February 2018 Newsletter

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February 2018 Newsletter
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2018 - Up and Away!

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


Innovative energy is flowing through The Story Mint.

We have some amazing projects underway. We can't say too much because of commercial sensitivity but we are inspired by the way members are contributing their creative and commercial skills to making The Story Mint a success.

Breaking the code
Our big challenge this year is to find answers to the perplexed question of: How does a writer go from being published to a successful author with a decent bank balance? We are calling meeting this challenge; Breaking the Code.
 
Since starting The Story Mint, I have read many articles purporting to have the answer to the above vexed question. The answer is definitely much more complex than putting up a website, writing blogs and using search engine optimisation.
 
In his article, How much does the average author earn? Derek Murphy does some serious number crunching and makes the emerging writer's world look pretty grim financially. An article in Publishing Perspectives by Dennis Abrams doesn’t add much hope. He quotes The Guardian as saying, “54% of ‘traditionally-published’ authors (and nearly 80% of self-published authors) earn less than $1,000 a year.”
 
Published authors remember the day they held their beautiful new book in their hands. They remember how they felt as they posted the picture on Facebook, pride and a belief that their new career was about to begin shining on their faces. In that moment there is no hint of the impending realisation that being published does not always work that way.

So how does a writer transform into a brilliant marketer?
 
The Story Mint believes that the answer to that question could lead to answers that enable writers to get the rewards they deserve after all the years of hard graft.

Right now there are 4,572,429 books in the kindle store. That's a lot of books. So why would someone buy your book over someone else's? We know the cover holds some of the answer but what leads a reader to your book in the first place?
 
We know it is possible to be a best selling author. Some have done it. If they can, so can we. And without selling our souls.
 
This year we have made our mission one of Breaking the Code that leads to positive book sales. We have a number of initiatives being developed with this theme in mind.

Happy writing,
The Story Mint team 

 

PS. Some amazing chapters have been posted on our Serials. They are truly brilliant.
Our writers have been busy in the first two months of the year. We've got new chapters for no less than EIGHT serials plus one author only serial. Read on ...

Two serials - Josephine and  Rest in Peace - have just one more chapter to reach their conclusion. Now is a good time to re-read from the beginning!

Welcome to Halloween and Retribution 2 are just starting their journey. We've published chapter 2 for Welcome to Halloween and chapters 2 and 3 for Retribution 2.

We also have new chapters for The Beauty Contest, Sailing, Lawnmarket and Mirror Mirror, all of which are half completed.
 

  
  
 
If you have not written a chapter for a while, or you are looking for some writing inspiration, take a minute or two to read some of the work from our Story Minters this month. Their chapters are varied across many genres and are great examples of excellently executed 500- word bites of storytelling.
      

And there is more! The Leper's Secret is Ray Stone's author-only serial. Ray has one more chapter to complete and then we will know the secret of the mysterious letter.

Thank you to all the writers who have written a new chapter. We are looking forward to seeing more of your work next month.

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

Promotion

Our serial chapters are supported by extraordinary graphics by Jasmine Groves. We promote each chapter on Facebook and Linked In. Azadeh Nafissi is promoting our posts on Twitter and our following is growing as a consequence. We also post on our Linked in group and Suraya's Linked in. Next step is to create a Linked in page for The Story Mint

Here is an example of one posting.

The next frontier to conquer is Instagram and if anyone has expertise with that and is willing to take it on please let me know.

E. suraya@thestorymint.com

World Writers Collective https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/
Mat Clarke, founder of the WWC is our partner in organising the Writer's Symposium at the The Wheeler Centre.
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Some innovations we are introducing

Mentors
A group of members have generously agreed to support The Story Mint's new writers. They will guide new writers and show them how to our services work. Most importantly we want new members to really enjoy using The Story Mint.

The value of having an insightful mentor is huge.
Mentors give writers the benefit of their experience and knowledge. These writers have themselves been mentored and guided by more experienced writers so they are passing on that person's legacy. Mentors show enormous goodwill by giving up time to offer a writer advice and guidance. Their knowledge is a fantastic gift they are passing on.

The value of being a supportive mentor is huge.
Mentors discover how much they know and are often surprised by this discovery. When analysing someone's writing mentors gain a deeper understanding of what writing works and why. As they come up with helpful solutions for the writer they are mentoring they can then apply those insights to their own writing.

Above all, both learn to put ego to one side and to work with each other in a helpful, encouraging way.

Thank you everyone who has agreed to be a mentor. It is really appreciated very much. If you would like to be a mentor please contact suraya@thestorymint.com

This service is available to new paid members and is FREE.

   
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.
The first 20 memberships will receive a FREE assessment
of a piece of writing (up to 20,000 words)
 

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