PubSlush: A crowdfunding option specifically for literary projects
Let me make a disclaimer that I haven’t used this platform (although I am thinking about it) and this is not a paid testimonial.
If you’re thinking about crowdfunding as an author, PubSlush.com seems to be a good program to consider. Begun by mother-daughter team Hellen and Amanda L Barbara, in 2011, PubSlush was originally a winnowing tool to help the company decide which books to publish. Authors would post their book excerpts and summaries onto Pubslush, and if they received enough support from readers, Pubslush would publish their books.
Today, however, the platform works more like typical crowdfunding sites, giving authors the chance to both gauge the viability of their work (with no exclusive contract to publish with Pubslush) and raise money to use any way they see fit. As Jordan Crook of TechCrunch writes, “Of course, Pubslush can still cherry pick authors from the platform that have garnered a lot of interest, but authors still have the right to publish elsewhere.”
All things literary: books, magazines, screenplays, apps, educational and philanthropic projects.
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Projects funded since relaunch as crowdfunding site: 66
Range of amounts raised: $344 to $33,085
Fiction books launched: 13
Range raised for fiction books: $585 to $3,671
Best funded fiction book: Elevator Girl, by Kim Hruba from Warroad, Minnesota
Nonfiction books launched: 53
Range raised for nonfiction books: $344 to $33,085
Best funded nonfiction book: The Legacy Life, How to Connect, Communicate and Collaborate to Increase Sales, by Brian O’Neil from Chicago
Successful campaigns of $10K or more: 6
Range for greatest number of successful campaigns (21): $1,000 to $1,725
- PubSlulsh takes a fee of 4 percent of successful funding campaigns.
- Like the more general crowdfunding platform, indiegogo, PubSlush distributes a percentage of the money you raise, even if you don’t fully fund your project.
- PubSlush links successfully funded book pages to PubSlush’s Amazon sales page.
- Reader pages allow readers to champion authors they like; include social media links for easy sharing; enable chat with other members on a wall very similar to Facebook.
- Ambassador Program encourages professionals with an affinity for the publishing industry to promote PubSlush and specific authors.
- Partners Program allows a publishing company or business with an interest to white label the PubSlush program and market it as their own.
Like I said, I’m not endorsing PubSlush (yet). I’m just suggesting it may be an avenue you want to explore.
Here’s to financing your writing project!
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