Start-up Digital Publisher to Crowd-Source Ebook Plots

[Press Release]

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

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 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, 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 or visit

One thought on “Start-up Digital Publisher to Crowd-Source Ebook Plots

  1. Michael W. Perry

    No, I want an author to create the plot. I may or may not like the direction he takes it, but that only means I read or don’t read his book. I don’t want authors to become puppets and I don’t belong to our increasing vain and narcissistic world.

    This isn’t to say that authors don’t benefit from feedback. It’s just a criticism of all the twits who think the world (along with the plots of stories they read) must center on them, their wants, their wishes and their pretensions. If they think something ought to happen, they think it will happen, independent of reality and difficult choices.

    In short, my attitude is a criticism of all those so vain and stupid, they thought electing a unimpressive, Chicago-machine politician would accomplish this:

    \Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.\

    All too many such people thought they could write the \plot\ of future event merely by wishing it so, and even bestowing a Noble Peace Prize absent of any accomplishments.

    This silly idea about books merely reflects a culture going increasing vain, pretentious and shallow. All you need do is look around to see the results. What’s a disaster in domestic and foreign policy isn’t going to be any better in the world of writing.

    We shouldn’t think we are the center of the universe either as voters or readers.

    –Michael W. Perry, editor of Chesterton on War and Peace: Battling the Ideas and Movements that Led to Nazism and World War II



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