FAQ’s

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions:

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How do I get started with SOOP?

  1. Read about our publishing model and our other FAQ answers
  2. Submit a book idea
  3. Learn how to get votes – start at Part I. 

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What is a SOOP Book Idea?

A SOOP Book Idea lies somewhere in between a synopsis of, and the promotional blurbs for, a completed book. It may describe a book you would like to write, one you’ve already self-published, or anything in between.  The Book Idea is the landing page within SOOP’s platform from which you can create interest and collect votes.  As the votes increase so does the attention of other readers and potential publishers.  As Seth Godin says in his Try before you buy (or buy, then try) blog, books “are almost always purchased before they are consumed.”  A Book Idea lets readers explore (try) before they replenish (buy) and helps the writer gather those future buyers in advance.  The best SOOP Book Ideas combine elements from the best blurbs and synopses, promotional in nature, true to the story, without trying to cover all aspects.  They are NOT a sample/excerpt of your writing and there is a character limit.  So put on your writing hat create an original book idea, and let the world know about it!

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What if you don’t like my Book Idea?

The good thing is that it does not matter whether we like your book idea; we will publish your book idea, regardless (as long as it’s one of the genre categories listed in the Submission Guidelines). What DOES matter is whether your social network likes your book idea and votes for it. The more votes you get, the more benefits you earn towards a publishing contract. So, go ahead, publish that book idea and start getting votes!

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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 1000 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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How do I publish my book idea?

First, visit the publish with SOOP page and read the submission guidelines. There,you’ll find the link to submit (publish) your book idea. Once your book idea is online, start getting votes!

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Why vote for a Book Idea before the book is published?

Voting for a Book Idea does several things: (1) your vote simply expresses your interest in the story; (2) your vote lets you explore the book as an idea without a commitment to buy the book; (3) your vote helps motivate the writer to further develop the book idea; (4) your vote fuels this unique author-driven publishing model that exists to support ALL writers on their journey to becoming published authors.

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Can I post a Book Idea on SOOP for a book I’ve already published?

Yes, you can. And there are numerous reasons why you might want to post a Book Idea for an already published book.

  1. You are self-published and you now want to interest a publisher.
  2. You want to use the SOOP Platform to draw interest and generate book sales.
  3. You want to publish your book in a new version, geography or language.

Whatever your reason, SOOP welcomes those who wish to use our free Author Driven platform with the understanding that it is your responsibility not to violate any contractual responsibilities or the rights to your book you may have transferred to other third parties, and SOOP bears no responsibility whatsoever for any such violations you may be responsible for. (By the way, you do NOT have to remove your book from other sites to publish your idea with SOOP.)

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Can I remove my book idea later?

We recommend leaving your book idea as a historical record, regardless of where your book ends up. We believe it helps both the Author and SOOP to show the legacy of where you started. It encourages fans who voted for the book, who enjoy pointing out that “they knew you when” :)…

Having said that, we’ll be happy to remove your book idea at any time. Simply send your request to Support@SOOPllc.com  and we’ll take care of it for you.

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Why can’t I edit my book idea?

We’re happy to do that for you. As SOOP matures, our technology and workflow management will catch up to allow authors to edit their own book synopsis and cover art. For now, our Support team takes care of that for you. Please submit complete (edited) content and appropriate artwork for quick updates. Thanks!

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What does it cost to use your services?

That depends on which services are being discussed. To understand our core Author Driven Publishing program start by reading http://soopllc.com/publish-soop/#.VQNYT9LF-6M. It discusses SOOP’s no-obligation model and should address many of your questions about getting started and progressing towards publication.

SOOP currently has two pathways, a free, as well as a premium subscription version.  Our subscription service will give you access to professional feedback as you unlock benefits at your voting milestones.  In our free version, you will receive the homework assignments, but will work the assignments in a different manner while pursuing the same 2,000 voting milestone.

If you’re also considering other aspects of specific support needed along the publishing journey, we have some great service providers to meet your needs in a variety of ways. Visit our Services Marketplace and check out the experts there. Each service is available individually to any author (for hire as needed), or as part of a larger package for authors who are publishing with SOOP.

 

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What does a SOOP Publishing Contract get me?

  • A great education in growing your book idea into a published work
  • More money in your pocket for all your hard work: we charge no agent fees or percentages
  • Significantly higher royalties for you than other full-service publishing house will give you, paid quarterly
  • Typical professional services provided by full-service publishers, all costs covered by SOOP, including:
    • Proofreading
    • Cover design
    • Editing (developmental, line edit, copy edit, etc)
    • Book design
  • Distribution and sales management on six continents
  • The opportunity to join SOOP’s other titles, the last four of which have all been rated “#1 Hot New Release” on Amazon.com. (While past performance is no guarantee of future success, SOOP’s momentum is increasing.)

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What marketing and sales support does SOOP provide its authors?

As an author-driven publishing model, SOOP supports its authors’ efforts in many areas. We’ll match and outpace the author’s efforts while providing the guidance about what to do, when and where. To see what that means, look at the book ideas that have over 1,000 votes (search for the latest Top 20 blog) to see the benefits those authors are enjoying en route to publication at 2,000 votes (and see what they get for a publishing contract). In addition, we provide the following:

  • SOOP will match Author-provided marketing funds
  • SOOP will provide an Author website
  • SOOP will support your Blogging / Social Media Strategy
  • SOOP will support your efforts to build a presence in your local community through our Local Bookstore Program: http://tinyurl.com/localbookstoreprogram
  • And anything else SOOP sees fit to provide within the scope of our author-driven model.

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Do you charge to publish in paperback?

No, we don’t charge for our services. SOOP’s approach is unique. See “What does it cost to use your services?”
 

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How can generate reviews for my book?

Please review the principles for having a book reviewed ( http://soopllc.com/book-review/#.VRQFAfnF8uc) and feel feel free to reach out to reviewers listed in our Services Marketplace to generate reviews for your book.

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How do I get my book voted on using your website?

By submitting your book idea, you have created the means to gather votes. Just share the book idea page with your social network and start getting votes.

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Why did my vote count go down?

A vote count can go down when a previously submitted vote is removed. We send a confirmation of every vote, and some people reply with a request to have their vote removed (perhaps they didn’t fully understand the voting parameters). As explained on the Vote page, each vote equals a willingness to receive an offer to purchase; one vote per person. If someone changes their mind about that, the vote count goes down. I hope that helps.

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Why is nobody voting for my book?

After you submit your book idea and SOOP posts it on a voting page, your next step is to share the link for that voting page with your social network to earn votes. SOOP’s model is Author Driven so you get to generate the votes by sharing the link to your voting page as widely as possible. We’ll support your efforts in various ways (as described elsewhere). We find that vote-getters have a perfect title, a great synopsis (well-written, creating curiosity), and an eye-catching book cover. Those book ideas that get into our Top 20 get even more exposure to the growing SOOP community and beyond. To get votes, do what vote-getters do, start by sharing your link!

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The Book Idea I’m voting for is no longer available

From time to time, for a variety of reasons, Authors request to have their Book Ideas withdrawn from our site, and we accommodate their request. Please check our Blog to see the latest crop of Hot Book Ideas – we’re sure you’ll find one of interest to you to place your vote.

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