LA Writers/entrepreneurs, stop by for the first LA Hangout of 2016 on Wednesday, January 6, from 1 – 3pm at Peet’s, 1854 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP on Facebook.

Post your January Goals on Write On Online or Facebook and be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions. Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Nita Collins, who won a copy of You Can Act on Camera by DW Brown.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, including Q&As (Amy Ferris, editor, Shades of Blue); Write On! Wednesdays; Guest Columns; and more.

Also, check out my recent articles: 10 Goals for Your Blog (Writers on the Move) and How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Posts (Social Media Examiner).


The Guided Goals Podcast is on Write On’s companion site GuidedGoals.com. In the latest episode, I answer audience questions about setting and achieving goals in the new year (thanks, Tara Coomans for doing the interview).

Other guests and topics, include Starting your Startup with Ja-Nae Duane, Creating the Life you Want with Dr Michael Lennox, Twitter with Madalyn Sklar, and Podcasting with Espree Devora.

The podcast is a series of expert interviews, designed to help people pursue their passion projects. Each episode wraps with action items (recommended goals), so listeners can take what they heard, and move forward right away. Watch on YouTubelisten, and subscribe on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher.

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Bruce Golden’s latest book, Tales of My Ancestors, has just been released.  It’s described as “The History Channel via The Twilight Zone.” Golden says he hopes to interest a television producer in the idea of “Twilight Zone” style stories built around historical accuracy and the ancestors of both celebrities and the not-so-celebrated.

Beth McGee just released Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master by Beth McGee. Beth shares the products, process, and encouragement you need to make this seemingly daunting task manageable with an inspiring touch of humor.

There are still a few openings left in the 2016 Todos Santos Writers Workshop, January 24-30, a 5-day intensive workshops for writers at all levels. Fiction, Non-fiction, and Memoir in our “Pueblo Magico” by the sea. Speakers include Christopher Merrill, Director, Iowa U Intl. Writing Program; Bruce Berger (author); Byran Jauregui (Eco-Adventures); Viviane Mahieux (UC Irvine), Meg Thompson (Thompson Literary). Faculty:  Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist) Jeanne McCulloch (editor, Paris Review, Tin House Books), Rex Weiner (journalist), Jonathan Penner (novelist/short story) plus guest writers, agents, editors, special seminars and signature margaritas. Apply before January 15.

Mineral School is currently taking applications (deadline 2/15/16) for summer writing residencies in the former 1940s school in a little lake town near Mt. Rainier, in Washington. Residencies last two weeks, the cost is $400 (some fellowships for NW writers available), and include room and board (food allergies/lifestyles accommodated), visiting author presentations, and opportunities to share work with the public. Last year writers came from the Bay Area, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Portland, and Seattle. View the application with all the salient details.

Lots of upcoming Writing Workshops from Los Angeles Writers Group. Check them out!

Each week, Techwalla is giving away smartphone cases to people who write cool user reviews on the site. Read the rules. Check out my podcast with Techwalla’s editor-in-chief Dave Johnson.

Subscribe to Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s How to Do it Frugally Newsletter for great tips, how-to articles, bonuses and more!

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Screenwriters, have you written a script or two but have no idea what to do next? If you’re writing to sell, you have to understand the fundamentals and how the entertainment business works. Steve Kaire has sold 8 projects to the major studios without representation and has been helping writers since 2002. This is your opportunity to benefit from his 30 years of knowledge and experience as a successful screenwriter. For more information, go to SteveKairePitchman.

Check out the new Email Marketing Video Workshop by the Article Writing Doctor. It shows how to build your subscriber list, build relationships, and boost sales.

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Do your kids love to write? Want to encourage them to hone and expand their writing skills? Check out Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages. Although it’s geared towards kids, there are plenty of prompts adults can use to exercise those writing muscles! Write on! To learn more listen to my interview on the She Wrote a Book Podcast with Lena Anani.

