March 2018 Newsletter

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March 2018 Newsletter
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2018 - We're on our way!

The Story Mint supports writers to be the best they can be.

Last month we hinted at some initiatives we have in the pipeline we are putting in place to achieve our mission of helping writers become successful published authors, and by successful we mean financially successful.

We call it Breaking the Code.

This month we have some news about one of our most exciting initiatives. It's so exciting that we are dedicating most of this newsletter to it. 

What is it?
Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is a global symposium that will bring together writers, agents, publishers and reviewers for a two day programme focused on  sharing insights into how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author.
Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.
Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author is jointly presented by The Story Mint and World Writers Collective

Who should attend Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author?

Writers at all stages of development, especially those wanting to make money from their writing rather than have it as a hobby.

Who will be presenting?

We have an amazing line up of presenters starting with Linda Langton of Langtons International Agency who will open the event by teleconference.

Linda is Founder and President of the successful international literary and film consultancy group, Langtons International Agency is based in New York. This hugely successful agency specialises in publishing in a range of genres: memoir, business, self-help, politics and true crime, as well as fiction, mystery, thrillers, women’s and literary fiction.

Other sessions will cover:  

  • Giving writers a competitive edge using Stylefit
  • The importance of editing
  • Pitching techniques
  • How to use PR to sell your book
  • The impact of social media on publishing 

In addition, there will be Q and A sessions with published authors and publishers, and practical workshops to fine-tune the skills needed to succeed as a successful author.

We will have more details of the programme in next month’s newsletter.

When is it?
Saturday 6 October - Sunday 7 October 2018

Where is it?
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia

The Wheeler Centre is dedicated to being the cornerstone of Australia’s literary activity: by supporting the health and vitality of the writing and ideas ecosystem, the centre contributes to a deeper thinking society and enables the story-telling and story-making that builds communities around the sharing of ideas and conversations.

The Centre is within easy walking distance of public transport, taxis, bicycle hire stations and parking.

How much will it cost to attend Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author?

Early Bird (up to Aug)                      $350 members $400 non members

Full price (Aug-Oct)                         $400 members $450 non-members

Walk-ins on the day                         $425 members $475 non-members

You can register your interest now and be in line for preferential seating. Contact
Ticket sales will begin in April through Eventbrite.


Recently, while talking about Stylefit to a class of 7 - 8 year olds, Suraya discovered that the children were avidly reading the serials published on The Story Mint website. It was a timely reminder that as serial writers we have a wide and varied audience ….. something to bear in mind when you are writing your next serial chapter.

This month we’ve published a new chapter in d.a.d.s (chapter 9), It was a game (chapter 5), Sweetness (chapter 4) and Author-only British war time story, The Telegram (chapter3).

A Curdled Milk Sky features in Chapter 3 of The Telegram.

They are all excellent examples of story telling and definitely worth a read. Thanks to all of this month’s writers. 
Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to:
If you've written a chapter send it to
Writing Competitions

World Writers Collective have just announced their latest writing competition. For details go to

For other writing competition go to
Discover the finest writing contests of 2018 for fiction and non-fiction authors of short stories,
poetry, essays and more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters. There is a comprehensive list here from competitions writers pay to enter and others that are free to enter.

Happy writing, and kind regards from The Story Mint team

Writing Tips

Linda Alley has an excellent writing tip which has come out of writing her Author-only serial, The Telegram

She says that she writes 700 words and then has to edit out 200 to meet her 500 word limit.
Anyone reading her chapters will see that the eye easily glides over the page, that the story flows and that there is no flabbiness anywhere. Every word is there because it has earned its place on the page.

The benefits of belonging to The Story Mint
  • Belong to a reliable, supportive community of writers and readers across the globe
  • Connect, work collaboratively with, and be inspired by like-minded, highly motivated colleagues
  • Receive instant confidential and independent online writing style analysis
  • Keep up to date with emerging writing trends, techniques and also best practices
  • Achieve excellence using our ongoing professional editorial mentoring prior to publishing
And meet other writers from around the world.

Hemali Ajmera (India) Sameer Nagarajan (Dubai) meeting in Dubai.
Join The Story Mint and book to write a chapter in one of
our many serials, use Stylefit™ and meet other writers.
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