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The Write On Online December 2017 Newsletter has member news, events, contests, and more.

DUE TO THE FIRES IN WEST LA, THE DECEMBER HANGOUT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Join us for the December LA Meeting on Wednesday, December 13, from 1 – 3pm at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Hang out, set goals, and catch up with your writer/creative/entrepreneur peeps at our last meeting of the year. C&M will validate parking in the building. Entrance is on Pontius Ave. RSVP on Facebook.

Check out the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation. This month’s featured thread: What’s the best gift to give a writer, creative, or entrepreneur? Add your thoughts or your own link.

Thanks to everyone who grabbed a copy of my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog during my promo last week. I made it into the top 3 in free books in both the blogging and writing skills categories, and truly appreciate your support. Did you like the book? I would love a review. Please and thanks!

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Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Danny Gallagher, who won a copy of The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules by Pilar Alessandra. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your December Goals. NOTE:  All MWP books can be purchased at at a 25% discount. Guaranteed delivery for the holidays if you order by December 8.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Q&AsWrite On! Wednesdays, RoundupsMeeting Recaps, and more.  Plus, keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for spontaneous live videos.

Do you have a new book or an upcoming book release? Do you have an entrepreneurial, marketing, or creative specialty to share? Want to be featured on Write On Online? For consideration email with your website link and a short bio.


Goal-setting season is upon us. Last week, I talked about Goal Setting on Ai Addyson-Zhang Facebook Live Show: Classroom without Walls. If you need help getting your goals together, watch it here. Plus, my first goal-setting workshop for 2018 is a Lunch N Learn at LAX Chamber of Commerce on January 12. If you have a public or private group, and would like to have me speak, please reach out for more information. I do these virtually and in person.

Attention all Star Wars fans! Chrysanthe Tan’s epic violin cover of “Battle of the Heroes” from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

Petrea Burchard’s books are featured in a pop-up bookstore at Harper Salon, 8259 Melrose in West Hollywood until early January. Harper is sponsoring the pop-up along with The Last Bookstore in downtown LA, to benefit School on Wheels.

Sandra de Helen’s essay “My [Failed] Abortion” received a Pushcart nomination by the publisher of ROAR.

Jennifer Brody’s essay “Let Me IN” is included in From The Stars: Young Adult Sci-fi Anthology, which publishes next week.

Los Angeles author and playwright Lance Johnson’s play “Taming the Male Chauvinist” was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Playwriting Symposium’s 10-Minute Play Festival of the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Milwaukee, WI. MATC runs from March 15 to March 18, 2018Learn more about the conference. Early bird prices go til February 16.


Want to know where to submit your fiction this winter? See Art Klepchukov’s latest Writer Unboxed contest roundup.

Send in Your Sci Fi. Light Bringer Project & Sci-Fest L.A. invite YOU to submit your original short science fiction stories to their science fiction competitions! The winners will receive cash prizes and all finalists’ stories will be read on stage by celebrity guests at LitFest Pasadena on May 19-20, 2018. It is free to submit stories. Get details, deadlines, and guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Anthology Competition. Theme: “Table for Two.” Whether it’s a first date, worst date, blind date, or special celebration, some of our most memorable meals involve dining with another person. Of the 20 best personal essays chosen by our judges for publication, the top three will respectively receive $200, $150 and $100 and a feature interview. $5 entry fee. Deadline December 10, 2017.

The Epoch Times is inviting submissions of short (500-1,000 words), nonfiction articles that highlight any of the following themes: compassion, redemption, triumph of the human spirit, and life’s surprises. There is no entrance fee. Get more information.

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


December 6: Digital Family Reunion in Los Angeles. Use promo code DFR17 for $20 off. Get tickets.

December 6: IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) 35th Anniversary Holiday Party in Downtown LA. Get details.

December 10: Women’s Self Defense Class with Larry Novick, Ace Aikido, in Santa Monica from 2 – 5pm. Learn more.

