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How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home– 4

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’ve had a month of tech problems. I lost my Surface Pro in South Korea while traveling with my kids. Then, came home and my desktop was dead. I borrowed my husband’s laptop which worked well but slowly (one screen instead of two; none of my bookmarks, the hated trackpad instead of a mouse). I think life is finally back to normal but we’ll see.
  • I have several efriends who have offered to be beta readers for The Quest for Home. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. It’s a job I never offer to do for others because I am not good at, so I have no real way to repay their efforts. But I’m thrilled to accept.
  • I’d be happy to offer an ARC copy of this book in return for a few early comments? That would be in August/September. Any takers–I’m at askatechteacher@gmail.com!
  • I’m ordering the cover this month. Soon. And I can’t wait.
  • I haven’t yet started on Deborah Jay’s wonderful list of 10 things to pay attention to in a series. That will probably be one of the last editing bits I do.
  • Still editing… Sigh… I’m still on piecemeal editing, where I search for repeated words and phrases, cliches, repeated unusual words, word frequency, grammar, passive voice, filler words, weak adverbs, and more. This lets me zoom in on phrases, sentences, or paragraphs to fix problems. I’ll know when I’m done because I’ll stop wincing every time a edit a paragraph. Next, I’ll reread the entire book for flow, pacing, and readability. I expect hope to start that by August.
  • As I edit, I’m taking note of all the plot threads that I have to resolve in Book 3 of the trilogy, In the Footsteps of Giants. Unlike one-and-done novels (books not part of a trilogy), I don’t have to tie up all the loose ends in this book.

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 (that would be Born in a Treacherous Time and Survival of the Fittest) are always the first in each other’s list. Isn’t that what we hope for in a series? Do you check that, too?

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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

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84 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on The Quest for Home– 4

  1. Hi Jacqui – that’s great … but the troubles on your trip, or afterwards – are just the kind of things sent to try us: glad it seems to be over …

    I’m so pleased to read you’re progressing on … and that cross-over between the two books works effectively – well done.

    Good for you and all the best – though you’re another month ahead as I write this. I’m emailing you too … cheers Hilary

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    • I love checking my Amazon stats and still see each of the books are the #1 in the “Customers who bought this also bought” list. Somethings working.

      Got your email and will be replying. How kind of you to reach out!

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  2. Happy to read you’ve managed to solve everything (technical problems is a bit of an understatement, but a positive attitude sure counts), and are progressing at good pace. Editing is somewhere between torture and labour of love (or both). I’ve been a beta reader a few times, but I never know if my comments are of any use as it is so subjective… Good luck!

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  3. I am always there Jacqui, count me in though you know my speed! 🙂 So happy with your upcoming book nearing its publication. All setbacks melt at the altar of our determination. All the best!

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  4. Editing is the hardest part. I tend to lock myself away for days during the final stretch of it. Sorry on all your computer issues, but congrats on your upcoming release:)

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  5. I hate the “wince as I read a paragraph” stage of revision. But the book is always better on the other side. Sorry to hear about all your setbacks; glad you’re finally leveling out.

    And I check the also-boughts, too. My company is pretty much obsessed with them. (I’m not to that level. Yet.) Looks like yours are on point. Kudos!

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  6. I hate tech problems. I hate editing too. I cover my face – and wince – whenever I find a badly written paragraph (that’s the charm of being blind, I don’t need to uncover my face).
    But all in all, you sound like you’re on time and the right track.

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  7. Losing that tablet must have been horrible. I go cold just thinking about it. You do sound on-the-ball with your solutions, though. As for the work schedule you’re describing, I’m in awe. To maintain a blog on top of that suggests the power of your determination. Good luck with that editing.

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    • It was horrible. I still worry someone will break into it and steal everything. I had the latest draft of my current book on it so I could work on it. Sigh. I’ll hand this problem to God. I’ve done everything I can.

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  8. Tantalisingly close, but it must seem so far away. For me your release is Spring, and that can’t come soon enough! Good luck with your last push…nearly there!

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