Thursday 21 June 2012

Asking your readers to buy your book before you've written it.....

Unbound is an interesting website I found today that puts the power of publishing in the hands of authors and readers. Authors pitch their book ideas directly to readers. If they like it, they can "donate" or "back" a project before it reaches its funding target. Those whom decide to back you, get their name printed in the back of every copy and immediate behind-the-scenes access to the author’s shed. If any project fails to hit its funding target, the backers get refunded in full.

They welcome all types of proposals: if you’re a novelist, historian, philosopher, economist, biographer, scientist, journalist, comedian, filmmaker, gardener, cook, academic, traveller or have lived an interesting life or done extraordinary things, we’d love to hear from you. Each proposal has the potential to become the book you really want to write, pitched to the people who really matter: your potential readers.

If you are a published author - or a literary agent - and you’re interested in finding out more about Unbound, you can drop us a line at

If you are a first-time author, we will consider proposals submitted through literary agents or writing websites like and, but we will also accept unsolicited proposals sent to These must be in the form of the pitches we have on the site:

- a first person pitch summarising what your book is all about (max. 400 words).
- a short excerpt (approx. 1000 words).
- a first person author biography (max. 300 words).
Another website doing a similar thing is:

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