26 to 3000 subscribers in two months

I’m going to hit 3000 subscribers to my newsletter today. I’m at ~2900 and expecting a few hundred from a promo in an email soon So I thought I would share how I did it.

First of all join InstaFreebie: https://instafreebie.com?invite_code=acE1gC9YIa
It’s a site where you set up your book for download via email. People get a mobi, epub, or pdf sent to them in exchange for their email. This is great for writers and readers of all kinds.

The second thing you do it go to Pricing and click the Plus Plan. You get 30 days free from Instafreebie to try it out so it’s entirely worth it. With the Plus plan (it’s $20 a month after the first month) you can make it mandatory to join your mailing list in exchange for a book (as opposed to there being a little check to opt-in, and we all know no one ever clicks the little check when signing up for things). I was a little hesitant about this at first, but well, they can always unsubscribe later on if they just wanted the book (mention this in your newsletter! Some folk will mark as spam no matter what though).

The link you want to give out has the word ‘free’ in it- https://www.instafreebie.com/free/ NOT https://www.instafreebie.com/book/

Third: Use Facebook. Yes, I’m serious. There are a ton of facebook groups and pages for authors working together to exchange newsletters, promos, and to help each other out.

There’s InstaFreebie Promos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/instafreebiepromos/?ref=br_rs

FreebieFriday on Instafreebie: https://www.facebook.com/groups/578910405624973/?ref=br_rs

InstaFreebie Push: https://www.facebook.com/groups/674062869429630/?ref=br_rs

InstaFreebie Share Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/instafreebiebooksharegroup/?ref=br_rs

And there are also groups devoted to specific genres.

Then join as many promos as you are qualified to join. Some are free, for others you may need to pay in, many are divided by genre. These are mostly everyone-pitches-in promos, so all those that joined in all spread the word to their newsletter/mailing list/blog/social media.

You can also join Newsletter Swap: http://newsletterswap.com/ and set up your book there, asking others to send your book out to their people (if you’re still growing your list, it isn’t mandatory to actually swap). It lets you put in any store link you want, including Instafreebie.

You’ll collect the emails on InstaFreebie (unless you use Mailchimp, integration with MC is also part of the $20 plan). You can download them as a CSV. They’re broken up into Subscribers and Unverified (need to download them as separate CSV files), the latter being that IF couldn’t send them your book. I put both into my list and find that most of the ‘unverified emails’ do work.

(The Pro plan at $50 a month isn’t worth it, imo. You get to use more pen-names, and change the color of the ‘Claim’ button).

Doing this I went from 26 subscribers in December to almost 3000 today. I have about a1/3rd open rate, and I’ve grown a team of 50 ARC and beta readersĀ 

(Oh, and if you want to join my mailing list, pop over to this page and grab a copy of Larkspur! https://vmjaskiernia.com/newsletter-and-free-books/ )

Happy list building!

Facebook Release Party!

(Was going to wait until I wrote today’s 3K, but I’ve barely started.. so I’m going to do this and then go write).

I’m told this is a thing! So Delphinium’s going to be released on June 20th, and as a part of my ‘you have to do it, people know’ plan, I’ve also set up a Facebook Event. It’s open to the public, anyone can join, and I freely encourage questions and/or chatter. I’ll probably work out a thing where I give away a free copy or two, maybe of Larkspur and maybe the upcoming Delphinium. Please do join, and ‘invite’ anyone else who might be interested or interesting!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1492874244262537/

Facebook party

All day Monday there’ll be a facebook release party going on here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309247659228158/

It is for Zoe Dawson’s ‘The Starbuck Chronicles: AfterLife’ – it’s urban fantasy.

I’ll have a 15 minute slot from 5:45pm – 6:00pm, where I’ll be there to answer questions or receive comments. I’ll also be asking everyone the meaning of purple larkspur– and the chosen winner will get a copy of Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance emailed to them.

Hope everyone is having an awesome day!

“Vacation”

I’ve been less active online and with twitter the last few days (resulting in no sales sadly. Marketing is important people!) This may continue– my boyfriend is in town. We’re long distance (I’m in the US, him in the UK) so this is the first time we’ve seen each other in person in three years. Exciting and fun! (Not sure whether this blog is a writing-only blog or a personal-life blog, so I may write about it a little if no one objects).

I started this post to tell y’all that I might be more away with this, but the opposite might happen where I’m inspired and I stay up half the night writing. Sort of want to do that now despite it being 1am. I will still be about though, and I’m going to have 15 minutes on Monday from 5:45pm-6pm where I’m at another writer’s facebook book release party. I’ll be answering some questions, and one person will be chosen/win a copy of Larkspur. I will recheck that information and give it it’s own post tomorrow.

Hope everyone’s having a good day!