As I Approach the Midyear

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything on my blog. Actually, the last post I made was before Pensacon. Things have really revved up for me in the busy-ness department since then, so I have a lot to cover and not a lot of… Oh, by the stars we still see, I have all the time in the world!

I’ll go ahead and start with Pensacon. It’s a little on the late side, but Pensacon was a huge success for me. If you’ve been following my Author Page or reading my newsletter, you know that I actually completely sold out of stock at Pensacon by the final day! That was over 70 books in just three short days! For me, it was an amazing experience that nearly brought me to tears! I have to send out a huge thank you to my good friend Nicholas Sincere for helping me man the booth and talking to people about the NANO storyline! In addition to selling out of merchandise, I added more than 90 new people to the Dusks and Dawns Mailing list! If you haven’t checked out the mailing list, be sure to do so on my Facebook Author Page or on this website!

With Pensacon’s success, I’ll be looking into other local or nearby conventions at which to make appearances. In the meantime, let’s talk about NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel, namely the fact that it’s way behind schedule for release. I had originally intended to have it debut at the end of February when I went to Pensacon. I wanted to tie its release in with my appearance there; here it is the end of April, and I’m still several weeks (minimum) from announcing a release date. I want to assure all of you that the book will be releasing soon; the reason its behind schedule is because I am combing through it with a very, very, very fine-brush comb, in a manner of speaking. Don’t worry, it will release soon, and when it does it will be an excellent indicator of where my skills as a writer currently stand (Don’t worry, I’ll keep getting better!)

That brings me to three things which are currently on my plate. These three things all have me extremely excited as a writer, and while I’m waiting on the final edits to trickle in from my editor, I’m having a difficult time deciding which of these projects receives more of my time and attention!

1) The sequel series to NANO set in the Dusks and Dawns universe – If you’ve been following me, you know that the entire NANO series is already written. The only things standing in the way of its publication are beta reads, rewrites, and edits. I’m trying to stagger the releases a little bit, but the staggering process is taking longer than I thought so I’ll likely let less time pass before working on Archive 03 than I did between Archives 01 and 02. That means that (hopefully) Archives 03 part I and 03 part II will be releasing relatively close to Archive 02. That, in turn, means I’m spending a large bulk of my writing time mapping things out for The Dawn Maiden. It’s all still in its skeletal stages right now, but you should look forward to more An Era of Dusks and Dawns series releasing within the next few years.

2) A novella collaboration project – A friend of mine approached me not long ago with an interest in working with me to create a story. After talking things out with said friend, we ultimately decided the project would be a novella (for those that aren’t aware, a novella is a book structured like a novel, but it contains less than 40,000 words. Anything over 40,000 words is considered a novel.)  The most intriguing (to me) part of this process is that I, normally a strong self-publishing advocate, have been swayed to submit our novella to Tor upon completion. This will be my first time giving the traditional publishing avenue a chance, so I’m both excited and terrified at what it might bring!

3) Oni Press open submissions – Oni Press is a comic book publishing house that publishes some very interesting comics. In particular, they like to take a look at underrepresented characters and situations and put them in the spot light. They’re beginning open submissions starting in May. As a writer, I’ve always been interested in the ideas of visual art (comics) and animation, but I’m awful at drawing. If Oni Press likes my idea (a project I’m currently calling Cloud IX) they’ll pair me up with an illustrator and I’ll be able to see some of my work come to life visually! The possibilities for this are exciting, but even if Oni Press decides they don’t like my idea (which I have fallen in love with,) I plan to make a folder for it on my computer and continue it either as my own crack at comics or as a novel/series.

That’s about all I have to report here! If you receive the Dusks and Dawns Newsletter, you’ll likely be getting an issue within the next day or so. Maybe even today, if I can break away from some of my other work. There will be more details about my two side projects and the NANO series! So if you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter, be sure to do so!

As always, thank you all for your continued support!

– Jason

Pensacon Approaches!

I didn’t make a post on my blog in January. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one involves constant work hours being shoved onto me from my day job and the remainder of my hours busy trying to get Archive 02 ready for release during Pensacon 2015!

Unfortunately, I have decided to postpone Archive 02’s release. I tried in earnest to get it ready in time, but I ultimately decided that I want my finished product to be properly edited, rewritten, and the best that it can possibly be for the enjoyment of my readers rather than release a half-edited, half-finished product just to make a specific date. To those who looked forward to purchasing a copy of Archive 02, I apologize profusely! I can only assure you that when Archive 02 releases in March, the book will have been edited to the best of my current capabilities as an author!

