WRITE ON!

LA writers/creatives/entrepreneurs, stop by our February Write On/Guided Goals Hangout on Wednesday, February 3, from 1 – 3pm at Peet’s, 1854 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP on Facebook.

Post your February 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 Stephanie Olivieri, who won a copy of The Director’s Six Senses by Simone Bartesaghi.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, including Q&AsWrite On! Wednesdays; Guest Columns; and more. Also, check out my article 10 Tips to Achieve Writing Goals in the New Year.

NEWS

The Guided Goals Podcast is on Write On’s companion site GuidedGoals.com. 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.

Recent guests and topics include Interviewing Guests with Harry Duran (Podcast Junkies), Self Publishing with Marci Baun (Wild Child Publishing), SEO for your Blog with Lindsay Tredent Mauch (Fit & Awesome) and Passion Project Benefits with Scott Perry (LA Tech Digest). Watch on YouTube, listen, and subscribe on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher.

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Bloggers, please take two minutes and fill out my Blogging Survey when you have a chance. I am doing research for a new project. Thanks, Deb

Michal Lemberger, author of After Abel and Other Stories, was interviewed on the She Wrote a Book Podcast last month.

Congratulations to Ja-Nae Duane and Steve Fisher on the release of their new book The Startup Equation.

Ruksana Hussain recently joined as Editor for Carlsbad Lifestyle Publications and Del Mar Lifestyle. Both are monthly print publications, glossy coffee table style, serving the Carlsbad and Del Mar communities. She’s happy meet area-writers or receive pitches from local businesses. Email ruksanah@gmail.com.

Robert Kerbeck’s piece about working with O.J. Simpson right before the infamous murders can be read at Narratively. His short story, “G.O.D. Live In Concert,” is featured in the Cortland Review and reviewed by the Emerging Writers Network. Finally, his kooky tale about surfing werewolves, “Lycans Don’t Surf,” can be read in Cream City Review.

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.

EVENTS

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

February 4: Check out Marci Baum’s The Publishing Lounge Blab from 4 – 5pm pacific. Debra Eckerling will be this week’s guest. Watch here.

February 12 – 14: Elana Golden Screenwriting Retreat: From Idea to Script in Hollywood near the intersection of La Brea and Beverly Blvd. Limited to 5 participants. Details here.

February 16: If you’re a podcaster in the Chicago Area, then join the Chicagoland Podcasters Meetup for burgers and beers while we geek out over all things podcasting. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

February 27: Annual Pre-Oscar Bash Panel with authors from Michael Wiese Productions: Carole Kirschner, D.W. Brown, Matt Lohr, Rona Edwards, and Simone Bartesaghi. The free event takes place at 2pm at The Writers Store in Burbank.

February 26 – 28: The Digital Author & Indie Publishing Conference at LA Valley College. Learn more and get early registration discount. Multi award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will present (three times): How to Sell a Ton of Books (Part 1), How to Sell
a Ton of Books on Amazon (Part II) and Using Createspace as a print and e-book one-stop shop. The conference is produced by Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society (GLAWS).

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.

FRIENDS OF WRITE ON!

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.

Dog Parent on the Los Angeles Westside? Leave your dog in good hands with another responsible, loving dog parent. Details here.

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.

Want info about the latest in tech? Visit Techwalla for feature articles, curated tech reviews, polls and more. Like Techwalla on Facebook and follow @Techwallahq on Twitter.

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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