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


This month we would like to give you an update on what has been going on for several months behind the scenes at The Story Mint. It's very exciting.... and slightly chaotic!

And the reason is that we are preparing for our presence at a major educational conference - to be held at AUT in Auckland on 14 - 15 November. CS4HS  (Computer Skills 4 High Schools) are widening their audience to include all schools. 150 delegates from schools throughout NZ are expected to attend and everyone will have the opportunity to test the prototype of Stylefit for education.

Suraya has been immersed in this work for the past few months along with an incredible team from Callaghan Innovation. Part of this work has involved writing the feedback scripts and testing them with students from Waiuku College and Western Heights Primary School. Suraya is looking forward to presenting the results of this work, and the new technology, at the conference and to receiving feedback from teachers.

The Story Mint will also have a stand at the conference to promote the new version of Stylefit.
There will be a full report from the conference next month.


It's always a wonderful feeling when one of our serials comes to a conclusion and this month we have a stunner. Rosemary Wakelin, one of our most loyal and talented writers, has produced a chapter which will take your breath away. Here is what two of our members said about the final chapter of the serial Sailing:

"What can I say except that this was worth waiting for. This is intelligent, sensitive and mature writing and a fitting end to this story. Well done, Rosemary."

"I found myself welling up at the end. What a poignant, touching, wonderful ending...well worth the wait. Rosemary, that is a beautifully crafted chapter...There's so much I could say but the chapter speaks for itself. I am so pleased you were the writer booked to finish this serial. You did it proud. Thank you."

Do yourself a favour. Find quiet spot and read Sailing form the beginning to its emotional conclusion. 

And while you are taking some time out for yourself, read Premonition which is a new serial started by Hemali Ajmera. Was Lea's vivid dream real? How did Julia die and how did Lea know the colour of the trunk the police found her body in?
We'll have to wait until the writing team writers produce the next chapters to start answering these questions. . This story has lots of possibilities and when The Story Mint writers get writing amazing things happen.

And that's all for this month. Once again, thank you for your support, and happy writing.

The Story Mint team



"Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
—William S. Burroughs


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

The Spirit of Pythagoras
Chapter 2 by Hemali Ajmera (India)
Preface by Hemali Ajmera (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
Book Reviews

Linda Langton, from Langton's International Literary Agency runs a fortnightly newsletter featuring books that have come to their attention.
The newsletter goes out to 13,500 and promotes eight fabulous books and their authors,  whether commercially of self-p-ublished. It highlights the book's description, cover, author photo, bio and literary reviews.
To find out more go to Books on our Radar
To read a newsletter for to Books On Our Radar 

Please Note: There is a cost.

Some Summer Reading in the Southern Hemisphere.
We thought that you might like to join us on a walk.

Day Walks in New Zealand – 100 best short tracks
By Shaun Barnett

This is a book to make you itchy.
    Itchy to get up from your armchair, pull on your boots, and set out for a good walk.
    Good walks is what this attractively-produced book is all about. There are 100 of them described – evenly distributed around the country. Fifty in each island North and South (South including Stewart Island).
    Most have a 2-page spread, a few one only, each containing a map, description and coloured photos of excellent quality chosen to appeal to anyone with any degree of love for the outdoors.
    As will most people, I expect, I immediately check out the entries for several of my favourite walks. On the basis of my experience I find them accurate, and informative in that I learn a few more facts – about the area and track’s history, tree and bird life.
I’m reminded of others all but forgotten over the passing years that I tell myself I must revisit, and am enticed by descriptions of great-sounding walks new to me that should be put on a must-do list.
    This is not a small-format spiral-bound resource to be tucked into a backpack and referred to along the trail. With its larger-format it is designed to be more of a coffee-table book and it would make a good gift to anyone at all interested in this country’s natural scenic gems, whether or not they’re very active walkers.
    Those who are enthusiastic hikers will likely feel a little envious of the author, Shaun Barnett, for the hundreds of hours he has spent on these 100 tracks, and no doubt many more. And grateful to him for his work in putting his top 100 together in this attractive high-quality volume.
    Excuse me – I must get up, find my boots and scratch the itch.

Review by Kauri Wood

Title: Day Walks in New Zealand – 100 best short tracks
Author: Shaun Barnett
Publisher: Potton & Burton
Available: bookshops

Membership News

Writing Tips

  1. Start with an introduction that makes readers think, ‘Wow, I want to know more.’
  2. Follow it up with interesting information.
  3. Make sure the detail is relevant and supports what you are saying.
  4. Vary the length of your sentences and the combination of word groups.
  5. Draw word pictures.
  6. Try to use all the senses – smell, touch, taste, sight, feel. Riding a surf board feels like?
  7. Avoid sweeping generalisations such as the land on the banks of the Nile is muddy. Why is it muddy, how does it get muddy, are there times when it is muddier than others, the banks look like? Remember that whatever you write has to be interesting. Otherwise the reader will not keep going.
  8. HAVE FUN!

Membership Benefits
As a member you get these great membership benefits.
We edit manuscripts for members and prepare them for publication. We also publish and promote their books on social media.

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

To join, go to membership
Happy writing!