Pubslush Press – The Publishing Revolution Starts Here
John Steinbeck had a two foot pile of rejection letters before he was published. I remember the first time I heard that fact, and knowing that he persevered through such incredible discouragement–then went on to become a nobel prize winning writer— I stayed up typing many late nights when the thought, “What’s the point?” began to sap my enthusiasm.
Well, if Jesse Potash can help matters, he’ll save a lot of talented writers similar agony, and put their good works in front of deserving audiences much quicker.
His idea is Pubslush, a social publishing platform for aspiring writers. Welcome to a new way of discovering literary talent.
How it Works
Pubslush supports artistic projects in a similar fashion to Kickstarter. Authors submit a 10 page excerpt, summary, and video “pitch” of their book. Users can browse submissions based on genre and page length. If the idea sounds good, then you can “support” the project (as in agree to pre-order the book IF it’s published). If a book surpasses 1,000 supporters, Pubslush will publish the book. Publish as in edit, design, print, market and distribute.
What I like about Pubslush compared to Kickstarter is that it realizes completed projects. While it’s exciting to get behind something brand new or in the conceptual stage, it’s really cool to nudge a fully-realized idea out into the market.
Oh, If I hadn’t had so many manuscripts rejected myself, I’d maybe feel a little bad for traditional publishers. If I was a more noble man, and took pity on those poor souls already losing sleep because of the likes of e-books… I’m not that man, which is why it gives me so much pleasure to write about Pubslush.
As if Pubslush Wasn’t Cool Enough
PubSlush will donate a book to a child in need for each book that it sells. In such a callous, bottom-dollar market, this pledge reads like a fairy-tale.
Why We Need Pubslush
Traditional publishing is expensive because of overhead and bureaucracy. Good books are overlooked all the time. Pubslush is not about publishing leftovers, but publishing what people want to read, books that have been skipped over by the gatekeepers in publishing or shut out from bookstores. It combines the muscle of social networking with the brains of the writing process.
The Man Behind the Plan
Jesse Potash has a background in publishing but also in finance, fashion and advertising. A native New Yorker, he has an interest in human rights, yoga, traveling, and philanthropy. He came up with the idea for Pubslush after listening to J.K. Rowling give a commencement speech at Harvard. He couldn’t believe that 12 acquisition editors had passed on Harry Potter, and he felt inspired to create an alternative method to fostering talent. Asked about his long term vision, he sees Pubslush as “a global book club with a cause.”
I foresee a vast, literate following.