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How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home–3

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!

building a midshipman

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


91 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home–3

  1. As always I’m deeply impressed how much you get done in so little time, Jacqui! Any relations to Wonderwoman I wonder? 😉 Looking forward to the next book in your series and what cover you’re going to choose!

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  2. Congratulations on getting close to publishing the last of the five. I used to belong to Advantage but closed that up and now go through KDP. Although, given the lousy rate on our dollar here in Canada, I’m considering having my books printed locally. KDP will be primarily for ebooks. Like you, I’m slowly working on the final edits and deciding when to approach my jacket designer. Probably over the summer. It’s a long haul when we have so much on our plates!

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  3. Excellent progress (thanks for the update 😀 ). I hear ya about being able to work from home; you get to utilize the commute time, and have more time at the end (or beginning) of the day. And then to find time to read… Still trying to find that cloning machine 😀 Happy writing, Jacqui!

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  4. I’m impressed with your writing progress and plans. Congratulations. I keep diverting my writing projects with new plans; my Sparkle Anwyl police procedural series grows, yet choosing which novel or novella gets released first changes. Goalposts?

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    • It’s Amazon’s method of allowing Indies to sell their print books through Amazon. I have about 15 books there and it gets funkier every year so I’m switching to KDP’s print-on-demand. The proof I got from them looks as good as anything my local printer did.


  5. it happened again….just lost everything before posting and no refresh button that I can see on iPhone screen. Okay, tackling laptop screen issue right now… wasting too much time typing on phone. think I just need to hook up extra monitor and viola ….will be able to see stuff on screen again. I’ll be much faster afterwords posting and taking care of important tasks that’s for sure!!!!!! wish me luck

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    • That’s terrible. I don’t often comment from my iPhone. Usually I do that from my desktop so I don’t even have any suggestions (usually, I stick my nose into every tech issue but not this time!)


  6. It sounds like you are doing really well with your writing, Jacqui. Thank you for the shout out, so kind of you. I am delighted your daughter is contributing to updating your book. I am glad you have discovered a better way to market your teaching books too. That is a win.

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    • Oh–great idea! About the Follower News. Just under the heading of Full Disclosure, I waited until my kids were in college to really get into writing. They ran me ragged until then!


  7. I think you are smart to go to Kindle to publish your books. Amazon is making self-publishing easier. The book business changes so frequently you have to go with the trends.

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    • They’ll print-on-demand my print books for half the price of my local printer. That’s a huge difference to a small author. Plus, my local guy wants a minimum number–why wouldn’t he? Sigh.


  8. Thanks for sharing your process and progress, Jacqui.
    I don’t understand your initial statement, that you drafted 5 books but didn’t publish any of them. I’m reading one now. 🙂 Or maybe you mean you drafted 5 that you didn’t publish. You published others though.
    I think it’s a great idea to update your daughter’s story with her. It could be an interesting team to work on.
    The change of publishing process sounds like it will work to your advantage.
    I love the cover of the Teacher Manual for 1st Grade Technology. It’s something I would be interested in having a look at. You said it’s POD is it also e?

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  9. Keep up the writing, and thanks for linking to my marketing list – I wrote it for myself, so I don’t have to re-think it every time I release a new book, but it is proving pretty popular as a post.
    I’m amazed you can leave ordering your cover so late – if I don’t get my order in 3-4 months in advance, I don’t stand a chance of it arriving on time. For The Prince’s Protégé, I thought 3 months would be okay, but it was right down to the wire, arriving with just days to spare. I won’t be so tardy again!

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  10. Hey Jacque. I wrote you longest comment earlier but didn’t copy before hitting send and of course it disappeared when i couldn’t log in first time. Arrr, devices are my enemy! Congratulations on book deal!!! That’s impressive! I can’t retype everything from before but the stories all sound good to me….first one in a scary kinda way. Got my attention right off bat for sure. How’s it gonna end? tell me, tell me….definitely think it needs at least one good discussion with someone you admire before August, don’t you think? can you see my smirk 😏

    I like the way you write. Easy and natural…Just thinking about is making me sleepy, lol. Okay, going to sleep now….but don’t forget about book talk! 😊

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    • A trick I learned when comments didn’t post: Often, clicking the back arrow took me to where I could see and copy the comment, then I would refresh the page and paste. It works about 90% of the time.

      I worried about leaving Survival of the Fittest on a cliffhanger and then realized lots of trilogies do just that. Born in a Treacherous Time (Book 1 of Dawn of Humanity) is completely standalone. Book 2 will simply take them to their new life.

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