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NaNo Feed — November 18, 2014

NaNo Feed

It’s November, so you know what that means: it’s National Novel Writing Month! Authors around the globe have just 30 days to write a 50,000-word long novel from scratch, in whatever genre they choose. It’s already the middle of the month, so the deadline is fast approaching. How many novels will be written this year?

As we did last year, JukePop is accepting submissions to the contest. But this year we have a surprise!

Introducing the NaNoWriMo community feed on JukePop:

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That’s right, we’re integrating a one-stop conversation hub for all authors who are participating in our second annual NaNoWriMo contest, as well as past and future NaNo participants.  This feed will track chapter updates from stories in the contests, and conversations between participating authors. Go ahead and check it out!

The last time we ran a NaNo contest, we didn’t have this social layer, so the interaction between NaNo authors were sparse. We added the feed so they can continue to share the writing experience after November is over – and also because some of our top authors came from the NaNo contest last year.To enable this feed, go into your profile and select “I am a NaNoWriMo Author”. We’ve done that for most authors we know about already.

We’ve seen how successful the current feeds are at creating engaging conversations in the community. We’re hoping this new feed can follow the trend!

 

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?

 

Want to Make Editor’s Picks? — June 24, 2014

Want to Make Editor’s Picks?

Doesn’t it seem like the list of categories on JukePop is growing?

We started with several categories at the beginning. There were nearly 20 genre categories, the list of top 30 stories, a category for recently updated stories, and more. Now there are more categories than we can shake a stick at. We’ve got a category for stories in our latest contests, a category for completed stories, a category for aspiring authors, more genres, and even a What’s Hot list.  (Let’s not forget opportunities to get a contract with publishers.)

All these categories serve the purpose of keeping authors and their writing easy to find around our growing site, so go ahead and use them when you’re looking to read something fresh. We’ll keep expanding and updating them as more great stories roll in. Keep an eye on all the categories on the side of our new front page.

You know which category hasn’t changed since day one? That’s right, the Editor’s Picks. Because we love JukePop’s stories too!

Titles in the Editor’s Picks category are hand-selected by Jodi, our director of content and almighty curator of holy grails. Most of you know her as the person who accepts submissions to the site. Well, Jodi’s got a wide range of interests in genres, as evident by some of the editor’s picks she’s chosen in the past. Her list of favorites include:

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She also recently selected 15 stories to read in the sun when she goes to the beach this summer. Feel free to download the JukePop app and give them a read at the beach yourself!

Now, we have a short list of criteria for the stories we feature on the Editor’s Picks. If you’re an author looking to get your title into this category, keep these things in mind:

1) Your story must have an eBook cover with the title and author’s name legible. We use this same criteria for selecting stories for our Library program.

2) At least 3 chapters must be available to read.

3) The story must meet our simple formatting guidelines: no indentation, and a blank space before each paragraph.

Aside from that, just write an engaging story. We choose our featured titles regardless of whether they’ve been on the top 30 or not, so don’t worry about having to gather a following first. Good writing is its own merit!

 

BlackHill Press Partnership & Leveraging Libraries — May 21, 2014

BlackHill Press Partnership & Leveraging Libraries

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.

 

The 3rd Biannual $500 award is here! — March 10, 2014

The 3rd Biannual $500 award is here!

We at JukePop believe the most outstanding fiction writers on the web deserve to be properly compensated for their work. That’s why we’ve awarded over $10,000 to our top 30 serials since our inception in late 2012, as well as a $500 cash prize to our top stories every six months. We’ve also given authors the option of enabling donation or payments for their stories so they can make extra cash. There’s never been a better time to start publishing your story in serial format with JukePop!

Now it’s time for our third biannual award. The award will be given to the story with the highest total +Votes that was live between October 1 and March 31. With nearly 700 serials competing for first place, this one’s looking to be our biggest blowout yet.

Let’s examine the top 10 candidates so far!

(Disclaimer: These votes were tallied between October 1, 2013, and March 5, 2014.)

10) Dread Lord Bob by Kevin Boyer – 831 +Votes 

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“Robert Goodman wasn’t looking for adventure in a Kansas public library – it came looking for him. Now Bob finds himself on another world, gifted with terrifying magic powers, and reluctantly in charge of an army of goblins and hobgoblins marching to war.”

