Twenty-four Days / writing

How I’m Doing on Twenty-four Days I

indie authorI’m getting close to launching my latest WIP, Twenty-four Days:

A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.

If you read To Hunt a Sub and loved the AI Otto, you’ll be pleased to know that Otto gets not only a voice but a body. Also: Eitan falls in love, the only bad thing that happens to Sandy (the Labrador) is he gets locked in a closet, and another fearless woman is tasked with saving the world.

Twenty-four Days was briefly represented by a wonderful agent who put an awful lot of work into editing and rewriting, making the story tighter and more exciting than when he first became involved. Ultimately, we parted ways, but I’ll always appreciate the time and effort he expended on me.

With a planned publication date of May-June, here’s how I’m doing.

  • I’ve completed substantive changes like checking timelines, plot points, and character development (thanks to my wonderful former agent).
  • I’m self-editing using Grammarly and Autocrit, in preparation for submittal to my editor. This includes spelling, grammar, word use, adverbs, dialogue tags, and more.
  • My cover folks are working on a spectacular cover, with an expected completion date in February (the cover on this blog page is simply a place-saver).
  • I’m having banners, logos, and that sort of marketing created, to be used as needed.
  • I’m getting pre-reviews that will inspire readers to purchase.
  • When the book is complete, I’ll submit it to Kindle Scout. Lucky winners there get free publication!
  • I’ll have a blog hop to officially release the book to the world in May/June. Want to help each other? I’d be happy to trade honest reviews when you promote your book.

If you have any steps that help you get your book out, please share in the comments. I just know I’m missing something.

More on Twenty-four Days

Metamaterials and an invisibility cloak

Can a Former SEAL, a Brilliant Scientist, a Love-besotted Nerd and a Quirky AI Stop Terrorists in Twenty-four days?

Stupid Mistakes My Agent Found in My WIP


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, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also 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, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.

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47 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Twenty-four Days I

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  4. Jacqui, wow – this is so exciting and you seem all organised. What are you forgetting? Breathing?! I got breathless reading the blurb and then your list of activity in preparation had me in awe. The book sounds great and congratulations. BTW I’ve been using Grammarly for a while now and it is terrific – I think you recommended it at some stage. Thank you. The only hassle is the American spelling!

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    • Thanks, Annika. This sequel was pretty well on its way when I published To Hunt a Sub, which is the only reason I have it out in a year. I attended a conference where they talked about so many writers publishing multiple books in a year. I have yet to figure out how they do that.

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  5. Fabulous Jackie. You have a solid plan of action which is important for us to keep on track. Congrats on your upcoming book. I sure hope to get to your first book on my weighty TBR before the next book, lol. And of course, I’d be happy to have you over after the book comes out for my ‘authors with a new books series’. I’m taking a blogging break starting next week but I’d be happy to make up some questions and send them to you in early spring. 🙂

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  6. So exciting! I’d love to help out, so be sure to let us know when you’re ready. I usually do a blog tour, as you know, and I’ll send out postcards to all the local bookstores, libraries, and schools. I did school visits last fall, but I didn’t sell very many books from them, so I won’t be doing that again. I’m looking into bookfairs for upcoming book releases…we’ll see how that works!

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  7. As I did with your first fictional book, I’ll be happy to promote Twenty-four Days on my blog. I am beginning to attract more followers now so this might [or may not] have an impact on the sale of your books.

    You aren’t having a professional editor for this new book? I can understand using software for the mechanics but how about the development part?

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    • No way do I trust my eyes, Glynis, but I want it to go to my editor as clean as possible. I don’t want her wasting her time on the stuff I might have found myself.

      Thanks so much for offering to share my book on your blog. I’ll have a sign-up sheet out in the next few months. I’ll also write myself a note to contact you.

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  8. Busy times, Jacqui, but you have been very quick with writing this one, I think? If you would like a review before your release date, do let me know. Would I need to have read To Hunt a Sub? So many books, I haven’t got around to it yet!

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    • Oooh, Wendy, I would love a review. Would you mind doing it early, when I have the book available on Kindle? I don’t know how to manage it otherwise. As for reading To Hunt a Sub first: I think Twenty-four Days stands alone. You would know the characters better, but the plan is that you can understand everything without reading the prequel.

      I’d love to trade reviews with you. I checked your site–didn’t realize you had such an interesting series. I’ve downloaded The Palaver Tree. Being about Africa, it’s right up my interest alley. Is there a different one you’d like me to review instead?

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