February 2019

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


So here we are, in February already, and what a busy February it has been at The Story Mint.

Thank you everyone who has joined The Story Mint. We appreciate your support. We are really encouraged to hear your stories about how The Story Mint and, more especially Stylefit™, has helped you become more confident writers. That is terrific news!

You can hear members talk about their experiences with Stylefit™ on this video on our home page called: Stylefit™: A revolutionary new writing tool.

And, of course, our writers have been busy creating new chapters for our Serials. We have two completed serials this month.

Time Travel is a challenging genre to get right but this serial absolutely nails it. Well done to Raymond for his provoking starter and to Suraya for wrapping it up and to all the other contributors in between.

Nestor, Lester and Esther - the heartwarming story of a family coming to grips with great loss and a new beginning - also completes this month. Ken Burns started and finished this serial so congratulations Ken, and to the other contributing writers.

We are told by the writers that not only does Stylefit™  make a huge difference to their writing skills but they have seen big improvements by being part of the serial programme. They say they have gained greater writing mastery and discovered new storytelling skills. The feedback they get from other writers has also helped enormously.
See below for more new Serial chapters to read and feel inspired by.

Membership Benefits

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

Thank you for belonging to inspirational and vibrant community.

Happy writing
The Story Mint team

Everyone Has a Story
Anthology Two

A review by
Ray Stone

A Wonderful Collection of Short Stories from around the World
This was such a great read. Twelve authors have combined their skills to produce ten short stories in serial form with each chapter written by a different author. I was hooked when reading the first story, The Diary of Pearl Farrell. This story is set at the turn of the last century and not only tells a poignant tale but also has an amazing and truly unforgettable ending. My hat's off to these authors. The Assault brings us into modern day business dealings involving genetically modified food for the starving in third world countries. Greed is afoot, and a young up and coming woman scientist is kidnapped in this thriller. I found these and the other stories engrossing.
If I have any criticism at all, it is that I wanted to read more. This was terrific multi-genre storytelling at its best. I hope we can expect more.
Let us know what you thought of our newest Anthology.
Send your reviews to suraya@thestorymint.com

Go to The Story Mint or
Amazon for paper back (US$9.95)
or Smashwords for ebook (US 2.99)

Read more serials.

Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition
Steve Jobs

Time Travel was completed this month, with new chapters by Raymond Stone and Suraya Dewing.

Ken Burns has written the final chapter of the serial he started ...
Nestor, Lester and Esther

Grab some quiet time and enjoy reading them from the beginning.

And read these chapters for our continuing stories:

Waterfalls, Chapter 2
by Joe Labrum (USA)
It was a Game, Chapter 9
by Anna Zhigareva (Scotland)
The Girl in the Attic, chapter 3
by Linda Alley (Australia)
The Girl in the Attic, Chapter 4
by Raymond Stone (Cyprus)
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

Alice's Future - through the looking glass
by Suraya Dewing

Creativity is the valued commodity of the future.

No-one has to be a rocket scientist to realise that the world is changing at a phenomenal rate. While many of the underlying principles we learnt at school continue to be relevant what we do with that knowledge has changed. We are looking at a future where creativity across all disciplines will be a valued commodity.
This is especially relevant for writers. read on

Send your blogs to Suraya and we will post them on The Story Mint and promote them in the newsletter and on social media.
Happy writing everyone!
Important Membership News

From Idea to publication
This year we expanded our services to include full support to writers from concept to publication.

This means we can no longer offer free access to The Story Mint as of March 31st 2019.
We have set the membership rate at a standard price of US$50 per year. This entitles you to full access to everything we offer including Stylefit™.

Additionally we offer special member rates for professional editing, publishing advice, manuscript feedback and representation to agents/publishers.

Other benefits will include special rates to attend workshops and our symposium.

We do sincerely hope you value being part of our vibrant writing community and  continue with us.
Over the next few weeks we will be in touch with you to give you more detail about how being a member of The Story Mint will enable you to successfully follow your writing dream.

If you would like to discuss your membership please contact Bruce Howat at bruce@thestorymint.com.

To join, go to membership
Happy writing!