Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

To all interested parties.

For awhile now people have contacted me about publishing their short stories. There also seems to be more and more posts about this subject on th site. Ever since I posted the ePub primer here in dieselpunks.org, I've been thinking about initiating A group publishing / marketing experiment. Anyone who wants to participle is welcome.

What if we published our own Dieselpunk Anthology?

For now, we will on plan on making one book only. We could distribute it here and/or in all of the ebookstores. It could be a free ebook or we could sell it and use all the proceeds to fund the hosting for this website. I haven't discussed this with Tome but i suspect he'll be interested. We will decide on this before publishing .

As I was thinking about it, i was trying not to get bogged by down by too many rules. the simpler it is the more likely it is to get done, but I know we need some kind of framework to operate within.

** So these are guidelines i came up with…

1 Something diesel. the individual writer decides what the phrase means to them.
2 a story shouldn't be more than 20 pages?
3 poetry is welcomed
4 whatever you create, it should be complete/self-contained/stand-alone idea.
5 you have to do your own editing
6 whoever writes something for the ebook is in the ebook.
7 the individual is responsible for their own copyrights.
8 it has to be original material (as in, it can't be a Shadow reprint)
9 the stories will be in random order in the anthology
10 text only
11 use your existing characters in these short stories if you want to.
12 ebook only

** What would the terms be?

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 cover
- one of the stories.
- I may be willing to fork over one of my open ISBNS (but i have to think more about this one)
- I'll make the epub and mobi finals.
- I'll handle the introduction
- I'll keep everything as simple and as un-sticky as possible.
- I'll get the final on every ebookstore possible.
- answer any questions.

** Who will publish the Dieselpunk Anthology and ePulp Sampler?

I don't want to do this through my accounts, but it can. I'd prefer to see if we can make a dieselpunks account on smashwords just to keep everything simple. I'll discuss this with tome.

** What would it cost to make and publish?

- the cost of an ISBN. it would be about $20 if we used one of mine. not $20 bucks each $20s period. there is a legal entanglement when using the 'free' isbns in smashwords that we should avoid. (if you're familiar with the smashwords contract I'm referring to the indemnity clause.)

** What are the goals?

This experiment can be for fun but 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 iBookstore."

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. as you're thinking about options remember the same text will be in the books on all the bookstores. feel free to put urls, but not active links.

** wrapping up

Ok that should be enough to get the ball rolling.

basically this little scheme is a learning experience, a showcase, a promotional opportunity and chance to support this website and our community.

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

If we can get all the stories in before new years day we can release the book in early January 2013.

If you have any questions, just let me know. this could be a lot of fun.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your typing.


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I'm not so sure a container or vessel, with a world war II era vibe is that far off the mark for this experiment. Let's see what ends up inside the e-vessel. Hopefully the totality will explore the range of the definition of dieselpunk. If we do a Showcase 2014, we'll shift gears. (diesel pun intended.)



Thanks for the agreement offer.

It sounds like you'd be the perfect man to helm the anthology agreement, you are more than welcome to take the wheel. Can you craft something you think best suits everyone's needs/objectives then post it so everyone knows what they would be getting themselves into?

Thanks for the support and assist.



I forgot to add, welcome aboard.


** UPDATE **

After a quick discussion with Tome, we've decided our dieselpunk anthology will be available for free. So this experiment will be a "Promotional Showcase" for all participants.

Doc, would you mind accommodating the "free" details in the agreement language?


5000 words. Gotcha :)

Thanks everyone. I will now have to go away and write something. Something Tommy Thunder. Something 'punky....

*scratches head*
Something 5k by January 1... 

Hmm. I'll see what I can do. 


Welcome aboard.

Keep in mind 5,000 isn't a word minimum, it's just a number we picked as an arbitrary maximum.


Okay. I'll see if I can find a short story that short that works in my setting. 

Would anyone be open to some recipricating feedback re: these stories? I've been having a lot of fun writing a new piece but I'm thinking I'll need a fresh perspective on it before it's anywhere near ready for publication. I'll be happy to respond in kind and give feedback for anyone looking for similar help :)


I'll be happy to help. Just send me what you want me to look at and let me know what type of feedback you're looking for.



Hey everyone. Hope the writing is going well.

Was just wondering how everyone was going with their anthology projects and just how many people were still interested/able to participate.

Looks like I'm on the right track with my piece, although it's a little longer than 5,000 words :( The first draft ballooned out to 9.5 thousand words before I cut it in half and editted it again but even the shorter version was being difficult. I suspect my tendency to dialogue will always be a thorn in my short-story-writing-side.

All up though, writing a short story has been a fun little distraction from the novel writing. It will probably lead to a regular short story component to my future writing. Short stories are fun :)

So what about everyone else? Do we have a healthy anthology-worth of writing material to unleash on a dieselpunk deficient world?

Not well. School has been sucking up all my time. 

I might still be able to get a short one done by the end of the year though. 


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