This project, Steampunk for Simpletons, starts with those two questions and expands outward to cover a plethora of topics. From the basics such as where to go and what to do, to the aesthetic of arts within steampunk, we give a guided tour and primer in the world of steampunk.
Travis I. Sivart and Wendy L. Callahan are both published steampunk authors, as well as having a weekly radio show on the subject. Though they do not claim to be the ultimate or complete authority in this beloved genre, they wrote this book hoping to help new folks find their way into the hobby, or help others expand their knowledge of the aesthetic. They also drew upon the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of many others (like their cats) from the steampunk community, making their book an inclusive and cooperative work.
Due for release in March of 2014.
What we are offering to you:
- Credit plus recognition in the book for every supporter who helps.
- Electronic or physical copies of Steampunk For Simpletons.
- Electronic or physical copies of Wendy Callahan's or Travis Sivart's other books.
- Exposure in the book to say what you want in the form of an announcement or advertisement.
Even a dollar short and we lose it all, so please share this with anyone and everyone. If you cannot contribute, we would greatly appreciate if you would tell ten friends each week which this project is active, and that will be an incredible help in making this happen! You can use the Facebook, Twitter, and embed quick links above (just under the top picture/video), or email/share the link. And it will make our cats happy.
What is the money paying for?
If we succeed, we can afford:
- Kickstarter, Amazon, and other associated fees
- Shipping the rewards
- Cover art
- Interior layout
- Building a physical inventory
When we did our research of how much we needed to make this happen, we also research other projects which were successful. Every book that was related to steampunk asked for $5,000 to $25,000! And the dozen we found were all successful. We took that into consideration when we were deciding on our goal. Many of those projects included extras (such as what we consider stretch goals) into their goal. Rather than ask for more, we chose $1,000 because it was the minimum we needed.
So, many things that others included as necessities, we have added as stretch goals. If by some chance we reach unexpected and significant amounts of surplus money we will add extra things onto this project for everyone to enjoy! See below for some possibilities.
$2500 - We will add interior art for each chapter, in addition to the art we will already have at the beginning of Part 1 through Part 5. If we reach this stretch goal we will also give a DRM-free copy of the ebook to each and every person who contributed an article, essay, or DIY project to Steampunk For Simpletons. So, you see that list of people and bios below? They would now get the ebook.
$5000 - We will print bookmarks for everyone that has pledged any amount. If we reach this stretch goal we will also give a paperback copy of the book to each and every person who contributed an article, essay, or DIY project to Steampunk For Simpletons. So, you see that list of people and bios below? They would now get a copy of the paperback version of Steampunk For Simpletons.
$7500 - We will create prints of the cover and/or icon art by Elizabeth Galindorf, and offer them for sale. Anyone who pledged any amount to this Kickstarter will get them for as close to our cost as we can. Anyone who pledged any amount will get a high resolution electronic copy!
Other possible stretch goals could be: Patches of an icon, flasks, postcards of icons or cover, or coins stamped and imprinted with the icons. We will cross that bridge IF we come to it.
Want extra books?
If you pledge $10 or more you will receive the eBook as part of your backer reward. If you pledge $20 or more you receive a paperback copy and the eBook as part of your backer rewards.
If you would like extra copies it is as easy as adding the extra cost to your pledge. If you want an extra copy of the paperback, add $20 to your pledge. If you want an extra copy of the hardcover, add $50 to your pledge. If you want an extra copy of the eBook, well... make one, because if you pledged $10 or more we already will have given you a DRM free copy that you may duplicate.
You can do this at any pledge level. For example, if you donate $60 you may choose either the $60 backer reward, the $20 backer reward and 2 extra copies of the paperback, or the $40 backer reward and 1 extra copy of the paperback, or whatever combination you like.
About the Contributors
These are the wonderful people who contributed their point of view, knowledge, wisdom, and wit to Steampunk For Simpletons in one form or another. Let's meet them!
Lord Hastings Robert Bobbins/Eric Jon Larson is the creator and imagination behind the well known Steampunk convention, TeslaCon. With the use of sound effects, music, visual effects films, and over fifty immersion actors, Lord Bobbins has made TeslaCon the most talked about convention in North America. Each year over 1500 people travel to Wisconsin to participate in this three day event - the largest immersion event of its kind. You can find out more information at TeslaCon.com.
