State of Pacer1 2022 - Annual Schedule Release - Pacer1 Updates -
Following an eventful year in 2022, Pacer1 has found itself growing an audience of readers exploring the worlds created over various series that I have built over the course of the last few years. Along the journey, there have been successes and failures, there have been hits and misses, and there have been many lessons- both good and bad- learned. As this project prepares to head into its third year of operation with its biggest lineup of new and returning stories yet, I'd like to look back and speak on the first two years of service to the literary community before speaking of what is still to come in the very near future.
A Look Back at 2021.
2021 was the biggest year Pacer1 had and perhaps will see simply for its importance- the debut year. Launching without a back-catalogue, Pacer1 faced an uphill battle to ensure that the series being produced were able to captivate audiences enough to keep them sticking around. With some moments of success in doing just that, there was still a lot left to do in order to not only find that audience and keep them around, but grow it. Our debut of Dire's first season found a lot of success, though it was mainly seen on the StoryFire platform, and the reason was largely boiled down to the pre-mature release of the series prior to its announced date. Whilst it was unintentional, the success seen for the collective first season of Dire amidst its early release has still been the greatest show of success that Pacer1 has seen to this point. The first season of Joshua Lane released to less-than-stellar results, and the third season of Rise followed in much a similar course. For reasons unbeknownst to me, RISE and REVOLT's first season seemed to draw a few more people in than the two prior series to it had managed. All in all, just making it out of our debut year and into one of new was an accomplishment in it and of itself.
A LOOK BACK AT 2022.
Though the first year had its moments, much of that was either present or non-existent in 2022. Treading water on StoryFire, the calendar year for 2022 has been- if I'm to be honest- a bit of a letdown. Whilst Pacer1 did not do much in the way of advertisement, there was the hope that the return of all four initial series for a second season would help build not just more of a back-catalogue, but also a devoted fanbase to the series themselves. The second season of Dire performed well enough for what it was, but the second season of Joshua Lane prompted me to consider exactly what it was that I had been looking for as far as growth was concerned. I have many responsibilities on my plate, and it forces me to look at time as if it were a currency no different from that of cash or credit. If a series doesn't afford me the comfort in seeing that it offers much in the way of future growth, I can't justify putting in the many hours that would go into crafting yet another season. Though I am foreshadowing one of the next sections in this post, Joshua Lane's cancellation was a turning point for me in regards to what my eyes were being set toward as far as ensuring Pacer1 found true, upward growth in 2023. Whilst I am not one to be in favour of ending a series before its planned run and hope not to worry about such a thing in future years, being in the early years of Pacer1 has forced me to take a different approach for as long as it takes to carve a place in the literary community out.
From the moment Joshua Lane was cancelled, I set my attention on 2023 only looking to bring in series that I knew could gather an audience and keep them there. Experimental writing styles and concepts that I didn't feel were strong enough to retain readers were not possible to devote time to if I truly wanted Pacer1 to succeed moving forward. I hope that I will be able to get away with doing so in future years, but those days- if they are to come at any point in time- are not the days that I currently live in. With that, and before I start talking much to the future of Pacer1 and the release schedule moving forward, I wish to explain why I decided to cancel the two series that I have cancelled in 2022.
Reason for Cancellation: Joshua Lane
Joshua Lane the character has not yet found his story concluded. I won't give much away, but beyond a crossover character in a different series that many of you have yet to even realise is a crossover character yet, Joshua Lane will have that true first distinction in 2023. Maybe I will make a post regarding my writing philosophy and how I perceive characters within different "universes", but until then. I'll make clear that crossovers only occur when its feels most natural to the series. Whilst 'Rise' and 'RISE and REVOLT' clearly take part in the same "universe", the timeline of "Joshua Lane" and another series do as well, though you will have to wait until next year to find out which series that happens to be.
