April Newsletter 2019

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April Newsletter 2019
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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 


In New Zealand we are beginning to experience some chillier mornings as summer says goodbye and we count down to winter. For writers, there is the allure of shorter days, more time indoors in front of a cosy fire and few distractions to get in the way of our creative flow. That's the plan at least! But wherever you are in the world, we wish you inspiration, perseverance and peace to do your best writing work.
Street writer


New positions
We greatly appreciate the continuing loyal support from Donna McTavish (NZ) and Hemali Ajmera (India). They have both played key roles in establishing The Story Mint and successfully growing our membership. They have generously agreed to take on additional roles. Donna is now General Manager, Editorial and Hemali is now Manager, India.
Our warmest congratulations to you both and our sincerest gratitude for all you have done to keep The Story Mint running smoothly and actively serving writers whose goal is to become best-selling authors.

Writers finding their voices
Everyone has a unique story to tell.
We encourage writers to tell their stories, to get feedback from readers and to grow their social media profiles. 
Editors also guide and encourage writers with Stylefit™  as back up.
We have incredibly talented designers who capture a story's essence with an eye-catching cover and with the publishing team doing excellent lay-out we are proud to distribute our publications across as many platforms as we can. We also promote them widely on social media.

Read on for a round up of the serial chapters we have published this month ....

  • Waterfalls, chapter 4 written by Rosemary Waken (Australia). What can we say except this is a serial definitely worth following.
  • Finding Linda, chapter 1 written by Raymond Stone (Cyprus). Read one of the comments on this spine chilling chapter ...."Ray you certainly have it when it comes to painting graphic scenes. I shuddered at times. Great dialogue...crisp and to the point."
  • Two Weddings and a Funeral, chapter 4 written by Mansi  Shah (India). Here's what one reader had to say, " The description of the mental and physical states of the characters involved against the backdrop of the terror attack is very well portrayed."
  • Ripped from the Headlines, chapter 1 written by Leif Rennes (UK). This is the first chapter of our 1000-word-chapter. Our most experienced writers have signed up to contribute to this special serial and we have great expectations.

The Writers' Pad
This is definitely worth a visit. with a short story, Does Love Know Age from new member Mridula Narayanan's collection, Still Loved... Still Missed, and Ian Miller's next chapter for his gripping sci fi story, SM is ready to read.

New Releases by writers from The Story Mint
Little Gems by Ray Stone is a collection of short stories, many of which have featured on The Story Mint. He is a popular writer and has an impressive back catalogue of novels so this will be a collection worth reading.
Still Loved...Still Missed, is a collection of short stories by Dr. Mridula Narayanan and available for FREE download on Amazon.

Think you'll never write again because you have had your work rejected too many times? Don't lose heart, get writing. Treat rejection as the world throwing down a gauntlet, a challenge to work even harder. Read Linda Alley's Blog on Fighting Self-doubt: What if I Fail Again

Readers are afraid they might offend and writers worry about upsetting another struggling writer. Yet feedback from writers and readers is critical for a writer's success.
Read Suraya's blog Writers Need Feedback

The Story Mint is a global community of writers who totally understand the many challenges writers face.  We work together to support and encourage each other. Our unique community enables writers to hone their craft and with the use of the unique technology,  Stylefit™ they become confident writers, successfully connecting with readers.
Everyone has a story to tell, what is yours?
The community looks forward to you joining it.
Bruce Howat, Membership Manager, bruce@thestorymint.com

Don't forget .... Writing competitions

Feeling like a challenge? Suraya has added information about writing competitions to the members section on The Story Mint website.
Head over to The World Writers Collective and get excited by their competitions. It's a great way to get inspired and motivated! https://www.worldwriterscollective.com 

Winning Writer's Tom Howard/Hohn H. Reid fiction & essay contest. Deadline is 30 April so get going! Read about it here.
The University of Waikato Sargeson Prize, New Zealand's richest short story prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. More details here.

Let us know about any other writing competitions so we can share with our members.

A Cautionary Tale
A cautionary tale for all authors from The Guardian. This article exposes the dark side of self publishing. It’s a tale of plagiarism, opportunistic scammers, and the ripped off authors who are fighting back.

Thank you for belonging to this inspirational and vibrant community.

Happy writing
The Story Mint team

“Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success.
Let people see you value both feedback and ideas.”
– Jim Trinka and Les Wallace, authors of a Legacy of Leadership


Grab some quiet time and enjoy reading some clever, entertaining writing.

Waterfalls, Chapter 4
by Rosemary Wakelin (Australia)
Finding Linda Chapter 1
by Ray Stone (Cyprus)
Ripped from the Headlines, Chapter 1
by Leif Rennes (Scotland)
Two Weddings and a Funeral, Chapter 4
by Mansi Shah (India)
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
Writers' Pad

Get feedback from readers and other writers by posting your work on the Writers' Pad .

A beautiful extract from Still Loved... Still Missed by new member Dr.  Mridula  Narayanan is on the Writers' Pad. Read Does Love Know Age? and leave a comment.

