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.

Explanation of the Name “Endever Publishing Studios”

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There are only 7 days left; the deadline to get your 500-word story in is February 25th. The cost is $10 and three finalists will have their stories published on this blog, and the winner will win $150, plus first dibs on publishing a short story with Endever. Click here for more details.

Several weeks ago I revealed the name of my new publishing company, Endever Publishing Studios.

The name Endever is twofold.

  1. It is the combination of the words endless  and forever. 

After circling over and over in my head the countless possibilities for names to brand my publishing company with, I decided that it had to be both a name that was made-up, so as not to be confused with anyone/anything else.

In the same vein the whole idea of story possibilities being “endless” as space and space stretching out into “forever” kept creeping back into my skull. So I put the two together and ended up with Endever.

     2. It evokes the familiar word endeavor. 

This is a phrase we all know and it often casts a positive light on our psyche. When we hear “endeavor,” we think of a journey, an expedition, or a long haul often set by pioneers in the field.

After all, that’s what starting a business is, right? An endeavor? So far, it has been both a scary yet rewarding experience and the possibilities yet to come are endless.

And what about the last part? Why not “Endever Publishing House,” or “Endever Publishing Company”? What’s with “Studios”?

By definition, a studio is a workroom for artists, such as painters and sculptures. And that’s what writers essentially do, right? Sculpt stories? Paint pictures for the world to see?

Also, one of Endever’s pioneering traits is to keep up with the trends of the 21st century. And somehow, “House” sounds too old-fashioned and “Company” sounds too cocky.

I decided on “Studios” because that’s one of the core tenants of how we differ from other publishers. We are acting more like a movie studio than a traditional publishing house. We are doing this by:

  1. Accepting video submissions, rather than written queries, of book proposals.
  2. Assigning a team of people to collaborate on each book production.
  3. Including a short story by aspiring authors to be featured at the front of each book.

To view this list with more details, click here.

My team and I hope that you’re taking advantage of the writing contest we’re hosting to help raise funds to register Endever as a business with the state of Kentucky. Remember, contest ends February 25th.

On Writing: Dealing with a Busy Schedule

The next question from my Ask Away post is from Roxanne Oduro. She asked:

“I’m a university student, and with the amount of readings and assignments I have [to] do, I barely have any time to write. Do you have any tips/advice on how to keep up with writing even with a busy schedule?”

I’m going to have to be really honest here and state that I don’t have the answer. I’m still trying to figure it out.

I have a tendency to put my writing above my family (the equivalent, I guess, to being a university student, maybe?). The last couple of months, in fact, has been really rough.

Not to get too personal, but it got to the point where Sarabeth told me to not do any writing at the house because she didn’t want the kids or herself to be flat-out ignored while they clambered for my attention.

I hate to admit it, but that worked. I finished the first draft of my YA novel, which I’m extremely proud of and excited to release to you all when it’s fully edited and revised.

But I know you can’t just take off from college any time you want. But if you’re observant, you’ll notice you have more time than you think (it’s just hidden in the clutter of your full itinerary).

Aside from my family I also work a full-time job and I sit at my desk with a pen and pad and jot down notes and ideas I have during the day. I did the same thing when I was in school. I’ve learned to “split my brain,” so to speak. Even though I’m paying attention to what’s before me, I’ve tried the other side of my brain to run a constant reel of whatever book I’m working on.

Ideas don’t take breaks. We do.

The point to all of this is, you’ve got to find a way that works best for you. Perhaps recording your thoughts as you walk from class to class. Instead of taking a TV break from studying, you write.

Delete the games on your phone.

Maybe you’re in a relationship where he/she isn’t encouraging you in your work/dreams. If you’re married, work it out. If you’re not, dump ’em.

Prioritize. And then cut out the clutter that doesn’t need to be there.

You’ve got to be willing to lose sleep. I’m up at 4 AM or earlier most mornings to get a head start. Someone told me recently that the mornings are when your best ideas come out, because you’re fresh off the battery pack, so to speak.

You have to make the hard decisions to get done what you really want to get done. Ask yourself every day: “Do you really want to be a writer, or is that just what you tell people because it sounds cool?” (This can apply to any dream job.)

I wish I had an easier answer to this, but I just don’t. And I can fill up about four more posts sharing ideas and failed attempts. I’m still learning. I hope this helps, anyway.

Follow me on Twitter: @atoy1208 and Facebook. Why? Because you’re going to get a front-row seat watching this average guy start a publishing company from scratch. And I’m going to need you to root me on.

The Grisham Challenge, Book 2: The Firm

403coverI read John Grisham’s The Firm back in high school for class. For an assigned book, I remember being pretty impressed. But as a high schooler, I didn’t allow myself to fully accept how awesome an assigned book could be.

Having just read it again as an adult as part of the Grisham Challenge, I’ve got to say that this book is now considered one of my desert island books. Couldn’t. Stop. Reading. It.

No wonder John Grisham gained such a heavy and substantial following with the release of this book. Even if all the circumstances in the book aren’t completely believable, it’s sure one heck of a fun read!

Imagine getting your dream job, and not only that, but they pay you out the nose, with virtually unlimited vacation time – paid in full – money for a down payment on a house, a company car, the works. That’s the sort of job our protagonist signs up for. But unfortunately he comes to realize that it really was all too good to be true and nothing – absolutely nothing – is as good as it seems.

There’s very little violence in this book – maybe a page worth, but the drama and suspense runs at virtually a 10 from page one. Grab ahold of this Grisham thriller and dazzle yourself.

The Grisham Challenge Book 1: A Time to Kill

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Wow! John Grisham starts his writing career off with a wallop, and a hard act to follow. Racism, threats, juicy courtroom drama, murder, revenge, and controversy.

As solid and enthralling as this work of fiction is, it wasn’t the book that launched Grisham into his superstar status, believe it or not. That doesn’t happen until the release of his next book, The Firm (which I’ll start reading shortly).

But let’s talk about the controversy in A Time to Kill.

A little girl gets raped. No… your little girl gets raped. You have a weapon and a clear shot of  the rapists. What do you do?

Now you’re in the jury box. The man being convicted was just exacting revenge on behalf of his battered and bruised daughter.

Do you convict him?

I know the law states that we are not to seek vigilante justice on our own, that we must leave it to the court to execute justice. It seems plain and simple, really. The man killed. The conviction of a guilty verdict should be implemented.

But Grisham’s brilliancy is that he blurs the lines between black and white (and I mean that both morally and ethnically).

This would be one of those very few scenarios where the movie had just a tiny edge up on the book. It’s been years since I’ve seen the movie, but from what I remember, Mathew McConaughey’s portrayal of our defense attorney Jake Brigance, in his closing argument, describes the heinous rape to an all-white, Southern jury. And then at the very end he says something like, “Now, imagine that the victim is white.”

That sort of happens in the book, except it’s a jury member who pulls that gut-wrenching punch.

If I were in the jury box, I might have very well given the verdict to the vindictive father and let him walk free. What about you? How did A Time to Kill affect you?

I know a few of you have expressed joining me in The Grisham Challenge. Join the fun and let’s read the works of America’s favorite storyteller together!

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