February 3rd. This is a good day for so many reasons.
One being that today is Pixar’s 30th anniversary!!
My partners at my publishing studio, Endever, decided last week on our first book production!
It’s going to be the YA novel I recently wrote about a girl who falls in love with a boy after he dies.
The decision was almost nerve-wracking as Endever Publishing Studios is not genre-specific – we’re story specific. (We don’t want people to assume we’re a YA publisher.)
So I gave my partners (also acting as editors, story developers, publishers, and so much more) the first chapter and they gave me the greatest compliment a writer should ask for:
They said, “I’m not feeling it. The main character’s whiney. And I don’t get her parents at all.” In essence, everyone was shallow and one-dimensional.
I’m actually not saying this is a compliment to be sarcastic. I mean it.
Writers have a tendency to surround themselves with Yes People. We tend to give our work out to those whom we know are going to throw flowers at our feet and laud us with compliments and climb mountains to praise our work before the heavens.
Joseph and Lynn, my partners, are not yes-people.
Endever is not a Yes publishing studio. We’re also not a No studio.
When we start accepting book submissions, we’re not going to send you a heartless rejection letter if we don’t love your story idea. We’ll send you tips, ways it can be improved, suggestions, tips. (More on this later.) Because we’ve been in that position – being rejected by publishers and agents time and time again.
It’s like that teacher you hated because all he or she did was hand out big fat F’s but never taught you how to fix your work or point out exactly what you were doing wrong.
And that’s just one way Endever is going to be more awesome than other publishing houses.
So February 3rd is amazing for a lot of reasons but especially because I’ll be busy rewriting that first chapter for my partners, who represent all of you – the readers. And soon, the first book production from Endever Publishing Studios will be born, and you will cradle it in your hands and hopefully call it the best book you’ve read in years.
That will be Endever’s goal for every book.
Have you submitted your short story for our writing contest yet? Why not? You can win $150. Give it a shot. Click here for the rules and guidelines and the link to submit. (Deadline is February 25)
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