Since our foundation in 2020, Pacer1 has only released our stories across three different platforms. We’ve done very little promotion on platforms other than the most-common social media websites, and part of what stopped our usage of those to spread awareness about Pacer1’s existence is the types of audiences that are attracted to those places of online gathering. Our participation with “TuesdaySerial” allows us to spread the word of our existence to an audience that actively looks to engage with the content that we produce.
To be clear, I am only one man. Hello, my name is Zachary Serra. I founded Pacer1 as an umbrella project term to refer to the various serial fiction stories that I release. When I use pluralised terms such as “our” and “we”, it is because I view myself and the project as distinct things that- whilst directly connected to each other- serve very different purposes. We have never had quite the successful reach in our short history in the way that we’ve had it with the new traffic that’s come in due to our participation with “TuesdaySerial”, and understand that some people visiting our site may not be used to the way in which Pacer1 operates. I’d like to take a moment out of my day now to explain Pacer1 to those that are just joining us.
Pacer1 is the ‘brand name” or “pen name” that I release my various web serials under. I, Zachary Serra (how’s it going?), am the man that pens these various series that are released under the Pacer1 banner. These stories are various and plenty, and they have been releasing new episodes since January 2021. We’ll get to those stories in just a second, but what you need to know about me most is the following. I was born in the United States and am actively attempting to earn the ability to take permanent residency in Canada. In the early seasons of my stories, I used the American spelling of the English language and more commonly referred to things like distance in the forms of ‘feet’ and ‘yards’. In later seasons of almost all series- especially the ones that are set up in Canada- I refer to distances in ‘metres’ and ‘kilometres’. In addition to these changes, I began adapting the more European spelling of the English language, and therefore would spell words differently than the way most Americans recognise them to be. Instead of using the terms ‘color’ and ‘center’ in such a spelling, I would opt for ‘colour’ and ‘centre’ as I transitioned to a more widespread system of English spelling. This change also applies to the way in which I have dated releases over the years. This year is the first year in which I use the dating format of ‘day-month-year’ instead of the American alternative. I understand this may be an oddity when reading my material, so I’d like to clarify that. I will divulge my literary ideology after I address the way in which these stories operate.
When I say that I write a ‘variety’ of different stories, I’m not being facetious. I write dramas, dystopias, thrillers, survivals, written-mockumentaries, period newsroom sagas, mysteries, horrors, criminal actions and more as the years continue. If you have trouble finding a specific series to read, I would suggest going to the ‘stories’ tab on our website, and looking through the multitude of thumbnails (each new season of a series gets a new thumbnail) that are used to advertise that season’s worth of material to readers. If the thumbnail you like most represents a later season of a specific series, I’d welcome you to go back to the first season and begin reading from there. At the end of every year, the website’s front page is updated to cycle through the thumbnails of seasons that will premiere after the new year comes and goes.
Every new year of releases with Pacer1 is referred to as a ‘slate’ of releases. We release new episodes of stories at 5am EST on Saturdays and Sundays. When a season finale of one story airs on a Saturday for example, there will be two or three straight Saturdays without a new episode released before the season premiere of a completely different season begins the process of new Saturday releases all over again.
Every Pacer1 series is released in the form of seasons. If the season premiere of a series happens to be on a Saturday, then the second episode will be released the following Saturday. This process will continue, and new episodes of that series will continue to premiere every Saturday, until that series releases its season finale. That two-to-three week break will proceed before a new series premieres its own season, and takes over releasing new episodes every Saturday instead.
All-in-all, a season for any specific Pacer1 series will typically consist of only ten episodes. Which means, for ten straight weeks, a new episode of that series will debut exactly as advertised. I prepare my stories and schedule them to release well in advance, so as we are amidst our 2023 slate of releases as of this moment, there’s a good chance that the episodes premiering now were already written and proofread around the first half of 2021. I like to make sure I’m well ahead of schedule so you know that, when I advertise a new episode for a series... You can guarantee that it will come out exactly when I say it will. This ‘ten episode season’ rule doesn’t typically apply to two specific stories... Rise and its spin-off, RISE and REVOLT. Every new season of Rise will contain eleven episodes at the very least, and every new season of RISE and REVOLT will contain twelve episodes in specific.
