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General FAQ

We bring together authors, readers and publishers to make publishing more efficient

What is Publishizer?

Publishizer is a crowdfunding platform that matches authors with publishers. Authors write proposals, readers pre-order copies, and publishers express interest to contact authors. Publishizer queries publishers based on pre-orders milestones at the end of the campaign. The author receives a range of offers, and selects the best one.

What is crowd-funding?

Crowd-funding is a way of raising money to fund a project. It typically involves getting small amounts of money from a large number of people who believe in and want to support the project. 

How does it work?

Authors start a proposal on Publishizer and are guided through the submissions process. Once approved, their campaign will be launched. Authors are responsible for driving the majority of pre-orders. Popular campaigns are promoted to the Publishizer audience via Reader's Picks, a weekly digest of the most popular books. Publishizer queries publishers at milestones during the pre-orders campaign, and if 1000 pre-orders is reached, we query editors at Big Five publishing houses. Authors receive a range of offers, select the best publisher, and receive their payment. Authors can choose to self-publish, if preferred, although most authors choose to work with a publisher.

What does it cost to publish a book?

It varies by a wide margin – it comes down to the kind of publisher you choose to work with. Service publishers typically charge hundreds to thousands of dollars, but you get to keep 100% of royalties. Hybrid publishers may or may not charge a cost, and you'll often maintain more creative control and 30-70% royalties. Traditional and Big Five publishers do not charge upfront costs, however, you may only end up with 5-15% of royalties. You are free to choose which option is best for you and your book.

What are the Publishizer fees?

It’s free to launch a campaign. Publishizer charges a 30% fee on funds processed through the platform, plus PayPal fees of 2-4%. Authors with a 30% fee will be able to message and accept deals from publishers who express interest on the platform. There are no additional fees or upfront costs.

What is the book accelerator program?

The book accelerator program is six to eight weeks of intense focus for a limited group of hand-selected authors that takes you from book idea to publishing deal. Authors can apply here: https://publishizer.typeform.com/to/mOdE4q

What currencies are supported?

Readers can pay in any major currency, however, all prices are displayed and charged in USD.

Who uses Publishizer?

We have all kinds of authors using our platform, such as entrepreneurs, speakers, bloggers, novelists, storytellers, artists, journalists and more. We accept proposals in all trade categories (fiction and non-fiction), however, we do not currently accept proposals for STM (scientific, technical, medical) proposals or textbooks.

Where do proposals come from?

Proposals come from authors who have a idea for a book or a completed manuscript. The authors spend time crafting a proposal for their book that will include all the information you would need to know about it. Proposals are sent to our Publishizer team for approval before they appear on our website.

Who is responsible for fulfilling pre-orders and bonuses?

The author is responsible for fulfilling pre-orders and bonuses, however, often a publisher will fulfill pre-orders for you, through bookstores or  third parties. For authors who are self-publishing, the most common way to fulfill pre-orders is using CreateSpace, which prints and delivers books easily. Publishizer generates a spreadsheet of names, shipping addresses and quantities to make fulfillment easy.


Author FAQ

Authors submit proposals, receive pre-orders and interact with publishers

What is a proposal?

A proposal is like a business plan for a book. It's the tool traditionally used by publishers to gauge their interest in publishing a book. Many authors believe potential publishers will read their manuscript, however, this is rarely the case due to the number of proposals received. A proposal states the case for a book clearly and concisely.

What do I need before I start a proposal?

Nothing - you can dive straight into writing your proposal on Publishizer, which guides you step-by-step through writing your proposal.

What are bonuses?

Bonuses are incentives for readers to pre-order your book. The more unique they are, the more appealing You can offer unique items, relevant experiences,  or something of tangible value.  If you have specific skill sets, you can also offer readers a session with you as a higher-tier bonus.

What is the proposal deadline?

When the campaign ends, readers will no longer be able to pre-order your book on Publishizer. This creates a sense of urgency for readers to pre-order your book faster!

When will I know if my campaign has been approved?

Submitted campaigns will be vetted by our professional team at Publishizer. You will receive an email notifying you if it's been approved.

Can I resubmit my campaign if it is not approved?

Yes! You're able to re-submit your campaign one more time if your campaign is rejected. We strongly recommend investing time into making your campaign page the very best it can be, before submitting it for review. This means full 60-word blurb, a credile author bio, an amazing book cover and solid pricing rewards.

Where do readers come from?

Use the Invites tool to quickly and easily invite your email contacts to pre-order your book. We also recommend sharing your campaign link on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and elsewhere. We promote popular campaigns to our own readers through Reader's Picks.

What is Reader's Picks?

Reader's Picks is an email that we send out once a week to readers who subscribe to receive campaigns from us. It is calculated based on the most readers per week, per category. So, if you get the most readers in a new week in your category, you'll be featured to all Publishizer readers who subscribe to that category.