The story of Joshua Lane- the series- is a different story. I experimented with the first-person story perspective and found myself growing more comfortable with it over time, but I don't believe that the story I still had left to write lent me much room in the way of growth. At most, Joshua Lane would have gone down- in my eyes- as a series that would have received a cult-following at some point in the future at best. Initially, I had hoped to run the series for four seasons. With the story of the third and fourth season already mostly thought out, I decided that my time was better-spent taking my writing to another series with more to offer in way of future planning. Whilst I don't discredit that I could revive the series many years from now just to give it a satisfying conclusion, all I have to work off of is the reach that Pacer1 has now. Whilst my intentions are set on growing the audience that Pacer1 can reach, Joshua Lane- the series- will remain shelved indefinitely.
Reason for Cancellation: Neptune City
If you did enjoy Neptune City, then I do apologise. In return for the cancellation, the unreleased series poster just above and to the right is a look at what the original promotional material was going to be. It may be no more than a little peak behind the curtain, but its better than nothing. Neptune City was birthed from a concept that ran under the form of a little-known T.V Series in 2013 broadcast on NBC called "Siberia". The theory was that a large number of contestants were brought into the Siberian wilderness under the guise that they would be competing to survive for a specific number of months. Over time, they'd find out slowly that it was all seemingly an experiment, and they were left to fend for themselves. The series never received a second season, ended on a cliffhanger and that never sat well with me.
I decided to take the concept, mould it into something of my own, and turn it into a series that eventually found itself coming under the title of 'Neptune City'. Throwing in things such as the vindictive nature in which Barrow, Alaska was taken over by the presumed series creators, as well as the people that the land had been taken from to begin with were simple spins I put to differentiate the series from the one it was based on. I'm certain that most of you have never watched the original Siberia, but I still didn't want to rip the show directly onto paper and call it my own with very little change. Whilst the second season I had initially envisioned would have directed Neptune City from its predecessor quite greatly, I soon realised that I simply didn't have all of my ducks in a row and facing the same direction.
It was complete oversight that, in trying to right the wrongs committed by leaving the series on a cliffhanger in 2013, I had accidentally written myself into a corner. And whilst I had written the series all the way back in 2020, I have never stopped exploring different ways to work around the corner I'd painted myself into to give the series an actual follow up. So, if you are fans of Neptune City, I assure you that there is likely going to come a time in the future- as long as Pacer1 can manage to find an audience that will continue to tune in- where Neptune City's story will be completed. Unlike Joshua Lane, I have a real hunger to return to Neptune City and finish writing what I had started, so if you have hope held out that the cliffhanger will be resolved, understand that I am eager to give you that answer. If you're a fan of the series, make yourself known. If there is a sizeable enough audience of you, well that means Pacer1 has found that audience that I'm eagerly looking for. In the meantime however, Neptune City has been put on ice- pun intended- with hope that warm hands will bring it back into the frozen icescape once more in years to come.
But with all that speak of what is to come in the near years, it's finally time to get into what is to come next year with the order in which they are slated to be released in the year.
New to Pacer1 in 2023: Tonight at 9
We're on the Air.
Premiering 7th January 2023.
Inspired by HBO's "The Newsroom", Tonight at 9 is one of four new original series that will be brought to Pacer1. Beginning in the now-distant year of 2006 (god, I feel old), Tonight at 9 will follow the lives, relationships, strife and joys of the cast of various LMC News employees. Fronted by protagonist Grant Haste, and joined by colleagues Taylor English, Sam Vickers, Aiden Redwood, Carly Carpenter and more, Tonight at 9 will take great inspiration from the wit and banter of series such as the Newsroom whilst keeping the series as true to the period it's set in as possible.
Running for a first season comprising of ten episodes, Tonight at 9 will premiere on the 7th of January 2023 and be released weekly on Saturdays at 5am EST. With its first season planned to conclude on the 11th of March 2023, Tonight at 9 will anchor the "Early-Winter" slot on Saturdays.
Returning to Pacer1 in 2023: Dream Sequence
It's a Brave, New World.
Premieres 1st January 2023.
With one season already in the books, Scarlett Bensen and Victoria Shea look to continue exploring the Realm Beyond in the wake of the daunting trials set forth upon them in the first season. Now with the might of the Realm Beyond far past its boundaries, the girls with be taken to task with the dangers that come with the Realm's acceptance. Facing new challenges and even more challenging tests, our protagonists have yet to finish rolling up their sleeves to do battle with what the Realm demands of them.