December 13: December LA Hangout at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd, in Westwood from 1-3pm. C&M will validate parking in the building. RSVP on Facebook.

December 15: Social Media Club LA, LA Adobe, and General Assembly Ugly Sweater Holiday Party in Santa Monica. Starts at 6:30pm. Get tickets.

January 10: January LA Hangout at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd, in Westwood from 1-3pm. C&M will validate parking in the building. To give people time to get back in the swing of things, this month’s meeting will be on the second Wednesday. RSVP on Facebook.

January 19: LA peeps, join me for a Goal-Setting Lunch N Learn at LAX Coworking. Starts at 11:30am at LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

Ongoing: On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, writers are welcome to come to the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club to write from 6:30 to 10pm. The club, at 1210 4th St, asks for a $3 donation. RSVP to

Plus, lots of upcoming Writing Workshops from Los Angeles Writers Group.

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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.


Subscribe to Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s How to Do it Frugally Newsletter for great tips, how-to articles, bonuses, and more! Also check out the resources for writers on her website.

Listen to GetPublished! Radio with host Gerald Everett Jones. The half-hour weekly podcast is broadcast on Sundays at 12pm Pacific, on KNNN 87.7 FM in Redding, California. Listen Live online or download on iTunes. Listen to my appearance on GetPublished Radio: Writing Posts that Engage.

Talking With Authors” is a podcast that features interviews with independent and small press authors. Tell them about your books here.

Fiction Writing for Children is a 180-page book from award-winning children’s author and ghostwriter Karen Cioffi. You’ll be shown how to write your story, submit your work, establish your author online platform, and book marketing basics. Check it out today!

Writers, pen won’t budge? Read The Morning Nudge! Get your free subscription.


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.

Want to learn more about me, check out my interview on Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Monthly Talk Show, Kristen Tsetsi’s interview with me on Jane Friedman’s blog, my interview on Carrie Dils podcastand Amanda Goldman-Petri’s on her Market Like a Nerd Podcast on How to Launch Your Blog in 30 Days. Also, read my post on how to develop relationships with other writers on Aerogramme Writer’s Studio. 

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.

When you combine food with advice, you’re bring love to the table. Check out Ask Al A Also send questions to and check out her Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram for even more food for thought.

Trying to get media attention for your upcoming project? Learn how to connect with reporters and get great press. Learn more about Cheryl Tan’s online PR Pro community. Also, get Cheryl’s free press release template.

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

Does your website or blog need a new look?  Does it work the way it’s supposed to on desktops, smartphones, and tablets? Our friend Dennis Wilen can help. Email and tell him Deb sent you!

Ellen Lutwak is doing Back to the Art, Architecture & Alleys walking tours in Beverly Hills! Get details. 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 book covers, illustrations, or other book design elements? Contact, graphic designer and illustrator.

POPS the Club, a nonprofit that creates, trains and supports clubs in high schools for students whose lives have been impacted by incarceration and deportation now serves nine schools in the L.A. area, as well as schools in Pennsylvania, Northern California, and Minnesota. They are always looking for volunteers; writers are especially welcome. If you’re interested, sign up here.

Are you a startup, nonprofit or personality in need of digital strategy like social, email, content? Email Tara of Poodle Mafia – Elegantly Aggressive Digital Marketing & Branding.

Write On’s Guided Goals: Define, Plan & Achieve Your Goals. Write On Online’s Guided Goals Podcast is a series of expert interviews, designed to help people pursue their passion projects. Each episode wraps with action items, so listeners can take what they heard, and move forward right away. We are taking a break, but you can listen to previous podcasts on Also, watch on YouTube, listen, and subscribe on iTunes, listen on Stitcher, or listen on Google Play.

Need one-on-one coaching to set goals and make a plan for your book, blog, social media, or other passion project? Go to my service page and email me to set up a session.



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