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😀

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Disney Animation and Baseball

I think every parent wants their kids to show an interest in what they’re invested in. I’m no different.

With my kids being just 1 and 2 their minds are young enough to mold. Obviously, if they show an interest in licorice making or the study of different types of sand in Mid-eastern countries, then I will support them and show an interest in their passions. But until then, I want them to know what their father loves so maybe I can pass that love onto them.

5My first passion is Disney animation. In the next couple of years I will be watching a lot of Disney animated films from Snow White to Gigantic in order to study and analyze them. I’m even writing a book about the history and current success of the Disney Animation Studios, so my kids are going to be well-versed in Disney lore as I read aloud to them Walt Disney biographies and animation books.

Perhaps it will inspire one of them to be an animator. Or a screenwriter. Or a storyboard artist.

My other passion is baseball. I don’t watch it on TV or root for any particular team (if I had to pick, it’d be the Dodgers). In truth, I couldball never figure out the point or excitement in televised sports when you have the ability to actually play them or go to the stadium. Instead, I’m talking about playing baseball. I’m hoping to find a local baseball team to join this summer so my kids can watch their old man attempt to knock one out of the park. Or sprain his ankle trying to get past first base.

I’ve been taking the kids to the nearby park so they can chase the balls I hit and bring them back to me. I even bought them a T-ball stand, but they still think it’s fun to hit the stand and not the ball. I’m working with them.

But I hope to infuse the love of baseball in them because it’s one of America’s greatest pastimes and one of the elements that helped make America what it is today. The same goes for Disney animation.

They may not be interested in my passions, but really my goal is simple:

I want them to discover their passion while they’re young so that I can have time to encourage them to pursue it with all their might before they get out in the real world. Too many of us discover our passions too late and I don’t want that to be the case for my kids.

So for now, we’re starting with the basics: A few colorful movies and a baseball.

Don’t forget about our new writing contest that’s currently going on for a chance to win $200. The deadline for submissions is April 18th.

Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Open-for-business

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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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.

That Match-Out Moment

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You know in Back to the Future, how every opportunity to return Marty to 1985 is thwarted until the last possible minute? Like, the Delorean not starting, and the chord getting unplugged, and the movie just keeps you on the edge of your seat and doesn’t let you go until you finally see those flaming tire marks lead into a bright blue flash.

And then, similarly, in Toy Story, when every hope of Woody and Buzz returning to Andy is completely dashed, with RV’s batteries running out and that ridiculous car putting out the flame on Woody’s match (I’ve always had a strong dislike for whoever’s driving that car). But that moment between the match going out and Woody using Buzz’s space helmet as a magnifier, as devastating as it is, is just so much fun! Right? Because, you know, that somehow everything just has to work out, but – how?

I’ve researched this particular kind of climactic moment that doesn’t seem to get used enough. I’ve asked people in the drama field what this particular arch in the story is called. And I’ve never gotten an answer.

If you watch the commentary for Monsters, University. (I cannot stress how important it is for every writer or story lover to watch these valuable features), you’ll hear them talking about this type of moment. When the door closes on Mike and Sulley, locking them in the human world, the commentators refer to this as a “Match out” moment – referring to Woody’s match going out.

That brilliant moment when all hope not only seems lost, but is lost.

The Delorean could have simply just worked. The match could have lit the fuse to Buzz’s rocket. Mike and Sulley could have just walked back through the door without Dean Hardscrabble unplugging it.

But that’s just too easy.

Authors, writers, don’t make it easy for your protagonists! Set every obstacle you can possibly think of between them and that happy ending we all know is coming. In fact – make it completely impossible for them to get there. And then find a way!

Go into overtime as a storyteller and work out how your protagonist can accomplish the impossible. Make it a “match out” moment.

If you’ve read The Man in the Boxyou’ll recognize several such moments in the third act. It fuels the story, gives it that extra umph, and most of all, it shows the reader that you care about their experience.

You care enough to go that extra mile, to push your character that much further, and to entertain your audience for just a few more moments before handing them that happy ending.

Writers, get good at that “match out” moment. It could be the moment a reader falls in love with your work.

And don’t forget to enter our writing contest for a chance to win $200!!

Writers: Win $200!

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Homer 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 after their “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 popular 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 over 13 years of age to enter. Do not exceed 1,000 words. Deadline is April 18.

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.

Winner and Writing Contest #2 Announced!

coverA huge congratulations to Jared Johnson for winning Endever’s first writing contest with his short story, “Sunstalker of the Badlands.” As the winner, he has won $150 as well as an opportunity to write a short story to be featured in the front of one of Endever’s books.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who submitted. You will be hearing from us shortly in regards to your story with tips and advice to help elevate your writing to the next level.

At Endever, we are young and very new to the game, thus we don’t have everything perfected yet. So we are open to changes and suggestions you may have in regards to future writing contests. We would love it if you submitted your feedback to us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com for ways we can improve future contests.

And now we’d like to announce Endever’s next writing contest. This time for a chance to win $200. 

The-Flip-Side-of-LoveWe are hard at work on our first book production at Endever Publishing Studios, a YA novel about a girl who falls in love with a boy after he dies. The book opens up with our protagonist, Adelle, believing that love is spelled with a “D” on the end. According to her, all love stories eventually end up as loved stories, as in, “He loved me but no longer does.”

She is convinced that if most love stories continued on past the last page or after the credit roll, they would all end up as loved stories. Unless it’s that rare story where the couple dies together in the end.

So we want to know if you agree with Adelle. Here are the rules for our next writing contest:

Contestants are to choose a love story, be it a popular fairy tale or a contemporary story (book or movie), and write what happens to that couple after that story ends. Do they stay together? Do they separate? Is there conflict that is introduced into their lives that challenges their relationship? Contestants are to write about the couple utilizing up to 1,000 words. 

The deadline is April 18, and the fee is $12. This fee will go toward the $200 prize as well as helping to fund Endever Publishing Studios to get a foot into the publishing world.

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.

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