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

Join us for the December LA Meeting on Wednesday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3pm at Caffe Luxxe, 11640 San Vicente, Suite 101, in Brentwood. Hang out, set goals, and catch up with your writer/creative/entrepreneur peeps.  RSVP on Facebook.

Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Sarah Glenn, who won a copy of The Comic Hero’s Journey by Steve Kaplan. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your December 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.

Last week, I was a guest on Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Twitter Chat, talking about Twitter Chats. Curious about these online, real-time conversations? Read the recap and watch our after-chat video.

Congratulations to everyone who completed #NaNoWriMo and #NaPodPoMo! Way to go!

The Save the Cat!® screenplay competition is open to writers regardless of professional status or experience. Submissions open through March 15, 2019, and will be judged by a panel of professional “cats” – experienced judges and readers who define winning screenplays through Save the Cat! story methodology. Every single participant will receive meaningful feedback grounded in structure and marketability. Applications must include an original feature film screenplay between 70 and 130 pages. Get details, costs, and early bird deadlines.

Are you thinking of an audio version of your book? Are you a little worried about the cost? Do you want to record at your home or office? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three, check out Dave Stoke’s Author Recording Checklist on This article is packed with recording, narration, promotional and equipment tips, so you can easily record an audio book in the comfort of your home. Thanks for sharing, Dave,

Jennifer Pulling shared that she finally wrote the end to her sequel to Monet’s Angels. She wrote, “Many readers asked: ‘What happened to Judith?’ Troubled Waters supplies the answer when Izzy visits Giverny, former home of Claude Monet. The young, beautiful heiress’s forbidden love affair with gorgeous waiter, Philippe, sees history repeating itself.”

Terry H. Watkins’ book, Darling Girl, is now available as an ebook. He just finished recording the audible version which he hopes to have available before Christmas.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry book Imperfect Echoes received an honorable mention in Writers’ Digest contest–poetry category. “I always say we should share wins–whether it is win, place or show. Just following my own advice. By the way, this contest is a bit expensive, but you get back the judge’s critique and I consider that a real benefit,” she said.

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.

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


December 5: The December LA Hangout from 1:30 to 3pm at Caffe Luxxe, 11640 San Vicente, Suite 101, in Brentwood. The parking lot is free for 90 minutes. RSVP on Facebook.

December 9: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Surviving December. #GoalChat takes place every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Go to and follow the hashtag. Read the #GoalChat recaps.

December 12: Join us at 11am PST/2pm EST when I talk to Tim Sohn of Sohn Social Media Solutions and Jim Fuhs of Fuhsion Marketing where we will discuss Goal-Setting Using the D*E*B Method as you prepare for 2019. Watch on Facebook Live.

December 16: 1st Annual #GoalChat Twitter Holiday Party & Potluck. Join us on Twitter at 7pm PT. Stay tuned for details AND if you want to donate a party favor – a book or other virtual goodie – email by end of day December 14.

December 16 & 17: Ready to start or relaunch your blog? Is it a goal for the new year? Grab a copy of my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog. It’s FREE on on December 16 and 17. Please spread the word!

December 20: Continue your leadership journey by attending Tom Reid’s free webinar “A Sustained Leader must be Situationally Aware” at 9am PT. Seating is limited. Register here.

December 23: No formal #GoalChat, but I’ll be online in case anyone wants to check in.

December 30: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is January and 2019 Goals.

January 9: The January LA Hangout at Caffe Luxxe in Brentwood. To give you a chance to adjust to the new year, we’ll be meeting on the second Wednesday this month. RSVP on Facebook.

January 18: Goal-Setting Lunch N Learn at LAX Coastal. Get details and RSVP. Note: You can also watch the Facebook Livestream.

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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. Plus, submit a review to Carolyn’s newly spruced-up 101 Writers Digest Best Blogs Pick Review site: The New Book Review.

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 Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Monthly Talk ShowKristen Tsetsi’s interview on Jane Friedman’s blog, Carrie Dils podcastand Amanda Goldman-Petri’s 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!

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, take a look at Janet Gervers Personalized Online Training program. Use PromoCode: WriteOn for a discount. 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.

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.

Porsche Charities is a non-profit that offers no-cost group grief counseling to anyone who has lost a working or companion animal. Learn more on their blog.

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.

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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