In my latest novel Swim Season, the new girl on the team challenges a longstanding school record attached to a $50,000 scholarship. The whole story is fiction inspired by my daughter who has been swimming competitively for 8 years. My goal was to write a story about the whole high school swimming experience, to show others who may not be as familiar with the sport how much fun it is and how hard these kids work. I started it four years ago and will soon have a completed manuscript. Now it’s time to figure out how to make the book available to readers, and that’s why I'm launching a pre-publication campaign through Pubslush beginning October 31.
Pubslush is a marketing platform much like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but dedicated exclusively to books. As stated on its website, Pubslush was founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, who were inspired to create a more democratic publishing process after learning about the struggles of authors like J.K. Rowling, whose bestselling series was rejected by the 12 publishers to which it was initially sent.
Here's an excellent article about this new company dedicated to improving literacy and serving as a link between authors and readers.
Pubslush offers crowdfunding and pre-orders, and a way for me to test the waters, build an audience, and provide start-up funds necessary to publish, distribute, and promote Swim Season. You can help by becoming a supporter, starting with as little as one dollar. There are lots of great incentives, including free books.
Please take a moment to check out my Pubslush page SwimSeason.pubslush.com, then join my team. Remember - the campaign goes live on Friday, October 31. Thanks for your support.