If you begin following a show, I would strongly insist that you keep up with this website as often as possible and you make your appreciation for that story incredibly noticeable. I can- and have- cancelled stories if they don’t have enough traction to warrant making new episodes of them, because I do not make money from this platform. Because of this, I have to view my time as a currency, and if a story doesn’t have as much of a vocal fanbase as another, I can’t justify using that time to make the lesser-followed story, when I’d have a better opportunity of attracting readers to a whole new premise all together. I encourage you to review these stories on YouTube or your own websites and cultivate a following if you like these stories. Does that help me immensely? Yes. But it also guarantees that- if you, the reader- find a story that you really enjoy reading, there will be a strong chance I keep it going until it reaches a natural, series finale-warranting conclusion. And by all means, say whatever you feel about them. I may be just a few months distanced from having turned 23, but under no circumstances am I afraid of criticism. If there are elements of my writing that you think I can or need to improve, I want you to make that clear. One of the issues that was raised to me in the writing process of the remastered first season of Rise was that I didn’t have enough character-to-character dialogue. I took that criticism, and I centred a ton of my focus on the dialogue of my characters moving forward. If you think a story is horrible for any reason, feel free to say it. Will I be over the moon to be criticised? Of course not. But will I shy away from it? Hell no. Are there things that I’ll defend about my writing or the ideology that I carry when approaching a story? Certainly. But am I also open to being wrong or in need of improvement out of the simple fact that I’m not perfect? Absolutely. I will not issue takedowns or send bot-like mercenaries after you for criticising my writing. So please, do not fear that I will retaliate out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And please note that- if a story begins gaining traction as far as the growth of its fanbase after it's already been cancelled, enough collective support from followers of that story can certainly persuade me to revive it. Never give up on a cancelled series that you like, because I am absolutely open to reviving a previously-cancelled series if there is an audience vocal enough to convince me it’s worth bringing back.
To send us links or make us aware of your reviews, criticisms, fandom or whatever else... Tag us on Instagram posts (our account is @officialpacer1), send us links to YouTube videos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you can also pledge to support us on Patreon (patreon.com/officialpacer1) Please be wary that- whilst we have one- we do not interact with people through our Twitter account (also @officialpacer1) because we do not use that platform as of early 2021. Our YouTube page can also be found at (youtube.com/@officialpacer1) where we release our stories in the form of audiobooks. Our process of “Pacer1 Archives” releases episodes of stories in audiobook form roughly two years after their original airdate. For future updates about when a series’ earlier episodes are slated to be released from the Archives on YouTube, follow our Instagram account and our website.
At the end of every year around December, I post a ‘State of Pacer1’ under the ‘Author’s Desk’. That runs over some of the updates to every season that was released that year- both of stories that get renewed and cancelled- and goes a little further into detail about each. Before that and throughout the year, I will periodically come up with verdicts on the fates to various stories’ futures and announce them on the website and on our Instagram account. If a story is cancelled, I will explain my reasoning in the ‘State of Pacer1’ address, and explain my future plans with different stories if they were instead renewed for new seasons. In that same address, I may explain some details about new stories that I intend to premiere on Pacer1 the following year, and I will also announce at what specific times in the following year that these stories will be released. Whilst I have yet to use the practise, there are also instances in which I will ‘annual’ a series. The ‘annualing’ of a series is a practise that indicates I have renewed that specific series, but the new season of that series will not be released in the following year. For example, if I had ‘annualed’ Rise in 2021 after its third season, then I would’ve gone into 2022 without scheduling a new season of Rise, and would’ve instead prepared the fourth season to premiere in 2023. It’s best to think of an ‘annualing’ as skipping a year before releasing a series’ next season. One reason to use this practise would be to avoid running multiple stories for a final season in the same year. Instead, one series would be ‘annualed’ to the following year, and would air its final season the year after the series it was initially going to end alongside had already run their final season. This avoids me having to be forced into a place where I have to come up with two new concepts for one calendar year instead of just one.
