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Look what you did!

2021 has been a record-shattering year at Pacemaker because of YOU and all the work you’ve done! Whether you contributed 1 word or 1000, 10 minutes or 10,000, together, you all have contributed more to Pacemaker in the last year than any previous year and by the looks of it, engagement is on the rise! What’s more is that all of this amazing progress was tracked in a year that was otherwise full of challenges and an unprecedented number of opportunities for setbacks.

For the thousands of you who completed plans, great job, keep the momentum going! And for the thousands more who haven’t yet completed your plans, you didn’t let the possibility of not finishing stop you from starting, and at Pacemaker, that’s always worth celebrating!

In 2021, with your help, we launched a full site redesign which you can read about here, and we added Projects– an innovative new way to organize your plans by grouping them together in ways which make sense to YOU! We also updated the progress editor to give you the freedom to make multiple progress updates per day, eliminating the need to manually calculate one cumulative figure! On top of these and other visual updates, we delivered a ton of fixes and tweaks behind the scenes that improved usability for you!

For 2022, we are doubly committed to continuing to add value to your Pacemaker Premium subscriptions and the Pacemaker Free experience, by adding more of the features YOU request, and some we’ll come up with ourselves. In short, in 2022, we are committed to bettering Pacemaker for you!

As always, thanks for being the best users any startup could ask for.

We wish you a strong finish to 2021, and a truly brilliant new year!

Pacemaker’s new look!

We’re excited to roll out Pacemaker‘s new look!

Now the features you use most often are just a click away! Our new collapsible left navigation bar is stacked with bite-sized bits of information so that at a glance, you get a snapshot of your commitments, and easy access to other settings.

Here are some features we hope you’ll find particularly helpful:

  • the day’s date and to-do list so that you know what your day is looking like

  • direct links to your calendar view, full plan list and latest progress for a wider angle view

  • access to all the Challenges you’re hosting or participating in, by simply clicking the ‘Group Challenges’ link

  • account settings so that you can quickly see your user information, and set your preferences for application across the site.

We’ve even made the nav bar collapsible which makes the site a lot less visually overwhelming, so that you see more of what you want when you want it, and less of what you don’t want when you don’t!


Adding the day’s Progress has never been easier than it is now. Simply select your plan in the left nav and click ‘Add Progress’ when it loads. That’s right- no more need to click through 3 or 4 links to get there!


The Team has worked really hard on putting this together based on your feedback, and delivery of this product is part of our commitment to continuing to build a Pacemaker experience for you that you would be proud to use and share with others.

So, if you haven’t already, log in today to play around with it. As always, your feedback drives development and innovation on Pacemaker, so let us know if you have any recommendations for further improvements!

Stay safe out there everyone!

Last chance to buy- Let’s Unpack the Stack!

With only hours left to get your hands on the Writer’s Craft Super Stack– a collection of over 50 writing resources to help you improve your writing- we wanted to highlight a few items which we think Pacemaker users might find interesting, especially those who are writing with publishing in mind!

Remember, the Stack is worth over $4000, but today is the last day to snag it for just $49! There’s also a 60-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee. That means you can get instant access to everything in this bundle today, and take the next 60-days to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

Let’s dive in!


Screenwriting Secrets of Netflix from Daniel Calvisi ($99.00 Value)

Thanks to Netflix, binge-watching is the only way to watch TV shows. But how do you create a story that’ll keep readers hooked for the next episode? You learn from a story analyst like Daniel Calvisi who’ll take you behind-the-scenes of Netflix’s most popular series.

Explore how Netflix writers structure stories to keep watchers hitting ‘play’. Learn their world-building model to create locations from scratch and fill them with superstar characters. This amazing webinar will teach you so much about storytelling whether you’re a novelist or a screenwriter.


50% off a Professional Manuscript Review of Your Fiction or Creative Nonfiction ($500.00 value)

How do you know if your book is any good? Sure, you could show your mom and co-workers, but will they give you the feedback you need? No, stick to the professionals, like Andi Cumbo-Floyd. With this discount coupon, you’ll get an in-depth analysis of what’s working – and what isn’t – in your book.

You’ll learn so much about structure, pacing, plotting and characterization from this review. You’ll also get a 1:1 hour-long call with Andi, and unlimited access by email for a whole month.


50% Off Your Next Professionally Designed Cover by Matt Stone ($100.00 value)

Ignore that old saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. We all do and your cover can make all the difference to the success of your book. Why not give your book the outstanding cover it deserves for a price you can afford? This discount will get you a completely custom design that stands out from the crowd.

And if you feel like finishing your first book is months away, don’t fret. There’s no expiration on the discount. So you can use it when you need to.


REMEMBER, the Stack includes:

  • 19 Exceptional E-courses and Masterclasses ($2,170.00 value): These courses will teach you everything you need to finish your first novel, develop memorable characters in just seven steps, or create your first picture books.
  • 19 Bestselling Ebooks ($272.73 value): Learn how to use conflict to write a pageturner, master the art of productivity for writers, and jumpstart a stuck novel in just 10 days!
  • 8 Premium Software Resources ($469.94 value): Make technology work for you. These software tools will help you keep track of tricky plot details, devise flexible story outlines, and even land book reviews.
  • 3 Must-Have Publishing Discounts ($800.00 value): Get feedback from a professional editor on your manuscript, enjoy professional ebook formatting, and treat your book to the gorgeous cover it deserves!
  • And tons more!

Halfway through NaNoWriMo… it’s not too late to start!

So it’s November 16, we’ve officially crossed over the halfway mark in NaNoWriMo 2019. Maybe you didn’t feel you were sufficiently prepared for NaNo when it started, or life happened and you had to put your writing on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start now and still hit 50k by November 30th!

Let’s make a deal, if you can find the time, Pacemaker can show you how!

Here, I’ll prove it to you. Here are (just) 5 ways Pacemaker can get you there (fun fact: there are millions of ways to do it… we’ve done the math).

An Oscillating Plan skipping weekends?


How about Biting the Bullet with more on weekends?


Perhaps a Mountain Hike skipping weekends is more your speed?


Or let’s Mountain Hike with more on the weekends!


And who can resist a soft undulating wave?


We know that actually finding/taking/making the time to write is infinitely more challenging than plotting out a way to get there, but what Pacemaker always strives to do is to show you what’s possible, and then encourage you to make it happen!

If you like any one of the plans above, feel free to save it to your account and use it! Let’s take the second half of NaNoWriMo 2019 by storm!

Tis the Season- NaNoWriMo 2019!

NaNoWriMo is the highlight of the year for us at Pacemaker! It’s like Pacemaker Christmas! The mood changes, we hear from users we haven’t heard from in a while, we meet new people and exchange kind words and even exchange gifts- you give us the gift of amazing feature requests, and we give you the gift of new features!

We even have our own version of ‘Christmas Decorating’. We spruce up the site, exterminate some pesky old bugs, and deck Pacemaker’s halls with exciting new features!

This NaNo season’s decorating includes a few new ways to help you feel encouraged and productive. We hope you’ll get a burst of happiness and an explosion of joy when you see what we’ve done with the place… I could tell you more but why tell you when I can show you? Just head over to the site, dust off an old plan or create a new one, and update your progress! This is just a small taste of what’s to come over our next few updates, so definitely stay tuned!

Happy NaNoWriMo 2019!