TechCrunch reports that Publishizer can now help authors sell pre-orders of their next book. Built around the book proposal, the site lets authors craft a pitch simply by uploading a title, a 1,000-word description of the work, and a bio. Once the proposal is approved, authors can start collecting pledges for pre-orders. Should they read their goal, the money is collected by Publishizer and forwarded to the authors.
John Biggs says that he is testing the platform with his next book:
I tried it on a new book I’m working on, Technotopia, and it worked fairly well. The interface was clean and usable and the system pulled my headshot from my social media. It took about an hour to create the proposal and Vincent recommends adding images and videos to increase awareness.
The last I checked, the book had raised around $3,000 towards a goal of $8,000.
All in all, the site doesn't sound too different from Kickstarter or IndieGogo, or even the crowd funding self-publishing sites, but Publishizer has a more specific goal in mind than simply helping authors fund their next book.
The site wants to help authors score book deals with traditional publishers.
"There are lots of crowd-funding sites (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Pozible), and even a number of hybrid crowd-funding/publishing sites (Inkshares, PubSlush, Unbound). Publishizer is the first crowd-publishing platform that will connect authors to thousands of publishers," said Publishizer founder Guy Vincent. He added, "Now, we’re looking for our first success story for book proposal distribution: helping one of our authors land a traditional book deal through a successful preorders campaign on Publishizer".
I don't know about you, but I don't see why an author who had already succeeded in launching their next book would be interested in a book deal with a publisher. That said, I do see why Publishizer is pushing the idea.
As a niche crowd funding site, Publishizer is going to be overshadowed by the much larger and equally useful competitors like IndieGogo and Kickstarter. If Publishizer is going to survive it's going to have to have a unique draw.
It certainly won't be better at drawing in a crowd of readers, but it might be able to draw more attention from publishers - which, coincidentally, are probably also watching Publishizer's competitors.