Presented by Diana Pho (aka Ay-leen the Peacemaker)

So you think you’ve written The Great Steampunk Novel (or you know you want to). With steampunk taking off in the publishing industry, where can you start? Editor Diana M. Pho (aka Ay-leen the Peacemaker) has several years’ experience in editorial, marketing, and sales, will be able to give you an overview on how the publishing industry works, what it thinks about the growing popularity of the steampunk subgenre, and what options can the novice or experienced author pursue when selling their work.

Diana Pho (aka Ay-leen the Peacemaker) is a scholar, activist, performer, and general rabble-rouser. She is best-known for running Beyond Victoriana, an award-winning, US-based blog on multicultural steampunk, and the oldest-existing blog on this topic. For several years, she has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues and fandom. Diana currently lives and works in New York City as an editor for Tor Books & blogs for You can follow her academic work on


Chicago Steampunk Exposition