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GEARED UP WRITING STEAMPUNK is a totally rewritten guide to, well, writing Steampunk Fiction. As the 2nd edition (although the title changed subtly), there are elements that remain, some that have been dropped, and new things added. For instance, this time round the research sections on wardrobes, slang, theatres, and weapons has vanished because in the original book this all focused nearly entirely on the Victorians -- the British ones.

Also dropped was the list of authors names, mostly because keeping it up to date in the book was impossible, so it moved to a website.

The markets remained and gained a few additions.

Other new sections focus specifically on Weird West, the Gilded Age (urban American East), the Belle Epoch (European), Parallel Worlds and Alternative Universes, Time Travel, plus writing the Steampunk romance, mystery, dystopian tale, comedy and adventure story.

As well as covering the American West for Weird West, trips to the Canadian West, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania are also taken. Under the Belle Epoch section the focus is on what could be used or twisted when it comes to what's going on historically in France and Germany.

The sections on world building and collecting information to use to build that world -- or the plot! -- have been expanded. There are even more suggestions on what might be used or changed or mangled in dreaming up a Steampunk world for a novel, short story, or novella.

For the emphasis does stay entirely on writing Steampunk fiction. There is no discussion about political messages or the Steampunk communities or Steampunk bands or costumers or crafts people. No Steampunk conventions or meet-and-greets are discussed.

Likewise GEARED UP! WRITING STEAMPUNK doesn't lay out the steps for writing fiction or building plots. There are plenty of other books that do that.
MUSE TO MANUSCRIPT (by Beth Daniels), for example. Our topic is specialized and we stick to it!

Comments within the reviews posted for the original WRITING STEAMPUNK book were taken into consideration during the upgrade, and hopefully solve all the problems -- like hyperlinks to the various chapters being added.

Steampunk is a subgenre of Alternative History which is a subgenre of Fantasy. It's fun to read but even more exciting to write. So get GEARED UP to enjoy the ride!

Beth Daniels' first novel was published in 1990. Since then she has spun stories of romantic-suspense, romantic-comedy, historical romantic adventure, and YA romantic-comedy, working with editors at seven different publishing houses, and using numerous pseudonyms.She also penned a few articles about writing fiction for e-zines. Bored with what she had been writing, when she discovered Steampunk a whole new world opened up and her muse has been hard at work bouncing between numerous projects that incorporate mystery as well as well altered history. She holds a bachelor degree in American History with a minor in British modern, and a masters in English Composition and Rhetoric with an Emphasis on Creative Writing. Besides teaching at the college level she has created and presented fiction writing workshops online, including eight that revolved around Steampunk.

Visit her at for novels and short stories written as Beth Henderson and J.B. Dane, at for books about writing fiction or composing college level essays, or at for...well, Steampunk related information.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 3 Media Press; First Edition edition (24 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars History as they never taught us in school! 30 October 2014
By MMV Hamilton - Published on
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The best thing about steampunk is getting to rewrite history. Geared Up: Writing Steampunk, Beth Daniels' guide to indulging the genre, is more than a "how to write" book. Her dual passions for history and storytelling come together in a way that makes history a playground.

I read this book. Most books on writing are a list of topics that I can thumb through when I have a problem. Not this one. I read it, cover to cover, because Ms. Daniels made the world steampunk draws on interesting. Because, in order to warp history you've gotta know it first. And the parts of history that don't make it into the history books we had in school? They are in here. In fact, if I were homeschooling somebody, this would be my source for getting started on history. "What would happen, for example, if ...?" is the beginning of a lot of stories. The essence of steampunk is the insertion of technology and its affect on society. Its a marvelous way to inspect the impact of changing technologies on our own behavior while indulging in a lot of creative recreation.

With National Novel Writing Month bearing down on us, it is a good time to grab a copy and take it for a flight. Mix and match eras, landscapes and reading levels to make something fun immerse yourself in. Whatever you decide to do with it, Geared Up : Writing Steampunk will be a steady and inspirational guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated and better than ever! 13 March 2014
By Owl and Ivy - Published on
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Geared Up! Writing Steampunk is the leaner and meaner version of it's predecessor, but still packs a lot of useful information for anyone who is interested in writing steampunk fiction. Everything from archetypal steampunk characters to the various subgenres and time periods is covered here. My favorite bits are when the author discusses historical figures and events and how best to warp them to suit your story (especially in the appropriately titled chapter "Mangling History").

There are some great improvements from the first edition in both content and format, and it remains the best primer on writing the steampunk genre I've encountered. Geared Up! is also just plain fun to read, so slap on your goggles and get ready to write your own steampunk adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info 11 October 2016
By lora hasse - Published on
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This book is essential to anyone wanting to do their toe into writing steampunk. It is told in a no nonsense yet humorous way and gave invaluable info.
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer's Aid 21 February 2015
By Dave Hornung - Published on
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If you are interested in writing Steampunk this is a great book to get ideas from. If you are not a writer or would be writer, save your money. For writers it is worth the price and more.