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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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My story is titled "The Rocket Molly Syndicate" and is an adventure tale set primarily in an alternate 1931 Chicago. "

John T,

sounds great!


Hey everyone. Happy New Year from Australia, one of the first parts of the world to get past the post :)

Just putting my hand up to submit a story for the anthology. I got myself a proper job in the last 6 months which, while good for my bank account, has wreaked havoc on my writing schedule so I don't have a new piece to submit. What I do have is a short story that I wrote earlier this year which I'm quite proud of. It's been posted elsewhere before for free but I'm going to submit it to the anthology as well so I can participate. It's called 'The More Things Change' and it's a funny little story about politics set in the world of Tommy Thunder.

Also, I'm happy to do some proof reading over my holidays so if any is still required at this late hour then drop me a message here on the boards and I'll be happy to help out.


phew~ just submitted "Bloom". Thanks again, John!

My contribution is winging its way to the In box. Time to start the next one. Happy New Year, everyone!

Happy New Year! My story is in as well. I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's work!

Starting my next story SKYSHIP.

showcase 2 team

it's officially 2014 and it's time to collect the stories for the DPES2.

i have many of them already, but for anyone else who wants to participate too, now is the time to send your tale to me. 


from what I've seen so far, we've got a very diverse collection of tales for the DPES2, and it looks like leading ladies may outnumber the men this time around.

in keeping with a tradition we started on the DPES1, the first person who completed their story for the DPES2, will get the coveted first story position in the anthology. 

this time, the honor goes to N.R. Grabe!

be sure to congratulate her on her swift typing skills.


next steps...

for those of you who are done with your story, but looking for next steps.

don't forget about the promotional blurb you want for yourself at the the end of your story.

if you want to include Urls, they will be live.

just send them to me when they are done.


if you have any questions, just let me know.


 N.R. Grabe, congrats for the first position ;-)

Can't wait to read your story, as well as all the others.

Congrats, N.R. Grabe! I sent my story today. Please post if it's received. Thanks for including me!

Super excited about this upcoming release. In the effort to help promote, I've started tweeting / facebook-ing links to the first anthology. John, if there is any unifying messaging you'd like used, please let me know. I can be found at @AnitaDime and www.facebook.com/AnitaDime/ ~


thanks for the promo support.

"if there is any unifying messaging you'd like used, please let me know."

for the DPES1 you can use content from it's PR Blast, if you'd like. you can find it here.


once we have all the DPES2 ready for launch, we'll craft another PR Blast like the one masterminded by grant for the DPES1.

until then then feel free to promote in any way you'd like.



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