Back in October 2011, I ran a two week long feature called Discovering Steampunk. In this I aimed to introduce new readers to a quirky genre, and provide some interesting content for readers who already knew about steampunk. There were guest posts, author interviews, giveaways, and reviews. Guest posts talked about certain aspects of steampunk and I did my best to get authors and publishers involved. It was a lot of fun!
Well, it has been about 1 and a half years since Discovering Steampunk and earlier I got thinking: it would be fun to run another feature while I have all of this spare time. I had toyed quite seriously with the idea of running a fantasy feature last year when Naithin was onboard but Naithin didn’t have the time really and I was left to do A LOT of planning and gathering myself so it never happened. I’m not entirely sad about that because while fantasy is my first love, everybody knows what fantasy is, more or less. As fun as some of the pre-planning was looking to be.
So earlier when I started daydreaming after a long session of reading on the bed, I had a ponder over different feature ideas I could run. Fantasy, chick lit, historical fiction, memoirs, magical realism, British literary fiction, dystopian, other cultures… but it all came back to steampunk. While we “discovered” steampunk back in that October 2011, the genre has since exploded with more and more readers discovering the likes of Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger and more steampunk styled novels have been released than ever before. There’s a lot of exploring to be done, and still a lot I didn’t get around to “discovering” the first time.
This time, I’m hoping to look into the origins of steampunk in greater detail, consider steampunk as a sub-genre to fantasy, paranormal, and so on, look more into indie steampunk, invite authors over for a chat, invite bloggers (that’s you!) over also, and hopefully wrangle in a few giveaways (money is extremely tight so any help with this authors/publishers would be amazing!). Since Discovering Steampunk I have collected more and more books which I plan to look into reading and reviewing. It’s going to be awesome.
As such, I’ll be re-opening review requests for a few months. I’m going to be very strict with what I accept, but I am in particular going to be looking for some good steampunk books, and if you’d like to run a giveaway or some kind of guest feature, please let me know. As for any bloggers, publicists, or other steampunk interested parties – I’ll be needing you too! If any of you would like to get involved, please let me know. It’s going to be at least a couple of months in the design and preparation stages so don’t worry about time constraints, there’s plenty of time.
Oh, and as steampunk has already been discovered, we’re going to need a snazzy new name! I just came up with “Clockwork Summer” but not sure yet. Ideas?
Please get in touch with me if you’re interested in joining in. You can comment below or even better, contact me directly! I’m looking for people who know a little about steampunk as well as people who are intrigued and want to know more.