That being said, Pensacon is still a “go” for me! All the paperwork is in order and the Pensacon staff is keeping me up to date on any details regarding the event. I’ll have a booth upstairs, so be sure to come and check it out! If you haven’t purchased a copy of Archive 01, there will be several available to buy! If I happen to run out, you can still purchase a copy through Amazon or place an order through me and I’ll make sure it gets shipped to you! I’m still debating whether or not I’ll be including posters of Archive 01’s artwork, but if I decide to include that as part of the merchandise, I will also be have artwork from Archive 02 available! If you already have a copy and wish for me to sign it, be sure to stop by and check out the booth! Even if you already have a signed copy or have no interest in one, be sure to stop by just to chat with me! I’d be happy to answer any questions about the writing/publishing process and (most) personal questions in general!

As with the Pensacola Pop Expo, I will likely be having a raffle that includes a free copy of NANO Archive 01 and (if I include them as part of my merchandise) posters of Archive 01 and Archive 02 artwork! The only stipulation for entering the raffle? Signing up for my mailing list! There will be a sign-up sheet at the convention; you’ll just need to jot down your name and email and voila! You’re entered!

I look forward to seeing everyone at Pensacon. These last couple of months have been quiet, but with Pensacon on the horizon I’m sure that I’ll be updating you more frequently! And, of course, after the event you can expect lots of pictures! I really love cosplaying and the culture involved in it, so any time I see an awesome costume I’ll probably snag that person and ask for a picture.

And who knows– if talks that are in the works go through, you might see some characters from my novel! It’s so hard to contain my excitement!

If you want additional content and information on The Era of Dusks and Dawns universe, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter! I’ll be releasing the February issue in just a few short days! I believe this month will feature an exclusive interview with Ihlia Lorando!

Thanks for all your continued support! I look forward to meeting everyone at Pensacon!

– Jason

Remember, Remember… oh, wait, it’s December!

I have a few updates to share, so I suppose we should jump right into things!

First of all, regarding the release of Archive 02: The War for Uriel. A few snags and setbacks occurred. I definitely underestimated how busy the holidays get, so my goal for a Christmas release is officially not happening. Instead, I’m going to push to release Archive 02 around the same time as Pensacon at the end of February. My manuscript is officially in my editor’s hands, so at this point I’m just playing the waiting game! I’ll keep everyone up to speed on whether or not Archive 02 will actually be releasing in February or gets pushed back again!

Which brings me to Pensacon itself; it’s right around the corner! Everything’s still on for me having an author’s booth at the event. I’m planning to have copies of both Archive 01 and Archive 02 for sale! I’d really like to see the cover art for both books make an appearance in the form of a poster, but I’m not sure if it’s something people would like to have or if I’m just biased toward how awesome it looks! Be sure to leave some comments or message me if it’s something you’d like to see for sale!

The most exciting thing about the con to me, though, is that some of my friends have decided to attempt a cosplay group of characters from my series! I can’t wait to see them all at the con; even if sales are a complete flop it’ll all be worth it at that point!

I want to remind everyone that the Dusks and Dawns Newsletter is launching in January! Many of you signed up at the Pensacola Pop Expo, but if you want to receive the newsletter and you haven’t signed up, you can either message or email me with your name and email address, or click on the link on the drop down menu at the top of the page!

The newsletter will be sent out once a month and have all kinds of content that you won’t find on Facebook or my blog. Including fun things like Interviews with the characters, short stories about some of their pasts, and random insights from me regarding the writing process, so be sure to sign up!

Lastly, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! May you all spend it with the people closest to you! I hope you bring in the new year in good spirits and ready to tackle life’s next chapter!

I, for one, am really looking forward to what this new year will bring; it’ll mark the next step on my journey as I undertake the monumental task of starting The Dawn Maiden, the next series in my Era of Dusks and Dawns universe! For all of you who’ve come on this journey with me in some shape or form, I thank you for your continued support, as always!

– Jason

Pensacola Pop Expo was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

The Pensacola Pop Expo was so much more amazing than I could have hoped for!

First, let me just say that the coordinators that will be working Pensacon also worked Pensacola Pop Expo (at least the vendor coordinators,) and they did a stellar job making sure that everything ran smooth. They kept in constant contact with everyone; they came by the various booths several times over the course of the five hours checking on everyone.

The turnout was great! So many people showed up, and the number of people who decided to dress up surprised me considering the event took place in the middle of the street! The costumes were fantastic, people were in a chipper mood, and the weather stayed perfect the entire day!

A lot of people came by to say hello, I sold several copies of NANO Archive 01, and even members of the Santa Rosa School board and the Pensacola News Journal took an interest in my book! I even made the Sunday morning paper (will be posting a picture below!)

I can’t begin to express how touched I was by all the support. From seeing my friends, to all the people that just stopped by to tell me how excited they were and to wish me well, I felt like I was on cloud nine!

