Book Consulting

SOOP’s unique approach to book publication is to pair potential authors with a qualified book consultant to advise him or her throughout the book creation, publication, and marketing process. The book consultant helps the author to focus on the right things, in the right way, at the right time—avoiding the many common (but painful and expensive) mistakes and pitfalls which often hinder new authors. Such pitfalls include the tendency to sign onerous agency or representation contracts that limit an author’s future choices, and to pay exorbitant fees to specialists who focus on only one aspect of the problem—often in the wrong way and at the wrong time, with disastrous results

SOOP’s model encourages the organic growth and development of the author’s own understanding of all the ins and outs of the publishing world. Meanwhile, the book consultant earns the author’s trust as a guide and advocate, helping him or her to reach goals related to maximizing the quality of the book (see SOOP Editing), connecting with target audiences, capitalizing on media opportunities, making industry connections, gaining credibility, and increasing the eventual profitability of the book.

Book consultants within the SOOP family work with authors independently, and are compensated by SOOP regardless of whether or not you publish your book with SOOP.  Any freelance services you procure along the way, whether that be editorial services, proofreading, cover design, or marketing, are your responsibility. Or, once an author’s book idea has achieved enough votes through our site, such services can be covered by SOOP as part of a publication contract with SOOP.

Feel free to reach out to any of the book consultants listed here for a free initial assessment. Or jump right in, by publishing your book idea and collecting pre-order commitments, using your own social media outreach and SOOPs unique crowdsourcing tools.

Bon Voyage!



Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler is a writer, book editor, and filmmaker currently living between Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary. After receiving his Creative Writing degree from the University of Kansas in 2003, he moved to L.A. to pursue a career in writing and filmmaking.Since then, Michael has written a number of short stories and screenplays, and has developed and produced five films, including a $5 million feature. The common thread in all these endeavors also happens to be his passion: story, well told.

Michael’s natural ability to partner with other writers, his knack for getting to the heart of a story, and his devotion to detail have led him to a new focus in his career: story consulting and editing. In editing several screenplays and book manuscripts, he has prided himself on clarifying and maximizing what’s on the page without ever losing the author’s voice. He provides all levels of editing services, from proofreading to full developmental edits, with collegiality, care, and love of craft.



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