer a short story, novella, or novel for readers to download free of charge in exchange for an email address. Groups of authors with such giveaways get together and promote it to their mailing list & social media.

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