Natural Selection is Book 3 of my trilogy, Dawn of Humanity:
A historical thriller in the spirit of Jean Auel, Dawn of Humanity follows a band of early humans as they struggle to survive in a world where Nature is King, where they are prey not predators.
Lucy’s tribe includes an eclectic mix of species–a Canis, a Homotherium (oops–spoiler), and different iterations of early man. More will join and some will die but that is the nature of prehistoric life, when survival depends on a combination of man’s developing intellect and inexhaustible will to live. Each species brings unique skills to the task they must complete. Based on true events.
Tagline for Natural Selection:
New tribe members, intimidating changes, and an unexpected end
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Here’s what I did the past month:
- Finally I had a good month writing. I haven’t gotten to the final read-throughs (yes, that’s plural) or reading it aloud, but I am close.
- You-all saw the post I put out asking which program you use to create a trailer. It looked like Canva and PowerPoint were the most popular so I’ll stick with those for my future endeavors. Expect me to have started the trailer by the next monthly update.
- I did get distracted–again–first by tech issues and then by a new adorable, annoying, darling, monstrous puppy:
- The download links I send to customers of my education books who don’t buy through my website stopped working. Why? For complicated reasons none of which are fixable. So, I had to find a new way to provide digital downloads for big files–approx. 15MB. Book Funnel seems to be the answer. I have an account with them I use for ARCs, but hadn’t considered it for more robust tasks like purchases. Uploading the books is going to be time-consuming because I have about 100 books, but each is as simple as my fiction books have been. I’m testing the process out on my curricula books and will know more in a month. I also looked at Story Origin. Anyone use that? If so, what do you think?
Here’s what I ended up with as a landing page for one of the curricula books:
When you click ‘Get my book’, you receive a selection of formats and places to download to. In my case, books are only offered as PDFs so BookBub has two options–view or email. I see providing this link to those who buy books at readings, fairs, that sort.
For a series, BookBub provides bundles of books, with each image going to the book’s landing page with DL links:
This is particularly useful for me as I get Purchase Orders for the entire set of 18 books. Sending them out manually as files is daunting! I see this for fiction readers who want to purchase the entire trilogy, but not through Amazon.
- The new puppy has been sometimes a monster, other times a blessing, but always a ton of time away from writing. Sigh. Here’s a recent picture:
I was feeling sorry for myself (while falling in love with the Casey pup), curled in a corner, puppy barking nonstop in my face, hand dripping blood from his sharp baby teeth. I had tried Puppy Training Plan A, B, and C–all failed. I had no Plan D, and then I wandered over to Herb Thiel’s blog where I often relax, Haps with Herb. Here’s what I found:
All was forgiven.
BTW, credit for this creative image goes to Janet over on her artist’s blog, My Life as an Artist. If you haven’t perused her work, do so! She’s amazing.
- I have a long list of stuff to do once the book is with Anneli for editing (a trailer, updating social media, writing articles for the launch, and so much more). I’ll detail those post-writing tasks in a future update.
How are you doing?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022