Historically, we have only had self publishing and traditional publishing. What if we had an option that used the best of both? That's why there is PUBSLUSH Press, the people’s publisher,at www.pubslush.com. It's a full service publishing platform that allows aspiring talent to emerge from the slush, by using social media to connect writers to their readers.
The PUBSLUSH process is simple. First, authors submit the best ten pages and a summary of their book. Then, users review, share, and fund books they would like to read. If the book reaches 2,000 supporters, they publish it! Also, during this process, they encourage editors at major publishers to easily brows the top submissions and extend deals to our authors. It’s a win/win for everyone involved!
If published, supporters not only receive a first edition copy, but they get bragging rights and the chance to support aspiring authors. Even more importantly, users will support aspiring readers. For every book they sell, they will donate a book to a child in need. It’s publishing by the people, for the people.
Lastly, they have announced a nationwide writing competition, running until October 15th. They are encouraging authors to submit their book ideas to be chosen to win an iPad 2 and a chance to be published. For more information please visit www.pubslush.com or shoot me a message!
What an interesting and fresh idea for publishing. I'd say definitely worth considering.
Two questions that come up for me right away:
1.) In regards to the 120 days of exclusive representation, what if the manuscript was submitted to a contest and judging is still pending?
2.) Is the Pledge considered a donation for tax purposes (only if/when paid of course) or does it simply become the book's purchase price?
First off, what sort of contest is it? If its a non-publishing contest there are no issues at all. If its a contest leading to publishing, PUBSLUSH's policy is that if your work is on our site, we obtain exclusive representation for 120 days. We only ask this In order to give your book a real chance to garner a following, and eventually sell as many copies as possible. If your book does not reach full funding, or get picked up by a publishing house, you are free to shop it around to anyone with no obligation to PUBSLUSH.
Second, a user supporting your book is considered a purchase, and not a donation. The user will receive either an ebook or regular copy of your book if its chosen for publication. If the book does not reach full funding, no one is charged. In addition, we may be adding more levels users can support at very soon, so check back with the site in the next couple weeks!
Thanks for your questions!
I've been blogging and with SheWrites since April. My manuscript is in the 3rd and final "freelance" edit, then it's ready to go . . . but I'm in no hurry. I have a story that wants to be told, but I want to be sure it reaches as many avenues as possible. With the tilt in the publishing industry, I'm buried in research and learning as I go.
I do have a few questions, which I'm not sure you can answer, and I know I'll have more later . . . my blog is My Uncharted Journey into Publishing My First Book . . .
My many thanks, Nancy MacMillan @ http://blogofavetswife.blogspot.com/
You are welcome to check out our PUBSLUSH Publishing Agreement. It will answer any questions you might have about our process. Also please check out our "learn' tab http://www.pubslush.com/learn/.
Thanks for your interest and good luck!
Just checked out the Pubslush website. Sounds awesome, you definitely sold me. I plan on finishing my book in 6 months and will be submitting samples of my writing before then. Thanks so much Erin, you've been a great help.
Hi, I am really interested in Pubslush, it definitely sounds like a win/win situation. I have just published my first book thru Xlibris.com. They make more money off of my book then I do (of course), and it is currently on sale at Amazon.com, but I make pennies on the dollar. It is crazy. I know that I have the ability to easily reach 2,000 readers and can drum up a following in no time. My book (To Thine Own Self Be True) has been selling consistently in the last 1 1/2 weeks without any marketing or advertising. I have just approved the press releases and marketing campaign so I'm expecting sales to pick up. I'm not sure how many copies have been sold, but I'm guessing over 100 in the first week. My publishing website is down right now, so I can't track it. Please give me the info I need to join this book and start submitting. I am currently working on my 2nd book, and do not want to go back to my current publisher. I just signed up with Createspace, but not sure if I want to deal with them either.