For her writing, she draws on her background as an agricultural scientist.  She received the Most Popular Writer Award by the short story publisher Your Story Club in 2012. Enjoy her story and let her know what you thought.

Hemali Ajmera had this to say, 'The story telling is vivid, transporting the reader to the scene of the story. You were successful in keeping the suspense intact till the end.'

Still Loved... Still Missed is available from Amazon as a FREE download.

Nothing appears publicly on the Writers' Pad unless you tick the publish box.
Follow these steps to post your work:

  1. Click on Add a new title
  2. Add title, Tick publish and write a short blurb
  3. Save. Then
  4. Click on the purple box which reads Add a chapter
  5. Name the chapter and tick publish
  6. Paste in your chapter
  7. Save.
We look forward to reading and promoting other Writers' Pad submissions here.
Happy writing everyone!
New Release

Each story is a gem

Ray has acquired a unique insight into the lives of both criminal and upper classes that give his work believable realism.

Little Gems showcases Ray Stone’s ability to work in many genres from modern to historical with tales of sadness, humor, crime, science fiction, and mystery.  The book is a collection of short stories that have been inspired by Ray’s involvement with a New Zealand writing service for aspiring writers –The Story Mint. Ray was Instrumental in helping to start a unique serial writing project in which these serials help new and experienced writers to showcase their work.

There are several “Author Only” serials written solely by Ray, plus other works from his personal repertoire in this book. The last story, a tribute to his late wife, Mrellan A. Harahan, is an unedited Irish Fairy Story titled The Banshee and the Raven.

Ray is currently writing his next novel, a political thriller, The Bilderberg Diary, and after that, he is planning a story set in and around the Victorian Industrial Revolution.

His published works include The Trojan Towers, Isia’s Secret, Twisted Wire, and Crate of Lies.
Ray has lived in and around London’s colorful East End and the café sets of Westminster and Kensington. Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous and infamous, he has acquired a unique insight into the lives of both criminal and upper classes that give his works a believable realism.

He now lives in Cyprus and continues to write daily.
He loves his readers to write reviews. LITTLE GEMS is available in Kindle and print on Amazon. Pre-order is open until the end of April at 99c.

Little Gems. Normal price $2.99.
The print version is available from www.raystoneauthor.org Join and receive a complimentary novel as a welcome gift.


Fighting Self-doubt: What If I Fail Again?
by Linda Alley
Earlier in this series, we looked at how fear of failure can make you doubt your writing.
But what if it’s not just fear?What if you’ve failed before?
You write regularly.
You submit stories.
Enter writing competitions.
The response: rejection.
Or worse: silence.

One way to deal with failure is not to see it as defeat. Many creative people view it as the world throwing down a gauntlet. Failure becomes a challenge that galvanises them to work even harder. more

Writers Need Feedback
Giving writers useful feedback is a difficult thing to do.  Readers are afraid they might offend and writers worry about upsetting another struggling writer. It’s hard enough to get a writing career off the ground without people saying in blunt terms what they think is wrong.
The purpose of feedback is to assist a writer to create a compelling story. It is not designed to flatter nor should it make a writer feel inadequate.
Receiving feedback is a critical part of a writer’s journey. Writers who give useful feedback do the writer a great service.
Without it, writers are left to work in a vacuum, not knowing what is going to engage a reader and what might make a reader yawn.  As writers, we are close to everything we write. Our words come from our vulnerable selves, a soft fleshy place that is prone to bleeding if prodded too harshly. Yet it is from this place that writers produce their best work. This gives writing authenticity. more

Send your blogs to Suraya and we will post them on The Story Mint and promote them in the newsletter and on social media.

Writing Competitions
North Street Book Prize
Your self-published book can win up to $3,000 plus expert marketing services.
World Writers Collective
The Saddest Story - Write 2500 words with this theme in mind.
Competition will begin In May 2019 - Due date will be in September 2019
Sargeson Prize
Short story competition
New in 2019, the Sargeson Prize is New Zealand's richest short story prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. Named for celebrated New Zealand writer Frank Sargeson, the Prize was conceived by writer Catherine Chidgey, who also lectures in Writing Studies at the University. Entries open on 1 April for the 2019 (and inaugural) Sargeson Prize and close at 11.59pm (NZST) on 30 June 2019. There is no entry fee, and entries are limited to one per writer, per division.Up to 5000 words.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.
The competition has a thirty-nine year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, a granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition's final judge.

Membership News
We are now editing manuscripts for members and working with them to get their manuscripts ready for publication. We also publish and promote their books on social . The range of creativity is exciting  and inspiring.

As an aspiring writer, you can't afford to miss out on these great membership benefits...

Unlimited use of Stylefit™, a writing edge you will get nowhere else.
  • Belonging to an international writing community
  • Your writing promoted to over 25,000 online readers when you write a serial chapter
  • Having one of more of your chapters published in our annual Anthology, Everyone Has a Story
  • Special member rates for editing, assessment and personalised feedback on individual pieces of writing
  • Promotion to agents/publishers
  • Workshops and an annual symposium somewhere in the world

To join, go to membership
Happy writing!

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