In this issue:  New Metadata / Fall Webinar Series / Kobo Promos / Google Promos / OverDrive Promos
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Greetings INscribers,

Don't miss our new Fall Webinar Series!

  • New Takedown Procedures
  • Fall Webinar Series
  • Indie Author Day 2017
  • Upcoming Promos:
    • Kobo Black Friday/Cyber Monday (Due October 26)
    • Google Fall/Winter Promotions (see below for multiple due dates)
  • IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • Sign up for Marketing Services, Goodreads Deals, BookBub Deals, Daily Deals, or Kindle Unlimited!
All the best,
Team INscribe

New Takedown Procedures

We're very pleased to announce our new and improved method for taking down your titles from individual retailers!

Now, you only need to update your retailer Opt In/Opt Out to remove your titles from specific retailers.

Why remove a title from a particular retailer?

At INscribe, we like to give you the power to select which retailers are best for you. If you find sales from one place aren't working out, or if you have set up a direct relationship with a retailer, you can take down the sale through INscribe.

How do I do this?

Via Athena Bulk Sheet: Download your bulk metadata from Athena. Update either your Retailer Opt In or Retailer Opt Out to reflect your new desired distribution. If you've Opted Into retailers, remove your exclusion from this list. If you've Opted Out of retailers, add the retailer code to this list. Upload the updated sheet directly into Athena or to your FTP. Our system will recognize the new distribution and send a takedown to the excluded retailer(s)

Via ONIX or XML: Update your retailer exclusions in your CMS and resend your metadata.

Webinar Videos

Was there a webinar you had hoped to see but missed it live? You can check out our video recordings in the help desk or on Vimeo!

Be sure you use the password eBooks123 to access the videos.

Don't miss our upcoming webinars by checking our webinar calendar!

Retailers: TextCafe

Friday, October 13 at 9:00am PST/ 12:00pm EST

Friday the 13th have you feeling a little superstitious? Never fear, TextCafe is here! TextCafe makes it easy to market your titles and, inevitably, sell more books. Join Martin Henzel, founder of TextCafe, as he discusses the benefits of providing easy to read samples and how discovery translates into purchases.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: 

Indie Author Day

Indie Author Day will take place this Saturday, October 14! For a list of events and locations check out their website. There's sure to be a lot of great information.

Kobo Black Friday/Cyber Monday

This is it, the email you’ve (maybe) been waiting for–the call for submissions for one of Kobo's biggest sales of the year. Their Black Friday + Cyber Monday Weekend Sale will take place from November 24 – 27 (inclusive) in CA & US. All of Kobo’s support will go behind this sale, so we look forward to seeing your best submissions!

Dates: November 24-27
Price Point: $4.99 & under (excluding free)
All genres accepted
Due: Thursday, October 26
Kobo’s support for this sale follows, in both CA and US:

  • Dedicated email on Black Friday (November 24)
  • CA-only dedicated email on November 25
  • Email feature (November 26)
  • Dedicated email on Cyber Monday (November 27)
  • Homepage hero banner support
  • Kobo social support
Please assume that all nominations are accepted for the promotion unless otherwise notified. INscribe will manage the discount of your titles.
Nominate: Kobo Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Google Play Fall/Winter Promotions

Google is currently soliciting nominations for Fall/Winter 2017 book promotions. Below, please find links for the following promotions. Click the links to submit directly to Google.

Make sure you also submit a price campaign sheet to or!

Please keep the following in mind:
  • All of your nominations are viewed by a Google Merchandiser, so please help us by keeping nominations to your strongest highlights and priorities, relevant to each promotion, preferably with no more than 4-5 titles.
  • Please pay special attention to the dates and price points indicated (if applicable) when nominating titles.
  • If possible, it’s best to use ISBNs for your submissions.

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:

  • 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

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

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

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Client Services Representative, Trade
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Client Services Representative, Children's
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