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pubslush Are you an author or aspiring author? Have you considered crowdfunding for your self-published book?

Are you writing a book or do you have a finished manuscript? Are you aware that there are people who might help you fund the publication of your book ?

Kickstarter Is for Funding All Kinds of Creative Projects, Including Books–Perhaps you have heard about Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Their stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life. Since Kickstarter’s launch in 2009, more than 5 million people have funded more than 50,000 creative projects including films, stage shows, and video games.  Those who agree to contribute money to fund a project are offered tangible rewards and special experiences.

Take a look at some of the crowdfunded book projects on Kickstarter at:

PLEASE NOTE: I will be speaking at the MIDWEST FICTION WRITERS meeting in Edina, Minnesota on Saturday, April 12, 2014. My topic is How to Market Your Book In An Online World. Read more at my website


You Will Be Charged for Approximately 8-13% of What You Raise at Kickstarter–Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. Kickstarter takes 5% of funds raised. Money pledged by donors is collected using Amazon Payments and Amazon charges an additional 3-5%. Kickstarter claims no ownership over the projects they produce. Film, video and music are the largest categories and have raised the most amount of money.

Another Option for Crowdfunding Your Book Is Pubslush–Although you could use Kickstarter to crowdfund the publication of your book, you might want to also look into another platform to raise funds to create books–Pubslush.

Pubslush Is for Crowdfunding for Books–Pubslush is a platform exclusively dedicated to raising funds and testing the market for your book projects. It was founded by the mother-daughter entrepreneurial team of Hellen and Amanda Barbara.

About The Women Running Publush–Hellen is an educator and philanthropist, and is the founder and former president of For the Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on education improvement in New York. Amanda serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which supports children’s literacy initiatives worldwide, and is a founder and director of The Barbara Family Foundation, an organization committed to assisting charities and children in need. An advocate for crowdfunding in the publishing world, Amanda has spoken at various conferences, such as Writer’s Digest, Tools of Change, Crowdfunding East Conference, and the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit.

This infomation is taken from the Pubslush website at

What is Pubslush?

Pubslush is a global crowdfunding and analytics platform for the literary world. Our niche platform allows authors to raise money and gauge audience response for new book ideas while readers pledge their financial support, democratically bringing books to life. By offering publishers and industry professionals their own unique pages, Pubslush gives these innovators the power of customized crowdfunding. Pubslush’s highly-rated personalized service and focus on user education helps to ensure our authors are as successful as possible.

How does it work?

1. Authors build a book campaign, submit a summary, a sample of their work and build rewards.
2. Readers financially support their favorite submissions, in exchange for a reward (like a first edition, digital preview, etc.).
3. Authors raise money and use supporter analytics to publish successfully via any publishing route they prefer.

What do authors do with the money they raise?

Publishing a book is like making a movie. A lot goes into it. Editing, design, formatting, digital conversion, marketing, publicity, registration, distribution, and more. Authors using Pubslush raise money to offset these costs to publish their book successfully.

How is Pubslush different from other crowdfunding platforms?

Well first and foremost, Pubslush is for books only. We offer flexible funding, are completely global, have the lowest fee in the industry of 4% and we provide our authors with valuable market analytics. For a full list check out the Pubslush 101.

How does Pubslush affect publishing?

1. Reduces uncertainty. By allowing authors to establish an audience in advance of publication (and to know who that audience is), much of the risk involved with book publishing is eliminated. This a major problem in the industry and is why so many celebrities are published: because publishers know there is a built in audience. Now everyone has a chance to prove their worth!
2. Improves the quality of self-published work. One of the biggest gripes of self- published content is the lack of quality. By providing access to capital and resources to navigate the industry, we hope to eliminate the stigma around self-publishing.

Is Pubslush for authors only?

No. Pubslush can be used by anyone representing or involved with an author, including publishers, agents and industry professionals.

Who can submit?

Anyone with a great book idea. Unpublished or published, novice or professional. If you have what it takes, prove it!

What types of books are on Pubslush?

We accept every type of book across all genres.

Why will people support books on Pubslush?

Readers support books for the same reason people vote on American Idol; they want to be involved in the discovery process. Pubslush gives people a much-needed voice in the publishing revolution.

Who publishes my book at the end of the Pubslush process?

Authors are able to choose any publishing route they choose. Authors are never in contract with Pubslush at any time and retain all the rights and royalties to their book always.

Let me introduce myself. I am an online marketing and book marketing consultant. I am also a ghostwriter and the published author of the book Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal, and a contributing writer to a number of books, including Online Marketing Heroes, Dear Success Seeker and For This I Am Grateful. I have been involved in all aspects of publishing and self publishing including book design, editing, book proposal development, branding and positioning of books, and much more.

Books are my passion. An avid reader of primarily nonfiction, I estimate that I have easily read well over 5,000 books. My idea of heaven is a never ending library of books with the wisdom of the ages. And all the time in the world to spend savoring the written word.

My categories of interest are biography, inspiration, spiritual, self-help, psychology, business, technology, metaphysics, art, women’s issues, and of course, everything about the Internet and online and offline marketing.

With self publishing flourishing, I encourage people to think about writing their own book. It has been stated that over 80% of Americans would like to write a book.

Although the average sale of a self-published book is only 75 copies, there are still those great success stories of best-selling books that were originally self-published. This includes such books as The One Minute Manager, The Celestine Prophecy, The South Beach Diet,  What Color Is Your Parachute, Legally Blonde, Life’s Little Instruction Book,  The Joy of Cooking, and You Can Heal Your Life.

The key to success for your book is marketing. However, you must also have something that people will want to read. I suggest to my clients that they test market their manuscripts and get honest feedback and make changes if necessary.  If no one really enjoys or sees value in your book, how can you expect anyone to purchase your book or to get a publisher to be interested in your book.

Today publishers want authors to have a “platform.” Your platform is the way you reach people who will read your book. This can be people you have on your mailing list, people who hear you give speeches, people who read your popular blog or newspaper or magazine column, or listen to your radio show. To prepare the field for marketing your book, you should start building a platform.

Study what books have been successful and what the trends are today in publishing. If you start right from the beginning with the goal of writing a book that has appeal to an audience, you have a much better chance of being successful as an author. So many people write a book just to please themselves and then don’t understand why their book just is not marketable. There is nothing wrong with writing a book to please yourself, but then you may be the only one who ever reads it.

For success in publishing, be focused on giving something of interest or value to others through the written word.

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Book Marketing Diva Joan Holman is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based author, ghostwriter, book development and book marketing consultant who works with traditionally-published and self-published authors throughout the world, including many top business and thought leaders. Contact her at or by phone at 952-595-8888. Websites: and

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