Saturday SOOP: Hot 20 of 3/11/2017

 

I don’t know about you all, but my life is being dominated by babies. Impending babies, in fact, none of them my own. I have a niece due in less than a week, pregnant coworkers about to leave on maternity leave… Too top it all off, it’s spring! Animal babies are soon to be entering the world, and with them, all the good feelings and joy of tiny baby animals. 

But I want to talk about a different kind of baby – an idea baby. We, as writers and creative people, have idea babies all the time. Our daydreams are ripe with “What ifs” and “How abouts” as we dream up ideas that become stories, tales, and pieces of books. But so many of those ideas never become anything, which suddenly makes the baby analogy extremely creepy. Because there’s nothing sadder than an abandoned baby, and yet we abandon ideas like they are pieces of moldy bread. And how sad is that? While not all ideas are created equal, how often do we as writers end up returning to an idea we had previously tossed aside? As a writer myself, I must admit that I often find myself returning to previously abandoned ideas. 

So what’s my point? I’ve meandered through a very strange and uncomfortable metaphor, and I’m probably making very little sense. My point is that we as writers create ideas as easily as we breathe, but we cast them aside readily. And we shouldn’t. Ideas are precious, and then tend to come back to us, even when we saw no point in them to begin with. 

Enough of my love letters to random ideas – Here is the Hot 20 of March 11, 2017

   

The Man Who Corrupted Heaven by Andrew Hood

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Ladies Lottery Redemption by Carey Azzara

 
3 The Rod of Iron by Wade Frannson  

 The Rod of Iron by Wade Fransson

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4  Willow Rose Learns Honesty by Marvia Korol and Meredith Mast  

Willow Rose Learns Honesty by Marvia Korol and Meredith Mast

& Relationships· Arts and Photography· Children’s Books· Family·Parenting

 
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 Beyond Terror by Anne Marie Waters

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First Visit to the Barber shop by Trevor The Barber

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The Lazarus boy by Luther Jackson

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The Other Side of Me by Jenny Taveras

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 Clydesdales on Cobblestones by Carey Azzara

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10 The Vipharan's Visit  

The Vipharan’s Visit by Rohini Singh

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11 In Shadows by Celeste Arts  

In Shadows by Celeste Arts

 
12  Crossing the Line by Allen Eisenberg  

Crossing the Line by Allen Eisenberg

Literature & Fiction · Self Help · Teens

 
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Advantageous Riding 4 Motorcyclists: Get This Hobby Off Your Bucket List! by Dale McCormack

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Raised By Friends by Jordan Ellis

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15 Living On Borrowed Time by Samie Sands  

 

Living On Borrowed Time by Samie Sands

&Relationships · Family

 
16  Off to Never Never Land by Kinsley Portner  

Off to Never Never Land by Kinsley Portner

Mystery· Science Fiction & Fantasy· Suspense· Romance · Thriller

 
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EIGHTEEN by Daniel Mignault

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Forever Damaged by Carey Azzara

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Avoiding Superman by Gregory Copeland

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What happened here?

New #1! The Man Who Corrupted Heaven by Andrew Hood

Debut! First Visit to the Barber shop by Trevor The BarberThe Lazarus boy by Luther Jackson

How do I get onto Top 40?

As stated previously, the Top 40 is the monthly culmination of our Hot 20 lists. Book Idea placement is determined by a formula that takes into account how many votes a Book Idea has gotten in the last month, how quickly they got those votes, and a few other things. We have a few ways to help you make it onto these lists.

For all you DIY authors, SOOP hosts a series of Marketing Monday posts chock full of tips and tricks to getting your audience off the ground. For those of you looking for more active help, SOOP has several packages to help you with your Marketing Plan. Make sure to take a minute and check those out. Plus, the Service Marketplace offers a way for you authors to get in contact with people who can help you with your Product, Platform, and Promotion.

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Here at SOOP, we want to help you succeed. Once you have submitted your Book Idea, there are two levels of participation to get you to the end goal of publication: Free and Premium. The Free Level offers many of the same helpful services, including homework at each stage of the voting process that helps you, the author, create substantial marketing progress and develop the best book possible. These homework assignments are managed in phases, and returned on a pass/fail basis.

The Premium Level, offers the unique benefits of personalized feedback from our panel of experts. This gives the author a more complete idea of their direction. They 85% required passing grades on the homework makes sure that the author gets a more complete picture of their progress. When armed with more information, the author can then readjust and with more precision.

So which Level makes the most sense for you. Read the FAQ about costs for more information and contact us if you have questions.

FAQ of the day: Can you help me publish my raw manuscript?

We sure can! If you need help getting your manuscripts proofread, edited, reviewed and published, we can offer those services for hire through our Services Marketplace. Or, you can earn them for free by reaching 2,000 valid votes through our author-driven model. Regardless of which route you choose, submit your book idea here, build an audience and anticipate orders from those who vote for your Book Idea(s).

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