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!
– Jason Crutchfield