Over the past 25 years, I drafted five books but never published them. When my kids became adults and my job moved home, I had time to finish them. This one–The Quest for Home–is the final of those five:
Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor.
Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable saga of hardship and determination, conflict and passion as early man makes his way out of Africa and across Eurasia, fleeing those who would kill him. He is bigger-than-life, prepared time and again to do the impossible because nothing less than the future of mankind is at stake.
With a planned publication of Fall 2019, here’s how I’m doing:
- I like the logline you-all helped me come up with–thank you so much! I can’t do anything permanent–like a cover–without this summative bit of creativity.
- I see in my last update I was wordsmithing–and still am. This is going slowly and will probably take a few months more. I find this stage highly-effective in communicating exactly what I want to say. I pick sentences, maybe entire paragraphs–the rare time, more than that–and figure out if I’ve said what I meant. I often come out of this phase thinking I actually have written something wonderful.
- I’m a few months away from ordering the cover. August maybe? My online classes start in June and that will slow me down. Hmm…
- I’m taking note of all the loose ends that remain in this book so I can tie them up in Book 3, In the Footsteps of Giants. There are quite a few! I have considerable research to do before I know enough about the new setting and its inhabitants to understand where those lose ends will end up. For me, it’ll be as though I am moving to a new home, with no idea who I’ll meet, what challenges I’ll face. This is what Xhosa and her People will discover in this new homebase.
- I set up all of my Kindle books for print sales using Amazon’s print-on-demand service. I’m still tied to Amazon (so I get the page reads in the digital books) but so far, I’m OK with that.
I know–it sounds like I haven’t done much. And still I’ve worked nonstop! Sigh.
Something I noticed: When I look at the “Customers who bought this book also bought…” slider on Amazon, I’m thrilled that both books in the Man vs. Nature saga are always the first in each other’s list. Isn’t that what we hope for in a series of related books?
The top is the “Customers who bought this book also bought…” for Born in a Treachers Time. The bottom one is for Survival of the Fittest.
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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, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning