More Mormon Steampunk and a Renewed Submission Call

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Available now: PUT YOUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL!

This is volume two of the Mormon Steampunk series by Immortal Works. Originally, it was meant as a single anthology, but with so many submissions, it became three. I’m not actually in this one… meaning I edited the first one, ALL MADE OF HINGES, and my story will be in the third one, PRESS FORWARD SAINTS. However, I recommend it, because all these stories are a blast!

All Made of Hinges E-book CoverWe had so many authors express interest after ALL MADE OF HINGES came out, saying they didn’t hear about the original call for submissions, that the publisher decided to make yet another volume. So I’m including the official call below.

If you read, get PUT YOUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL. If you write…

 

A Mighty Fortress: Mormon Steampunk Volume IV Call for submissions

Immortal Works (editor Holli Anderson) hereby calls for submissions for an anthology of MORMON STEAMPUNK to be called A MIGHTY FORTRESS.

Here is the deal:

  1. The writer’s religious affiliation is completely irrelevant. We don’t care; we don’t even want to know.
  1. The story does not have to be set in any particular world. The story must be in some sense “Mormon” and in some sense “Steampunk.” We’ll try to interpret those categories both broadly.
  1. If your story is faith-promoting (Mormonism is “true” in the story), we’ll stop reading it. If it is mean-spirited (Mormons are all idiots), we’ll also stop reading it.
  1. Stories should be at least 2,000 words long and generally no more than 8,000 words.
  1. The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2019 or until filled.
  1. Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.
  1. Send submissions to hollia (at) immortal-works.com. Include the words “A MIGHTY FORTRESS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

 

 

 

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Available Now: All Made of Hinges

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New today: ALL MADE OF HINGES!

This is the first of a three volume collection of Mormon Steampunk stories published by Immortal Works Press. I edited this anthology, obviously. Book two, Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel, comes out in two months, edited by John M. Olsen. And the last book, Press Forward, Saints, comes out in four months, edited by D. J. Butler. The third volume includes a new story I wrote: Spirit Photographs.

Summary-

Cheerful in the face of dark opposition. Innovative to improve a backward world. Industrial as a cure for oppressive conditions. Unyielding beneath all who seek to bind and control them. Faithful until they conquer the fear of death and rise to great acts of heroism and service. Mormons and Steampunks are two faces of the same coin.

Twelve authors spin tales of true believers facing impossible odds, risking this life in the hope of gaining something better after. Mormon Battalion soldiers fight an airship, a bounty hunter crosses Porter Rockwell, cultists attempt to reanimate Brigham Young, and missionaries run into Cthulhu. These are just a few of the amazing tales by award winning, bestselling, and premier authors—
D. J. Butler, John M. Olsen, Steven L. Peck, Elizabeth Mueller, Scott E. Tarbet, Jay Barnson, Joe Monson, Amanda Hamblin, Christopher McAfee, Jace Killan, John D. Payne, and Lee Allred.

All Made of Hinges is the first installment in the incredible three-part Mormon Steampunk series by Immortal Works Press. If you love these stories, look for more in Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel and Press Forward, Saints.

Get it now!

This all started with D. J. Butler‘s groundbreaking Mormon* Steampunk book, CITY OF THE SAINTS. Later, he said a lot of friends had expressed a desire to write the same unique type of cross-over. So, we decided to co-edit an anthology and put out a call for submissions. The response was overwhelming. As stories continued to pour in, we knew it wouldn’t fit in a single volume. We decided to split it, until so many more came in, that we invited John M. Olsen to help us.

In the end, it’s an incredible collection with a broad range of imagination. I’ve been impressed by the vast differences when it might seem like a very restricted genre. I guarantee every volume. These are the best work of some awesome story tellers.

Enjoy!

*Note: As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I am well aware of the recent shift away from identifying ourselves as Mormons. I support this change. However, since steampunk is generally set in the past, the name is still appropriate. The stories, not being doctrinal or exclusively having member protagonists, fit best under the older nickname which was still commonly in effect during the time in which they are set.

And it’s already on the Amazon charts!

