The Infamous Three-Letter Question

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My daughter is starting to ask “Why?” to everything that happens.

Most parents get annoyed by it, but I’ve decided to engage her, because I don’t want to stifle her curiosity, or give her any indication that asking “Why?” is at all a bad thing.

For instance, I showed her Disney’s The Muppets (2011) for the first time yesterday. “Daddy loves this movie,” I told her.

“Why?”

“Because it’s hilarious.”

“Why?”

“Because it’s so well written.”

“Why?”

“Because the writers took pride in their work and took their time writing it.”

“Why?”

“Because they wanted the movie to live up to the anticipated hype.”

“Why?”

“Because they had a lot to live up to in order to match the the Muppets’ legacy.”

“Why?”

“Because bad movies don’t add anything positive to the entertainment culture. But good movies contribute positively and bring new ideas to the table.”

And so on. I love that she’s asking why. It gives us loads to talk about. Who knows what paths the three-worded question can take us! But I’d better be careful because I have the propensity to make up things if I don’t know the answer.

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I have a “Why” for you. Why have we only had one J.K. Rowling in the last two decades? Why are good bestselling books so hard to come by? With as many people who are trying to become published authors, why do we hardly hear about breakout authors?

I have a suggested answer to these questions. Check out this weekend’s post I wrote about whether literary agents really are necessary to the publishing industry: Writer’s Cut Out the Middle Man!

Cover Design Artists, Apply Here!

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Endever Publishing Studios, LLC is making tremendous headway toward our first book releases. First off, I cannot thank all of you enough who submitted your manuscripts and/or book ideas. I’m amazed at how many awesome ideas there are out there! And feel free to keep ’em coming.

My company has some wonderful news I’ll be sharing in the near future, but before that, I want to open up the floor to artists this time.

As a new and unconventional publishing company, we are mulling over a few different ideas to proceed with our book covers. I’m particularly excited about a few of them, but I’ll refrain from sharing them just yet.

Now, though, I would like to invite anyone and everyone who considers themselves an artist to submit samples of your work and your style to Endever. Here’s how to go about it:

Send up to four pieces of artwork you’ve created that depicts your differing styles. This can include watercolor, Photoshop, photography, CGI, realistic, cartoony, whatever your style(s) is. Show us what you’ve got. Send them as attachments to Endeverpublishing at gmail dot com.  

In the body of your email please include your name, residence, website/blog, and any other pertinent information condensed into a paragraph or shorter. If we are interested in what you show us, I’ll ask for more samples.

By the way, here’s Endever’s blog so you can snoop around and see what we’re about in case you’re still unfamiliar with us: Endeverblog.wordpress.com.

So get submitting and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got!

Editing and Critique Services Being Offered

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All authors are gods in their own eyes. We think our work is the greatest thing produced under the sun, until someone comes around and points out the many flaws in our “flawless” work.

Hopefully you’re not like me and require multiple people pointing out your flaws until you finally swallow the bitter pill of humility and say, “Yeah, you’re right. My work isn’t nearly as amazing as I thought it was.”

And I’m not just talking about bad grammar or typos, either. I’m talking about the overall structure of your story, and even the story itself. Maybe it’s a good idea, but the execution needs a major revamp. Or maybe the execution is brilliant, it’s just that, what’s the whole point? What’s the story arch? What’s this brilliant piece of work even about?

Because it’s hard to get honest and tough feedback from friends and family members, I’m offering editing services, proofreading, and/or critiques for your unpublished manuscript. If you are interested in having me look at your project, please don’t hesitate to get ahold of me at author.andrewtoy@gmail.com. At that point we can discuss pricing options and what exactly you’d like for me to do for your manuscript.

I have over five years of editing/proofreading/publishing consultations under my belt. And there’s a perk for choosing me as your editor – if I see enough potential in your manuscript, I just might consider it for publication under my publishing company, Endever Publishing Studios.

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Hope you all have had a great weekend! Here’s Lynn on submitting your manuscript to Endever Publishing Studios, LLC.

We’ve enjoyed what we’ve received so far, and a few submissions are up for serious consideration, but we’re still open. Happy submitting and good luck!

Writers, Here’s How to Submit Your Manuscript

Hello writers. It was brought to my attention recently that I failed to put the link to my publishing company’s site so you can submit your manuscripts for us to consider for publication. I’m sorry about that.

Here’s what you do:

Go to Endever Blog

Go to the link at the top that says, “How to Submit.”

And follow the instructions.

All we really require at first is just a quick 2-3 sentence pitch as though you caught us in the elevator. Throw us your idea to endeverpublishing@gmail.com. If we like what we hear, we’ll ask you to submit a 4-5 minute video of you describing your work to us, along with a “back cover” written description of your book.

Happy submitting!

Endever and Contest Updates

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Endever Update!

Things have been quiet on the social media front in our neck of the woods, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy behind the scenes!

First off, if you’re still interested in submitting to our current writing contest, there’s still time! There were a lot of people who wanted to enter but were too late. We’ve extended the deadline for getting your submission in by May 25th. Click here for the rules. Or click here to simply submit.

In case you haven’t heard, as of March 24th, we are officially an LLC!! That wouldn’t have been possible (so quickly) if it hadn’t been for everyone that submitted to our first writing contest and participated in the voting. One of our goals is to be a debt-free company and so far we are able to keep moving on that path thanks to all of you supporting us.

Our next step is to obtain our ISBN which will separate us from other publishers when our books are out in the world.

To date, we are working on two separate manuscripts that are incredibly different from each other and have been a blast to work on. Keep an eye out for more info regarding our first two book publications!

We asked you all to pitch us your book ideas (whether complete manuscript or just pieces and parts) in 140 characters or less on Twitter, tagging us @endeverpubstuds. We have not responded to any yet, but will be having a conference call soon to move forward with follow-ups. Spread the word and keep on pitching. We are excited to add more manuscripts to the docket and work with you all😀

Question of the Day: What is your favorite writing resource(s)?

Comment below!

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Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

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I am proud to announce that Endever Publishing Studios is now a registered business with the state of Kentucky! So we are now officially

Endever Publishing Studios, LLC

That’s a nice sound. And it’s because of all of you who submitted your short stories for our writing contest last month. Thank you so much.

Don’t forget about our new writing contest that’s currently going on for a chance to win $200. The proceeds go to helping fund other early business expenses.

So we are officially a company. What now?

Now we are going to be on the lookout for book submissions. You writers are familiar with the process.If you’re not looking for an agent, then you’re reading through publishers’ submissions guidelines. (Submit full manuscript, include a cover letter, allow 6-8 weeks for a response if they decide to respond, etc.)

Endever’s submission process is much different.

At Endever, we want our books to sell based off of just a couple sentence synopsis. Almost like a movie tagline. That’s how you need to convince us your story is a good idea. Whether you have a completed manuscript or not, Tweet us at @EndeverPubStuds and pitch us your story idea.

We will be accepting pitch Tweets until April 1st. If we like your idea or want to hear more, we will contact you via Twitter and then ask you to send in a 3-5 minute video pitch of your idea.

If we still end up wanting to work with you, we will assess your manuscript and work with you on it. If you don’t have a manuscript written, we will work with you and guide you during the writing process as Endever holds to a collaborative writing structure.

So pitch away, as many as you’d like. Good luck! At this point, all genres are accepted except romance/erotica.

If you have any questions, please email us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com

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