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

Join us for the November LA Meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 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.

If you don’t live in LA, or even if you do, check out the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation. Chime in on the threads, share your links (blog and social media), and more. Feel free to invite your friends to join, too. Plus, keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for spontaneous live videos.

In October I was a guest on two Facebook Live shows, talking about goal-setting and productivity. Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Monthly Talk Show and Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz. Click the show title links to watch. Also, I was a guest on Erika Heald’s #ContentChat Twitter Chat. Read Erika’s recap of  Goal Setting for Bloggers. If you missed my article on Twitter Chats 101, find it here.

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Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Beth McGee, who won a copy of Filmmaking for Change, 2nd Edition by Jon Fitzgerald. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your November Goals.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content. Read recent Q&As with Erin La Rosa, The Big Redhead Book, and Dave Watson, Walkabout Undone. Plus, there’s Write On! Wednesdays, RoundupsMeeting Recaps, and more

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. 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.

From Christina Hamlett: 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.

Looking to write a TV pilot that sells? Looking to find tools that will lead you to this outcome? Jen Grisanti’sTelling And Selling Your TV Pilot” is for you. This ultimate video training series contains a story system and story tools that will guide you on how to write a TV pilot that sells. Think of this video series as your treasure chest of information. Learn more.

Petrea Burchard will lead a workshop entitled, “How Character Drives Plot – And Why” for Sisters In Crime-LA on November 18 from 1 – 3 pm at the Faith Presbyterian Church at 5000 Colfax in Valley Village. This will be a mix of exercises and discussion. The cost is $10 for Sisters in Crime members and $25 for non-members, and includes all materials and snacks. Bring paper, pen, and a “sketch” of your main character. Plus, Petrea’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.

Gerald Everett Jones’ new novel Choke Hold was recently released in paperback. Kindle and Nook appeared last month. 

The second of Merrill Feitell’s “seemingly unpublishable” text-image narratives, Vanishing Point, is forthcoming in the next issue of McSweeney’s. She’s also teaching a week-long fiction/nonfiction workshop at the Todos Santos Writers Workshop in Mexico in January. It’s not too late to sign up!

Tien Starling’s article in the upcoming January issue of Dell Horoscope on “Making New Year’s Resolutions that Last” will be on the shelves soon.

Jennifer Brody will be appearing at Livia Blackburne’s upcoming book launch as part of a YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Panel, along with CB Lee at Barnes and Noble Montclair, CA. Get details. She is also on the board of the Roswell Award sci-fi short story competition and submissions are open. Learn more.

Bonnie Rochman’s The Gene Machine has been nominated for an OWL Book Award. On the awards website, The Gene Machine is wedged between some real heavyweights: Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B and Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air.

Linda Ruggeri’s book Stepping Into Rural Wisconsin: Grandpa Charly’s Life Vignettes from Prussia to the Midwest is now available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle). Stepping Into Rural Wisconsin reads like a quick, short-stories memoir. The central character is a grandfather, who is also a hardworking farmer and a family man. He was a first generation American who wanted to build a future for his family. It is set in the Midwest in the late 1800s, early 1900s, but it is still relevant today.

The first issue of Anne Toole’s six-issue series, Dance of the Dead #1 came out last week from Zenescope Comics. Dance of the Dead #2 ships in November. Anne also wrote Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2017, featuring a ghost tour of New Orleans that goes awry.

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.

From Jennifer PullingThe CAA (Concert Artistes Association) resides quietly in Bedford Street, just off the Strand, London. What a place, a welcoming space for ‘lovies’ who gathered in the delightful Jesters Bar. Yesterday, Jennifer was among them, having a drink before the Scripts Live! showcase began. The walls are lined with photographs of performers and the talk was mainly theatrical. Director, Martin Cort, had assembled members of his Drama group for a public reading of their plays. Jennifer’s, “Waiting,” was second on the programme. It’s a quirky piece, a conversation between a diffident man and a nosy woman in a hospital waiting room. Gradually she “worms” out of him that the secret of his svelteness is his friend, a tapeworm. Audience loved it and Jennifer preened in the applause. For a writer who spends so much of her time alone, it was wonderful for her to have such an airing.

Where will you submit your fiction through Thanksgiving? See Art Klepchukov’s latest Writer Unboxed contest roundup.
Get more exposure for your book – or books you love – at Carolyn Howard Johnson’s  Submission guidelines are in the left-hand column. To keep it free, submissions must be cut-and-paste ready following those guidelines.  She encourages authors to add About the Author and About the Reviewer sections at the end of the review.  It’s all about giving publishing-industry people as many resources and as much publicity as possible. Also, 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.

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.

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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.


November: National Novel Writing Month. Are you planning to write a book in November? Sign up at

November 1: November 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.

November 3: Scriptwriters Network Friday Night Social Monthly Mixer with Jen Grisanti and Final Draft.  The event takes place in Los Angeles, starting at 6:30pm at the Double Take Lounge in The Palomar Hotel. RSVP on Meetup.

November 3 – 5:’s first-ever #IndieAuthorsCon at the Sonesta Hotel in the heart of Philadelphia. Get info and register here.

November 9: Petrea Burchard, G.B. Pool, and Bonnie Schroeder will discuss their books, their writing process, and how their varied backgrounds led them to the writing profession at the Glendale Library, 7 – 8:30pm. All three authors are dedicated to the craft and have interesting stories to share about the writing life. The trio will also read brief passages from their work and field questions from the audience.

November 14: IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and PALA (Publishers Association of Los Angeles) host a phone-in seminar on Self-Publishing, presented by Steven Spatz of Book Baby at 7pm. The event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Go to or to rsvp & pay.

November 20: IWOSC presents a panel on “Writing in Teams” moderated by Greg Miller. Group dynamics, contracts, finding the right partner, danger areas, and more will be discussed. Event starts at 7:30pm and is at the Veterans Building in Culver City; IWOSC members free; nonmembers $15. RSVP at

December 6: 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.

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.


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 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 and check out my book Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog.

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.

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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