#PubSmartCon Pieces: PubSlush

Amanda Barbara was the first person I met at PubSmart last week. My friend and I had just arrived at the Francis Marion Hotel and bumped into her on our way to our first master class. Turns out, Amanda is the vivacious co-founder and vice president of PubSlush, a crowdfunding company geared specifically to the literary world.

I know what you’re thinking… Crowdfunding???? Trust me. I’m not a fan of asking people for money either, but after hearing Amanda out, I have to say I’m intrigued.

During a panel about Authorpreneurship, Amanda explained that Pubslush, in addition to raising funds for your publishing efforts, is a platform that can help you:

  • Collect pre-orders;
  • Market your book pre-publication;
  • Build your reader database; and
  • Gain valuable insight into your audience with market analytics.

Amanda describes it as “reward-based crowdfunding.” In exchange for a donation, authors can offer anything from bookmarks and personalized thank-you notes to free books or Skype chats with book clubs. Interested authors can sign up for an account using the promo code PubSmartCon to receive The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding, an informative manual created by Pubslush for their authors.

It’s definitely worth checking out, no matter what your feelings are about hitting up folks for cash.

2 thoughts on “#PubSmartCon Pieces: PubSlush

  1. Thanks for the info! I’ve been thinking about how to fund publishing my next book, and have been considering, reluctantly, crowd funding. But this sounds like a cool option.

    • Hey, lady! It’s a nice community of authors they’ve got there. Still not sure if I want to crowdfund, but if I do, I’m heading over to PubSlush. Glad to see your name pop up here! :)

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