POPULOVE.net is looking for writers to contribute posts about Pop Music, Community Awareness, and more.  Interested? Contact amanda@populove.net,

The Tahoma Literary Review is accepting narrative nonfiction submissions on any subject. Full guidelines are here. Also accepting fiction and poetry submissions. They currently pay between $30 and $100.

Nowster.com is accepting submissions for content around technology, startups, and pop culture. Contact Steven for more information.

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I will be launching the Guided Goals newsletter on January 2016. Sign up for the email list, and receive “5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity. Guided Goals offers coaching and project management services, as well as tools and advice to put you on the path to success. Like Guided Goals on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. Check out the Guided Goals Podcast.


January 6: Write On!/Guided Goals January Hangout from 1 – 3pm at Peet’s Coffee, 1854 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles 90025. We’ll have a table reserved inside. RSVP on Facebook.

January 8: Debra Eckerling will be leading a Lunch N Learn on Goal Setting at LAX Coworking in Los Angeles. RSVP here and on Facebook. Note: It’s also a Fun Friday at LAX Coworking (free for newbies and $5 for returnees).

January 10: Books and Broads: A JAWS conversation with literary agent Bonnie Nadell from 2 to 4 pm in Pasadena. Details and RSVP here.

January 22: Best Business Tips Lunch N Learn at LAX Coworking in Los Angeles. RSVP here.

January 26: Second Annual JAWS’ Goal-Setting Workshop with Debra Eckerling at 7pm at NextSpaceLA in Culver City. Details and RSVP.

January 28: Book’d in Burbank: The Ultimate Bibliophiles’ Night Out launches season four at The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood with mystery, romance and YA author readings, bookish giveaways and a catered mingling reception. Get event details.

February 1: Lena Anani hosts a complimentary 12-hour Q&A in her Magical Mastermind Facebook Group from 7am to 7pm pacific. Ask questions about writing, publishing, and promoting. Click here to join and participate .

February 3: February LA Hangout from 1 – 3pm at Peet’s in Westwood.

February 26 – 28: The Digital Author & Indie Publishing Conference at LA Valley College. Learn more and get early registration discount.

Write On! Members: Let me know if you have a book being released or some awesome news, so we can include it in the next newsletter. Also, check out the Write On Online Facebook Page for regular opportunities to share your books and blogs: Tuesdays: Boast your Blog, Thursdays: Share your Twitter, and Fridays: Flaunt your Fan Page.


Write On Online’s Facebook page has again been included in The Write Life’s Top Facebook Groups for Writers. Thanks, The Write Life! Check out the entire list.

For even more writing support, check out BookPod, an online social platform for authors and aspiring authors centered around the world of books and publishing. Interested in joining BookPod? Email Jennifer Brody.

Need a transcriber? CLK Transcription can help! CLK employs more than 30 highly trained transcriptionists … and has great rates. Email carollee@clktranscription.com for more information.

iScript.com has added a new audiobook component to their offerings. Now, you can get high-quality audiobooks made of your writing!

Orange County Writers, check out Lit Central OC, an online magazine for news, reviews, craft articles and more for writers in the Orange County area.

Like Michael Wiese Productions on Facebook to learn about contests, workshops, special events, and new releases from the number one publisher of film books in the world.

Need quality printing at affordable prices? Check out PRINT-Xpress. From banners and posters to brochures and business cards and everything in between, they’ve got you covered. Contact Sam or Carolyn for more information.

She Takes on the World is a top blog for women entrepreneurs, career women, and young women professionals.

Not sure what gadget gifts to buy this holiday season? Techwalla has curated the 5 best choices in a number of popular categories. Check out the 5 best cameras to give as gifts, for example, or check out all of the gift guides. Like Techwalla on Facebook and follow @Techwallahq on Twitter for more tech finds.

Need tech expertise for your website or business? Todd Zebert Consulting excels with integrative IT services, from WordPress … to beyond! Email Todd.

Guided Goals: Define, Plan & Achieve Your Goals. Like Guided Goals on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Email Deckerling@gmail.com or call 310.908.8980 for more information!



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