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Announcing the Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase 2.

To all interested parties.

With the success of the Dieselpunk ePulp showcase it was inevitable that we make a second ebook. So now I'm officially announcing the start of DPES 2!

This announcement comes six months in advance, so I hope that gives everyone who wants in plenty of time to craft their story. If we can start collecting the stories around thanksgiving, we can publish sometime in December.

For those of you unfamiliar with the first project it's basically a group publishing / marketing experiment and anyone who wants to participle is welcome. Once it's done it will be available for free on just about every ebookstore imaginable.

The DPES1 went so smoothly we're going to approach DPES2 the same way.

Just like before i don't want to get bogged down by overcomplicated rules, but here is a framework to operate within. (For those of you who participated the first time it's basically the same drill). Ready?

** Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase 2 submission guidelines.

1 your story should be something diesel, but the individual writer gets to decides what the phrase means to them.
2 stories should be somewhere be between 4000 and 8000 words.
3 poetry is welcome
4 whatever you create, it should be complete/self-contained/stand-alone idea.
5 you are responsible for having your own work edited.
6 the individual is responsible for their own copyrights.
7 it has to be original material (as in, it can't be a Shadow reprint or a story featuring batman)
8 the stories will be put in random order in the final anthology.
9 text only
10 use your existing characters in these short stories if you want to.
11 the final will only be an ebook.
12 stories should be in English.

** What are the terms?

once the ebook is live you can't pull your stuff out, but you can publish your material wherever else you want, since you are the copyright holder.

** what is John Picha willing to put in?

- the ISBN
- the Cover
- at least one story
- make all the epub, mobi and pdf files
- publish the final on every ebookstore I have access to.
- keep everything as simple and as un-sticky as possible.
- try and wrangle another intro out of tome. ha ha.
- answer any questions as they arise.

** What are the goals?

This experiment can be for fun, but it's also a promotional space for existing series as well a tool to build dieselpunk awareness.

After each story the writer can have a promo-space to direct others to more of their work something like... "be sure to look for more "adventures of "X" on your favorite eBookstore."

I'm not too worried about making a lot of rules for this part, just think of it as an ad for yourself, just don't make to too long. ha ha.

** wrapping up

basically i hope making the DPES2 is fun a learning experience for everyone who wants to participate. At the end I'm sure we'll have an anthology we can all be proud of. I know that's what happened last time.

** How do we get started?

- If you're interested just let us know, then start writing.
- Whoever writes something that meet the guideline is in.
- There is no approval process.
- It's not a contest it's an experiment.
- Every time we need an unbiased choice I'll roll a six sided dice to decide.

If you have any questions, just let me know.

Ladies and gentlemen start your typing.


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Hi John~ thanks for organizing the second ebook. (I was too late to submit for the first one- so looking forward to participating) Please add me to your list. I'd love to submit a story. If there is anything I can help with, please let me know.


Welcome to the club.


Any newcomers to this group or site can find out more about DPES1 here...



Would it be okay if I posted a link to this solicitation on a couple of writing forums? Dieselpunk doesn't seem very popular (yet), so I don't think you'll be flooded with material. Although that would be a good thing, right?

BTW I plan to submit something myself.


Welcome aboard. 


The original intent of the DPES was really to make a group activity for members of this site, to support this site. From the beginning I suspected keeping it local would contain the scope of the project. in that sense, I'm not so sure being flooded with material would be good thing. Although Flooded with downloads of the final would be great. ha ha.

As I'm thinking about the pros and cons of your cross-site solicitation idea, these are things that come to mind...

- The first one went very smoothly.
- For a 'free project", it was easy to manage.
- In a way the DP.org people are kind of DP "qualified content experts/participants" as well as fans, so i know what kind of content to expect from this group. My concern with opening to all writers is that we're going to get "i have an idea", "i can make it diesel" or "here is my story", "what do you mean it's not diesel". quite frankly, i just don't want to be put in the situation.

I had a similar experience on the ePulp Sampler, that will be released this month. While working on it, i ran into an unanticipated problem that i suspect will occur if we reach beyond this site. "Pulp" covers a very broad range or content, right? And I am all for variety, but somethings just don't fit. for the ePulp Sampler, someone wanted to do what was basically a nursery rhyme spoof. it was funny, but it read like a children's story and it wasn't really of a pulp genre. it was just a story, and it didn't fit, and someone was disappointed at the end. that disappointment came from the writer being able to see that his story didn't fit because is wasn't pulp. from there it spun into, "you won't publish it because you don't like it…"

i realize that DP covers wide swath of ideas. i think that's one of it's most appealing aspects, but somethings, just don't fit. I'm sure we can all think of examples.

basically my expectation for DPES2 is DPES1 but bigger. how big just depends on the people of this site.

Once the DPES2 is live, feel free to promote it on any site in any corner of the internet you discover.

sound good?


I agree 100%, John, which is why I asked first.

Thanks for the welcome, I'll introduce myself in the appropriate place.


Sounds good.


I wish to contribute a story with a target length of about 7,000 words or so. I should have it ready by mid to late August. Where do I send it?



welcome to the team.

it sounds like you are going to be done way ahead way ahead of schedule. just hang on to your story till november. i'll do a status check then and we'll start collecting.


John Taylor said:

I wish to contribute a story with a target length of about 7,000 words or so. I should have it ready by mid to late August. Where do I send it?


I just wanted to say that my story is coming along very nicely. The first ePulp Showcase was a great read and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the second one.


Thanks for your enthusiasm. From the feedback we've gotten so far, I suspect the DPES2 is going to have, at least, twice the stories.


I would be happy to have my heroine, Wild Marjoram, join the crew!   I really liked the first one and maybe we can get more ladies on the team?


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