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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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Showcase 2 team,

if anyone is curious, it looks like the DPES2 is twice as big as the DPES1 and will be over 200 pages...


Late Tony strikes again!!  I get so little time to surf the story group I missed this totally until today.  John, still time to submit a story? 


i'm getting a strange sense of deja vu here. ha ha.

how much time do you need?


Fashionably late as always!  I have a complete World of Manana story, but it's 10,000 words.  Otherwise I'll need to put to words one of my half-dozen ideas that constantly clog my brain, yet which life offers few opportunities for committing to 1's and 0's.  If I have a hard deadline I can probably convince the wife to give me a day.


if you want to use the 10k WOM story, feel free to send it to me.

if you already had plans for that one, and you want to knock out a second tale, you've got some time while we get the DPES2 ready to publish.

either way is fine with me, just let me know what you want to do.


Can do either way.  I'll get you something by the end of the week either way.


sounds good.

now that you are committed, do you want me to use your promo blurb from the DPES1 for the DPES2?


II have to make a couple minor edits to the blurb.  For one the "upcoming" Twit Publishing "Dieselpunk Anthology" I alluded to is stuck in Development Hell so I'll be dropping that. 


then add the edited blurb to your to do list too. ha ha


Story sent.  Blurb on the way.

And once again Cap'n Tony makes a death-defying last-second jump onto the ePulp Express just as it leaves the station!!

Showcase team, 

here is the line up...


Wild Marjoram: The Birth

The Maltese Spectrum

Pandora Driver: Ready Fire Aim


The More Things Change: A Tale of the Aether Age

Ace Rango: Bedtime Stories are Boring

Darkness Eternal: Over the South China Sea

The Rocket Molly Syndicate

World of Mañana: Storming Shangri-La



showcase 2 team,

here is my standard copyright lecture...

for anyone who hasn't copyrighted their stories, i suggest checking taking a look at the copyright section of my ePub Primer...


then scroll down till you see.




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