9) Blue Bloods by Robert C. Roman – 887 +Votes 

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“Astronomers predicted the asteroid would miss the Earth. They couldn’t predict the fallout of its passing, or the incredible changes it would leave behind.”

8) Frost by Chelsea Clemmons – 901 +Votes 

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“Eighteen-year-old Lauren Frost’s life is split between two families and two continents. After spending the Christmas holiday in England with her mother, she comes home to a nightmare. Her Forty-two-year-old father has married his girlfriend, who is twenty-one and enjoys making Lauren miserable.”

7) Money Matters by Dean Moses – 951 +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.

6) Becoming by Glenn Rolfe – 1010 +Votes 

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“What happens when one man lets the genie out of the lamp? He begins to change. He begins to morph. He becomes something more, something wicked. Craig Hickey is transforming. No one, especially not Craig, is ready for what he is Becoming.”

Glenn mentions in his opening video, all proceeds for Becoming will go to The National Children’s Cancer Society.

5) The Goners by Billy White – 1073 +Votes 

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“West Hollywood. 1978. Billy is a punk rocker from Seattle who forgets all about his band and the recording contract he is supposed to be chasing when he gets mixed up with a loosely knit group of renegades and losers who scratch out their livings on the dark side of fame.”

4) The Watchmage of Old New York by Craig C. Sanders – 1586 +Votes

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“Nathaniel Hood is the most powerful wizard in New York City. As the appointed Watchmage, Nathaniel is tasked with regulating, protecting, and providing justice to the overwhelming mass of magical creatures immigrating to New York.”

3) I Feel Fine by Lelial Thibodeau – 2367 +Votes 

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“A brutal new virus emerged from seemingly everywhere at the same time and eradicated the human population to almost nothing. Except the dead aren’t staying dead.”

I Feel Fine is the previous winner of JukePop’s biannual award and currently our highest +Voted serial ever! Lelial has offered to donate possible proceeds from another biannual award to the Reading is Fundamental charity.

2) Hobson & Choi by Nick Bryan – 2831 +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?”

1) Half-Made Girls by Sam Witt – 3548 +Votes 

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“When someone begins leaving half-made girls hanging in Pitchfork county, only the Night Marshal and his strange family can stop the coming storm of evil.”

Polls close 11:59pst Monday March 31, 2014.  Authors, we suggest you start actively promoting your work—remember to use every marketing tool at your disposal. And readers, get out there and +Vote for your favorites. Until then, happy +Voting everyone!

JukePop sponsors NaNoWriMo contest — November 21, 2013

JukePop sponsors NaNoWriMo contest

We are thrilled to be a part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year and not to mention a proud sponsor! This is an annual event where participants take on the creative writing challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during the entire month of November. In another week or so, the challenge will come to an end leaving many participants to ask “What do I do with my story after NaNoWriMo?” As a sponsor, we’re inviting NaNoWriMo writers to submit their stories on JukePop and compete to win cash prize awards (valued up to $500) in two categories – fiction or non-fiction. This is the first time we’re opening up our platform to test out non-fiction writing so we’re really excited to see the response.

Here are the details for the JukePop sponsored NaNoWriMo contest:

1. The contest period starts on December 1, 2013 and runs through April 1, 2014. Participants can submit anytime during the contest period.
2. Winners will be determined by the number of +Votes received during the contest period.
3. All entries must be original. NaNoWriMo writers must select to submit to either NaNoWriMo Contest Fiction or NaNoWriMo Contest Non-fiction. No exclusions on genres.
4. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2014. Cash award payments will be sent within 45 days after the winners are notified. All payments will be made via PayPal (www.paypal.com).
5. All entries will get a chance to continue to publish on JukePop Serials, pending the quality and popularity of the story. (And start collecting monthly cash rewards.)
6. Total prize value is $500. Prizes for the winners in each category are as follows:

NaNoWriMo Fiction:
First Place Prize: $150
Second Place Prize: $75
Third Place Prize: $25

NaNoWriMo Non-fiction:
First Place Prize: $150
Second Place Prize: $75
Third Place Prize: $25

Good luck!!

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