Getting More Instafreebie Downloads

Instafreebie is one platform authors use to distribute free stories to readers. A bonus to using Instafreebe is they have author group giveaways with a purpose of growing your newsletter. (Readers get a free book if they sign up for your newsletter.)

I had been struggling with this a little, as I only had short stories that I could give away free. All my novels and novellas are enrolled exclusively with Amazon and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. In addition, I don’t have the budget for a fancy designer cover for a free giveaway, so I make my own.

Both these issues (average covers and shorter stories) resulted in less downloads than the other authors in the group giveaways. This was fine, as I continued to grow my mailing list, but made growth slow and I questioned the cost-effectiveness of this method.

Well, I found the secret for me to have DOUBLE (or Triple!) the downloads to my free stories!

It’s bundling them into a box set — and making it LOOK like a box set. (Note: I think this method will work for ANY platform, including Book Funnel, and even for sale on Amazon.)

For example…Here is what my Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales freebie used to look like:

Quick Escape LQ

And now, I give away the same freebie, and changed the image to this:

Quick Escape 3D

And it gets double the downloads, even though each story averages only about 2000 words.

I did the same with my Superhero Wives short stories. I used to give away just one story:

Stellar Life of SH Wife

But I bundled it with a few other short stories I had to create this:


And downloads doubled!

You can see how Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales stands out on the page here:


That’s it. I just wanted to share this little trick with you. (FYI: I make my covers at and then made them look like a box set through

are physical books obsolete_

Of course, now that I have the subscribers, they need to be paired with a stellar newsletter welcome series to keep them reading.

As always, thanks for reading!



About Joynell Schultz

Writer & lover of all types of speculative fiction. I'm shivering in northern Wisconsin. Learn about my novels here:
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14 Responses to Getting More Instafreebie Downloads

  1. kerriebdross says:

    thanks you advice is as usual great and helpful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Steve Vernon says:

    Reblogged this on YOURS IN STORYTELLING… and commented:
    Some great tips here, folks.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. E L A H says:

    I have the app. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Shana Gorian says:

    Stroke of genius! Thanks for sharing with us! Good luck with it!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. So smart, and really looks good! Super info, thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jlamborn3 says:

    A. Outstanding. Congrats on the expanded reach.
    B. Thank you for sharing. You are, as always, awesome.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I am not quite at that stage yet but it is good to have this information ahead of time.Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Lana says:

    Nice! It definitely looks awesome and professional! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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