South Dakota entrepreneur takes unusual approach to publishing fiction
Entrepreneur Lori Colbeck will be bringing publishing to South Dakota in the form of a website that combines the talent of writers and the discerning appetite of readers. Books From Scratch will allow readers to vote on how stories will progress based on chapters submitted by authors. Authors do not have to have previous writing experience to contribute. The finalized manuscript will be published through Colbeck’s company. Author contributions and reader votes will be accepted through the website www.booksfromscratch.com.
Colbeck, a graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria Master of Science in publishing program, has invested much time and research into taking the website from concept to reality. This included not only the development of the website, but the examination of any legal complexities of a website of that nature. She found all the resources she needed regionally by hiring a web development team in Rapid City, SD and a lawyer in Minneapolis.
To offset the costs associated with starting the website, Colbeck has started a Pubslush campaign at booksfromscratch.pubslush.com. Pubslush is a niche crowdfunding platform that caters primarily to the literary community. Some of the rewards offered to supporters include the opportunity to view the website before the general public, and the prospect of contributing chapters earlier than others, which increases the chance for possible publication.
When asked why she hadn’t considered moving to metropolitan areas where publishing is more prevalent, her answer comes easily. “I love living near the Black Hills too much,” Colbeck said. “I didn’t want to relocate to go to school, so I did my entire graduate program online, even the internships. I’d like to bring publishing jobs here, if I can.”
ABOUT: Based in South Dakota, booksfromscratch.com is a virtual community of writers and readers that decide, democratically, what direction a story will take as it is being written. A crowdfunding campaign is being run through September 30, 2014 to defer start-up costs. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit booksfromscratch.pubslush.com.