I’d like to post special thank-yous to Jonathan Pace, Mia Ingram-Pace, Mitchell Brent, and Kristi Massey. Jonathan and Mia stayed with me from early in the morning all the way through the event’s end helping me out TREMENDOUSLY in more ways than I can count. I daresay I wouldn’t have been able to do this event without their help, and Mitch and Kristi stopped by in the middle of the day to help man the booth and figure out some tech-problems we were having! I’m very grateful to the four of you, so thank you so much!

I received quite a few sign-ups for the mailing list that I’m sure I’ve mentioned! (If you haven’t signed up for it, there’s an icon on the left of the page for you to do so!) The Newsletter will launch in January 2015, and it will be a monthly newsletter as opposed to a weekly or biweekly. It’ll have things you won’t find on my FB page or even my blog; in particular, you’ll find fun extra snippits about characters, a way to get fun little answers about them (Such as: what was Ihlia’s favorite food before the Titan Crisis?) maybe a short story or two set from the POV of different characters, and general updates on my progress in the NANO series and (eventually) The Dawn Maiden series. So be sure to sign up if any of that sounds interesting to you!

Thanks again to everyone who helped make my first event as a published author one that I’ll never forget! I’m posting a few pictures to commemorate; I suppose I should mention that apparently the Empire took some issue with my booth! I think they sent over their favorite Sith to check things out. I avoided a Force Choke, thankfully. The Stormtrooper fired at me a couple times… but we all know they can’t hit the broad side of an AT-AT, so no worries there!

On that note, I can’t wait to see all of you (and more of you!) at Pensacon in February. Archive 02 will be on sale then, and if all goes well, you’ll see some cosplays of characters from my books, too!

Thanks again for all your continued support,
Jason

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As of October’s End

I’m still busy working on the rewrites and tune-ups for NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel. It’s finishing the beta-reading phase as I type this, and I’m getting ready to ship it to my editor! The cover art by Matthew Burton has been complete, and I was just as pleased with his work this time around as I was the first! I’ll be featuring the cover art at the end of this post!

Regarding Pensacon – Everything is in motion for my appearance at Pensacon next year. My deposit is paid, my application was accepted, and I’m excited to announce that I’ll officially be setting up a writer’s booth at Pensacon 2015. Stay tuned for details on what things will be available at my booth and how you might be able to help if you’re so inclined to do so!

Through my connection with the Pensacon staff, I was also invited to participate in the Pensacola Pop Expo on November 15. That, too, has gone through successfully and I’ll have a table set up on that day! As of now, I have a limited number of copies of NANO Archive 01 which will be on sale during the event for $12.99 (Roughly the same price as quoted on Amazon– Sans the shipping fees.) Of course, I’ll sign any purchase and be happy to converse with anyone who stops by whether they make a purchase or not! Within the next two weeks before the event, I’m going to try to procure a limited number of posters featuring the NANO Archive 01 cover artwork. I’ll announce more about that when/if it comes together! So be sure to come to the Pensacola Pop Expo! I mean, if for no other reason than to see Ernie Hudson!

I’ve been dabbling in a few other writing projects while all this has been going on. I’ll release some more details on those as I really get into them. I do, however, want to announce that I’ll begin working on the next series in An Era of Dusks and Dawns within the next couple of months! The next series, titled The Dawn Maiden, takes place roughly 20 years after the events of NANO. Other than that, I’m keeping a lid on the details to keep everything spoiler-free!

You can expect NANO Archive 02 to officially release around the start of December. So be sure to keep your eyes on your amazon accounts! And without further ado, here’s the unveiling of NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel’s cover art!

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NANO Archive 02 and Pensacon!

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, this might be a bit of a repeat post. For those of you that exclusively follow my blog: Hi, I know it’s been almost a month since my last substantial post regarding the prospects of Pensacon. A lot has happened since then, and the reason for my lack of activity is fairly good (at least I think it is)

So let’s get down to osmiridium tacks. I’ve been working relentlessly to get my final first-round edits and revisions finished on NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel. As of last night, I finished those edits and have since shoved Archive 02 into the Beta Reading phase. While my beta readers are hard at work critiquing/questioning, I’ll be working with my cover designer, Matthew Burton, for Archive 02’s cover art. I just know he’ll turn out another gorgeous piece! I’m so excited!

I’m still debating whether or not to include an excerpt of Archive 02 on the corresponding page. At this stage of development, entire chapters could be altered/eliminated, and I would hate to give you all a sneak peek at something that will inevitably not be there or might be drastically different. I think, for now, I’m going to hold off on the excerpt.

