In this issue: Conversion Partners / Amazon Q4 Deals / Kobo Promos / IBPA Book Awards
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Greetings INscribers,

Hopefully you were all able to catch a glimpse of Monday's eclipse! Don't miss your chance for these great upcoming promotions.

  • Notice: Conversion Partner Holiday
  • Upcoming Promos:
    • Amazon Q4 Deals (Due August 29)
    • Kobo US Mammoth Mystery Sale (Due August 30)
  • IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • Sign up for Marketing Services, Goodreads Deals, BookBub Deals, Daily Deals, or Kindle Unlimited!
  • Tip of the Week: Conversion Tips: Cover Images

All the best,
Team INscribe

Notice: Conversion Partner Holiday

Our conversion partners will be out of the office on holiday on Friday, August 25 due to Vinayagar Chaturthi. There won't be a disruption in service for existing conversions, but please take this into consideration for new conversions.

Amazon Q4 Deals

Amazon is now accepting nominations for their Q4 Kindle Deals (October, November, December). Nominations are due Tuesday, August 29

A separate notification will be announced for Holiday Deals themes.

Download the form below. Do not complete the Vendor Code column in the form. INscribe will complete this when we submit your titles to Amazon.

Send your completed form to or attach in a ticket at

Q4 Themes

If your title is accepted for a Kindle Deal, we will notify you. Amazon will set the discount on their side but we highly encourage that you send a price campaign and offer the price to all retailers should you be selected.

Nominate: Amazon Q4 Nominations

Kobo US Mammoth Mystery Sale

A mystery sale is afoot! From September 14 - 18 (inclusive), Kobo US will be running a massive price promotion on mystery and thriller titles.

Dates: September 14 - 18 (inclusive)
Price Point: $4.99 & under (excluding free)
Due: Wednesday, August 30
Genre: Mystery content only. Please indicate sub-genre where possible. Kids & YA mystery/thriller titles are more than welcome.

Kobo will promote this sale as follows:

  • Email support:
    • One dedicated email (Sept 15)
    • One feature spot in an email (Sept 17)
    • The email and feature spot will spotlight individual titles in the sale
  • Homepage hero banner from September 14-18
  • Kobo social support

Please assume that all nominations are accepted for the promotion unless otherwise notified. INscribe will manage the discounting for your submissions.

Nominate: Kobo US Mammoth Mystery Sale

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards

It's that time of year again! Have you mailed in your books for the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, which includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design? If not, there's still time.

The initial Call for Entries deadline is September 30, 2017. Don't delay! The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent and self-publishing. The Awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions. The judging forms are returned to all publishers.

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2017 may enter the competition. Each entry is judged by three independent judges. Each judge will have either a design focus or an editorial focus. Most entries are assigned two editorial judges and one design judge. Some entries, however, like those in the “Interior Design” category, will be assigned only design judges and some entries, like those in the “Best New Voice” category, will be assigned only editorial judges.

To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two entry deadlines:

  • September 30, 2017 (for books published in the first nine months of the year)
  • December 15, 2017

Visit the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program website for further details.

Download the Call for Entries Form
Submit titles for ongoing marketing opportunities below!

Look at the Marketing Calendar for upcoming due dates.
Marketing Calendar
Learn more about:
Goodreads Deals
BookBub Deals
Click to Nominate!
Marketing Services
Kobo Daily Deals
Nook Daily Find
Nook Free Fridays
Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads Deals
BookBub Deals

Tip of the Week

Conversion Tips: Cover Images Specs

Make sure your external (marketing) cover images meet retailer specifications!

We require 1400 pixels on the shortest side and recommend 300ppi resolution. We've recently noticed that Amazon is actually recommending 1600 pixels on the shortest side.

Your cover image is the first thing customers will see, and tiny or blurry images are less likely to be purchased. Make your cover count!

Connect with Us!

Tag @INscribeDigital in Tweets and Facebook posts on release day and we'll share back!

Kelly Peterson
Director, Client Services
For any escalated question/issues, and retailer management/marketing concerns.     

Kim Lane
Client Services Representative
Kim is your client representative. Please contact her for your client questions and needs.

Alli Davis
Client Services Representative
Alli is your client representative. Please contact her for your client questions and needs.
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