One of the glorious things about Steampunk is that it’s powered by passion. Independent writers, artists, and makers put their blood, sweat, and steam into creating this most glorious of fandoms. The only downside of Steampunk’s DIY roots is that is can be tough for these entrepreneurs to reach their target audience when they are operating on a small scale.
The goal of the Network of Indie Steampunks is to bring people together to pool our resources, extend our reach, and support each other’s creative efforts. Members of NOIS will have opportunities to connect with each other, swap reviews and beta-reading, capitalize on our collective expertise, and gain the chance to participate in group marketing efforts at conventions. NOIS has negotiated group rates on a variety of services which will allow members of the Network to exceed our individual efforts on behalf of us all.
In addition, some membership levels include distribution of printed books and other merchandise online and at Steampunk conventions such as Motor City Steam and TeslaCon. Renting a booth, buying tickets, getting there- this can all add up pretty fast. Instead, you can join NOIS and we spread the expense out to allow more people a chance to get their work discovered by Steampunk fans.
What do your fees pay for?
• Group ad artwork and distribution (online and print), including shipping postcards to members for local distribution.
• Recruitment efforts to help the Network grow, including printing business cards and other promotional materials to enhance our credibility and reach.
• Post office box to ensure all deliveries are secure.
• Investment in software to make distribution and tracking of sales run smoothly for customers and members.
• Paying people to help set up and run the booths (at least two people are required for each convention)
• Packaging costs for online orders and distributing group ad postcards to members.
• Booth fees and insurance at conventions.
• Bags for customers, book stands, and other display equipment for the booth
• Publishing costs of member anthology
• My time and effort (minus taxes) for beta reading, compiling newsletter, facilitating blog tours and partnerships, traveling and selling books at conventions, and writing marketing copy for each member.