Running for a second season comprising of ten episodes, Dream Sequence will return alongside the debut of the first two seasons of "Rise: Remastered" on New Year's Day, 1st January 2023 and be released weekly on Sundays at 5am EST. With its second season planned to conclude on the 5th of March 2023, Dream Sequence will anchor the "Early Winter" slot on Sundays.
New to Pacer1 in 2023: Generation Alpha
The Hidden Generation Emerges.
Premieres 18th March 2023.
Set in the early 2030's, Generation Alpha will spend its first season following the unexpected story of Sophia "Sophie" Amari, a girl born in 2016 as a part of what has been dubbed "Generation Alpha." In a world different to that of her parents, the lessons taught to Sophie over her life- and those that had not- prove to be a defining factor over this thought-provoking and question-raising series set to launch in 2023. With a supporting cast of her sister Olivia, father Andrew, mother Morgan, best friend Caden and many others, Generation Alpha will present readers with a thought-out illustration of the near-future as the trials that could face those amongst the youth in a world influenced by the decisions made over times such as the ones we currently live in. With Generation Alpha, you never truly know what to expect next, promising to keep readers second-guessing themselves all the way through the series' first season run.
Running for a first season comprising of ten-episodes, Generation Alpha will premiere on the 18th of March 2023 and be released weekly on Saturdays at 5am EST. With its first season planned to conclude on the 20th of May 2023, Generation Alpha will anchor the "Spring" slot on Saturdays.
Returning to Pacer1 in 2023: Dire
The Birth of a New Republic.
Premieres 19th March 2023.
Using the second season to springboard away from the old world and into a new society, Dire's third season sets up many questions left at the end of the second season to be answered. With protagonist Jaime Morris' apparent rule over the post-societal Los Angeles appearing to have ruffled some feathers, loved ones have been thrown into danger whilst those she rules over prove to be a difficult crowd to comprehend the unity or divide of. Taking a bullet for his now-fiancé, will Jordan be able to recover as his attempted assassin takes the vengeful eye of Los Angeles' commander? Will the post-dystopian society created by the Catalyst from the first season be able to reform into a stronger, more unified front in the wake of shared tragedy? Are Jaime's closest allies to be trusted anymore than her greatest adversaries? Are those great adversaries perhaps more trustworthy than eh closest confidants? Time will tell all as a new republic is birthed from the ashes of the old.
Running for a third season comprising of ten episodes, Dire will return on the 19th of March 2023 and be released weekly on Sundays at 5am EST. With its third season planned to conclude on the 21st of May 2023, Dire will anchor the "Spring" slot on Sundays.
Returning to Pacer1 in 2023: RISE and REVOLT
New Environment, New People, New Chaos- Same Lou.
Premieres 27th May 2023.
Distancing itself even further from its parent series, RISE and REVOLT will do away with its initial premise of having an ensemble cast and officially set its attention on Lou Jack as the series' protagonist. Whilst the rest of the cast will of course remain imperative to the series- and also seem to be more fleshed out than in the two seasons past- the third season of RISE and REVOLT will take the series in a different direction whilst keeping the spirit it had carried through its first two seasons.
Last seen drifting onto the shoreline of the city of Victoria in the finale of the second season, Lou is left without his group for the first time since the start of the apocalypse. Now stranded upon Vancouver Island in British Columbia after the sinking of the S.S Euronam, Lou touches land for the first time since disembarking from Los Angeles, California. With nothing more than the wet clothes on his back, Lou ventures forward to find a new life for himself with intentions set on proving true on his word- finding those closest to him. With a supporting cast comprised of new characters Sebastian Winters, father-daughter pairing in Adrian and Marta Simard, the family trio of father Rudy Golden and daughters Sonya and Courtney, Kim Pitre and Silvano Mar, RISE and REVOLT's third season will see the most character-driven stories the series has seen yet.
