Man vs Nature / Quest for Home

How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home–2

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.

Click to be notified when The Quest for Home is available.

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


86 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home–2

  1. that’s fantastic news, Jacqui. you are doing so well with your books. all the hard work is paying off. the results on Amazon sound amazing. i don’t know how you learnt to do all the internet marketing, but you’re obviously hugely successful at it. your technical background must help i guess. if you run a ‘how to market your book’ course, i’d be very interested. i do know that a series of 5 is the magic number. my books are not a series. i did spend a little money on facebook advertising, but don’t think it did much, but then again i don’t have a series. huge congratulations Jacqui

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  2. How exciting! Wishing you all the best with finishing up the book and all the loose ends. Sometimes it is amazing that we do so much but it doesn’t always seem like we get a lot done. Shows how big the to do list really is!

    Happy travels for the next couple of weeks!

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  3. This is very exciting news, Jacqui. I love that you say you come out of the process feeling that you have written something wonderful. You can’t feel better than that. Congratulations!

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  4. Hi Jacqui – you’ve done amazingly well with these books – and now you’re on a 2 week holiday seeing your son, with your daughter … that will be wonderful. Then you’ll be on the home run for this book – all the very best – cheers Hilary

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  5. I would imagine the last stage of editing is the most crucial, making sure there aren’t those “loose end” in the story, the formatting is completely right, that ALL typos are gone, etc.. Seeing I haven’t gotten that far in a project yet, I’m kind of looking forward to it.

    Jacqui, at some point in the near future, could you address the subject of loglines, synopsis, blurbs, dedications, and other writing that isn’t the story?

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time with your daughter. 😀

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      • Rosann Barr made a glaring factual error in her book, her autobiography. There were several, in fact. All had to do with where she grew up. Now I wonder how anyone can stand to see her face.

        I can understand one, maybe even two error made by an author. It happens. Authors aren’t perfect and everyone has their dark moments. However, what Roseann did is something I will hold against her because I have a feeling she did it on purpose to make herself look better in her story.

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          • I wouldn’t have caught her blunders except she grew up in the eastern range of the Colorado Rockies. I grew up in Denver and I went on many picnics along that front range. Silverton is on the other side of the Continental Divide. What she described sounded more like Evergreen only with a train depot. However, that train depot is in Silverton. For me, it made her entire childhood bogus.

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  6. I know what you mean about making notes of the loose ends – I’m starting to plot book 4 in my own series, which will wrap up the adventures of this set of characters, and find I really need to go back and read all the previous ones, to make sure I don’t miss anything!
    Love the tagline – really dramatic!

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  7. “It sounds like I haven’t done much”? Are you kidding? I’m hugely impressed & always am by your achievements, I think you’re doing brilliantly. Exciting times indeed with a fall release on the way 😀
    Caz xx

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    • Oooh I love hearing that. I’m quite fond of In the Footsteps of Giants, too. I’m going to name the third in Lucy’s trilogy (Dawn of Humanity) In the Shadow of Giants. It makes so much sense for both of the books that wrap up their trilogies.

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    • I so appreciate your support, Sandra. I’m hoping by about August, I can send a link to you to the book, so I have an early comment on the book to tout (other than my usual from my sister–“It’s great!”). I will be in touch.


  8. When you say ‘it looks like you I haven’t done much’ you’re clearly judging by your own efficient standards. I’d be happy to be so efficient. Am now copying this list into a leaf from my book. Well done, and good luck with the deadline.

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  9. Hi. You’re doing great. Your organizational skills see to that.

    I like what you say about making note of loose ends. Writing sure can be an adventure, with unexpected plot lines developing that need to be kept track of.

    Take care —


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  10. I was born with a quest for “home” which dogged me for decades. I knew I belonged somewhere in Europe, but that was all. A dear friend told me that I belonged in France. I knew she was right before I even got here. The wanderlust I had lived with disappeared. Yes, there are places I would like to visit. However, I don’t want to see them enough to leave here and there is so much to see here…

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      • I’ve always known and I always knew it would be Europe. Of course that is the family roots but I am at home not in the UK (maternal) nor Sweden (paternal) but in a home of my own. Thank you Jacqui and I agree with your assessment.

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