Born in a Treacherous Time / writing

How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time IV

bandogI’m working on my latest WIP, Born in a Treacherous Time:

A band of early humans struggle to survive a world where violence and chaos rule.  Think Man vs Wild rather than National Geographic.

If you read To Hunt a Sub and loved Lucy (the ancient female who mentored the protagonist), this is her story. You find out how she gave up everything for her unborn child, survived a violent world using only her wits, had three suitors, developed her own power in a world where that is the provenance of males, was thrown away by those who should care for her, and found an unusual band of likewise abandoned creatures who would shape her future.

With a planned publication date of June-July, 2018, here’s how I’m doing.

  • I finished editing and it is now with the pro who will catch anything I missed. Because this novel is more like a series of vignettes linked by a plot, I haven’t asked her to check anything other than grammar, spelling, and that sort.
  • I’m roughing out a cover so my cover artist as some idea what I envision.
  • I’m roughing out a query letter and synopsis so in January, I can run this book by a few traditional agents. It may be too narrow (paleo-historic) for their interests but I think back on Clan of the Cavebear. Someone was brave enough to take that on!
  • I’ll have a blog hop to officially release the book to the world in June/July.

Working on the editing put me way behind on a bunch of other writing that has deadlines. The next few weeks, that’s what I’ll be doing. Those will all be submitted by the end of December and I’ll be back at Born in a Treacherous Time.

BTW, if you’re wondering about the bandog included with this post. That’s Ump. He’s feral but friendly and an important part of Lucy’s story.

Wonderful holidays to all of you, my cherished efriends!

More on Born in a Treacherous Time

How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time I

How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time II

How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time III


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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. 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.

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42 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Born in a Treacherous Time IV

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  4. You are rocking it my friend. And do I know how the revisions and editing takes over our lives and leaves everything piling up. Now take a break and breathe for a week or two. And have a Merry Christmas. 🙂

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  5. Hi Jacqui – well done … I look forward to its completion and then to reading … you are very organised and that’s good – helps the wheels along … have a happy Christmas – cheers Hilary

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  6. Very interesting. The Clan of the Cave Bear was good for a couple books but then got boring. If you’re planning on just one you should be fine. On the other hand, you already have lots more writing skill than Jane Auel had when she started so who knows, might wind up a series like Cave Bear. 🙂

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