#SOOP on Monday: Top 20 Short Stories & Book Ideas for October 30, 2023


Discover the most popular stories at SOOP! We’re excited to present a new group of authors in our weekly top 20 rankings, and this time, we want to provide some tips on how to stand out in the crowded publishing industry.

The industry is saturated with abundant content, making it increasingly challenging for writers to stand out. However, this doesn’t mean that your creative voice can’t rise above the noise. By employing a few strategic approaches and embracing innovation, writers can distinguish themselves in the ever-competitive publishing world. 

Let’s explore some of the tactics that can set you apart: 

Leveraging Your Niche 

One way to distinguish yourself as a writer is to specialize in a niche that genuinely interests you. Rather than trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, become an expert in a particular subject or genre. This allows you to cater to a specific audience that shares your passion, making your work more appealing and relatable. 

Authenticity Is Key

In a world of content overload, authenticity stands out. Be true to yourself and your unique perspective. Readers are drawn to genuine voices and authentic stories. Let your personality shine through in your writing, and your intended audience will connect with you on a deeper level.

Quality Over Quantity

In the digital age, there’s often pressure to produce abundant content. However, it’s essential to prioritize quality over quantity. Take the time to craft well-researched, well-written pieces that provide real value to your readers. This approach will help you build a loyal readership and establish credibility in your field. You want your stories to be worth the hype!

Embrace Multimodal Content

Dull content often relies solely on text. To stand out, consider incorporating various media formats into your work, like illustrations, photos, tables, and interactive elements. Multimodal content engages readers on different levels and enhances their overall experience. 

Foster Engagement

Engage with your audience actively. Respond to comments, questions, and feedback. Build a community around your work by hosting discussions and events related to your niche. The more you interact with your readers, the more they feel connected to you and your content. 

Collaborate and Network Collaboration 

Partner with other writers, bloggers, or influencers in your field. Cross-promotion can help you reach a broader audience and bring fresh perspectives to your work. 

Stay Updated with Relevant Trends

Keep an eye on trendy subjects and be adaptable. The publishing world is ever-evolving, and staying informed about emerging subjects, news, and reader preferences is crucial. There are meaningful undercuts you can develop by exploring from within these subjects, which can be more attractive in contrast to the overwritten story angles. Embrace what may appeal to your story and use it to your advantage.

Experiment with New Platforms 

Explore emerging platforms and opportunities, such as blogging, social media, and even emerging technologies like AI. Diversify your presence to reach a broader audience.

Invest in Your Skills

Never stop learning. Invest in your writing skills by taking courses, attending workshops, and seeking feedback. The more you grow as a writer, your content will stand out. 

Standing out in the publishing industry takes time. Be persistent and patient in your journey. Success rarely happens overnight, but with dedication and a commitment to your craft, you can rise above the dull content that saturates the market. These writers have demonstrated unwavering dedication and unleashed their creativity to chase the glory, and we’re eagerly standing by to champion their journey toward publication!

Long Days, Short Knights

Genres: Book Ideas, Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction

Monsters at Night

Genres: , Contest Category – Horror,

For the Love of Dogs

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

The Sky Speaks

Genres: , Contest Category – Motivational / Inspirational,

Kingdom of Flames

Genres: Book Ideas, Fiction

The Big Snow

Genres: , ,

The Lost Shoe

Genres: , Contest Category – Children’s Fiction,

My Father’s House

Genres: Book Ideas, Biographies & Memoirs, Relationships, Religion & Spirituality

About Not Losing

Genres: Book Ideas, Diet, Health, & Fitness, Dystopian

The Trial Accord

Genres: Book Ideas, Fiction, Mystery & Suspense


Genres: Book Ideas, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Thriller

To Kvetch or To Kvell, That is the Kvestion

Genres: , Contest Category – Humor & Entertainment,

Nine Months

Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,


Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

Sheryl Manson

Genres: , Contest Category – Thriller,

Shades of Grey

Genres: , Contest Category – Dystopian,

Sex (Cells, Sells, Sales)

Genres: , Contest Category – Science Fiction,

Sweet Detriment Down Corridors

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

Love Doesn’t Mean FOOL

Genres: , Contest Category – Positive Social Transformation,

Su Mirada

Genres: , Contest Category – Romance,

How to Make the Top 20?

Gather as many votes as possible by learning how to use SOOP’s Crowdsourcing Model successfully.

Book Writers

When you submit your Book Idea, you can choose one of two ways to reach your publishing goal: Free or Premium. At each stage of the voting process, our 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 Certification Program 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.

Short Story Writers

SOOP’s Anthology Program has been increasingly successful, garnering excellent reviews and critical acclaim. You can enter the program by submitting a story to the anthologies we have under production, or by participating in our Annual Short Story Contest, our flagship program to turn talented writers into established authors. 

Visit our website to learn about Author-Driven Publishing, read additional FAQ answers, and discover our Publishing Options

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