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The Story Mint Newsletter February 2014

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February 2014

                               
Hi everyone!
This issue celebrates success….members’ successes.
Andrene Low won last month’s competition with her entries ‘Séance’ and ‘Madam Lies’.
Paris Whitehead’s book, Dodo Birds Don’t Fly was launched this month by her publishers, Read Pacific. Paris’ story is exceptional, especially as she is only 13 years old.
This month we enter our fourth year! That’s an achievement worth celebrating! Thank you everyone who has made this journey. The future looks fantastic!
We are talking to a number of people about strategic partnerships and we are working on some very exciting opportunities. All offer chances to expand our market, broaden our global reach and your readership.
Our promotion with Booktrack http://www.booktrack.com/ starts soon. Imagine one of our serials with sound under each chapter and you, the writer, being the one to choose the sounds for your particular chapter. The possibilities are limited only by imagination and adding your own soundtrack is not difficult.
Our partner in India, PATSIndia, starts their marketing campaign in March to coincide with the start of the new academic year. They are setting up Story Mint groups in schools.
The Style Guide™ is, without doubt, our competitive advantage. We’ve added features for the education market and identified how it can be modified to meet the needs of the ESOL market.
The serials are rocking. Four are underway and new chapters are posted regularly. Our shop has four novels written by members in it. More are coming.
All the very best for your writing and your reading. Without one the other could not exist.
Suraya
 

Congratulations Paris Whitehead

Paris’ story Dodo Birds Don’t Fly published by Read Pacific Ltd was launched this month. Paris is compared to Lynley Dodd of Hairy McLary from Donaldson’s Dairy fame. The eye bounces along the text of Dodo Birds Don’t Fly in much the same way as it does when reading Dr. Seuss. At the launch, Finlay Macdonald acknowledged the skill behind this deceptively effortless yet complex writing style.

The Serials are booking up

Recent Chapters
There is a gasp inducing twist at the end of Chapter Three of the Choir. It’s impossible not to laugh. Clever work Rosemary Wakelin.  I challenge the next writer to match the wit.  Kristin student Matthew Flower magnificently sketches the fragile relationship between father and son in the first chapter of A Confession.  Elizabeth makes an unforgettable bus trip in Bruce Howat’s chapter for Illusion. Eagles fly over Grandma Brown’s house and strange things happen in the first chapter of the Fayr by Annette Connor.
New Starters
Two brilliant starters by Angela Shaw are booking. ‘Kauri Jewel’ has three chapters remaining and ‘Hostage’ has seven to go. One is a contemporary slice of life and the other a thriller. There are many exciting possibilities for these stories.
We are looking for more starters. If you can come up with an exciting 500 word story which will be taken to unexpected places once our writers get hold of it, we would love to have it. Starters can be up to 500 words. The topic and genre is the writer’s choice. However, as this is a family friendly sit with school students involved we can have no erotica.
If you have a starter you would like us to consider, send it to our serials manager, Mary-Liz Corbett mary-liz@thestorymint.com
 

Writing competition

Andrene Low won our January’s competition.
CONGRATULATIONS Andrene. We look forward to reading more of your writing in the future.
Andrene receives a $30 Amazon book voucher and three months free membership with The Story Mint.
We had some excellent entries and I really encourage you to take a look at them on the Writers’ Pad. Great reading!

The Style Guide™

The Style Guide™ indicates writing style but does not analyze content. If you are have defined your readership you can tailor your writing to match their preferred style. A CEO writing a message for the Annual Report will not want to sound like a romance writer and vice versa. We include easy-to-follow instructions so you can shift your writing into a preferred style.
The free version of the Style Guide™ is going
We stop offering the free 75 word beta test version shortly. It is an early version of the Style Guide™ and does not give the user any concept of the versatility and value the later model offers.
We encourage you to sign up for the two weeks free offer http://www.thestorymint.com/2-week-free-trial and have a play with the ‘real’ version.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TheStoryMint?ref=hl
Make the reader care. An excellent writing tip at the top of a list we recently posted on our Facebook page. Ten tips for Young Authors is a must read….even for old authors. There are many more tips plus news of recent website postings.
 
Blogs

Suraya reflects on the role of writers in our society. Read what she thinks and let her know if you agree or disagree with her point of view by leaving a comment. http://www.thestorymint.com/blog/suraya-dewing/writers-are-mirror-society
 
Another of her blogs talks about her personal goal to never be boring. http://www.thestorymint.com/blog/suraya-dewing/sharing-knowledge
 

 

This month’s competition:

Scene: Man and woman walking along a footpath. He is looking away into the distance and she has her head down watching her feet. They are not touching. What is his story? Her story? Their story? Tell us in 1000 words or less. Competition closes 21st March.

Send your entry to suraya@thestorymint.com

The Writers’ Pad

Take a look at Andrene’s entry. http://www.thestorymint.com/writers-pad/suraya-dewing/titles/winning-entry-months-competition/seance-madam-lies
It is really good!
We have also posted two other entries which we felt warranted a mention. Unfortunately one entry was longer than the stipulated 1000 word length. However, we thought you might enjoy reading a piece of writing from Georgia.

The website

This is undergoing a facelift. It will be easier to follow and clearer. It will also feature our new logo. This is thanks to Claire Thiveyrat who brings her marketing expertise to the project. In time we plan to revamp the website completely so this is an interim measure.

Other News
 
To make the most of being a member of The Story Mint
Get involved with writing serials and post work on the Writers’ Pad. Use the Style Guide™ for every piece of writing, fiction and non-fiction. If your work lands in the right place you are on track to winning serious readers who will follow you and read your writing. Get a group of friends and set up your own serial.
Contact us and tell us your stories and let us know how we can help you to improve your writing. We are here to help.

Mission
We give writers of non-fiction and fiction personalised and automated tools to expand their mastery of writing.

Vision
With our unique autonomous Style Guide™ we are world leaders in giving writers (learners and accomplished) a self-directed way to become great writers.

 

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