In addition to this, readers will also be greeted with the backstory to the first crossover character in the Rise franchise thus far, when viewers will be introduced to the paramotorist that eventually convinces John Callis to join his group in departing Sun City in the fourth season of the main series years down the line from Revolt's events.
With a third season comprising of twelve episodes, RISE and REVOLT will return on the 27th of May 2023 and be released weekly on Saturdays at 5am EST. With its third season planned to conclude on the 11th of August 2023, RISE and REVOLT will anchor the "Summer" slot on Saturdays- as ironic as that is for a season that will take place over the Winter of 2018 in Canada.
New to Pacer1 in 2023: Kings of Cambridge
There's a lot Here that Needs to be Unpacked.
Premieres 28th May 2023.
With as much as Kings of Cambridge has to offer, explaining it in one short and sweet premise could never do it justice. Following protagonist Matt Tory, Kings of Cambridge will take you through his cover life as a psychologist whilst he conceals the truth of his operation below the surface for his peers to keep unaware to, the criminal underworld of narcotics and territorial warfare he oversees that allures him in ways difficult to understand.
With a first season comprising of ten episodes, Kings of Cambridge will premiere on the 28th of May 2023 and be released weekly on Sundays at 5am. With its first season planned to conclude on the 30th of July 2023, Kings of Cambridge will anchor the "Summer" slot on Sundays.
Returning to Pacer1 in 2023: Rise
Welcome to Cumberland
Premieres 13th August 2023
Perhaps left with the most questions of any, Rise takes viewers in a completely new direction with the fifth season of the series. Left devastated by the death of the series' protagonist John Callis in the finale of the fourth season, Rise sets up viewers to follow the group on their journey to the home that was stolen from them when the dead first rose. Following Emilio Vasquez as the defacto protagonist beginning with the fifth season, the main cast of the series finds themselves uncovering the aftermath left in their wake following the collapse of the New World Order, perhaps seeing a new life in the one they'd left behind years prior with the help of some unexpected company. With the arrivals of new characters Jade McKee and her brothers Archie, Oliver and Isaac, as well as Rocky Hogan and our crossover paramotorist from RISE and REVOLT, the fifth season of Rise begins the second half of the series, the search for that place where our characters can either fight for or give up on entirely.
With a fifth season comprising of twelve episodes, Rise will premiere on 13th August 2023 and will be released weekly on Sundays at 5am EST. With its fifth season planned to conclude on 29th October 2023, Rise will anchor the "Autumn" slot on Sundays.
New to Pacer1 in 2023: Remedy Hills
Welcome to Remedy Hills
Premieres 21st October 2023
In a town as quiet and historically grief-stricken as Remedy Hills, it's no wonder why the locals would grow to resent any souls that make a living off putting pen-to-paper or fingers-to-keys. For author Avon King and wife Penny, choosing to move to a town as mysterious as Remedy Hills proves to not settle well with the locals that don't desire their presence. With so many questions to be asked of, the town's host of smile-wearing mischief-makers and rather awe-inspiring events prompts many to wonder why Remedy is called home at all. With a supporting cast of Beth Ovorre, Beau Donovan, Jake Mansoor, Anne Silva, Clark Kitts, Rick Martinez, and Harlington Spears, Remedy Hills attempts to give you a taste of the quiet life you seem to desire more of now, but will think anything but by the time you've reached the first season's thrilling climax.
With a first season comprising of ten episodes, Remedy Hills will premiere on the 21st of October 2023 and be released weekly on Saturdays at 5am EST. With its first season planned to conclude on the 22nd of December 2023, Remedy Hills will anchor the "Late-Winter" slot on Saturdays.
Plans for 2023 and Onward
As of right now, the biggest interest Pacer1 has is in growing our audience as the months and years roll on. With a fairly-sized back-catalogue already, a website that's been put together well enough, a consistent release schedule and a decent amount of series going into their second or third seasons (with the exception of Rise going into its fifth), Pacer1 has plenty to afford new consumers to our product.
