The relationship between publishing and literacy seems an obvious one, and yet Pubslush is the first full service publishing company to concretely link the two. To be sure, an idea as innovative as Pubslush was a bit difficult for me to wrap my head around at first.
“Wait, you want to start a publishing company that helps further literacy?” I asked my friend Jesse. “Yeah,” he replied enthusiastically.
“Well, you should start by spelling publishing right,” I told him. (ZING!)
However, the more I learned about Pubslush, the more I fell in love with the concept.
“Pubslush is the publishing lovechild of American Idol and Toms Shoes: a way for authors to raise funds by finding readers to pledge their financial support, and for every book sold, donates a book to a child in need.”
Pubslush is entirely about giving: giving opportunity to aspiring authors, giving the power to decide what books get published to readers, and giving books to children without access to literature."
As an author, there are many things that attracted me to Pubslush. Primarily, as a young, first time, and unknown author my chances of getting published otherwise, were honestly rather bleak. I was basically a publishing pariah that no one wanted to touch, no one that is except for Pubslush. They offered me a way to find supporters and prove that my book is worth publishing, which so far, as one of the most popular books on the site, it’s done.
As a teacher, I loved that Pubslush also added a level of philanthropy to their services. It felt good knowing that my personal pursuit for publication was going to also help others in need. Not to mention, Pubslush also offers authors a high level of autonomy, a way to cut out all of the bureaucratic publishing B-S and focus on what really matters, the product and the author.
I’m not going to lie, finding supporters for Pubslush, a concept that challenges us to broaden our understanding of publishing, is not always easy. Is it self-publishing? Is it a competition? Is it a pyramid scheme? Is it legit? These are just a few of the many questions I’ve received from skeptics. To answer them briefly, no it’s not self-publishing; your book will be available in all major retailers and electronically upon reaching the threshold. No, it’s not a scheme; YES, it’s legit. Yes, you should be excited and drink the Kool-aid.
Luckily, Pubslush has given me an immense amount of support, offering me both creative and practical ways to reach out to organizations, communities, and individuals to find supporters. (Insert shameless self-promotion here) Nevertheless, I still need some more support to get published and every little bit helps. Please check out my collection of personal essays, A beautiful Mess, and tell your friends about it!
Also, for those in NYC please come help Pubslush and I celebrate my book at the member’s only Norwood Club June 13th
Tickets are limited so
(apologies for the rant, lets get back to business shall we?)
Some other important things to note about Pubslush: