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February 3rd. This is a good day.

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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Any questions, email us at endeverpublishing@gmail.com or ask below.

5 thoughts on “Yes-People Hurt Writers

  1. I absolutely agree about yes people. When I finished the first draft of my middle grade novel I sent it to a few friends to read so they could tell me what needed to be fixed. I was nervous sending my new baby out into the world. They all said it was wonderful and that left me feeling unsatisfied because deep down I knew it wasn’t. I had a good story but it was flawed in ways I couldn’t see. Fortunately I found a local writer’s group that is helpful. We critique each other carefully pointing out what is good as well as what needs work. I do have one friend in the group (who I talked into joining with me) who still just says my work is all wonderful and it frustrates me. I ask for criticism so I can improve as a writer. I don’t want my ego shredded beyond repair but I need to know what I need to work on. I hope your new endeavor succeeds and can help writers bloom.

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  2. Congratulations! As hard as it is to get that honest feedback, it really is meant well, so that we can grow and become better. Your story sounds intriguing and I love the philosophy of the company!

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  3. This is fantastic.Thanks for being transparent. I believe this principle of yes people hurting writers also applies to other areas of life… with decision making, to dating, to job and career changes. Yes-people is how some of those pitiful souls ended up on American Idol. No one was truthful with them.

    I am not nearly as confident to write a 500 word story and submit it, but I look forward to reading the one who is! 🙂

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  4. I get so tired of people reading something of mine and saying, “Oh wow! You’re so talented! Have you thought about publishing that?” I get tired of it because it’s not helpful. It’s not challenging. It’s not critical or honest. I need more ‘no’ people and I’m beyond thrilled to hear about your vision to be somewhere in between.

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