Wow!

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(The first sentence of The Sword and Shield.)

Really though, just wow.  I am overwhelmed by the numbers coming in.  Almost 100 people have already visited http://www.emmakhoury.wordpress.com!  Make sure you are actually opting to FOLLOW the blog as those are the numbers I will eventually present to the literary agent that is interested in my work.  It also provides you with a notification via e-mail when I create a new blog post like this one!

Unfortunately, self-promotion requires effort and maintenance, so I’m not going to allow myself to become complacent. (Eye of the Tiger playing softly in the background) I have downloaded the apps for Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger in an effort to get my name out there.  I will be posting to those, as well as to my Facebook and Instagram pages no less than twice a week.

For someone who isn’t that fond of social media, I certainly have a lot of it now!

In other news, I just completed my second book!  Well, I completed the first of many many many drafts of my second book.  As of right now, it clocks in at roughly 90,000 words, written in just over two months.  Like Nanowrimo but with more crying.  It is still unnamed, though I’m leaning towards The Seer.  Will have to think about it.

I know, as an avid reader and purchaser of excessive numbers of books, that the title is very important.  My process when buying a book is a bit like If you give a mouse a cookie: if I like the title I will look at the cover, if I like the cover I will read the back, if I like the back I will read the first page and finally, if I like the first page I will read the first chapter, and if I like the first chapter I check my bank account and then buy the book regardless of what the bank – or my wallet – is telling me. Somehow, despite that rigorous evaluation process, I still have FIVE bookcases absolutely overflowing with books!

I am also going to present it to the agent as having the potential to be two books.  If I flesh it out more (world-building, descriptions, additional scenes) I think I could do it!

Well that’s all for today,

Bye for now!

Let’s Get Started!

*Insert Australian Accent Here*

Look closely, here we see a writer in her natural habitat.  Observe, the desperate look in her eyes as her fingers fly over the keyboard, just barely keeping up with the ideas pouring forth from her brain.  The hunched posture, as if she wishes she could launch herself into the story and wring the main character’s neck.  The pale complexion that hints at more time in a fictional world than the outside world.

Just kidding!

But really, thank you for taking the time out of your day to visit my baby of a website.  It came in at a beautiful 8lbs 7oz and is of a binary gender.

If you got that joke I want to be your best friend.

Okay, it looks like I am incapable of being serious at the moment.  I’m too hopped up on sugar from my latest poor life choice (donuts).

So here’s where I am in my writing life.  I have completed a manuscript entitled The Sword and Shield.  It still needs a little polish, but that will have to come from an editor as I have been over it so many times that I have grown to hate it just a little bit.  My second, as of now unnamed book, is almost complete.  Somehow, the ADD gods took pity on me because I’ve written 80k words in TWO months.  So as soon as that is finished I’ll hand it off to my beta readers (family and friends) who will tear it up into tiny pieces and set it on fire.  Kidding.  I hope.

They gave me great critiques on The Sword and Shield and I’m sure they’ll do the same for this latest project.

That’s all for today, I will try to post at least twice a week moving forward.  If I don’t, assume that one of my characters pulled an Inkheart, found me, and murdered me for being so mean.

Bye for now!

The Journey Begins

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Thanks for joining me!

On 7/11/18, now to be officially known not just as ‘Free Slurpee’ but also as ‘Good News’ Day!  I heard from a literary agent and they LOVED what I sent them.  The only thing is, I don’t have a very large platform (FB, Insta, the interwebs) to promote myself with.  So that’s why I created http://www.emmakhoury.wordpress.com

This website will include snippets of the book I’m currently trying to publish, progress on the second book I am writing, and day to day observations about how freaking hard it is to write a book!

Again, thank you so much for joining me on my journey!

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