#SOOP on Monday: Top 30 Short Story & Book Ideas for May

At Something Or Other Publishing, we are thrilled to congratulate our talented writers who have successfully qualified their stories for publication. Your dedication, creativity, and hard work have paid off, and we are excited to embark on this publishing journey with you. In this blog post, we not only celebrate your achievements but also provide you with specific tips to help you grow your followers and fan base. So let’s dive in and pave the way for even greater success.

1. Engage with Social Media Platforms:

Social media platforms are invaluable for connecting with readers and growing your fan base. Choose platforms that resonate with your target audiences, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or TikTok, and create compelling content. Regularly share snippets of your writing, insights into your creative process, and book recommendations, and engage in conversations with your followers. Be consistent, authentic, and interact with your audience to foster a genuine connection.

2. Start a Blog or Author Website:

Create a dedicated blog or author website to establish an online presence and attract readers. Share your writing journey, provide writing tips, discuss your favorite books, and delve into topics that resonate with your target audience. Engage with readers through comments and encourage them to subscribe to your newsletter for exclusive updates and content. A blog or website is a central hub where readers can discover more about you and your work.

3. Collaborate with Book Bloggers and Influencers:

Connect with your genre’s book bloggers, influencers, and online communities to expand your reach. Offer them free copies of your books in exchange for honest reviews or feature articles. Collaborate on author interviews, guest blog posts, or virtual events to introduce your work to their established fan bases. Leveraging their platforms and followers can significantly boost your visibility and attract new readers.

4. Utilize Bookstagram and Booktube Communities:

Bookstagram (Instagram accounts dedicated to books) and Booktube (YouTube channels focused on books) communities are highly influential platforms for authors. Engage with these communities by sharing aesthetically pleasing photos of your book, participating in book challenges, and collaborating with popular Bookstagrammers or Booktubers. In addition, engaging with these communities allows you to connect with avid readers actively seeking new book recommendations.

5. Leverage Virtual Events and Podcasts:

Use author interviews and podcasts to reach broader audiences. Participate in online book launches, author panels, or literary podcasts related to your genre. Share insights into your writing process, discuss your inspirations, and connect with listeners. These platforms provide an excellent opportunity to showcase your personality, expertise, and books, allowing you to reach potential readers who may have yet to discover your work.

6. Offer Exclusive Content and Giveaways:

Reward your readers and attract new ones by offering exclusive content or organizing giveaways. For example, create bonus short stories, character interviews, or deleted scenes available exclusively to your newsletter subscribers or followers on social media. In addition, organize book giveaways on platforms like Goodreads or partner with other authors to run joint promotions. These incentives engage your existing fan base and entice new readers to explore your work.

7. Attend Book Conferences and Festivals:

Participate in book conferences, literary festivals, and author signings to connect directly with readers and industry professionals. Attend panels, book readings, and networking events where you can converse with fellow authors, publishers, and potential readers. These events offer valuable opportunities to showcase your work, establish connections, and generate buzz around your writing.

Congratulations again to our exceptional writers for getting closer to publication, and remember that all loyal supporters can win a free book by voting for these stories!

The Sky Speaks

Genres: , Contest Category – Motivational / Inspirational,

See You When We Get There

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,

The Realm Between

Genres: Book Ideas – Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Teens

Dancing In The Rain

Genres: , Contest Category – Memoir & Autobiography,

A Tale from The North Woods

Genres: , Contest Category – Historical Fiction,

The Game

Genres: , Contest Category – History,

The Day Love Changed

Genres: , Contest Category – Motivational / Inspirational,

The Legacy of Ghon

Genres: , Contest Category – Fantasy,

The Grayson Files

Genres: , Contest Category – Adventure,

The House on Old Plank Road

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,

Growing the Next Version of You

Genres: Book Ideas – Business, Relationships, Self-Help

Laughter through Tears

Genres: , Contest Category – Humor & Entertainment,

The Inheritance

Genres: , Contest Category – Thriller,

Black Knights

Genres: , Contest Category – Adventure,

Don’t Judge Me, I Had Lost Myself in Love

Genres: , Contest Category – Memoir & Autobiography,

Fighting Talk

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,


Genres: , Contest Category – Families & Relationships,

The Boy Who Fought to be Alive

Genres: , Contest Category – Biography,

Two Homes

Genres: , Contest Category – Fantasy,


Genres: , Contest Category – Memoir & Autobiography,


Genres: , Contest Category – Thriller,

Child of My Soul

Genres: , Contest Category – Memoir & Autobiography,

His New Love

Genres: , Contest Category – Memoir & Autobiography,

The Haunting of Oakwood Manor

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,


Genres: , Contest Category – Fantasy,

The Move That Changed My Life

Genres: , Contest Category – Families & Relationships,

The Spook House

Genres: , Contest Category – Historical Fiction,

Two Crows Don’t Make No Canary

Genres: , Contest Category – Humor & Entertainment,

The Thief And The Monk

Genres: , Contest Category – Philosophy & Culture (Sponsored by PlankSip®),

The Art Collector

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,

How to Make the Top 30?

Simple! Gather as many votes as you can! 

It might sound like too much heavy-lifting but read this blog to gain additional guidance on how to promote your idea on Social Media. 

Work with SOOP

Everyone at SOOP will help you work towards success.

When you submit your Book Idea, you can choose one of two ways to reach your publishing goal: Free or Premium Levels. At each stage of the voting process, SOOP’s Free Level assigns homework, which helps you not only make substantial progress in marketing your work, but also helps you develop the best story possible. SOOP manages your homework in phases and returns your homework on a pass/fail basis.

SOOP’s Premium Level also assigns homework with a required 85% passing grade, ensuring you understand the curriculum before proceeding. In addition to a higher standard for your homework, our panel of experts provides personalized feedback, arming you with more information and allowing you to adjust the course when necessary.

Explore our website to purchase our Certification Program, learn more about Author-Driven Publishing, read additional FAQ answers, or submit a Book or Short Story Idea.

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