four five-year hiatus from the first book in my Delamagente-Rowe series, I finally think I’ll get it done. I had a few interruptions–agent interest in the series’ second book, imminent deadline for a non-fic series I write–but those are now behind me. The short blurb for this thriller–still a work-in-progress is:
…a brilliant PhD candidate, a cynical ex-SEAL, and a quirky experimental bot team up against terrorists intent on stealing America’s most powerful nuclear weapon, the Trident submarine.
Here’s what I did this past few months:
- I worked several months with an agent I thought would be perfect for my book. It did go beautifully–and she had excellent suggestions–but ultimately, we parted ways. I won’t get into the details, but I came away impressed with her professionalism, personal touch, and expertise. I’d have no problem sending my next book to her (cross my fingers it doesn’t take another four years because I’ll be retired by then).
- I finished editing an 18-book non-fiction series that is now ‘in the can’ as the movie folks used to say. With that off my plate, I can focus on To Hunt a Sub.
- I found a well-credentialed editor to help with the final copy. Of course, prior to sending it to him, I ran it through Grammarly for grammar and spelling errors and am currently running all 400 pages through Autocrit for pacing, dialogue, redundancies, cliches, and instances of adverbs/adjectives overuse.
- I am starting the quest for a cover–I’ll pin that down while the editor is doing his magic.
- I collected self-pub options from fellow authors and will begin evaluating them. Kindle Scout looks good–what do you think?
By this time next month, I hope to be preparing the cover reveal. That will be a first. It’s frightening. Hmmm…..
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.