Basilica Press, book, books, depression, getting published, publishing, Sealed, Sealed by Christian Lee, Something or Other Publishing, SOOP, SOOPLLC, stories, story, story writing, suicide, Wade Fransson, writing, Zeke Kuenzi
Sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while! I’ve been rather busy with work, Basilica Press, a free author platform service that I founded a few weeks ago, and promoting my book Sealed, which I’m going to tell you about in just a minute.
I don’t know how much you guys have seen about Sealed. If you follow me on Twitter, you likely see a lot about it. It’s a fantasy book about how one teenager’s attempted suicide results in the world almost being destroyed by the coming of the Anti-Christ and the Great Tribulation that is described in the Book of the Revelation to Saint John the Evangelist. The book shows the teen, Ashton, fighting against the creeps who actually want to bring about the Tribulation as well as the depression that almost caused him to end his life to begin with.
I’m not even done with Sealed, but I’ve already been offered a contract by Wizards Keep Publishing. I actually turned it down to stay in the program that I’m going to tell you about in just a moment. It was very generous, and I really like the people at Wizards Keep Publishing. In fact, I just sent a synopsis for another book to them today! Fingers crossed!
I’m currently in a program run by Something or Other Publishing LLC (SOOP). It’s a really unique publishing model in that it’s in between self-publishing and traditional publishing. While I don’t have to pay a dime, I have more control over how things are done. I also have to promote my book a bit more.
The main thing about SOOP that I like from a nerdy marketing standpoint is that it requires an author to get votes for his book to show that people will be interested in buying it should it be published. It’s a great way to force an author to build his platform, and it also gives SOOP the security of knowing that they aren’t going to publish something that will be bought by four people -my mom, grandmothers, and a random guy who likes the cover then leaves a crappy review.
I would really encourage you to check out the SOOP model! It’s not for everyone, but it’s been working for me! Also, if you could vote for my book, I’d pretty much love you for the rest of my life and give you a one hundredth stake in my soul! Okay, not really. That’d be super creepy, but I would be very grateful! While you’re there, could you also vote for two books written by my friends? Check out Reckless by Zeke Kuenzi and The Rod of Iron by Wade Fransson. If you vote for their books too, we might be able to negotiate on how much of my soul you get 😉
Let me know that you’ve voted in the comments below along with your Twitter handle so that I can give you a thank you shout out!