Pubslush Press has been described as “a Kickstarter for books.” That’s a fair comparison to some extent, but as the company’s founder Jesse Potash (@PUBSLUSH) points out, there already is a Kickstarter out there, and they already offer some book projects. Pubslush isn’t simply some new self-publishing option — they’re approaching the model differently and are taking some bold steps to help eradicate global illiteracy. Key points from the full video interview (below) include:
- Crowd-funding versus non-profit publishing: In the Kickstarter model, the funding can be used at the author’s discretion, but with Pubslush, the funding is primarily used in “the first stage” of the publishing process. [Discussed at the 1:00 mark.]
- Traditional editors are welcome: Pubslush not only allows editors to come in and extend offers to Pubslush authors, they actually encourage it. [Discussed at 2:19.]
- Authors are never charged a dime … ever: They’re not really a self-publisher, and they’re far from a traditional publisher — Pubslush simply falls somewhere in between the two. [Discussed at 3:10.]
- Pubslush is all about discovery: Despite the large number of titles published every year, Pubslush can help solve the discoverability problem. [Discussed at 3:47.]
- Community reviews are one of the features that make Pubslush special: The role is to “review, share and fund.” [Discussed at 6:10.]
- Linking publishing with literacy: For every book they sell, they donate another one to a child in need. How awesome is that? [Discussed at 11:30.]
You can view the entire interview in the following video.