Taking risks in innovation
So what prevents you from writing your book?
I always use the excuse of insufficient time and funds. You too? Pubslush attempts to make your life easier for writers in a unique, revolutionary way. They can potentially resolve both problems for you.
This is not an advertisement, but when I find a project that I like, I want to fill you in on the details.
Pubslush is crowd-funding specifically for writers. No other acts can put on a show, just you and other writers. You have a forum of your own to earn money and time to write. With money, you have time, right? According to the Pubslush media release:
Pubslush is a platform exclusively for books. Often on other crowdfunding sites, books are lost next to extremely dynamic, visual projects such as films and inventions. Most importantly, we are first and foremost a community of book lovers and literary influencers.
With this platform readers are able to encourage books that they want to read by donating money, and writers can tap into their audience specifically, receiving money from people who believe in their ideas. It works much the same way as Kickstarter, but only authors and readers can use it.
Sounds easy, right? And, it is. The process to register and participate is easy and painless.
What's unique with Pubslush?
Pubslush has the important advantages of self and traditional publishing, and they offer a complete platform from crowd sourcing to publication. This removes some of the risk from the writing process, as you can control the project from start to finish, while testing the marketability of your book.
You can begin the registration process and crowd funding with only 10 pages of novel written, and the application material takes little time. The hardest part is coming up with incentives for the different donation levels.
I settled on a personal thank you email for $5, going all the way up to a whole bundle of incentives for $1500. Based upon your pitch, summary, sample, and incentives, readers can decide whether they want to sponsor your project. You must have at least $500 as your goal, and you can have the project live for up to 60 days.
In the process, you publicize your work and name, with the chance of gaining some funding for your novel. The opportunity is quite unique, and you have the chance to give back to the community by donating to Pubslush's world literacy cause. Readers, writers, and children all win.
There is a cost involved, but it's relatively small at a 4% flat fee from the funds you raise. This money keeps the platform alive. You retain all rights of your novel.
You also have available a one on one advisor if you choose, and you only have to pay the $25 dollar fee if your project succeeds in gaining funding.
What's my experience with Pubslush like so far?
So far I am satisfied and excited, but I just barely started. I took care of all the registration in one evening, and have started to get the word out on my social networks.
I think this is part of the key with crowd funding: the grassroots movement has to start with you and your social connections. For masses of people to notice your novel, you must start with an awesome idea and spread it through your social channels, hoping that your followers pick up and spread the idea.
This is actually a nice thing about the service because it puts you in partial control of marketing your novel, which is good experience and a good test.
Check out my book pitch and wall, and see what you think. While you are there, take some time to look into the platform to see if it's right for your project. And, have some fun as a reader exploring new book ideas and helping out the authors with appealing ideas.
Pubslush empowers readers in deciding what is published at the same time it gives writers a shot at success.
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By Darin L. Hammond
Darin works for BlogCatalog, owns and writes at ZipMinis.com, and freelances as a writer and designer. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Business2Community, SteamFeed, LifeHack, and Social Media Today. Find Darin on Google+.