Beta Reading App is nearly ready for launch!

By Caleb On Sat Dec 17, 2016, 3:49 pm

So the app is nearly ready. It's been a long wait, but I'm hoping it will do what we need it to do in its present incarnation. I appreciate everyone's patience throughout this process; we could be closing in on a new format for us to interact :-)


It's been awhile

By Caleb On Thu Aug 21, 2014, 11:24 pm

So we've launched a couple of books in the last few months, including two of my Cobalt Heresy novels, Admiral's Spine (book six in the Spineward Sectors novels), No Middle Ground (book one of the spinoff series 'Middleton's Pride') and a handful of novellas including The Harbinger (Cobalt Heresy), The Price of Enlightenment Parts One and Two (also CH), and The Purge (again, CH).

So it's been a busy couple of months for us here at Pacific Crest Publishing on the writing front, and in the art department we've expanded from one to two in-house artists with the newcomer tackling 3D artwork using a variety of programs - most of which are free for commercial use while the rest we have purchased licenses to use - and he's taking big bites out of it every day. Hopefully sometime in the next month or so we will produce our first high-quality headshots, busts, and action poses for some of the characters we've written about in our various books.

Over in the digi-paint portion of our team, we've begun providing covers for Christopher G. Nuttall on several of his books, including his upcoming entry in The Empire's Corps titled The Thin Blue Line, which will be book nine(!) in that series. That many is on an absolute roll, having released the Ark Royal trilogy earlier this year to astounding success, along with a handful of other titles which were spectacularly well-received. We're glad for the opportunity to work with Mr. Nuttall and hope we can continue to provide artwork for him for years to come!


Heresy and Pride

By Caleb On Sun May 25, 2014, 4:44 pm

I've kind of stalled out on The Cobalt Heresy the last week or so. It's just the way I am, I'm afraid...I'm one of those 'boom or bust' types. The good news is that I'm churning through the difficult part of the story to write, and once I break on through to the other side I should be good for a run.

Middleton's Pride: No Middle Ground is doing great! I'm glad that it's easily identifiable as a few degrees off of Josh's work, while at the same time staying true to the universe and not creating much consternation. That's always a little bit tricky when it comes to writing in someone else's universe - especially when the entire storyline for that universe is already in the author's head. Josh has the entire Spineward Sectors story mapped out in his head, and finding ways to squeeze in a storyline that meshes with the mainline novels can be challenging, but I think we managed to pull it off.

So the plan for The Cobalt Heresy is still a late-next-month release. That's maybe being optimistic, but I'm hopeful. I've got the cover in hand, and seeing as I'll be serving as my own editor I think it's going to be a quick one out the door after the rough draft is complete. I'll be releasing three novels simultaneously - unless I get bogged down too hard here, in which case I'll release two novels with the third shortly thereafter - along with, at current count, four novellas. The purpose of the novellas is simply to flesh out the peripheral story, because The Cobalt Heresy is a fast-paced, take-no-prisoners ride and I don't really stop to smell the roses with the mainline novels. So my hope is that readers will want to explore some of the reveals a little more in-depth after completing a novel. It might be a waste of time, but I like to provide options :)


No Middle Ground has been uploaded!

By Caleb On Mon May 12, 2014, 7:52 pm

The book should be live on sometime in the next twelve hours! Early reviews will be much-appreciated ;)

The next project in front of me is to finish book three of the Cobalt Heresy and then go back and do a mass edit on those three books, as well as the roughly six companion novellas I've put together for it. The original plan was to release the mainline books on and then put the novellas here where they could be read for free. Thoughts, anyone?


5-7-2014 Update

By Caleb On Tue May 6, 2014, 4:31 pm

So I'm over halfway done with the edit on The Painting, book two in Rise of the Witch Guard, and we're aiming for a late-this-month release. Be sure to check here for updates, as well as follow Josh on Facebook. We should have a Witch Guard Facebook group made up shortly, so you can get all your Falon updates there!

No Middle Ground has been in the grinder for longer than I thought, but I suppose deadlines are made to be broken ;) Still, we'll be releasing it shortly. We just need to make sure there aren't any continuity/canon contradictions and smooth out a few sticky patches. Then it's straight to Amazon with it!

I'm going to start writing on Retribution, book three in my fantasy series, The Cobalt Heresy. After I've got that one finished I'll be releasing all three books in that series simultaneously while working on book four and accompanying companion material. There are four mainline books in that particular story, which is set in a universe under the name 'Seeds of Humanity.' It's a huge story I want to tell, and four books (plus at least three more worth of companion material in novellas, short stories, and prequels) just barely scratches the surface.


Middleton's Pride: No Middle Ground update

By Caleb On Tue Apr 22, 2014, 5:13 pm

The book weighs in at just over 130k words, which makes it a standard Spineward Sectors-sized entry. The story covers the six months between Jason's field commissioning Middleton to the rank of Captain and sending him out on a one month patrol, and when Middleton brings a whole new world of trouble to Jason's doorstep.

I think the cast of new characters is an interesting one, although Terrence Spalding will always remain my own personal favorite in the universe ;)

There's gobs of space combat, there's a couple of nifty Lancer actions, and there's smashball.


Middleton's Pride: No Middle Ground

By Caleb On Mon Apr 7, 2014, 6:12 pm

So I'm 107k words into No Middle Ground, a story set within the Spineward Sectors which runs parallel to the Spineward Sectors novels written by my brother, Joshua Wachter under the pen name Luke Sky Wachter.