Once the Beta Reading has finished, I’ll be making my final rewrites before I send it off to first-round professional editing. Once I get the mistakes hammered out and the tone properly set, I’ll be moving into the formatting and publication phases. You can expect to see Archive 02’s launch within the next couple of months. I’d say expect mid-November.

Once that’s done, the process starts all over again with Archive 03: The Fate of Bliss (part I). I have a major question to ask myself at that point. Whether to try and rush Archive 03’s release in order to wrap its unveiling around Pensacon 2015 (and thus have three different books to present during Pensacon), or to focus on promoting Archive 01 and Archive 02 at Pensacon and wait until after in order to release Archive 03 and 04. Decisions, decisions…

Speaking of Pensacon; while I certainly don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch, Pensacon is looking more than just a little hopeful. I received word from the Vendor staff that they will -not- be allowing me to have a vendor booth at Pensacon. It simply can’t be done. I was pretty crushed by this when I first heard it, but that was only the first half of the email. The Pensacon Vendor representative contacting me, who also happens to be named Jason, is quite the clever devil.

He followed up by saying that, instead of a vendor booth, they would be setting up an entire section on the second floor dedicated to authors in light of all the requests they’ve received! Of course, I told him that would be phenomenal. Instead of people generally searching through vendors, an entire section will be advertised for literature in order to bring more of my target audience!

The whole thing’s very exciting, and the more hopeful the prospect becomes, the more eagerly I look forward to Pensacon!

Now that Archive 02 is out of my hands (for the moment) and into my beta readers’, you can expect to see more frequent updates from me!

Don’t forget to (please) like my Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, and join my Mailing List! And, as always, thank you so much for your continued support!

– Jason Crutchfield

Pensacon 2015? I’ll be there … I hope!

Pensacon 2015 is right around the corner. For those of you not local to the area/not familiar with conventions, Pensacon is a comic/anime/science fiction convention (with a strong leaning toward the science fiction aspect) that debuted in our area earlier this year. I remember hearing about it a little too late to attend as a con-goer, (which, by the way, I do love me some conventions. Even authors can be nerds!… actually, I have a theory most of us are) but I held my breath as news of the convention spread. I had no idea how it was going to turn out; I had no idea whether or not there would be a large enough calling in my local area for the convention to be successful.

I was thrilled when it exploded in popularity. A convention of Pensacon’s magnitude in this area has been a long time coming, and with amazing work from the staff and planners, I wondered why I ever worried in the first place! Now the vendor applications have opened for next year’s Pensacon, and I’m excited to throw in my chance to become a part of it as a vendor next year! The application process is pending, of course, but I’m hopeful that I will be accepted to have a booth at Pensacon 2015! That being said, there are a just a couple of important parts to this blog post that I wanted to let everyone know about.

First and foremost, I hope to see everyone there! If you’re meandering about in the festivities and you happen upon my booth, please don’t hesitate to stop for a while and talk with me about the novel, the future novels, what you had for breakfast, or anything that crosses your mind! Whether you’re a dear friend or one of my readers, I’d love nothing more than to talk with you for a bit, connect with you, and find out anything about you that I can carry with me. Not to mention, I’m probably going to be nervous as all get-out, and some of my friends/readers chatting with me will help relax me, I’m sure!

Second, I’d like to let you know what you can expect to find at my booth. If I get my booth approved, I intend to begin stockpiling physical copies of my own books. I’ll be using spare money from each of my paychecks to buy 10-15 of my books each two weeks all the way up to the Pensacon date. I’m hoping to have between 100 and 150 in stock during the convention. With the books in stock, I will be selling them at a to-be-determined price. However, I can assure you it will be cheaper than the $12.75 + Shipping and Handling you pay on Amazon, since I’ll have been ordering them in bulk. I will likely set the price point at about twelve dollars even, but I’ll figure all that out after I do my calculations.

In addition to being able to purchase a slightly-less-expensive version of the Paperback version of NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire, I’ll be signing each copy as you buy it from me. Since I’ll be doing it as you buy them, I will be glad to make the signatures out to whomever you wish. Whether it be yourself, or a friend if you intend to buy one as a gift. And, of course, if you have your own please bring it! I would love to sign it for you if that’s something you’re interested in!

Finally, and most importantly (and I can’t stress that word enough), I will be happy to chat with you. Please, please ask me any questions you might have for me that comes to mind. Say hello, tell me about yourself, and give me the honor of shaking your hand and knowing your name. I say honor because if you’re one of my readers, it means you’re supporting what I do. I say it as often as I can, but you truly can’t fathom how much that support means to me. Nothing excites me more about this convention than getting to know each of you face-to-face.

I’m squirming in my seat just thinking about it!

I hope to see all of you at the convention. Wish me luck during my application process, and thank you so much for your continued support!

-Jason