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Kickstart Our Campaign to Fill Your Library with Indie eBooks — September 23, 2014

Kickstart Our Campaign to Fill Your Library with Indie eBooks

Ever wonder why it’s so difficult to check out ebooks in libraries?  It’s because they don’t have the infrastructure to store, distribute, and curate ebooks.  That’s no longer the case.  We provide a technology that’s easy to integrate, libraries just need a working website, and they have access to all the stories on JukePop.  (Ones that qualify at least, another service we offer.)  Watch the video below to see how our platform works for any library website.

 

With the “Upgrade Your Local Library’s eBook Catalog” Kickstarter project, we at JukePop aim to create a platform for libraries to directly port indie ebooks into their online catalogs. This means less hassle for libraries who are seeking out indie talent, and easier access to the local bookshelf for hard-working indie authors. This resource will be free to use once we reach our pledge goal, and we’re giving out many lucrative rewards to all backers along the way. Go ahead and take a more detailed look at the project.

Months ago JukePop successfully opened a new avenue for authors to publish to libraries through a partnership with Santa Clara County Library. We built the foundation of a platform which would use our unique combination of +Votes and Analytics to help libraries determine high-quality stories objectively and with little hassle, then worked with SCC to feature those stories in their online catalog. Dozens of our hottest stories have already been added, leading to some high praise in the form of the Urban Libraries Council’s 2014 Top Innovator award.

We want to expand this project across as many libraries as possible and get many more self-published titles into local libraries, all the while offering this service for free to all parties. We’ve set a modest goal of 60 libraries for now, but soon we hope to conquer the world.

Our previous work with Santa Clara makes it a cinch to implement this project in many other libraries. We only need help funding some of the technical tidbits.

Among other things, we have to:

  • Finish the software platform so that we can roll it out to libraries efficiently
  • Make the software more user-friendly for librarians to initially set up our technology and pick which eBooks they want on their site
  • The finished software platform will also lower the cost for both JukePop and libraries to implement and maintain
  • Integrate this technology with 60+ libraries

This is where you come in. If you are an avid reader, writer, or purveyor of JukePop, help us achieve our mission to upgrade your local library’s ebook catalog by contributing to our Kickstarter project here. Be sure to tell your friends and even mention it to your librarian next time you visit. They may be the first people we work with once funding is complete!

The Rewards

Since this is a Kickstarter, each donation to our project comes with a mouth-watering reward. You can read all the details on our campaign page, or check out a juicy summary of the rewards below:

The Basic Rewards

Pick Your Library – Any backers at $25 or greater can name a library of choice. We will prioritize your local community library for implementation. The more backers for a community library, the higher its priority for JukePop. So make sure you share this with your friends!

List Your eBook – We will include your eBook in our catalog for libraries to consider ($50 or greater pledge level).

One Click Publish – A platform for indie authors to easily create, format, and publish eBooks for their own use and to popular eBook retailers like Amazon and iBooks. We can only do this if you help us get to our stretch goal. If we do, we will make this free for 6 months for all authors!

eBooks of Choice – eBooks from some authors and publishers that believe in our mission.

A La Carte Rewards

Perfect for any aspiring author, or a gift to an author you know, from Cover Design to Developmental Editing. Our friends at Plympton have asked their friends who are fiction editors at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Macmillan to help provide feedback to writers. All are current or former acquiring editors at Big 5 publishing houses.You will have a choice of editors based on availability and fit. Contact us to get a list of the editors.

Sample Edit – Got an idea for a book? At JukePop we know how important your opening chapters are. Get written feedback for 2000 words from acquiring editors.

Cover Design – Get your book cover designed by some of the brilliant artists behind the highly touted Recovering the Classics project. The artist will work with you to create three cover concepts presented, of which you get to choose one that the artist can develop. Contact us to get the list of contributing artists.

Editorial Consultation – Nothing beats feedback from a great editor and finding one is hard. You’ll get your manuscript reviewed and feedback given via a 30 minute phone call or a 2-3 page editorial memo.

Editorial Feedback – Ready for detailed feedback? Get your manuscript reviewed by current or former acquiring editors at Big 5 publishing houses and get a detailed 5-7 page editorial memo analyzing it.

Developmental Editing – There’s a great story in every manuscript, but often it takes a great editor to help you shape it. Get a comprehensive line edit of your manuscript, direct feedback in a 7 page memo.

We’re eager to get started on this project and we hope you are too. Help make this a success by donating to the campaign or sharing a link with your friends on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Thank you in advance for your incredible support, and we look forward to upgrading your local library soon!

 

JukePop’s 4th Bi-Annual Award — September 18, 2014

JukePop’s 4th Bi-Annual Award

JukePop’s 4th Bi-Annual award is here!

For those who don’t know, every month we award cash prizes to our top active stories based on reader +Votes, and every six months we award a deluxe $500 prize to the top-voted serial in that period. This year’s competition looks incredibly stiff, with long-time serials competing with some hot new stars in what is arguably our most active season yet. How did site wide changes like the community feed and monthly rankings affect the charts?

