April 2018 Newsletter

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April 2018 Newsletter

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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 


Collaboration has been on our minds this month at The Story Mint.

As writers ourselves, we know how important it is to have a supportive network to encourage us when our confidence falters, offer perspective when we lose our own, and dole out some tough love when we need it. 

In a world where over 1.8 million books are published on Amazon every year, every writer needs a little bit of collaboration to help to make their mark on the world.

That is why we are so excited about Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author, an event that will create a collaborative environment to inspire, motivate and educate writers to become successfully published authors. 

Last month we promised more details of the programme so here they are. 

We are thrilled to welcome speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India, France, and the USA to address the symposium personally or via teleconference.

Opening Address
Linda Langton, Founder and President of  Langton’s International Agency, New York (pre-recorded)

Stylefit™. New technology that sharpens writing and your creative edge
Suraya Dewing, CEO, The Story Mint (New Zealand)

From book to Film to TV
Jocelyn Harewood, Author Romper Stomper (Australia)

How PR sells you and your book
Andrew Harris (New Zealand) including a teleconference with his US-based PR agency

Personal brand and content reach
Clare Dea,  Nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year, international performance artist, speaker and mentor (Australia)
Davin Clarke, business coach, brand creator (Australia)

Pitching your idea to publishers/agents/readers
Mat Clark, author and founder of the World Writers Collective (Australia)

How Literary Agents and Book Promoters can increase sales
Hemali Ajmera and Lalitha Ravindran, author and reviewer/director, Gladwin Analytics (via teleconference from India)

Indie Publishing: Tools Indie writers have to promote their work
Andrew Tesoriero, Up and Up Media and Launch Pad Writers Club (Australia)

Writing content that captures the passing glance
Cassie Lane, Author of How to dress a dummy (Australia)

Writing dialogue and screen writing
Stu Mentha, playwright, blogger, producer; Noel Anderson, playwright and director (Australia)

Writing for Children
Louise Crossley and Solene Anglaret (Australia)

In addition, there will be four panel discussions:
Editing – the writer’s edge: Mat Clarke (Chair), Australia
How social media can work for writers:  Azadeh Nafissi (Chair), France
Self-publishing/partnership/traditional publishing: Mat Clarke (Chair), Australia
Questions writers ask, writers' games and editing: Mat Clarke (Chair), Australia

Tickets are available through Eventbrite so get in quick and put 6-7 October in your diary.


It has been a busy month for serials. Check out the new chapters and be inspired to write your own.

Sailing ..... chapter 7

Sweetness ... chapters 5 and 6


Sirens ... chapter 7

The Telegram (single author)... chapters 6 and 7
Nestor, Lester and Ester... chapter 3
The Beauty Contest ... chapter 7

Then there's
d.a.d.s ...  chapter 10 ... 
Settle in and read this quirky, heart warming story from beginning to end.

Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to: suraya@thestorymint.com
If you've written a chapter send it to donnamct@gmail.com
Writing Competitions

From Mat Clarke's newsletter for the World Writers Collective, we are pleased to share news of an exciting script writing competition. 

"Designed as a professional development opportunity to support screenwriters during the writing process, Script to Screen offers the chance for the winning scripts to be directed, rehearsed and then read by actors in front of an audience in the Mercury Cinema."


Shut Up & Read

The 'Shut Up & Read" LitFest is a two day event held in Pune, India. We are extremely lucky that Hemali Ajmera, one of our writers at The Story Mint, was there and sent us her thoughts.

During the festival, Hemali joined Lalitha Ravindran, Author and Reviewer/Director, Gladwin Analytics. In front of an eager audience of aspiring authors, they spoke about The Story Mint and how it has helped Hemali to grow as a writer using Stylefit™ to improve her writing skills, and get feedback regarding the quality of her work.

The discussion also covered how many of the new writers at the festival were doing everything themselves - reviewing, editing, publishing, and promoting. Most had not bothered to get their books reviewed or edited by a professional. At The Story Mint we know that this is not the way to publishing success.

"Just writing for yourself is not enough. It might give self satisfaction but definitely does not connect you with the reader. So you may become a published author but not necessarily a popular or even a saleable author." Wise words Hemali. Thank you for sharing them with us.



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