The story is military science fiction (obviously?) slash space opera, and I really hope to balance the two throughout the series. The setting probably leans a little more heavily toward the 'military' end of the spectrum than my brother's mainliners, but writing it I got the clear feeling that this was closer to a gritty Star Trek story than it was Warhammer 40k.

Captain Middleton was given command of an old, outdated, sluggish Heavy Cruiser after Admiral Montagne seized said cruiser from a certain, odious Captain who had betrayed Admiral Montagne almost as soon as he had met him. The name of the place. Is Pride of Prometheus. (/babylon5)


Sphereworld; Joined at The Hilt: Union is e-published!

By Caleb On Tue Feb 18, 2014, 12:06 am

So, I finally did it. I didn't want to, of course...but when the moment of truth arrived, I felt I had little choice but to take the plunge. Is it everything I hoped it would be? Probably not. Did it turn out exactly the way I planned? Nope. At first glance, it would seem to be something of a disappointment.

But honestly, I've never seen this particular story told before. Parts of it will be familiar, and parts of it will be completely new (at least, I hope they will; art is pretty much purely evaluated through the eye of the beholder...or something)

Our main character is Randall, who's a 'half-elf' (a term coined by a particularly bigoted human civilization known as the Federation), and he's pretty much as far from heroic as you can get. He's got a good heart, and he really does want to do what's best, but he's also pretty naive and more than a little sour about life in general.


Writing Your Book. Step Four: Early Returns

By Caleb On Sat Nov 30, 2013, 5:42 pm

So you've written the rough draft of your manuscript, selected a small group of people to help critique the work as a whole, handed each of them a copy and are awaiting their annotated returns.

The waiting part is hard, but you have to keep calm. And as said in the previous post, resist the urge to beta read your own book alongside your helpers! The reason for this should become abundantly after reading this article.

Sometimes people will read your work in a day or two and hand it back in, like the good students in high school or the even better ones in college. Be thankful for their punctuality, but don't expect this every time. Try to find a reward for such prompt assistance, however, since it is a pretty big deal for someone to do you this favor (special mention in the foreword is always appreciated, and naming a character in the book for them is also a nice thing to do - unless it's a loathsome character, of course).


Writing Your Book, Step Three: The Handoff

By Caleb On Thu Nov 28, 2013, 8:34 pm

So you got your idea, actually managed to produce it in rough manuscript form, and now you're wondering what your next step is.

You scan the first page, and even though you already went over it eleventy million times, you still manage to find examples of poor grammar, missing/extraneous punctuation, or other glaring issues. Don't worry about it!

The absolute worst thing you can do at this point is to look at the manuscript yourself - unless you're one of those few people who can self-edit their material without feeling the immediate urge to nuke the hard drive on which it's written. If you're one of the rare people who can do the work themselves, then go ahead and run through it if it's part of your process.


Writing Your Book, Step Two: The Process

By Caleb On Thu Nov 28, 2013, 12:22 am

So you've got your idea, you've actually written a few thousand words and you're thinking everything is going to roll like Madmartigan down a hill covered with virgin snow.

Then you experience the dreaded 'writer's block.' You go through each stage of denial - with particular emphasis on denial and anger - before you're struck with the urge to throw your hands in the air and walk away.

'Maybe it's just not that great of an idea,' you might say to yourself. And maybe you're right.


Writing Your Book. Step One: The Idea

By Caleb On Wed Nov 27, 2013, 7:51 pm

So you've got an idea in your head. Maybe it's been burning a hole in your mind for years, and that hole hasn't gotten any smaller. Or maybe you considered a piece of art or literature that got you thinking. It could even be that you followed some expert advice and used some other method for brainstorming to the point where you decided to sit down in front of your keyboard and try to shape the idea into something you can share with the world.

This article isn't going to be too lengthy since most people who would make use of our free services generally already have their manuscript in hand. But for those of you still struggling with the mechanics of getting started with your writing career, here are a few methods I've seen discussed -- and more importantly, they're methods I've seen that actually work -- that I'll talk about here. If you've got one to add, talk about it in the comments!

Method One: The Volunteer


A Little About Us, And What Drives Us

By Caleb On Wed Nov 27, 2013, 3:18 am

So I guess it's time to tell a little about ourselves here at Pacific Crest Publishing. The best place to start would probably be our purpose for building this site, which we envision as a place for authors and readers to get together and create the best possible stories in their favorite genres.

My older brother Josh has been an avid reader since puberty, and since younger brothers tend to look up to their big bro's during formative years (and hopefully long after) I, like so many other activities which comprise my childhood memories, tagged along in the hope of finding something I could do to be like my Big Brother.

We started off with pretty standard fare: Dragonlance novels, followed by other D&D inspired stories before branching out into science fiction, space opera, and even the occasional vampire book. (note: this was before vampires acted like they were perpetually thirteen years old; we read books about vampires back when they were SCARY ;) )


Our First Blog Post!

By Caleb On Wed Nov 20, 2013, 10:04 pm

And here we's been a big job, but now we finally have our own blog program thanks to my tireless IT department :)

Features will be added (and possibly subtracted) as time goes on, but for now we have granted those with Author accounts to write their own articles. Eventually I will see about letting everyone create their own blogs and articles, but for security purposes I think I need to take a bit to work out the kinks before unleashing it on the public. We aren't Facebook, after all; this program is kind of a big deal for us at Pacific Crest Publishing!

So if you've got a manuscript lying around somewhere and need fresh eyes and honest, constructive feedback from a community of people like you, I suggest you create an account and apply for Author status so you can upload your work and create a writing circle! Nobody can create a book all by themselves; even the greatest needed help along the way, and that's exactly what we're trying to provide here: help.


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