Name notwithstanding (yes, understand the publishing term slush pile but it is just too easy to misread as Pubs Lush), Pubslush is Kickstarter (crowdfunding) for aspiring authors.

Given the state of the publishing industry these days, venturing out into the world of the printed word can be daunting. There was a time not long ago when self-publishing wasn’t respectable (perhaps it still not by some) but the Web and Web-based companies like Amazon (along with technologies like the iPad, Kindle, and Nook) have changed things.

On Pubslush, authors upload the best 10 pages and a summary of their book, plus a video, and members “support” the ones they like. Once a book reaches 1,000 supporters, Pubslush will edit, design, print, market, and distribute the book. In addition, authors are given tools to spread the word via social media as well as monitor their book’s activity. And for ever book sold a book is donated to kids in need around the world (part of Pubslush Press’s world-wide literacy initiative).

So, instead of submitting a manuscript to individual publishers or hiring an agent, you can let the masses (your potential readers) decide if you have what it takes… even before you finish the book just to see if your idea is worth the effort (that’s how Piers Anthony does it).

Is this the future of publishing? Could be. The idea certainly has legs and the timing seems right.