Let’s jump right in and see who all the frontrunners are. Note that this season, we’re not ranking authors solely on +Votes, but also on the average reading time for their story and the typical length of each chapter; stories with noticeably quick reading times or particularly short chapters may not qualify for the prize.

(DISCLAIMER: The following rankings were generated on September 15th 2014; rankings may differ by the September 30th deadline)

6) Rise by Brian Guthrie – 1654 +Votes

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On a shattered world protected from the cold of space by a water shield, the people are dependent on Ancient technology to survive. Now, that network is breaking down and the water on one shell is running out, setting the inhabitants on a path toward war. The search to find answers brings four complete strangers, each struggling with their own inner turmoil, together to prevent the destruction of the world as they know it.

5) How to Break an Evil Curse by Laura Morrison – 1742 +Votes

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An evil wizard with a grudge against the King curses the King’s firstborn child so that the child will never be able to be touched by sunlight. 19 years later, Princess Julianna sets out to have a life despite the curse. Antics ensue. Will she find the man who can break the spell?

4) Retcontinuum by Shaunn Grulkowski – 1810 +Votes

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While time travel isn’t physically possible, science has found a way to record all of your present thoughts, feelings, and experiences over your consciousness at a fixed point in the past. This gives the user the ability to drastically alter their future.

3) Vampire Empire by Stella Purple – 1931 +Votes

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“There are no dark princes that will sweep you off your feet into an eternal world in this land, but their looks sure can drive the mortals mad. Care to take a bite, dear?”

2) Hobson & Choi by Nick Bryan – 2142 +Votes

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Enthusiastic teenager Angelina Choi has joined John Hobson’s one-man detective agency as an intern. Can she change the world before her two week stint ends, or at least find the undermotivated private eye a crime to solve? Can they solve a series of complex modern-day crimes, way out of Hobson’s comfort zone? Can they cope with each other’s dark secrets? Will they stop bickering long enough for any of that?

1) Money Matters by Dean Moses – 2161 +Votes

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Money Matters is the story of four individuals and their unique relationship with the money that bound them all together during the 1930s.

Keep an eye out for our announcement of the winner on September 30th. Don’t see your favorite serial up here? Get out there and +Vote!

 

Which story do you think deserves to win the $500 prize?

 

All About +Votes — September 15, 2014

All About +Votes

When you finish reading a chapter of a story you really like, don’t you sometimes wish you could let the author know how you felt?

Online publishing platforms have the advantage of commenting systems and star ratings which allow readers to leave feedback for authors, but it’s not good enough. On JukePop we believe providing actionable and quantifiable feedback for authors and accomplish this with +Voting: the ability for readers to place their vote on a chapter they appreciate. +Votes are the easiest feedback for readers to leave, quantifiable for authors’ analytics and takes the thinking out of the process.

+Voting is at the heart of our mission to objectively determine quality stories. Through it, we can reward authors with cash prizes or elect stories for placement in libraries. Here, we’ll explain how +Votes work and some of the things they have permitted authors to do on our site that they couldn’t do otherwise. Whether you’re a reader, an author, or just someone on the outside looking in, this is easily the most important feature of JukePop that you should get familiar with. Take notes!

How +Votes Work 

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+Votes can be left on each and every chapter of a story on JukePop. The voting button is found under the story’s book cover. You can also automatically leave +Votes by clicking “next chapter” if the auto-vote feature is enabled in your settings (we automatically turn on the feature when you create an account).

Each reader can only leave 1 +Vote on a chapter, but they can vote on as many chapters as they like. For instance, if person A likes chapters 1 and 10 of a story, but none of the others, they can leave 2 +Votes by clicking the +Vote button on chapter 1 and then chapter 10. If person B likes all 10 chapters, they can leave 10 +Votes by turning on auto-vote and just reading normally up to chapter 10. Even person C, who only reads up to chapter 5 and then loses interest in the story, can provide feedback by leaving auto-vote turned on while they read. Then the author will know they lost interest because person C will not leave +Votes on the remaining chapters. (We don’t reveal who +Voted, just an aggregate view for authors.)

+Votes from all readers accumulate to create two rankings for the story: the monthly +Vote ranking and all-time +Vote ranking. Monthly +Vote rankings are reset each month, while all-time +Votes are a permanent record of all +Votes ever left on a story. We reward authors cash prizes based on who earns the most monthly +Votes with one of their stories.

Why +Votes Matter

This system of quick, democratic feedback allows authors to gauge collective interest in their story at a glance, as well as allows readers to support their favorite stories in a free, noncommittal way. +Votes are also used to form very informative analytic graphs, which in turn help us choose quality titles to place in our library program. As mentioned before, we pay our authors based on their story’s monthly rankings, with a $500 bi-annual award going out to the top +Voted story every six months. All these incentives then inspire authors to promote their stories in the hopes of getting more +Votes, creating a feedback loop.

Star ratings, reviews, and comments are certainly useful tools, but with +Votes JukePop has been able to do much more with the stories on our site than the average publishing platform. We believe this mechanism is the key to objectively determining quality titles, something few other publishing platforms have been able to do.

What do you think of +Votes?

 

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