Kevin Steil is the creator and editor of Airship Ambassador, the steampunk news and information resource website. He has been a guest and speaker at numerous steampunk conventions, written for several books and publications, and has participated in the Vintage Tomorrows book and documentary film. Kevin is also the Executive Director and Curator of The Steampunk Museum, created in April, 2012. As his personal project, he wants to document and share the vast amount of information about steampunk in all of its forms and facets.
As Escape the Clouds, Mark Rossmore creates story-driven steampunk music. He’s released three albums and two EPs since 2009, self-produced multiple music videos, and is a published author of steampunk fiction. A repeat Dragon Con steampunk panelist since 2011, he also founded the community site Steampunk-Music.com. Check out his music at: http://www.EscapeTheClouds.com
David Lee is the principal artist at Hatton Cross Steampunk, located in Gloucester VA. David's Steampunk art has been featured at various Steampunk conventions and festivals, from Ohio to Atlanta. He has received numerous nominations for his artwork. He is the founder of HCS Publishing, through which you can find his Steampunk western novel, “Country in Ruin: 1865", with a sequel release planned for 2014. David is also a contributing "DIY" author for the Steampunk Chronicle. David's personal motto is "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!" and he applies this to all of his Steampunk creations.
Commander Bob Eisenstein (Victor Sierra's leader): The Hydrogen Queen’s Commander, he doesn't like to be disturbed when flying high in the currents of inspiration. Commander Bob likes Bourbon and conversations where questions are the answers to questions. He also likes to convert improbable ideas into impossible visions. Lyrical ambiguity prevails because the obvious is unexciting. His style is "predictably unpredictable".
Katherine Gleason is the author of Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism (Race Point Publishing, 2013) and Alexander McQueen: Evolution. She has written more than thirty books on a wide range of topics—from art to origami and from archeology to witchcraft.
According to Madison Hatter, The Mad Hatter is a whimsical character initially encountered at a tea party in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Well, Madison researched the database and discovered that there wasn’t a tea called Mad Hatter. Naturally his response was to ask himself, “How mad is that?”, so he created The Mad Hatter Tea Company’ Mad Hatter Tea is about working together within communities to bring a quality of well-being whereby everyone feels the value of being valued, and Mad Hatter Tea is a valuable resource in that infrastructure.
Calamity Labs is the mad brain child of mixologist, Calamity Dawn, and her Chief Minion and partner, Lord Dorian W. Bridges. Brought together by the joy of mixing libations and concoctions that are not only tasty, but alcoholic also, they travel steampunk venues educating and entertaining as they mix their way into your heart, using classic and new recipes, and occasionally googly eyes. You can find out more about the crazy chemical cadre at facebook.com/CalamityLabs.
Steven C. Davis is the author of ‘Cornix Sinistra’ and ‘Armageddon Angel’. He is the lead author of ‘The Heart’s Cog Imperative’, a dark and twisted Steampunk novel about a book-seller who decides to stand up to the Royal British Empire. It will be published by Tenebrous Texts in December 2014. He is also the presenter, host, and DJ of GASP, a gothic, alternative, Steampunk, and progressive rock web-radio show, hosted by www.blast1386.reading-college.ac.uk
Karen Kay is the Editor in Chief of FAE Magazine (Faeries And Enchantment) and Founder of Karen Kay’s Faery Events. She lives at the ends of the earth in a place called Cornwall in the UK. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and used to work for the BBC.
Kristin Ried Jensen is a full-time graduate student working on her doctorate in education, specifically instructional technology with a focus in interactive technologies. Kristin is known as Gabrielle Riel, the general director of the Internet radio station Radio Riel, on which she hosts several programs including one on steampunk music.
Bruno Accioly is co-founder of Conselho SteamPunk, author of CronicasPostumas.com.br, CEO of dotweb.com.br, a graphic designer, IT professional, and CG artist. You can find more information at Steampunk.com.br or facebook.com/vapor.marginal (Marginal Steam).
In addition to Steampunking, Charlotte Henley Babb writes fantasy and fractured fairy tales, as well as DIY non-fiction. Her adult contemporary fantasy humor novel Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil, was released in 2012. Keep up with her and her upcoming projects at mavenfairygodmother.com and plus-size-steampunk.com.
