It’s no secret that JukePop has been shaking things up in the publishing world since we went live late 2012. Our commitment to the classic print serialization model has led to the creation of nearly 1,000 works of outstanding fiction–and that’s in one and a half years alone. Moreover, we’ve opened a new avenue for authors and libraries to collaborate. Perhaps the next bestselling book will originate from a library near you!

We believe that this shaking up of the industry is not only warranted, but necessary. Big publishers’ current models of publication have taken on signs of old age in this high-tech, information-oriented era. It’s no longer enough for a publishing house to put out a few dozen books a year. Readers want more stories from more places. They want to discover new talent in new genres.

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Enter BlackHill Press!

It’s time to shake things up some more. Starting June 1, JukePop will be partnering with California Public Libraries and BlackHill Press for a Summer Writing Project. This event will last until August 31st, 2014, after which BlackHill Press will select 3 stories from JukePop’s library catalog to publish as full-fledged novellas.

Let’s lay out the criteria some more:

  • Create an account or log in and submit your entry (only one chapter is needed) to “Summer Writing Project” by clicking on “Submit” in “My Accounts”
  • Round 1: Selected stories (Round 1 Finalists) will be distributed to partner libraries based on reader analytics (retention + reading time) and presented in conjunction with library Summer Reading programs.
  • Round 2: Black Hill Press will select three (3) stories from Round 1 Finalists to be published as a special Summer Writing Project collection with cover artwork by Jeannie Phan.

What does this venture mean? Well, aside from that 3 JukePop serials are about to receive fantastic cover art by Jeannie Phan, it means one thing: libraries have now entered the publishing equation.

Traditionally, publishers sought submissions and would have interns and editors go through them one by one, selecting the ones they liked and discarding the rest. This method resulted in many now popular titles like Harry Potter getting shafted time and again because they didn’t meet the publishers’ strict, often archaic criteria. This also resulted in a lot of needless paperwork like cover letters and pitches.

JukePop’s Analytics tool streamlines and objectifies this process tremendously. We select which titles get into libraries based not on one editor’s preference, but on reader retention stats recorded by Analytics. This ensures that quality titles like Black Hearts and I Feel Fine get proper recognition, while ensuring they are selected exclusively by readers. No cover letters or pitches are required; just submit, get +Votes, and make it big.

If you are a JukePop author seeking to enter our library program, sign up for the Summer Writing Project today for your chance to have your serial published by BlackHill Press.