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The Write On Online April 2018 Newsletter has member news, events, and more.

Join us for the April LA Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 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. C&M will validate parking in the building. Entrance is on Pontius Ave. RSVP on Facebook.

Check out Write On Online’s #GoalChat Twitter Chat on Sundays at 7pm PT/10pm ET. Share wins, tweet your goals, and chime in on each week’s special topic. Go to and follow the hashtag. Learn more about #GoalChat, read the recaps, and follow @GoalChat and  @WriteOnOnline on Twitter.

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Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Jonathan Lazar, who won a copy of Master of the Cinematic Universe by John Bucher and Jeremy Casper. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your April GoalsBtw, you can find some awesome ebooks at the lowest prices at my Write On Online MWP Affiliate bookstore.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Write On! Wednesdays, Meeting Recaps, and more. Keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for spontaneous live videos and join the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation.


Survey Time: I am working on an exciting new project. If you have a minute, would love for you to chime in on my Quick Goals Survey. Please and thank you. And keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for information on my new site launch.

Michael Wiese Productions Fans: If you do a Facebook Live stream to talk about your favorite MWP book and post it, they will send any MWP Book to you absolutely FREE. Let the Facebook Live streaming begin!

K.M. Rice, who lives in Santa Cruz, CA, was voted the “best local author” in her county for the third year in a row. She’s about to lanch her new book series, Afterworld, with the first book, Ophelia, on May 18th! Watch the “teaser trailer” and join her newsletter to stay up-to-date with her books.

Sandra de Helen’s monologue Nostalgia will be performed at Redgates Theatre in London on April 26th. They said they received more than 300 entries, and chose 28 to be performed on the day.

Ready to launch a podcast? Check out this article by Marisa Cali.

On April 12 join author Tricia LaVoice for a Facebook Live to discuss her new book: Dear Martha, WTF? Sign up for the virtual launch.

Want a fun way to procrastinate from writing for 3 minutes? Check out Jeremy Sklar’s trailer for his upcoming feature film, Tom of Your Life, on Indiegogo.

Are you an educator or librarian on a tight budget? Are you passionate about boosting kids’ literacy and creativity? Enter now to get a free copy of 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras, written by AnnMarie Hurtado and published by @alaeditions. This book is packed with ready-to-use lesson plans for kindergarten- and early elementary-aged children. AnnMarie will also be giving away a few of the picture books that are the inspirations for the writing activities. Get a free sample of the book.

April is National Poetry Month. Poets are rarely thought of as activists, and poems—especially poems about nature—rarely go hand-in-hand with geopolitical considerations. Not so with Sublime Planet, a collection of poetry (some of them award-winners) from Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. The e-book is available to prime members of Amazon free and all sales proceeds from the print book are donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

LA Review of Books/USC Publishing Workshop runs Sunday, June 24 through Friday, July 27, 2018. Application deadline is April 30. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 15. Come learn from innovators in the evolving publishing industry. Learn more.

“Coming of Age” is the theme of the 15th Annual Momaya Short Story Competition. The judging panel includes editors from Random House and Penguin, and a published novelist. Submit your short story (3,000 word limit) by April 30, 2018, in order to compete for prize money and publication in the Momaya Annual Review 2018.

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


April 4: April LA Hangout at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd, in Westwood from 1-3pm. RSVP on Facebook.

April 7 – 12: NAB in Las Vegas. MWP authors Michele Yamazaki, Green Screen Made Easy; Ric Viers, Sound Effects Bible, John Bucher and Jeremy Casper,  Master of the Cinematic Universe; Morgan Sandler, Visual Storytelling; and Michael LuckerCrash! Boom! Bang!, will be on hand.

April 8: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. This week’s special topic is Blogging.

April 17: SMCLA presents a panel on Diversifying Content Strategy The event, which starts at 7pm, takes place at General Assembly in Santa Monica. Get tickets.

April 20 – 22: The 11th annual Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Writers’ Weekend. On Saturday, April 21 at 1pm, Petrea Burchard will lead a workshop/discussion on Social Media for the Faint of Heart. More event information here.

April 21 – 22: LA Times Festival of Books at University of Southern California. Check out the schedule.

April 30: “Trends in Publishing 2018,” a panel discussion about what publishers want, current influences and marketing tools, and everything writers need to position their books for success, starts at 7:30pm. Presented by IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, at the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City. Free to members, $15 non. Info & RSVP at

Late April TBD: “Poetry and Adding Poetry to Your Writing” with coach Tresha Hoefner. IWOSC, the Independent Writers of Southern California, will put the final details, including prices, on their website It may be a phone-in event.

May 2: May 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.


Join #GoalChat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Go to and follow the hashtag.

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.


Is one of your goals this year to start or relaunch your blog? Check out my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog. And if you read the book, I would love a review. Please and thank you.

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.

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 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.

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! 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.

Shannon Luders-Manuel recently added Sensitivity Reader to her services. If you have black and black/mixed characters and want a sensitivity read, contact for more information.

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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