Kevin Crew has been a professional chef for nearly 20 years, and has worked in every kind of venue from small cafes to award-winning top restaurants. He is an avid fan of food history and often forces/encourages his friends to try the latest ancient recipe he has unearthed. He lives on a small island off the south coast of England, where he is for the most part tolerated by his wife Emily, his children Lauren and Joshua, and a menagerie of reptiles and snakes. He can not only talk the hind legs off of a donkey, but then roast them and provide the perfect sauce to accompany.
The Brass Bobbin is the upshot of the opinionated machinations and bustled imagination of the draughtsperson and seamstress, Miss Cordelia Forward, who, along with her partner the esteemed designer and tailor Mr Phineas Squidd, wages constant battle against the modern trend for sloppy dressing and fast food. As founders of the Steampunk group Kraken’s Lair, they are often found in good company, discussing the finer points of neck-ties or lamenting the scarcity of brass vases. They have two helpful cats. They need a bigger wardrobe. They would like to spend more time in the garden (reading).
Elizabeth "Thee Lady G" Galindorf is the creative genius behind the icons and cover art in Steampunk For Simpletons. Her work, which ranges from creepy to oh-so-adorable, can be found at www.Galindorf.com.
Ian Morgenheim is a writer, designer, erstwhile barista, and lifelong gaming enthusiast. Having left Warminster, Pennsylvania in 2011 to pursue dreams of RPG development, he lovingly crafted dialog, characters, story, and quest lines for several earlier versions of the steampunk MMORPG City of Steam. He currently lives in Shenzhen, China.
Kim Ryser, aka Baroness Violet von Mickelsburg, discovered the steampunk community after a lifelong obsession with all things Victorian. She has since become a self-taught seamstress and corset maker and loves to share what she's learned with others. Check out her tutorials and adventures at her award-winning blog, steamingenious.com.
April aka Lady Emma Sinclaire says, “In 2010 I attended the Steampunk Festival at the CRMI in Waltham, MA. There I was delighted to discover that my interest in Sci-Fi, things Victorian and Time Travel had a name! I have been dabbling ever since, much to the confusion of my friends and amusement of my daughters.”
Sky Marshall Gideon Alexander Cornelius Thaddeus Prime: Soldier, Scientist, Sartorian. His real world alter ego earned the second “L” in Sky Marshall at the Battle of the Long Line. Pushing boundaries ever higher, he became associated with a major space organization called NASA. With continued education from various Colleges, Universities, and Government Institutions, along with very specialized scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics training in the disciplines of Faraday, Edison, and Tesla, he works on amazing endeavors that go far beyond the Sky.
Aidan Sivart, son of author Travis I. Sivart, is a young adventurer in his own right and is often seen at events as Steampunk Indiana Jones. When not enjoying video games or outdoor activities, he is often found creating imaginary worlds by writing or playing. Aidan's first short story was accepted for publication when he was nine years old.
Lady Smoke is part of the artistic collective Mercenarios de DIOS, founder of "Sociedad Steampunk Argentina", "Sindicato Dieselpunk", an independent and spontaneous promoter of retrofuturisms and steampunk music in Latin America. Mercenarios de DIOS (collective): mercenariosddios.blogspot.com
Phineas Squidd is a Steampunk. When his partner Cordelia Forward first showed him a picture of the Steampunk aesthetic, they knew that is what they are. They started their local group “Krakens Lair” (the most active group in New Zealand), and They try their hardest to live up to their motto: “Be Splendid and Carry On”. www.TheBrassBobbin.com
Charlie Stayton is one of the developers and writers for Cracked Monocle Games, the makers of Tephra the Steampunk Role Playing Game. He has done many panels at cons, and is currently working on more expansions and adventures for Tephra. He is also a designer of Steampunk jewelry for Clockwork Dog Jewelry, which Gwyn (the Clockwork Dog) runs in her spare time. Charlie’s real life job is working as a network administrator. He can be reached at Charlie@crackedmonocle.com.
