Author-Driven Book Publishing

Mission Statement

SOOP is uniting authors, readers, and service providers through a revolutionary publishing platform.

What is Author-Driven Book Publishing?

SOOP’s Author-Driven Book publishing model is revolutionary. It combines the best elements of both traditional and self-publishing while taking advantage of social media and crowdsourcing. As an author, you not only have to control over the process of landing a publishing contract, you earn much higher royalties than with traditional publishing. We call this brave new model Author-Driven Publishing, and it’s all about educating and empowering authors to gradually master what we call the “3 P’s” of Publishing: Product, Platform, and Promotion.

The path to becoming a published Author with SOOP is broken down into three phases of activities. Each phase is marked by milestones which are achieved by gathering votes for your idea and successfully completing assignments along the way. Completing the milestones results in free benefits, guidance, and opportunities.

The Phases

The first phase spans from 0 to 1,000 votes, covering basic education on the “3 P’s” of Publishing along with exciting activities such as guest blogging on our website, receiving a free manuscript assessment, and developing a social media strategy. Upon gathering 1,000 votes and successfully completing all assignments SOOP will offer you a customized contract. While the details of each contract may vary and are confidential, you can expect all production costs to be covered, including editing, proofreading, book, and cover design, and global distribution on six continents. While we do not typically pay any advances, even first-time Authors can expect up to a 50% royalty.

With a contract offer in hand, you can elect to continue increasing your vote count from 1,001 to 2,000. With the assistance of publishing professionals at SOOP, you have to opportunity to engage in the parts of the publishing process that most authors love the most. You develop a blog content strategy with input from a SOOP professional. A cover is designed with your input. All of these activities ultimately lead up to the production of a Galley Version, which is an advanced copy of your book, the Product, and a Platform that the Author and SOOP can use to get reviews and other forms of attention from influencers.

In the third phase, which goes beyond 2,000 votes, it’s all about getting tons of exposure for the book. These promotional opportunities include a PR launch and an email campaign to your fans and close supporters. All of these promotional activities build up to a fantastic book launch.

Becoming a Certified Professional Author

Use of our Platform to pursue a publishing contract with SOOP (or elsewhere) is free – and you do not need to enroll in the Certified Professional Author Program. The main difference between the free version and the Certification Program is the hands-on feedback and grading of each homework assignment – but there are many other benefits and perks. SOOP Certified Professional Author Program is only $40 per month or $400 per year to participate.

Here’s how authors can progress from submission to publication when working with SOOP:

  1. Review our Submission Guidelines, to see what types of works we typically accept. We accept a wide variety, so don’t be shy!
  2. If your work falls within those accepted genres, submit your Short Story or Book idea.
  3. SOOP publishes your idea on our website (free of charge) — take a look at some of our current ideas here.
  4. Once your idea is live on our website, you can work to obtain votes for your idea from the public at large. 
  5. As you work your way toward 1,000 votes — and contract eligibility — you will receive free guidance and benefits and complete related check-in activities.

Unlike vanity or subsidy publishing, SOOP authors avoid spending their own money or giving away rights in ways that they will regret. Unlike traditional commercial publishing, SOOP authors are in full control of the process and decisions at each step of the journey, in ways that ensure the fair distribution of risk and reward to all parties. Authors who submit their ideas to SOOP can walk away at any time prior to signing a contract, and they will take the benefits and publicity they’ve earned with them.

If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! We look forward to the opportunity to work together.

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