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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.

john

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I had one I was planning out, but then I caught a case of Real Life and didn't have time to finish the story, unfortunately. The sad part was I really looking forward to it.

Bard,

I'm guessing there will be 6 stories in from 6 different participants, based on what I've read here and some emails, but I'll have to wait till the 1st to see if i'm right. 5 days and counting down...

john

Bard Constantine said:

Just to clarify that last statement: there are six authors confirmed so far? Or are there multiple submissions by someone?

Kaleb,

how much time do you think you'd need to finish?

is there anything we can do to help you wrap up your story?

john


Kaleb Kramer said:

I had one I was planning out, but then I caught a case of Real Life and didn't have time to finish the story, unfortunately. The sad part was I really looking forward to it.

Two or three weeks, probably, and I don't think there's much that I can be helped with. School has taken over my life since my ability to choose some of the hardest electives available is almost a superpower. 


John Picha said:

Kaleb,

how much time do you think you'd need to finish?

is there anything we can do to help you wrap up your story?

john


Kaleb Kramer said:

I had one I was planning out, but then I caught a case of Real Life and didn't have time to finish the story, unfortunately. The sad part was I really looking forward to it.

Kaleb,

Keep working on it and let me know when you're done.

John

Okay. 

all righty folks, it's 12:00 am cst on feb 1st.

let's do a quick story status check.

who has a story completed and ready to go?
who is close to finishing their story?
who wanted to write a story, wasn't able to, but would still like to be involved the this project in some capacity?

please try and respond to this post within 48 hours so we can get organized, make any decisions on the unexpected if need be, then move onto our next steps. feel free to post your replies here or email me directly takejohn3@yahoo.com

in other news.

since Grant was the first one to complete a story for the showcase, i thought he should be rewarded with the highly coveted honor of the 'first story' position in the showcase (feel free to congratulate him). the rest of our positions will be decided randomly.

now, let me get the status ball rolling here...

NAME: John Picha
TITLE: Pandora Driver: Who are the People in Your Neighborhood
STATUS: Ready to roll

Name: Grant Gardiner.

Title: That Sort of World: a Tale of the Aether Age.

Status: All ready.

And many thanks for the honour of being first story. Looking forward to reading what everyone else is writing. Should be a fun project.

Congrats, Grant. Looks like I'm up to bat.

Title: The Troubleshooter: What the Wise Man Says

Status: Finished

** Showcase Update **

The showcase is on schedule and will be live before the end of the month. We are currently dotting "i"s and crossing "t"s. After reading the final stories for the showcase, one thing is for sure, they are pure pulp. So i've made an adjustment. Here is the new cover...

John

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Awesome cover. 

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