Whilst the answer can easily be to put money into online advertisement, I prefer to look at the goal as being to grow our audience naturally, as I wish for these stories to captivate and interest them. Part of this will be through the utilisation of social media more frequently moving forward, as well as trying to retain readers through each week of a series' release. In addition to this, I will begin focusing on ways of expanding Pacer1 and the project's reach as a result. One of these ways will play a large role in how Pacer1 moves forward, whilst others will hopefully present eyes to content with the hopes that these pieces will keep people sticking around for more.
Perhaps my most ambitious thought at the moment is the reach that TikTok could potentially offer the project. In the short amount of time that I've experimented with the "For You Page" concept on a platform that I'm not well-versed in, I've found that there is an audience for palatable content on the platform. These short-form recaps of movies and television are filled with comments of people desiring the next piece in a series of clips, which offers the façade of short-form content that viewers- especially the younger generation- seeks out. This façade is just that- a façade that conceals the long-form material beneath a blanket of parts, granting you the ability to watch at your own luxury whilst taking advantage of the quick-moving nature that social media has turned the culture on to.
I hope to use this strange mechanic of the system to grow Pacer1 and bring eyes to the website itself. In addition to this and wanting to put more attention on my own individual releases, I have begun experimenting with Patreon to offer a subscription model to my content. Unless placed into dire straits, I have no plans on ever putting content already made available for free to readers behind a paywall. At most, this subscription service will offer people the chance to receive access to episodes a few days early or other creator-specific perks like a live Q&A series or monthly community livestreams. Going forward, there will be a large dependence on readers joining the subscription model on Patreon, as much of Pacer1's worth will be dependent on how many people are willing to put down a few dollars a month to support the project, material and daily operations. In addition to this, I don't rule out the possibility of one day producing subscriber-exclusive series at some point in the future if the subscription model takes off like I'd hope it would. Under no circumstances would these be series already in production for the public audience, but completely new concepts or potential spin-offs to a series- similar to what RISE and REVOLT is to Rise- could eventually find their ways into production for a subscriber-only audience.
In addition to this, I don't wish to remain as reclusive as I have been as an author moving forward. I may not be the most social individual, but I don't wish to just hide behind a keyboard and write as someone offering you a first and last name with little more. Each episode ends a cold open reminding the reader that all rights to the episode, series, characters and more are reserved by myself. With how often readers will see my name aligned with that of Pacer1's, I wish to allow people a chance to better understand the place I come from as a writer if desired. Under no circumstances am I friends with my readers, and I want to make that abundantly clear. As much as I appreciate your support and your continued viewership, there is a distinct line drawn between the relationships of author-and-audience and friend-and-friend. I don't want anyone believing that there are exceptions, because I don't wish for people to fall into the trap of phantom friendship- or parasocial interaction as it's more commonly known as. I live a very distinct life from that of your own and wish to solidify that fact before any audience can truly be built. With that said, whilst I am a stranger to you, I don't wish to lead anyone to believe that I'm not keeping my eye out for response.
If the $10usd or $20usd tiers on Patreon are too pricey for some of you, by all means- let me know. I will gladly include a cheaper tier. It may include lesser benefits than the others, but I won't just cover my ears and tell you to enjoy what you have or fork up more money. Under no means do I wish for this to be taken as a way of saying "I'll create something to make you feel good so you'll give me more money", because if greed were an article of clothing- it'd be one I wouldn't want to look at let alone try on for size. But that is an example of something I would want to know as the person overseeing what Pacer1 gets involved in. If you wish to document a series or a season in a YouTube video, blog post or whatever else, I want to see it, even if all I can take away from it is criticism or favourable remarks, I want to be exposed to it. I understand that, as someone that doesn't use social media personally, it's rather difficult to contact me. However, through whatever channels it may be, I'd wish to be kept in touch with what the community is involved with, what issues may plague it or what communication may be shared within it. I want to hear you, whether that be your opinions, or your thoughts, or your takeaways- whatever it may be. It's for this reason that I explained my desire to keep the parasocial interaction element away earlier, because I want to better be informed about whatever Pacer1 community grows without leading people to believe that there's this invisible friendship element involved as well.
