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

VIRTUAL MEETING: Watch the August Goals Meeting on Facebook tomorrow, August 8, at 1pm PT. And if you want to join the video, message me. RSVP on Facebook.

Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Stephanie Olivieri, who won a copy of Visual Storytelling by Morgan Sandler. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your August 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 and #GoalChat 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.


Need help figuring out what you want and how to get it? Are you having trouble starting or finishing a project? Check out my workshops and one-hour coaching sessions, I can put you on the path to achieving your goals. Contact me to get started.

Sandra de Helen has been awarded the My Good Judy residency, which is a month in New Orleans, breakfasts and dinners at a local restaurant, travel funds, access to a performance space, and connections to the theatre community. She will workshop her full length play, The Missouri Cycle. She is working out which month between September 2018 and May 2019 will best serve all concerned. That’s so awesome! Congratulations, Sandra!

Have you been thinking about hosting a podcast? Marisa Cali created a list of must-haves to get you started. Check out the 4 Things You Need To Launch A Podcast.

C.M. Mayo did a Q & A with California historian Lynn Downey, author of the biography of Levi Strauss and the forthcoming Life in a Lung Resort. Read “Research Must Serve the Writer, Not the Other Way Around” on the Madam Mayo Blog.

Chrysanthe Tan was recently named as one of the “10 Contemporary LGBTQ Composers You Should Know” by Arts Boston. You can keep up with her current projects musical projects here. Congratulations!

Samantha Ferraro, founder of The Little Ferraro Kitchen food blog, shares 80 authentic, healthy and easy recipes in her recently-released cookbook, The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen. Plus, keep an eye on her Facebook page for videos, recipes, and more. Congrats, Sam!

Janet Gervers recently launched her Personalized Online Training program. If you’ve been spinning your wheels trying to learn WordPress or Mailchimp and have unanswered questions and/or want to shorten the learning curve, this is for you! Use PromoCode: WriteOn for a discount.  Janet also launched  a new  line of wearable art from her original paintings. Someone has been busy.  Keep up the good work, Janet.

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! Also, all MWP titles are always 25% off.

Quick Survey: If you have a minute, would love for you to chime in on my Goals Survey. Please and thank you.

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


Read Art Klepchukov’s seasonal roundup for Writer Unboxed: Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (Summer 2018), which includes reasons to submit. Deadlines through August 31.

Travel Photo Award: For We Said Go Travel’s 2018 Best in Travel Photo Award, share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it? Submit a photo taken in the last two years. Deadline is November 1, 2018. Free to enter.


August 8: August Virtual Hangout. Join us on Facebook at 1pm PT. If you want to chime in on camera, let me know and I’ll send you the guest link. RSVP and get details.

August 12: 13 IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) members read from their own books and poems at IWOSC Reads Its Own, at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado in Pasadena, from 2pm to 4pm. Free. Look for them on the 2nd floor!

August 12: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Listening.  Join #GoalChat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Go to and follow the hashtag. And read the recaps.

August 18: Join fellow writers at IWOSC’s Summer Party at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Pay in advance, but order at 11:30 am at the restaurant. All the details and rsvp form are at

August 19: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is TBD. Tweet topic recommendation to @GoalChat.

August 26: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Instagram.

September 5: The September LA Hangout will be at a new location in West LA. Stay tuned for details. RSVP on Facebook.

September 21 – 22: Come north for the 2018 Alaska Writers’ Guild writers and illustrators conference in Anchorage. So far, this year’s keynote faculty consists of Rebecca Zanetti and Angela Ackerman. Take a look at the 2018 schedule.


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.


Ready 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 ShowKristen 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 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 and email me to set up a session. Learn more about The D*E*B Method through my interviews on Depict Media’s Midweek(ish) ShowCatherine Basu’s Fit Fifteen PodcastMadalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter After Chat, and DIY Marketers pre-#BizapaloozaChat.



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