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Check out the May 2017 Newsletter for news and events, as well as info on the new Write On goal-setting survey, my free-book day, and more. #WriteOn

Join us for the May LA Write On!/Guided Goals Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, from 1 – 3pm at C&M Coffee and Milk Westwood Gateway, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. We’ll hang out, set goals, and catch up. There are lots of food and drink options, as well as validated parking in the building. RSVP on Facebook.

VIRTUAL MEETING: On Thursday, May 4, I will be talking blogging on Facebook Live at 12pm pacific. RSVP here. Also Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog will be FREE on Amazon on May 4, as well.

And … if you don’t live in LA – or even if you do – join the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and connections! Chime in on the threads, share your links, and more. Feel free to invite your friends and peers to join too.

NEW SURVEY: Want to be part of the next book in the Write On series? Take my goal-setting survey. I will be including data and examples from it in the book.

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Post your May Goals on or the Facebook page to be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions. Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Larissa Merrimanwho won a copy of Making the Magic Happen: The Art & Craft of Film Directing by Peter D. Marshall.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, including Q&As (recent interviews are with Marilyn Anderson, How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short; Linda Steele, Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen; and Playwright Arthur Jolly, Childish Things); Write On! Wednesdays; RoundupsMeeting Recaps, and more

Do you have a new book or an upcoming book release? Want to be featured in a Write On Online Author Q&A? For consideration email or submit your info here.


Alyssa Barron will be featured for the second time in the Artemis Journal!  Her poem, “Hidden” will be published in their 40th Anniversary edition this Spring, featuring art by Tricia Scott and works by poet, Nikki Giovanni.

The paperback of Jen Klein’s second book, Shuffle Repeat, came out May 2.  Also, after spending the last three years writing for Grey’s Anatomy, Jen is am moving to Lee Daniels’ Star on FOX.  Congrats, Jen!

Rights Universal is a Los-Angeles based nonprofit with a mission to spotlight human rights abuses around the world, particularly discrimination against women, children and LGBT citizens. The group’s first website was needlessly hard to customize and maintain.Write On member Dennis Wilen led the team that effected the migration, installation, conversion, and production of a beautiful new WordPress site which just went live. Check it out!

Ned Huston is looking for beta readers for his time travel science fiction novel The Chronicles of Neverbeen. Visit his website for info.

Just published from Save the Cat! Press: Save the Cat! Goes to the Indies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to 50 Films from the Masters by Salva Rubio. The fifth in the series of “Cat” books, that breaks down 50 independent films, is based on Blake Snyder’s (1957-2009) bestselling series of books and software.

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Listen to GetPublished! Radio. “Your host Gerald Everett Jones has the answers – because he’s already made all the mistakes himself,” radio announcer Bill Navarro quips. The podcast, which has been available on iTunes and other channels since last April, moved to a half-hour weekly broadcast, Sundays at Noon Pacific, on KNNN 87.7 FM in Redding, California. Out of the area, you can Listen Live or stream/download from podcast channels. Listen to my appearance on GetPublished Radio: Writing Posts that Engage.

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.

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

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

Want to find out how to become a ghostwriter? Check out Ghostwriting Your Way to a Profitable Writing Business: Karen Cioffi-Ventrice’s 5-week interactive eclass through WOW! Women on Writing will teach you how to get started, how to deal with clients, how to create agreements, how to charge, and more.


May 3: 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 for the first 15.  RSVP on Facebook.

NOTE: Each month, I will give away a book by one of the Q&A Authors. All you have to do is be present at the meeting and enter your name in the drawing. The May giveaway book is Christmas Karma by Gerald Everett Jones. (Note: Authors, if you want to donate a book, email me. Thanks!)

May 4: Grab a free copy of my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog on Amazon May 4 only.

May 4: Let’s Talk Blogging on Facebook Live at 12pm pacific. Join us on the Write On Online Facebook pageRSVP and post questions about blogging.

May 15: PALA (Publishers Association of Los Angeles, presents “Books Don’t Matter, Authors Do: How to Attract the Media with Jacquie Jordan” at 7pm. Jacquie will reveal secrets of author marketing to promote and increase sales. Come to the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City, 4117 Overland (at Culver). RSVP at PALA members free; others $15.

May 17: American Society of Journalists & Authors presents: How to Be a Better Blogger with guest expert Debra Eckerling. Are you blogging but not getting the traction you expected? What are the pros doing that you should be doing, too? What are the current best practices for blogging? Join us for a discussion that will take your blog (or the blog you write for a client) to the next level. This teleseminar starts at 10am pacific. Free for ASJA members, $19 for non-members. Register here.

May 20: IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) presents “How to Write Query Letters and Proposals” at 10:30am pacific. Monica Faulkner, author, editor, journalist, copywriter, and speaker, will walk participants through the steps to irresistible queries and proposals. Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City. RSVP required at; $15 IWOSC members, $35 non members.

May 21: Author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be speaking at a meeting of The Southern California chapter of the Historical Novel Society about Frugal Editing and Frugal Book Promoting at Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery, 214 So. Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA, at 11:30am. Both authors and those who love to read historical fiction are invited. The meeting is free, but you are invited to have lunch in the back room of the restaurant. Learn more about membership by contacting

May 22: IWOSC presents their (rescheduled) annual Literary Agents Panel at 7:30 pm. Sara Nestor of Verve LA represents screenplays; the other panelists will be literary agents. Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland, Culver City. Follow signs to Multimedia room in back.  RSVP at; nonmembers $15; IWOSC members free.

May 25: Author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be speaking at a combined meeting of Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) & Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN) at 7pm. The meeting is free but you are invited to eat with them a Mimi’s Café, 400 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA. Details here. If dining, please arrive by 6:30pm.

June 7: June 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 for the first 15.  RSVP on Facebook.

June 8: Book’d in Burbank: The Ultimate Bibliophiles’ Night Out  at The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood at 8pm. This special YA Summer Edition features authors Maria Alexander, Maurene Goo, Aditi Khorana, and Lilliam Rivera. Get event details.

June 18 – 23: Writers, hone your craft, pitch industry insiders, and join a new fun and supportive tribe at Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Take it from late co-founder Ray Bradbury, with more than 20 different workshops of all genres, advanced submissions, professional critiques, best-selling author speakers, two full banquet dinners, awards ceremony, afternoon publishing panels, one-on-one agent meetings, a publishing industry cocktail party, plus a fun talent show on the last day, this conference is about the love of writing and writers, and can change your life. Register with more than one and save big. Learn more.

June 23 – 25: ScriptFest/Great American Pitch Fest at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport (2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA). Get details.

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

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

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.


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 Kristen Tsetsi’s interview with me on Jane Friedman’s blog and my interview on Carrie Dils podcast. 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.

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.

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! 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.

Guided Goals: Define, Plan & Achieve Your Goals. Guided Goals offers coaching and project management services, as well as tools and advice to put you on the path to success. Sign up for the newsletter, and receive “5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity. Like Guided Goals on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Email or call 310.908.8980 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.



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