With that, and as the audience grows, I look forward to continue doing more with Pacer1 and offering readers more. This includes the expansion I had alluded to earlier.
Introducing Pacer1 Audio
As made obvious in the website's toolbar, Pacer1 Audio is what I plan to integrate heavily into the project as a whole. For whatever reasons it may be; not wanting to carve a chunk of time out of your day to read, not having the time to read, wanting to read whilst engaging with activity elsewhere, not being able to read, simply preferring to hear a story being told as opposed to read it yourself- there's an audience that we just cannot reach with the way we currently operate.
For a long time now, I've understood that- for Pacer1 to truly grow- audiobooks needed to be one of the first focuses as far as what we expand our reach into. Simply releasing stories in the form of a story and leaving it be can only get Pacer1 so far, and for that reason- we needed too implement an audio feature into our offerings. How that integration is included, how it is included in the subscription model, the format in which it is implemented and more is a conversation that will be had as Pacer1 trials the service and takes the lumps with its inclusion. However, as far as where we take the future and how we grow, I don't personally see much success in that plan without the incorporation of an audiobook element included.
For that reason, and as the main piece in this plan for future growth, Pacer1 Audio will be what I hope will become a crucial feature in the way Pacer1 creates content moving forward. The Pacer1 Audio integration will also be what the TikTok advertisement depends on to operate. When it will be fully rolled out and how it is handled in something that I am still in the early stages of unravelling, but it is perhaps the one thing I am most focused on moving forward.
Pacer1 Archives - Found on YouTube and TikTok
Part of this planned expansion into the audio format is what I refer to as the "Pacer1 Archives", utilising the back-catalogue to upload already previously-released episodes of Pacer1 series onto YouTube, TikTok, and more platforms in the future. This will be another way of entertaining a new audience with audio uploads of episodes already released years prior, giving the incentive for them to come onto the website and catch up whilst also ensuring that- when Pacer1 Audio is launched- there's a reason for them to take their attention toward Pacer1 and direct it to more than just our social media pages.
Looking Toward 2023 and Conclusion.
Looking toward 2023, there will be much more contact from me than there has been in the past few years. I am willing to bite the bullet and engage with social media more often on the Pacer1 platforms in order to continue growing this branding. On the website, is tab will be renamed to "Pacer1 News", which will offer precisely what you'd imagine it to be- renewals, cancellations, important pieces of information such as the annual state of Pacer1 remarks and so on. Another tab titled "Author's Desk" will contain announcements, which will be where I personally speak toward the content of stories, engage with reader feedback, and commit myself to speaking toward all other aspects of Pacer1 moving forward.
One thing that I want to make clear is that I commit myself to Pacer1 because I like to write stories. I enjoy creating characters and environments that I find compelling and then- over long periods of time- crafting a world around them whilst letting the world change them as people and settings. Whilst I don't do this for incredible amounts of money, exactly how much this project can earn over time- especially from the Patreon subscription services- will dictate how much time I dedicate to this as a profession. I run with the tagline of "Pacer1 - Where Stories Matter" because I find that, all too often, there are companies who aim to entertain but don't provide their readers or viewers with a story worth telling. They instead choose to disrespect their audience with content that most consider to be laughable and a waste of time. Even if you are amongst those that do not find what I write to be compelling enough to fork over your hard-earned cash, or if you are amongst those that do not enjoy the stories that I write- that is fine. At the very least, I want to assure you that I- unlike those massive companies that continue to serve you shows like "Is it Cake" or "She Hulk"- actually put effort into and care about the stories that I present to you.
That vow will remain going forward, because it is the vow that keeps me putting time into Pacer1. Hopefully, over time, you will see that and be willing to join me along as Pacer1 continues forward. Whether that be through your financial contributions, support, or continued following- we hope that you'll join us as we move forward.
Here is to a happy new year from me to you, and here's to a wonderful 2023. Pacer1 will return to releasing content on New Year's day, when the season premiere of Dream Sequence is released, and the full first and second seasons of "Rise: Remastered" come to your screens.
Take care, have a happy holidays, and we'll see you soon. - Zachary Serra, Pacer1.