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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Is there still time to get in on this?  Sorry for the late reply, but somehow this totally slipped in under my radar!  I have a 95% complete story that just needs a last over-edit.

I'm fairly sure if it's completely squared away by the weekend then you could still get in. How far away, time-wise, are you from completion? I can help with line edit feedback if that will speed things up, but you'd have to ask John as he's taking care of graphics and formatting etc.


I'm picturing you running up the gang plank as the SS ePulp is sliding away from the pier. Let's see if you can make the jump, ha ha.

When do you think you can you be at 100% with the story? I recommend that you take grant up on his offer, he's a great typo spotter and very efficient. 

Grant, Bard and Tome,

Have any of you promoted the new release date yet? 


It needs one more read-through which I will attempt to get done by the weekend and then send in.  I think most of the typos are gone, but there might be a couple remnants.  How's the best way to get this to you two? 

DONE! Squeezed in a final edit while my wife put the kid to bed,  Let me know how to get it to you.  The title is "A Friend of Spirits" by Jack Philpott.

I just messaged you my email addy. Look forward to reading it.

You'll see it soon.

Grant, sent you an email...dija get it?

Story send to Grant for review.

cap 'n

welcome aboard.


once you and grant are done with your final edits, just email me your final and I'll plug it in. word, txt or rtf will be fine.


Cap'n Tony said:

It needs one more read-through which I will attempt to get done by the weekend and then send in.  I think most of the typos are gone, but there might be a couple remnants.  How's the best way to get this to you two? 

Sounds great, John.  Grant has it now.  As soon as his edit is done I'll get it to you.  Thanks for slowing the boat a bit so I could make the death-defying jump off the pier!


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