Honestly, not sure how to start this post. I want to say this is a sad day, but it's not entirely sad. In fact, there is some happiness, and maybe even a bit of relief as one thing is off my plate -- for a while, that is. Nevertheless, I want to announce that I am closing the ChasersUniverse group. If anyone has noticed, the website
has been down for nearly a month. Quite frankly, I have not had the money to get it back up, and won't have the money until it's too late to do so. Not to mention, I'm not sure if it's a prudent expense to keep on the books, all considering.
Many of you know my family is in foreclosure. We're going to be losing our house soon. It's a very stressful time. Keeping Relativity up is challenging enough. It's just proving too much to keep Chasers going at the same time, particularly since we've decided to hold off on any major writing on the novels until at least next year.
That said, this is also a professional decision. While Jim and I have always planned to self-publish the series, I have been talking to a couple of people who are urging us to not rule out traditional publication. While this wouldn't be something we could do until 2018, at the earliest, the recommendation is that we shouldn't have so much "stuff" out there as that scares off potential publishers. To that end, I have removed the sample chapters and 6-word stories. I should note, I am still very much inclined to eventually self-publish on this, but removing everything allows us to keep our options open. It allows us to pursue traditional routes if we feel inclined to, or if we do decide to just do it ourselves, we can simply re-post everything at that time and continue forward. Since our main focus is on Relativity at the moment, anyway, it doesn't really present a big change for us.
Artists, if you have created Chasers art for us, no worries. Keep it in your gallery. I'm not looking to wipe out all of the art; I'm keeping my own Chasers photomanips in my own gallery. However, some art I have removed because it spoilerish and/or I may re-work things for certain character and stories. For the art that remains, I'm just going to go around and fave them into a regular folder so I have them in a favorites folder rather than the group.
Anyhow, I do want to thank everyone for your support of the series concepts and stories/characters. Chasers isn't going away. It's just going to sleep. My hope is that in a year or two, I'll be posting another journal about it's awakening. *** P.S. I have been told that sample chapters are acceptable, even if you plan to publish mainstream. With that, I may re-post a couple on my blog in the near future, but it will be just that, "sample." Anything formal will wait until 2018 or 2019. ***