Today I’m announcing the start of a publishing project that has been discussed for some time: a collection of New Babbage short stories to be called Tales of New Babbage, Volume 1.
The idea is this: let’s assemble a collection of New Babbage-related short stories and publish them to the broader world in both paper and digital forms. We’ll self-publish at first, and then possibly involve a traditional publisher. Contributions can come from anyone (resident or otherwise), but must involve the city in some way (setting, character, history, etc.). We can promote it inworld, online, at steampunk events, local bookstores, etc. The plan is to get it out in this Fall so it will be available during the holidays.
Then we do it again next year. Volume Two. :-)
This would be an amazing way to promote the City and see Babbage-related stories in print. I plan to distribute copies to friends and family as holiday presents this year (!).
Anyone is welcome to submit a story (between 600 and 7,500 words). It doesn’t have to be a new one (although they would certainly be welcome). Sheryl Skytower, Vivi Spiritweaver, Saffia Widdershins, and Ceejay Writer have agreed to help review and select the stories that will appear in volume one. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011 (so we’ll have enough time to get things ready). If you’re interested, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for business details.
I can’t WAIT to see what we all come up with – stay inside with the AC this summer and crank out some good readage!