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Recently I've been in contact with a local independent publishing house called Twit Publishing. I had to opportunity to meet with both the editor-in-chief Chris Gabrysch and his brother Craig Gabrysch who is also a business partner (Writer, Layout, Webmaster) yesterday at the Steampunk convention, The Difference Engine, Fort Worth, Texas. 

 

They describe their company on their site as:

Twit Publishing LLC is an independent publishing company based in Dallas, Texas. It specializes in electronic, visual, and print media. PULP! Summer / Fall 2010 is the first of eight anthologies focusing on genre fiction that is the direct descendent of the pulps of the early 20th century.

http://www.twitpublishing.com/

 

Thanks to the convention website they've learned that some of the fiction they've been publishing was actually Dieselpunk but they didn't know it had a name. In addition, I learned yesterday that they're interested in publishing a "Dieselpunk Anthology" and that they are looking for writers.

 

This could be big for DIeselpunk, folks. To have a hard copy anthology of Dieselpunk stories in print could really be helpful for getting us some of the respect the genre deserves.

 

So, check out their site. Show some support and buy their publications. And contact them if you're interested in having a book or story published.

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John,

 

I know this isn't an argument about ebook vs. print, it's a discussion of going with a publisher and whether Twit offers something that self-publishing or another market does.

I was addressing the specific point of print vs. ebook. To say I'm re-framing the argument is a little disingenuous, considering that you didn't address what I wrote about ebook vs. print.

The ebook vs. print discussion has been a consistent thread within this conversation.

-Craig

to any authors reading this,

once your book is finished and you're ready to go to market, if you want to have a frank discussion about the benefits and disadvantages of ebooks vs physical books i will be happy to help. i can see benefits and disadvantages in each. 

but i think it's better to keep this tread on the broader topic.

john

I apologize, guys. I feel like I'm becoming increasingly petty as John and I go after individual points.

I would just like to say that, as a publisher I stand by the works we've helped to produce, and the quality of our presentation and editing. I also would like to say I feel that Twit Publishing has acted in good faith in all its business dealings. Our number of returning authors would probably lend towards this as well.

I'll be posting the information for submissions on both our website, on duotrope, and to this forum (if Thom is acceptable to this) for a Dieselpunk anthology. If you would like to submit, please do.

John, thank you sir for the discussion. You do make some excellent points. Best of luck to all your current and future endeavors!

 

-Craig Gabrysch

Thank you both for raising some good points and for the excellent insight into both avenues of publishing.  I appreciate that this discussion remained genial, as it represents how respectable our community can be, even when there are differing viewpoints and opinions being volleyed.

Craig, you are always welcome here, and I wish you nothing but good luck with the anthology.  Growing the genre can only help.

Like I mentioned previously, some authors are just trying to get their work into the world, and Twit is able to help.  If the author is planning a career, then I recommend they do their homework before making any kind of business deals.

I echo Tome. Good points all.

 

And Craig, you are always welcomed here.

So, what was the result? I think I've probably come far to late to contribute, but I'm still interested in hearing the result. 

Kaleb,

I don't know if anyone from dieselpunks.org participated with twit publishing.

i don't know twit's current sales numbers.

i do know that several members of this site have published independently.

i do know some of us have surpassed the sales figures quoted by twit in the originally discussion. (i suspect everyone has but i haven't asked everyone.)

Also we may be able to draw conclusion from a few other things.

http://paidcontent.org/2012/01/13/419-e-books-outsell-print-for-maj...

- Borders Bookstore is gone.

- Barnes and Nobel is on the ropes financially. 

- And a quick Amazon search reveals...

Twit Publishing = 7

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&fie...

other Dieselpunk Authors = 35

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Adieselpunk%...

John

Okay, thanks!

John Picha said:

Kaleb,

I don't know if anyone from dieselpunks.org participated with twit publishing.

i don't know twit's current sales numbers.

i do know that several members of this site have published independently.

i do know some of us have surpassed the sales figures quoted by twit in the originally discussion. (i suspect everyone has but i haven't asked everyone.)

Also we may be able to draw conclusion from a few other things.

http://paidcontent.org/2012/01/13/419-e-books-outsell-print-for-maj...

- Borders Bookstore is gone.

- Barnes and Nobel is on the ropes financially. 

- And a quick Amazon search reveals...

Twit Publishing = 7

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&fie...

other Dieselpunk Authors = 35

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Adieselpunk%...

John

At least two of us on Dieselpunks.Org have participated with Twit Publishing. In addition, it's a small independent publisher and I personally have met the owners several times.

John Picha said:

Kaleb,

I don't know if anyone from dieselpunks.org participated with twit publishing.

Okay. I'll have to see what they come up with in the future. 

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