Remember, I am just one man. In 2023 alone, I am releasing eight different story concepts. That means eight different sets of entirely-unique characters, eight different groups of plotlines, eight different genres (or a little less, give or take a spin-off) and I am doing so constantly. I don’t blame you for thinking that’s insane, but it’s true nonetheless. I write ten pages of material every single day. Every episode runs the length of about ten pages, so- in theory- I’m writing a new episode every single day. Sometimes, I’ll write even more than that because I like to. I’m not sure I can explain in satisfying detail how I’m able to keep track of all these characters and where I want them to fit in a story, I just kind of am. If every season spans ten episodes and I’m releasing eight new seasons of material, that means I’m writing eight new seasons of material on an average of every eighty-plus days. So, I can- also in theory- crank out an entire year’s worth of seasons in just under three months. I don’t know what to say- I set the bar high and it got easier to meet the longer that I did it. A five page paper is now a cakewalk that I can knock out in an hour or so. I’m not trying to brag or anything, I’m just familiar with the doubt that surrounds my claims. I’d live stream myself and my writing process every day for you to see if I wasn’t writing seasons multiple years in advance- the concern of spoiling things you’ve yet to even read would be too daunting. Nevertheless, it’s a safe guarantee that you’ll be getting your new episodes on time.
I write these stories because I enjoy writing them. As much as I’d love to make a fortune from writing, the creative integrity of what I write is of my primary interest. I will not release a season of material simply because it would make me money. I will not hesitate to kill off a popular character simply out of fear of losing readers for example. If the plan was always to send that character off in order for the story to progress, I apologise for the cold-hearted approach, but that fan-favourite is ending up amidst their slumber with the fishes. You may hate that, but I’d rather be respected for keeping to the spirit of a story than be liked because I let the popular people live past their expiration date in the series. I’d love to find communities growing with the centre of their interests being my material, but I will not sacrifice the material of each story in exchange for it. I write these stories, and I interact with them and attend to them, out of good faith. I would greatly appreciate that- even if you must criticise my writing, the way in which I approach characters or storylines, or any decision I make to a series overall- you understand that I take genuine and incredible care in all of them. I do not wish to insult the spirit of my stories, and I do not wish to leave any of you with the idea that I would. At the very least, I’d ask that you respect that.
On the pages to each of my stories, there is a warning about their intended audiences being those of the ‘mature’ variety, and that viewer discretion is advised. There is colourful language used in every one of my stories, as I don’t subscribe to the idea that there are any words off limits from being used. Any word that has ever been uttered has been spoken for a reason, and- though the level differs- there is a level of importance to each and every single one of them. Curse words are used frequently, and dependant on the character or the circumstances regarding a character, so are words that would otherwise be looked down upon by the greater public without issuing context. You will not find- at least as of this moment- warnings for specific words or topics depicted in these episodes. Whilst I do not want to come across as insensitive to the varied experiences of my audience, I am also not in the business of sterilising the material of my stories so that those interacting with them are free of worry. I do not wish to insinuate that not being able to handle the depiction of specific scenes or usage of specific words indicates that you, the reader, are “immature”. However, if graphic scenes of select violence, or the usage of less-than-suitable terminology is greatly upsetting to you, I do wish to make clear that you are not mature enough to read my stories without concern. I wish you well on your way, and hope you find a Pacer1 of your own that can suit your interests more accurately.
With that said, the tagline for Pacer1 is that it’s “Where Stories Matter” for a reason. With major companies like Netflix and Disney pushing shows hand-over-foot and the box office being dominated by reboots and sequels, it’s beginning to feel like audiences are being starved of original material. I have borrowed inspiration from other series ranging from HBO’s The Newsroom to NBC’s Siberia in my own right, but I’ve done everything in my power to offer something entirely original and unique. I greatly value telling stories with the use of Pacer1 and would love to find an audience of devoted readers and a little bit of monetary success as a result of that. However, being able to follow through on my creative ventures through the use of Pacer1 is rewarding enough. Pleased readers that enjoy my material is a plus, earning what would be the equivalent to a living wage is a plus, and especially helping to assist in the progression and the potential widespread appeal or popularity of the web serial format would also be a plus. I thank you for taking the time out of your day to hear me out in all of this, and really hope you follow through on looking through our ever-expanding library of content that, in all likelihood, you’re bound to find something worth reading from.
- Zachary Serra.