Can my campaign page be edited after launch?

Yes, you can edit anything after launch, except for the price of rewards or shipping if a reader has already pre-ordered that reward.

What if I don’t reach my pre-orders goal?

If you don't hit 500 pre-orders by the end of the campaign, you will still be able to receive your funds. If your campaign sells less than 50 copies, and you're like to refund your readers, please contact us.

What if I exceed my pre-order goal?

Fantastic! More pre-orders simply increases demand for your book among publishers, and will result in you receiveing more and better publishing options!

When do I get my funds?

You can process your payment via PayPal at the end of your campaign, which typically arrives within 3-10 working days. You will then be able to withdraw these funds to your bank account via PayPal, which takes 3-10 working days.

What should I do after my campaign has ended?

If you choose a publisher to work with, they will take it from here. If you choose to self publish, it is your responsibility to fulfill your pre-orders. Either way, you should continue to send updates to keep your readers updated. Publishizer will prompt you to send updates to your readers, but you should also celebrate your progress and milestones with your supporters. 

What if I have problems with publishing my book?

Should you encounter problems, contact us and we'll do our best to find a solution to help you. 


Reader FAQ

Readers receive pre-order rewards, publishing updates and advance copies

Why should I pre-order a book?

When you pre-order a book, you receive bonuses from the author, such as signed copies, invites to the book launch event, even the chance to have a coffee or beer with the author. Other rewards might include a thank you inside the book, your name acknowledged as a patron, or experiential rewards that the authors offers, to give you fantastic value.

How do I know if the author will follow through?

Read the author's bio and book proposal to gauge if you trust the author will follow through with their book. If the author is running a strong campaign, this is a good sign that the author will follow through and attract a publisher, which increases the likelihood of the book being published professionally and delivered to you.

How can I contact an author?

You can message an author directly from the campaign page, or from their profile. The author will receive an email notification that you have contacted them.

What if my payment is declined?

If your payment is declined through both Braintree and PayPal, we recommend contacting your bank. A common problem is when the minimum credit card balance has not been paid off, and the bank will decline payments until this has been cleared.

Can I pay with bitcoin?

Yes. There is a Coinbase button next to the PayPal button in checkout. It works the sane way as paying via PayPal.

When will I receive my books and bonuses?

The time taking to prepare and send out the book and rewards will vary greatly from author to author. Some authors do this in less than a month, some in a year. Publishizer reminds authors to send regular, monthly updates to you.

Who is responsible for completing the book and delivering the bonuses?

The author is obligated by our Terms and Conditions to fulfil and deliver books and bonuses. With the help of a publisher, this increases the quality and efficiency of books getting delivered to you. Authors are promopted to provide regular updates to readers, and you can contact them directly. If any problems persist, please contact us.

How can I find out more about the progress of the campaign I supported?

Authors are encouraged and reminded to send status updates, so do look out for those emails. If you have changed your email or unsubscribed from the updates.

What if I don’t receive anything?

If an author does not fulfil their obligations and remain unresponsive, please report this to and we will get in touch with the author.

How can I report something to Publishizer?

You can contact ushere .


Publisher FAQ

Publishers receive queries, signal interest in authors and acquire titles

Why should I use Publishizer?

Publishizer brings validated proposals from marketable authors directly to you. Publishizer authors have existing platforms with access to readers who can help share and promote for the eventual book launch.

What are the fees involved?

It is free for publishers to subscribe to receive queries from us. We make money by charging a campaign fee from pre-orders processed on Publishizer. There are no upfront costs to authors or publishers, plain and simple.

Is Publishizer an agent?

No, we’re not – although many agents use Publishizer to get book deals for their clients. While our platform connects authors with publishers in a targeted way, many agents choose to better serve their clients using Publishizer. An agent may be added by an author in the setup process, and those agents can communicate with publishers on their client’s behalf.

What are your submission requirements for authors?

Authors are guided through the process of writing a professional book proposal by Publishizer. Our guidelines were created with the assistance of literary agents and publishing professionals.

How do you verify the identify of your authors?

Authors can verify their identify using Facebook and/or Twitter. Publishizer staff members also conduct background checks on authors before their campaign is approved to ensure we maintain a high standard of authors.

How do I know I won’t get spammed by authors?

Authors can only message you after you’ve signalled interest in their proposal, and they do not receive access to your email address. As a precautionary measure, you can block or mute authors at any time.

How are pre-orders fulfilled?

Publishizer captures all required information at checkout: reader names, shipping addresses for physical books, quantities and more. This can all be downloaded as a CSV spreadsheet. Fulfilment  of pre-orders is the responsibility of authors, however, they can also be fulfilled by the publisher, through bookstore partners or directly from the printer. Sometimes, advance paperback copies are fulfilled through CreateSpace, which prints and delivers copies directly to the readers very easily.