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How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature 2

The tagline for Laws of Nature might be:

A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help. Can they help Lucy save her tribe?

…and a quick summary:

Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens their world. Only by changing can they survive.

If you ever wondered how earliest man thrived in such a dangerous world but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. It will bring them to life in a way never seen before.

Here’s what I have done the past few months:

  • Outlining the last two books together seems to be working well. I have about 125,000 words in the spreadsheet, enough that I want to get it into Word.
  • I want Laws of Nature and In the Shadow of Giants to be somewhat stand-alone so I have to summarize prior events in each, in ways that don’t take too much time. That’s a challenge.
  • I am trying to become more involved in a Prehistoric Fiction FB group. Since my marketing effort is predominantly word of mouth, this is important. I added a tickler to my calendar to remind me every day to visit them although I asked FB to notify me also.
  • I’m also trying a marketing push through Author Uproar, a program at least one fellow writer uses. Too early for feedback but I’m hopeful.
  • I’m still working on the trailer for the Crossroads trilogy. After that, I’ll make one for Laws of Nature and the entire saga of Man vs Nature.
  • A good efriend and fellow author, Liz Gaudet, mentioned in a comment that she enjoyed the snippets writers share from their own writing. It reminded me I pretty much never do that. And she’s right–if people don’t know what my writing is like, why would they risk the time to read the novel? I’m going to try to make that happen.
  • Not a lot of marketing success this month but I did make this cool bookshelf for my fiction books. Each book is clickable to wherever I want the link to go, in my case, to Amazon:

Click to find out more about my novels

You can see how to make this in this post.

A note: The cover is still just a placesaver. I won’t talk to my designers until well into 2021.

How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!

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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 Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers,. 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 NEA Today, and a freelance journalist. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2020. 

79 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Laws of Nature 2

  1. Hi Jacqui – you’re always so well organised … I’d love to disrupt you and spend a week with you (I’d need a week … to recover my brains! and give you time to do some work) … you seem to have thought of everything … including committing yourself to three publication dates – the third of which is 2 years (yes two years ahead, everyone) … just amazing … good luck and I’m so pleased for you. I did love reading Against All Odds and I owe you an email … it’s coming, I hope!! Stay safe and all the very best – Hilary

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  2. Aha. This is the post I was waiting for. But only now am I able to read and comment.

    You’re making fabulous progress, Jacqui. I like the tag line and blurb! And while it might all take a bit longer – since you’re tackling two books at once – it will be immense when you’re getting to the finish line… of two books! 🙂

    Well, you kind of know how progress on my (one and only) WIP is going, based on my monthly updates. Ever since we hit the road again, ten days ago, progress has been limited, however. We need to sit still for more than one night for that!

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  3. Glad to hear things are coming along. I feel your pain regarding marketing. I just wrapped up my tour (kept it small, and even that was exhausting) and am already neck-deep in my next project. Wishing you all the best, Jacqui.

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  4. I had to chuckle at the blurb for Laws of Nature, which echoes my own kind of tagline (spoken in an exasperated voice on the day job). What is WRONG with them? Were they raised by WOLVES?

    I have notes and opening chapters for a new novel. On my to-do list for the weekend is to develop a research plan.

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  5. I agree with Liz on the value and fun of reading snippets (as long as they aren’t too long). They really do help to build interest in a book. You’re doing great, Jacqui. I’m always impressed with how organized you are! Happy Writig. 🙂

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  6. Thank you for sharing!.. A bit busy here getting ready for winter but in the near future will check out the books you have written… I know you will do well as you follow your dream “When you are truly inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project… your mind transcends its limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world! Then those dormant forces, faculties and talents inside you become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” (Patanjali “)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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  7. You’re making great progress!
    I’ve been stalled on my WIP for ages, but am hoping NaNoWriMo gives me the kick start I need.
    I’m horrible at sharing snippets too. I participate in a flash fiction prompt but I should probably share something from my books now and then. I love how we all learn from each other.

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  8. I have several WIP at all times. I get bored – especially in the middles. Middles are hard. I’m pushing the first novel I finished – Teloss – hopefully I’ll find a publisher for it. It’s an adult fairy tale with dragons and swordplay and kings and wizards. My current project CodeWord Haven is set in the near future which seems to be zooming in here faster than I thought. Would you consider looking at a section dealing with cyber security? It’s not my forte.

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