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The Story Mint Newsletter | May 2014

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Newsletter May 2014

Hi everyone,
Thank you for following the The Story Mint. Some of you have probably noticed we didn’t send out a newsletter last month. We decided to hold it back and focus on making it smarter, newsier and above all, earlier in the month. Please let us know what you think. Your feedback is important and any ideas for improvement are very welcome!
We’ve added exciting new sections: Blogs across the spectrum – recommendation on bloggers to follow showcasing their work | A chat about books - books which have caught our attention | Let's share - sharing our hard work with Slideshare and other online resources | Writing Meetup of the month – networking events where to meet other writers.

This month our writers produced some absolutely fantastic chapters on our Serials. See if you can spot our competition winner!


Latest News

The Style Guide™ is now a separate entity. We have arranged this so that we can promote and market its services as a stand alone business. There is a lot of interest in its potential for the corporate market and the education sector.
Over the last few months we have been talking to Chinese students who have been testing its usefulness as a guide to assist them to develop their writing skills. As a result of their feedback we are now talking to National Tertiary Consortium (Ntec) and New Zealand Institute of Education (NZIE) which has campuses across Auckland about introducing the Style Guide™ to their students.


What people are saying

Another piece of warm feedback received this month from one of our member, Illiena.
Hi Ms. Liz,
First of all, I would like to thank Ms. Flo Ginsburg and you for closely checking my work and giving honest opinions. […]. Please know that I am very grateful to you, Ms. Dewing and Ms.Ginsburg for inspiring writers like me, with your encouraging words, to believe in myself and always keep writing. Thank you for everything." Iliena
The ‘thank you for everything’ is certainly coming from us too Illiena. Share your ideas, comments of feedback, we’d love to hear from you.


What’s hot with the Serials?

This is a sad moment. The Choir has sung its last verse.  If anyone would like to write another starter for an equally hilarious serial send it in. This one was a huge success.
Kristin School student Marco Tyler-Rodriguez’s chapter for A Confession has left our hero and his father in a car crash. What is the secret he can’t tell his father!
Kauri Jewel and The Vacant Room is fully booked and poised to get underway.
New Starters
What’s in there?’ written by Dan Oliver is booking now. What have Brad’s boys found? You tell us. Two more quite different starters are up: Cut Away Pass and Danny and Maggie
If you have a starter you would like us to consider, send it to our serials manager, Mary-Liz Corbett. They can be up to 500 words long and in any genre except erotica.


Writing Competition

This month’s competition winner is (drumroll) Dan Oliver for his serial starter “What’s in there?”. Congratulations from all the team!

Next month’s Competition:
Write a short story up to 1000 words on any topic. 


Fabulous reading on the Writers’ Pad

More wonderful reading coming from the Pads! Ray Stone has posted the second chapter of Firefly novel and it is wonderfully descriptive. I was hooked and away.
Read Revenge by Anna Zhigareva and you are transported to a Dickensian type world where larger than life characters live and whose bittern misery leads to extreme acts of revenge.
Necessary Evil by Dana Cariola is a completely different genre. Harriet is in an Indian village buried in garbage and surrounded by people masquerading as Red Cross workers.


A chat about books

Book Review from Azadeh Nafissi:  Isia’s Secret 
If you like political thrillers and investigative journalism, you will definitely enjoy reading Isia’s Secret as it is one of the best examples of this genre. Enda, a journalist, is given an assignment to write an article about a Greek tycoon, Paul Hrisacopolis who seeks Greek sovereignty for Cyprus. Although he is asked to write something ‘nice’, he decides to look deeply into Hrisacopolis’s past. He teams up with Jessica, his lovely and smart assistant to reveal the truth about Paul Hrisacopolis’s greedy plans and his family secrets. As they put different pieces of a puzzle together to disclose Isia’s secret, the POV frequently switches from first person to third person. I especially like this technique of storytelling as the reader can see the story from different angles.
Isia’s Secret is a dazzling and enjoyable read, which takes you to an adventurous journey from London to Cyprus and Istanbul. Raymond Stone artistically and brilliantly uses some historical facts to create an intriguing storyline for his novel. I very much enjoyed the characterizations, the relationship between Enda and Jessica and the vivid description of different settings.
5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading Raymond Stone’s other works. 

Azadeh Nafissi | Screenwriter/Filmmaker (Paris)


Blog across the Spectrum

We’re presenting our favorite blogger this month with his new blog, 'Let's start talking Words,' created by Publishing Manager Ray Stone, which is showcasing work by up and coming talented writers, including writers from The Story Mint.
I am Ray Stone, self-employed and published writer, poet, lyricist, and Publishing Manager for The Story Mint. My goals centre on other inspired writers, helping them in all aspects of writing and publishing. I am now living on Malta and writing my third novel.


In four weeks my new blog’s readership has grown and covers many countries. Readers can use a simple Google language tool that allows them to read each post in their own tongue. I now have the opportunity to export writer’s work to non-English speaking readers which means a truly global audience. A recommended book of the month is highlighted along with many other useful pieces of advice and information on writing. 
The Story Mint is unique in that it offers writers at all levels the opportunity to improve their creative writing with the aid of editorial staff, fellow writers, and the Style Guide. Since joining in the early days I have experienced a tremendous improvement in my own work due mainly to editing advice and the amazing Style Guide. I look forward to writing serial chapters and belonging to a family of very talented writers.


Let's Share!

Sharing the work that is being done at the Story Mint.
We have decided to open some of our resources to the world. This month, we’re using Slideshare to present our 2014 deck, which has served to pitch The Story Mint Ltd. for investment. We hope this can help and inspire other startups to move forward.
If you want to know more about the company, please visit: or for any comments, ideas, suggestions, interest please email:


The "how to" guide to publishing your book

The Story Mint offers collaborative support from the moment you put your first word on the page to the final full stop. We offer support in the form of advice and practical help. All you need to do is ask by emailing Ray Stone – Publishing Manager.  We can also refer you to other writers or suggest resources that have helped other writers in their journey.
The challenges publishers face was the genesis of The Story Mint. Lessons Publishers Can Learn From Harlequin’s Annual Results | Digital Book World makes interesting reading.
There are some excellent resources at this website @productivity . An example is Fifteen best Leadership Books every young Leader needs to lead - Before you can lead someone else, a group, or a company, you must be able to lead yourself. That means discipline, self-actualization, sense of purpose, and humility.
20 Master Plots (and how to build them) Ronald B. Tobias   (Writers Digest Books)
These four can be bought separately but are a set:
The Elements Of Fiction Writing: Conflict, Action & Suspense William Noble, Dialogue Lewis Turco, Theme & Strategy Ronald B. Tobias, Setting Jack M. Bickham (Writers Digest Books)



Writing "Meetup" this month

Here’s a selection of events around Auckland, writers and readers could be interested in attending this month:

1. Tuesday Social Book Club | Tues 6 May, 7PM | Auckland: “Two Months: Two Books - Wolf Hall AND If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
2. Auckland Writer’s Festival | 14-18 May: "The Festival brings the very best local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations.” Read more.
3. Tuesday Social Book Club | Sat 17 May, 7PM | Auckland: (Part of Auckland Writer’s Festival) “Poetry Idol is our rambunctious, sell-out slam in which 10 poets – fledglings and old hands both – go head-to-head for the Festival Champion crown and $500, under the guidance of Hot Pink Poet Penny Ashton.[…] Want to compete? To book an audition on 10 May, email the Festival at by 8 May.”

Let us know about writing events in your area:













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