Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 8, 2017

How I’m Doing on Twenty-four Days I

indie authorI’m getting close to launching my latest military tech-thriller, Twenty-four Days:

A former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI have twenty-four days to stop a terrorist attack. The problems: They don’t know what it is, where it is, or who’s involved.

If you read my debut military tech-thriller, To Hunt a Suband loved the AI Otto, you’ll be pleased to know that Otto gets not only a voice but a body. Also: Eitan falls in love, the only bad thing that happens to Sandy (the Labrador) is he gets locked in a closet, and another fearless woman is tasked with saving the world.

Twenty-four Days was briefly represented by a wonderful agent who put an awful lot of work into editing and rewriting, making the story tighter and more exciting than when he first became involved. Ultimately, we parted ways, but I’ll always appreciate the time and effort he expended on me.

With a planned publication date of May-June, here’s how I’m doing.

  • I’ve completed substantive changes like checking timelines, plot points, and character development (thanks to my wonderful former agent).
  • I’m self-editing using Grammarly and Autocrit, in preparation for submittal to my editor. This includes spelling, grammar, word use, adverbs, dialogue tags, and more.
  • My cover folks are working on a spectacular cover, with an expected completion date in February (the cover on this blog page is simply a place-saver).
  • I’m having banners, logos, and that sort of marketing created, to be used as needed.
  • I’m getting pre-reviews that will inspire readers to purchase.
  • When the book is complete, I’ll submit it to Kindle Scout. Lucky winners there get free publication!
  • I’ll have a blog hop to officially release the book to the world in May/June. Want to help each other? I’d be happy to trade honest reviews when you promote your book.

If you have any steps that help you get your book out, please share in the comments. I just know I’m missing something.

More on Twenty-four Days

Metamaterials and an invisibility cloak

Can a Former SEAL, a Brilliant Scientist, a Love-besotted Nerd and a Quirky AI Stop Terrorists in Twenty-four days?

Stupid Mistakes My Agent Found in My WIP

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, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Summer, 2017. Click to follow its progress.


  1. Hi Jacqui,

    So glad to hear your new novel is moving toward release. I will definitely buy and read it when it is available. Very exciting!

    Are you still living a “normal” life in addition to being a great author? Are you guys still meeting as a critique group? How is your daughter’s naval career going for her?

    I haven’t done any writing worth mentioning for quite awhile now. Just some more personal thoughts from time to time. Jan and his wife Lu are planning on coming back from Florida in a couple of months for an extended stay here. Maybe he and I can inspire each other to try a bit of writing – we’ll see.

    Well, keep those posts coming. I always enjoy reading them!



    • Very normal. I definitely can’t quit the day job! We are still meeting, now at Mimi’s. Still the core group with various additions who stay a while and then move on. It’s fun. Meag is still in Ft. Meade and loving it. The only issue with the Navy is it wants to move their folks every few years. By the time you’re expert in an area (she’s in cybersecurity), it’s time to move on.

      It’s so wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for reaching out. Are you still doing your author business? Or something else? Nice chatting, Paul.


  2. Congrats, Jacqui. Tell me, do you ever sleep? You are one busy woman!!


  3. Hoping a few book signing dates in the NJ Area!


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