PUBSLUSH Test Drive: Week Two


So, in a previous post, I discussed the crowdsourced funding site, PUBSLUSH Press, and decided to take it for a test drive.  Writers upload ten pages of a work in progress and let the site’s readers decide if they want to pledge to buy the book once it’s completed.  I didn’t post a link to my manuscript during the first week so I could see what happens organically, without the benefit of publicizing it.

As it turns out, one person has supported my book already, which did surprise me.  I figured I’ll spread the word to my networks and see what happens next.  I doubt there will be any obligation to actually support my book – it takes 2000 supporters to reach completion.  At that point, PUBSLUSH will publish the whole book and promote it, etc.

Most writers who have been through the publication process will go right to the fine print and check out crucial elements, such as royalties and copyright reversion so they know what it is they’ll get out of the agreement.  Those still in the “cherished dream of writing” stage will go for the community feeling, the instant upload, and the easy progress tracking – it will be about the experience, not the end result of publication.

Just in case you want to see my book-in-progress, “Phyllis Stein,” here’s the link.  Please forgive the funky lines that show up here and there – some kind of formatting glitch that I decided to live with just so I could test the site.  Let me know your feedback about the PUBSLUSH Press site – is it a viable alternative to traditional publishing?  All comments welcome!



If you’ve always wanted to write the Great American Novel but never found the motivation, here comes the nudge you’ve been waiting for! November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and from the 1st to the 30th, “WriMos” – those who participate – register on the site, start writing a novel and word count is tracked.

Kind of a crazy name, but it’s a good way to get into the habit of writing.  Quality isn’t the priority here. Write it all down now and edit the crap out later. The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month, and, sadly, you don’t win a prize at the end of it. But you will have written that book you’ve got inside you. Then it’s yours to refine, revise, and retail. Worth a shot if you’re game!



Nothing happens to you but that which God allows.
And if God allows it,
there must be a reason for it.
And if there’s a reason for it,
it must mean you’ll learn from it.

PS God does send you more than you can bear.
That’s how you learn to bear more.



So I’d been hearing about “Crowdsourced Funding” and thought I’d give it a test run and report back on how it goes.  Yesterday I submitted ten pages of a manuscript to Pubslush and, so far, so good.  It’s fairly straightforward and the service is free.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Submit ten pages of a manuscript.
  • Tell friends and colleagues to check it out.
  • Readers view your excerpt and decide (hopefully) to support it.
  • Reach 2000 supporters (yikes!) and the full book will be published.

Customer service has been very responsive and it’s easy to check on the status of your book. Another positive feature is that Pubslush donates books to children in impoverished countries each time a book reaches publication stage.

Will keep you apprised as the process continues…



We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us. But there are other senses – secret senses, sixth senses, if you will – equally vital, but unrecognized, and unlauded.

Oliver Sacks

The More You Know: Tridundancy


This just in:  retired professors with a lot of time on their hands have noticed a disturbing new trend on blogs and social media – “Tridundancy” – the act of trying to express oneself by going beyond redundancy to the next level of ridiculosity.  Recently, the Mayor of Triplicate City committed an egregious violation of this act.

“I myself personally forgot to vote in the last election,” said the Mayor, “but yet and still, I intend to listen to the voters this time.  As an extra added bonus, I’ll stop stealing office supplies from city hall after I’m re-elected.”

Those convicted of this heinous act will be put in the Pokey, sleep in the Slammer and reside in the Big House.


Around New Jersey: Teacher in Trouble


Union Township high school teacher, Viki Knox, is accused of posting anti-gay comments on Facebook, prompting some to call for her resignation. She allegedly referred to homosexuality as “a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation,” and a “sin” that “breeds like cancer.”

Ed Barocas of the ACLU came to her defense. “Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her comments are protected by the First Amendment. (We) believe that the response to offensive speech is not the restriction of speech, but more speech.”

I think that’s the truth. Just because we stop someone from voicing hatred, it doesn’t mean they’ve seen the light. Let her say what’s on her mind so we know who she really is. This is one teacher that needs some re-educating.

Writing Tip: Crowdsourced Funding


Okay, I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “crowdsourced funding” – which goes like this:

Writer submits first ten pages of a book in progress.

Readers like it enough to pre-order.

When a certain number of pre-orders is reached, full book is published.

Writer (allegedly) makes big money and lives happily ever after.

So here’s the thing – I can’t find any first-person accounts of writers who have used this method so I can’t tell you if it’s a good idea. There are quite a few crowdsourced funding websites out there now, so I want to ask if anyone has had any experience with these sites, like Pubslush or Kickstarter.

There are so many unanswered questions here, to do with royalties and copyright reversion. Check out the Writer Beware Blog for some background. One commenter on the site suggested writers would be better off trying the Kindle or Nook self-publishing route. Anybody been there, done that? Love to hear your “getting it published” stories.

This Man Knew Things


Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs