Over the past 25 years, I drafted five books but never published any. 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 must be 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 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–rarely 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 still a few months away from ordering the cover. August maybe? My online classes have started and I have a backlog of reviews for customers I have to finish. That will slow me down some. Hmm…
- Deborah Jay has a wonderful list of 10 things to pay attention to when marketing a series. I’m going to dig into that when this wordsmithing is done.
Progress on other books I’m writing:
In the model of Robbie Cheadle and her son Michael, I’ve enlisted my daughter’s help to update Building a Midshipman: How to Crack the USNA Application. It is her story, how she reached her goal to attend the United States Naval Academy, but it’s now ten years old. She’s a LT CDR in the Navy, loves her job and colleagues, and is becoming an excellent writer (though her topics befuddle me–cybersecurity stuff). I’ll let you know how the book is going!
And, I’m investigating printing my non-fiction technology curriculum through Kindle rather than myself. Currently, for my non-fiction books, I have to print the books, ship to Amazon, and sell on consignment through Amazon’s Advantage program. I cover all the printing and shipping costs and get about 45% of the final sale. Through Kindle, Amazon will print-on-demand at a price lower than what I currently pay, give me a higher royalty than Advantage does, and charge me no shipping to get it to them (because it’s already there). I set up one book–the 1st grade technology curriculum–and like the proof copy I ordered. It’s pretty much exactly what I now have except for the back cover. That’s a whole ‘nuther story I won’t get into. I just today delisted it from Amazon Advantage and published it to Kindle.
Crossing my fingers that it works! I have about fifteen non-fiction print books I’d like to transfer to that method. If you’re interested, put a note in the comments. I’ll update on how that is going. I know a lot of teacher-authors read this blog. How do you hand print book sales?
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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