Dormaus Uhrwerk isn't quite sure where she came from and is equally unsure of where she is going. After a fall from an airship and an unwelcome crash-landing into a garden, Dormaus lost her memory and is working hard to find her place in the world. Her own name is a mystery to her, though she awoke with a note addressed to "the dormaus" crumpled in a utility bag. For a time, she was seen in the company of a gunslinger-for-hire fighting for justice and the acquisition of shiny bits to add to her collection. She was taken in by the Airship Hypatia which hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She looks after her crew mates and does her best to keep morale high. Dormaus loves music and is always open to hearing new things. She delights most in making herself useful. If you see her at an event or a con and need an extra pair of hands, always feel welcome to ask!
Brian Woodruff is a writer, world traveler, and complex human being. A Montréal native, his sojourn into the Far East and the subsequent adventures out there have left him with lifelong friends and what he believes to be a reasonable fear of oriental insects... unless they're cooked properly. He contributed to the writing of City of Steam and is the lead writer for the sci-fi game, Darkout. He currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.
About the Rewards
The Chronos Clock, Book One of the Aetheric Artifacts Series
In 1892 Victorian London, Demetra Ashdown is a half-daemon with the ability to locate and draw Aetheric artifacts to her. When her former fiancé’s valet is held hostage and will only be released in exchange for a device with the power to control time, she must act quickly to save a man’s life. Armed with only her razor-edged fan and equally sharp wit, she feels it is her duty to ensure that the potentially-devastating device does not fall into the wrong hands.
In addition to this dilemma, she must determine if she both trusts and loves the man to whom she was once betrothed. Lord Francis Winterton not only broke her heart, but also appears to have betrayed her to the ruthless people in search of this powerful artifact. With close friend and inventor Simon Warom at her side, Demetra begins her adventure: the hunt for the clock that will save the life of the valet, and thus prevent Francis from transgressing the limits of fashionable good taste.
Aetheric Elements: The Rise of a Steampunk Reality
Automatons and airships, bustles and beasts, corsets and curses, dandies and dastardly deeds, all await you as you explore the cultures which evolved into a Steampunk industrial civilization. Learn about the people who made history and created the events that molded a world into a near utopia, only to be torn asunder as the society was about to achieve the pinnacle of its existence. Enjoy a savory sampler of Steampunk society and sinister scenarios to whet your appetite for the author's upcoming full length novel. This anthology of nineteen tales of terror, mystery, and adventure takes you into Travis Sivart's weird and wonderful world.
About the Authors and Publisher
Run by Dave Lee, HCS Publishing is a small press dedicated to promoting literary works in the Steampunk, fantasy, and Sci-fi genres. Our stories cover all markets, they specialize in YA authors and promoting the development of such talents. We believe very much in publishing unique stories that entertain the imagination. We like to think that we bring imagination to life!
Travis I Sivart lives in a state of constant flux between Richmond, VA and Washington, DC with his two cats and son. He has traveled through four continents, and has friends on six. Having traveled through time via renaissance faires he has now begun to travel the Aether and join his steampunk colleagues in new adventures. He began writing in his early teens and his creativity flourished with the help of fantasy role-playing games. Travis has written and published editorials on manners, pipe smoking, and medieval re-enactment, as well as poetry. He has published over a dozen short stories in anthologies (and more coming), and usually writes in the steampunk, horror, science fiction or medieval fantasy genres. He also hosts a weekly, steampunk-themed, syndicated internet-radio show, with Wendy L. Callahan, focusing on the steampunk genre and culture.
Wendy L. Callahan is an urban and steampunk fantasy author, Pagan writer, and the foxy half of the radio hosting duo at Sounds of Steam. In her mundane existence, she is a homeschooling mom and genealogist from Massachusetts, living in Nebraska with her husband, son and daughter, black-headed caique, and three cats. Wendy's standalone short stories, novellas, and novels range from gaslamp and steampunk to urban fantasy, from mournful narratives to happily ever afters.
Risks and challenges
The possibility of an unforeseen delay is always possible in any project, but more so in one that involves multiple contributors. There is always potential glitches in formatting, editing, revisions, etc.
We have done everything we can to minimize such possibilities though. We have all the contributions, and have the cover art and editing set up at this time. Everyone is aware of the schedule, and barring a surprise there is very little chance of a delay. We are dedicated to getting this book in your hands as soon as we can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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