All Made of Hinges 11-2018 #3 Steampunk Hot New

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Amazon’s Cheap Paperbacks Game

fractured-earth-wrap-coverAmazon likes to play a game with me. The premise is simple. They slowly drop the price of my paperback books a little at a time to see how long I’ll wait before I buy them cheap. they probably don’t realize the game’s a no-brainer. Eventually, the price goes lower than what I can get them from my distributor for (to sell at signings and conventions). Then I buy a bunch and they put the price right back up.

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We’ve reached the tipping point of the game for a couple of my best-selling books. They are down to a third of the cover price. Normally, I’d just snap them up, but this time, I thought I’d let you in on it. I can’t guarantee I’ll hold off very long. But for a little while, you can get these books, brand new, for dirt cheap.

The Actuator: Fractured Earth, just $6.55!

Windows into Hell, just $6.58!

Get them fast, because after a few are sold, they’ll be $18.99 and $16.99 again. 🙂

The Road So Far

All Covers 2017

Five years.

The Last Key came out  five years after my first book and short story in print.

The full score is 6 Novels, 1 Novella, 3 Anthologies I edited, 1 RPG manual with 2 short stories in it), short stories in 18 Anthologies edited by other people (including 3 reprints), and comics in 2 episodes of 1 magazine.

I have 2 Novels ready to go whenever I decide to buckle down and send them in, and 4 short stories going into Anthologies coming out in the future (including 1 reprint). I’m currently working on a new novel, which I paused to experiment with a serial story.

I hope this doesn’t come off as bragging. I’m just taking stock of where I’ve been, as a way of deciding where I want to go next. It’s been a rough year, and I think I need a little direction and motivation before I start to build up momentum again. Seeing this block of covers really makes me happy.

A writer’s only real success is the readers, of course. I’m immensely grateful to my readers, fans, friends, and family. I’ll leave you with some eye candy from the first test version of The Last Key by cover artist Eugene Teplitsky.

Here’s to the next five years!

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The Last Paperback

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At long last, the last paperback (The Last Key) in the Actuator Series is out! If you read electronically, as the majority of people seem to do these days, then you probably already have it. For those who are holding out because they want the paper in their hands and the smell of a new press, your time has finally come.

For me, the ultimate moment will be placing this book on my shelf next to the others. Then it will finally feel complete. My copies are in the mail, so the time is coming soon.

It’s been an amazing journey. Thank you all for sticking with me through it!

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Call for Submissions: Press Forward, Saints

CotS CoverD. J. Butler is the leading, if not only, author in “Mormon Steampunk.” His four book series, City of the Saints, is now an omnibus that reaches a very wide and eclectic audience. Since its publication, a large number of readers have asked for more and a good group of authors have expressed interest in writing something similar. In 2018 he decided to collect short stories in the same genre and put together an anthology. I’m thrilled to be working with him as co-editor on this project.

PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS Call for Submissions

Immortal Works (editors James Wymore and D.J. Butler) hereby call for submissions for an anthology of MORMON STEAMPUNK to be called PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS.

Here is the deal:

1. The writer’s religious affiliation is completely irrelevant. We don’t care; we don’t even want to know.

2. The story does not have to be set in any particular world. The story must be in some sense “Mormon” and in some sense “Steampunk.” We’ll try to interpret those categories both broadly.

3. If your story is faith-promoting (Mormonism is “true” in the story), we’ll stop reading it. If it is mean-spirited (Mormons are all idiots), we’ll also stop reading it.

4. Stories should be at least 2,000 words long and generally no more than 8,000 words.

5. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018.

6. Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.

7. Send submissions to david.john.butler (at) hotmail.com. Include the words “PRESS FORWARD SAINTS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at jameswymore (at) gmail.com as well. If you aren’t sure what Steampunk is, check some of these references…

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All Immortal Works E-books on Sale!

Get every e-book published by Immortal Works Press for just 99 cents on Black Friday through Cyber-Monday! That includes my own Novella: Schism! This is a great time to get amazing stories to keep you warm through the cold of the upcoming winter. Also, e-books make great gifts! No need for anybody else to know you got them cheap. Also, you can avoid the madding crowds in the wee hours of crazy AM. Just follow this link and it’ll find you the whole list on Amazon.