Indie Author Marianne Sciucco Launches Pubslush Marketing and Crowdfunding Campaign for Her New Novel Swim Season

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Pre-Publication Campaign via Pubslush Offers Indie Author Marianne Sciucco an Opportunity to Crowdfund and Gauge Interest in Her New Novel Swim Season

Read chapter one at SwimSeason.pubslush.com

Swim Season is a project near and dear to my heart - my child inspired it; it's about a sport that's a big part of our lives. This book means a lot to me so I decided to do something to ensure its success: Pubslush.

Indie author Marianne Sciucco recently launched a pre-marketing campaign for her new novel Swim Season with Pubslush, a global pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options for authors and publishers. The campaign is gaining momentum and can be viewed on its Pubslush web page.

"This indie publishing business is hard - the hardest thing I've ever done," says Sciucco, who self-published her debut novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story in April of 2013.

"Swim Season is a project near and dear to my heart - my child inspired it; it's about a sport that's a big part of our lives. This book means a lot to me - and to many of the swimmers and swim parents I've talked to about it. So I decided to do something different to ensure its success: Pubslush."

Pubslush is a marketing platform dedicated exclusively to literary projects, particularly books. "It helps authors raise the start-up funds necessary to publish, distribute, and market their work via crowdfunding, which uses the Internet to inspire a large number of people to financially support a project," says Sciucco. "Pubslush also provides a way for me to collect pre-orders, which enables me to test the waters for this book and build an audience."

“Marketing a book before it’s published is essential, and collecting pre-orders is vital for any author," says Amanda Barbara, CEO of Pubslush. "This allows them to connect with their readers before publication date. We are excited to have Marianne's book, Swim Season, using the platform and for all her upcoming success.”

Swim Season is a YA novel about high school swimmer Aerin Keane, the new girl on the team who challenges a longstanding school record. "Like so many authors, I wear several hats, one of which is 'Swim Mom.'" Sciucco says. "I've shuttled my daughter to swim meets and swim practice for years, and now follow her across state lines during her college swimming career. All those hours sitting on cold, metal bleachers waiting to watch her swim for a minute or two gave me more than a sore you-know-what: It inspired me to write a book about it."

Sciucco's 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. The plan is to publish in spring 2015," she says "Please take a moment to check out Swim Season, then join my team. Sponsorship starts with as little as one dollar and there are some great incentives, including free books, iPods loaded with the book's soundtrack, and an opportunity to name the coach after your favorite coach or swimmer."

About the Author

Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up, but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. Her debut novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, and winner of IndieReCon’s Best Indie Novel award, 2014. A native Bostonian, she lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college. Follow her adventures in publishing on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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