Writers: Sing, Don’t Tap

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Do you ever sit at your desk at work and click your tongue to a song that’s stuck in your head? Or tap your pen or finger to a little ditty that won’t dance away?

Like this:

tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap-tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap. Tap tap-tap tap tap tap tap-tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap. TAP-TAP-TAP-TAP, TAP-TAP-TAP-TAP. Tap tap tap tap-tap-tap-tap tap-tap-tap. 

You know what that song is, right?

Just look at it. Follow the same notes I’m singing in my head.

Well, guess what. You can’t. Because there are no words. There are no notes. But just because I know the song doesn’t mean your stupid. It just means I’m stupid for not providing the words and the notes.

As writers, we are charged with the responsibility to paint a much broader picture for our readers than just dialogue or just narrative. In order for our readers to grasp our full meaning of what we’re trying to convey, we must present the time, the setting, the people, and the mood.

To leave one of these out is like expecting someone to guess what song your’re clicking your tongue to.

So think about that as you write. Is what you’ve written only discernible to you, or could an outsider  see and get exactly what your conveying?

In other words, sing, don’t tap.

(By the way, the song tapped out above is “500 Miles” by the Proclaimers. I blame How I Met Your Mother for getting it stuck in my head.)

Books for Just $3!

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving and is loving the hustle and bustle of Black Friday. I wanted to drop a little tip. If you happen to be on Amazon, stop by and pick up my book These Great Affects, and another incredible indie book, A Deathly Compromise by Coral Rivera. Both are just $3 instead of $10 this weekend. Here are the links:

These Great Affects by Andrew Toy – The story of a fifteen-year-old girl who meets a guy and fall in love with him just a little too late. Like, after-he’s-dead-too-late. Click here to check out more!

A Deathly Compromise by Coral Rivera – Dee is the queen of the underworld incarnated into the form of a young woman who has taken up residence in a Portland hospital. With a killer attitude and a playlist to match, she spirits away the souls of the dying for their journey to the great beyond. Click here to read more about it and purchase it!

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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!

Writing Contest: Your Favorite Fictional Couple

900Homer and Marge, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ross and Rachel, Shrek and Fiona…

These are all iconic fictional couples whom we are familiar with. We adore them, we love them. But what happens aftertheir “Happily ever after?” Do they stay in love? Do they have an unfortunate fallout? Does conflict disrupt their lives? Perhaps the threat of a third world war challenges their devotion to one another?

You tell us!

For a chance to win $200, writers are encouraged to pick any iconic fictional couple made frozen-2popular by a book, movie, or TV show and enlighten us on what happens after their “Happily ever after.”

Are you not a writer? No problem! We’re sure you know plenty of writers in your life, so please pass this contest along to them so they have a chance at winning $200. Who knows, they might even take you out to dinner…

Contestants must be at least 13 years of age to enter. Do not exceed 1,000 words. New deadline is May 25th.

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CLICK HERE to submit

And please feel free to contact us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com for any questions you may have or leave you comments in the section below.

What Endever Is Up To

Writers, a friendly reminder: Only one day left to submit your short-stories for a chance to win $150 and publishing opportunities.

Endever Publishing Studios has been hard at work on several things from tightening up our business plan and sharpening up our first book production that we’re certain will be  a beloved first book in our exciting lineup.

Lynn Galloway, co-founder and co-owner has just a few words to share with you about Endever and the status of our writing contest.

Don’t forget to click here to submit your short story or click here to learn more about it.

5 Days Left to Win $150

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Writers!

Win $150 for writing a 500-word short story. Only requirements are that you’re 13 or older and that the story is fictional.

The entry fee is only $10. This fee goes toward the prize for the winner as well as helping Endver Publishing Studios get off the ground.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Three finalists will be chosen by our judges to be posted on this blog for others to vote on. And the winner will be awarded $150, as well as be given the opportunity to publish a short story with one of Endever’s feature books.

Please continue to spread the word around about this writing contest and all will be well with you. And don’t forget to submit your own story!

Click here for more details or Click here to submit already.

Email us at endeverpublishing@gmail.com for any questions.