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

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!

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– Jason Crutchfield