Writing Contest and Publishing Company Reveal!


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It’s been a long time coming—Adopting James is hosting its very first writing contest and you’re invited to enter!

The purpose of this contest is to help fund my publishing company to get it off and running. Don’t worry, the winner will be rewarded handsomely—$150 plus perks.

Read on.

When I asked for people to apply to be my partner for my publishing endeavor, I planned on only having one partner, but, like the company, I had to adapt to the unexpected. There were two people I just HAD to have on my team.

Meet the members of my team who are going to help me judge the writing contest and assist me in building Endever Publishing Studios from the ground up!

Lynn Bio PicLynn Galloway, co-founder/owner of Endever Publishing Studios (Louisville, Colorado)

Lynn makes the best mac & cheese ever, which is where her culinary genius stops. Her strengths fall more in line with books, music, and seeking out the beauty of the world. Her passion for the written word drove her to obtain her degree in English and it’s her dream to publish her own work while helping others present theirs to the world.



glasses1Joseph Neil Love, co founder/owner of Endever Publishing Studios (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

Joseph is a freelance writer and editor of fiction and nonfiction. His reading tastes are wide-ranging. On his nightstand: Flannery O’Connor, Richard Brautigan, Kayak: The New Frontier, and a notebook of half-asleep scribbles. He is at his best when he’s eating donuts with his wife and daughter.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about—and from—them soon. (You’re in for a real treat, because these people are all kinds of awesome!)

12348017_10153746085945480_4118101682328303873_nAnd you know me, Andrew Toy, founder/owner/CEO of Endever, Louisville, Kentucky (not Colorado). I’m the guy with the blog and big dreams of revolutionizing the publishing industry and someday visiting (working for?) Pixar Animation Studios. I love burgers, wings, and pizza. I strive also to be your next favorite author.


Back to the writing contest!


The judges will decide on three finalists. Those three finalists will have their short stories posted on Adopting James, visible and available to nearly 20,000 readers! They will also be posted on Endever’s blog (coming soon) for readers/friends/family members to vote on.

The winner will be awarded $150, have his/her name/short story/blog/social media information posted for thousands of readers to view, as well as be given the opportunity to write a short story to be featured in one of Endever’s future publications! 



There is a $10 entry fee. The money will go toward the $150 prize to the winner and the rest will go to helping fund Endever.

What, in particular, will it go toward? Starting a business requires many expenses such as registering as a business with the state, purchasing an ISBN number for our company’s products, and on and on.

Your submission will help get Endever off the ground!



We are looking for a fictional short story of up to 500 words. Give us your best shot! Any genre, any topic. WOW us. Must be fictional! Suspense is a plus.

(Please, no poetry, essays, instructional, nonfiction, or anything not strictly a story in fictional prose.)

The deadline for submitting is February 25. Please be thirteen or older.

Get writing, and good luck!

Please note that the cash prize is only awarded if there is a minimum of fifteen entries. The entry fee is non-refundable due to time costs associated with reviewing submissions. And the judges have the right to extend the submission deadline if we feel it will attract more submissions. 

Any other questions, email us at endeverpublishing [at] gmail.com

Click here to submit!

Follow Endever on Facebook and Twitter to watch us grow!


Win a Free Book!

Most of you know my book, The Man in the Box, is being released on November 30. It will be free on Kindle and Amazon the first week it’s out. But not everyone is into ebooks quite yet, so my publisher over at Blackwyrm has agreed to do a little a contest to give you a chance to win a free hard-copy of my book! It’s a great book and it’s a fun contest, so read on.

Send a picture of a box. 

You might send a photo of you in a box, your pet in a box (see below), or maybe a puppet in a box. One entry per person, and the photo must have a real box in it -cardboard, metal, wood, shoe, but a box.

Maybe you’re artistic and would rather show us what’s in the box and send a picture or diorama insde your box of where it leads – Where would you would go if you had a magic box?

Photos will be accepted until November 20 @ marketing@blackwyrm.com . Then, the voting will begin at our page!

The photo with the most “likes” by 9 p.m. November 29 will receive a brand new box! That’s right, and this box will have stuff in it that’s not imaginary! A free box of goodies to the winner, including a copy of the book! 

Here is the facebook link to the contest.

Here is The Man in the Box facebook page. Please “Like.”

And here are what people are saying about The Man in the Box:

“Be prepared for the peaks and valleys of adventure, fantasy, real life, and war.”
-Sam Williamson, Founding Director, Beliefs of the Heart

“There was no going to bed until I’d reached the end. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat … heart thumping out of control the whole time.” 
-Danielle E. Shipley, author and blogger

“Andrew Toy has created a unique and interesting story that spans several genres from mystery and adventure to fantasy.”
-Nicole McManus, reviewer and blogger

“I was not disappointed—I finished it in a day. I had a hard time putting it down.”
-Ken Stewart, blogger

Yes, these are our dogs. In a box.

Last Minute Jitters [or] What Will You Be Writing?

Last week I posted about NaNo. I said I was going to do it, and I will. But as you can see by the duel title of this message, I am growing very skeptical – or undecided – about what my subject matter should be.

I had it all figured out until last night. I was going to write a Christmas story that I’ve had planned for the last seven years, but I realized I’m just not ready for it yet. It’s a precious story to me that I don’t want to be rushed.

Then I started thinking about what people have been saying about my book The Man in the Box (coming out Nov. 30th). And it seems I’ve established myself as a suspense/adventure writer. Now granted, my next book is nowhere near said genre (Scroll down here for synopsis), but I wouldn’t want to disappoint fans of the book by deviating from suspense for too long – hence, keeping people in suspense…

Anyway, all that to say, I thought I had my book for this NaNo writer’s contest all figured out. But clearly, I don’t. I’m writing this as an encouragement to those of you who find themselves in the same boat as me. You’re not alone. And (I hope) I’m not alone.

When it comes to stories and books, I don’t want to just wing it. I want to deliver the best plot, the best characters, I possibly can. And I hope you’re the same way. I hope there aren’t many people entering this contest just to write a book, without having any concept of what they want to write. (How many times have you seen an awful movie and wondered, “Did they just make this because they were bored?”) No, I hope you go into November with a clear reason as to why you’re writing a book, and with some concept of what it will be about.

Because if you just start writing something without having any idea where it’s going or why you’re writing it, then it’s very likely you’re going to give up, and you’ll kick yourself and eat a lot of ice cream and you won’t be in any shape to eat a hearty Thanksgiving dinner… hmmm, I think I see why this contest is held in November…

I’m not there yet. But I have four days to get there. And so do you. And remember (as soon as I figure out how) I’m going to have a link somewhere on this blog for you to post your developing stories for all to see. So, stay encouraged, get prepared, and be ready to write the best book you possibly can. NaNo starts November 1st.

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