For SOOP and Its Authors, Amazon’s New Crowdsourcing Publishing Program Sounds Familiar

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The online retail giant is getting into the crowdsourcing business, long after Something or Other Publishing jumped into the fray.

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Something or Other Publishing’s author program, already in motion, features a similarly open-ended submissions process, but the path to publication involves more interaction between author and publisher.

News that Amazon is developing a crowdsourcing publishing program has certainly made waves among industry observers and authors, but the program won’t be the first of its kind. Something or Other Publishing introduced crowdsourced publishing as its main business in 2012, and the company has been refining and enhancing its program ever since.

As reported by Publisher's Weekly on September 22, 2014:

"The initial report about the program, from The Digital Reader, says the soon-to-launch initiative will offer authors the chance to have their work reviewed and then, possibly, published by Amazon. A note from an Amazon spokesperson described the program as ‘reader-powered’ and said it would have ‘transparent, fixed contract terms.’ Through the program, titles will be submitted for review and, within days, those with the highest ratings will be chosen for publication.”

Something or Other Publishing’s author program, already in motion, features a similarly open-ended submissions process, but the path to publication involves more interaction between author and publisher.

In SOOP’s program, authors submit their book ideas via soopllc.com and solicit feedback, while readers pledge support and vote for their favorites. As authors achieve various voting milestones on the path toward 1,000 votes (and publishing contract eligibility), they receive guidance and benefits and complete related check-in activities. SOOP’s process focuses on educating and empowering authors to master production, platform, and pitch, because the company recognizes that an author’s work doesn’t end when his or her manuscript is complete. Authors who come through SOOP’s program emerge with the tools they need to sell their books.

Amazon’s focus on transparent, fixed contract terms and a 50% revenue split also mirrors SOOP’s current program. But while Amazon’s program is only slated to cover eBooks and audio formats, SOOP also offers authors print distribution.

“It’s gratifying to see that author-driven publishing frameworks are gaining traction,” said Wade Fransson, founder of SOOP. “Not to say we told you so, but we obviously feel that this is the future of publishing.”

About Something or Other Publishing:
SOOP is a new concept in publishing and features a groundbreaking model to connect authors and readers. Its democratized selection process and subsequent focus on author education, empowerment, and encouragement is designed to provide a platform for a new generation of talented writers. The company is based in Madison, Wisconsin.

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