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

Join us for the February LA Meeting on Wednesday, February 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. And, whether or not you live in LA, connect with the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation.

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. The 2/11 chat will be on How to Focus and Avoid Distractions and the chat on 2/18 will cover Dealing with Rejection. The easiest way to participate is to go to and follow the hashtag. Learn more about #GoalChat, read the recaps follow @GoalChat and @WriteOnOnline on Twitter.

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Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Jessica Roush, who won a copy of The Women in Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your February GoalsBtw, you can find some awesome books at my Write On Online MWP Affiliate bookstore.

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Q&AsWrite On! Wednesdays, RoundupsMeeting Recaps, and more. Plus, keep an eye on the Write On Online Facebook page for spontaneous live videos.

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.  Last month, I did my annual goal-setting workshop at LAX Chamber of Commerce. You can watch the workshop on Facebook Live. Remember, if you have a public or private group, and would like to have me speak, please reach out for more information. I do these online and in person.

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!

Paul Sinor, who attended our LA writers group meetings when he lived in LA, sent me this update: “I’ve moved twice, sold a few scripts, and have two novel series in print. I was notified today that my two books, which were published in 2017, were nominated for the Georgia Book of the Year Award in the mystery category. Thought you and your members might want to know it can happen to members of the group if they keep at it.” Way to go, Paul! And thanks for sharing!

L.A based journalist and writer Ruksana Hussain launched digital lifestyle magazine ‘Traveler and Tourist,’ providing monthly travel inspiration to local and international destinations for a global audience. She is the publisher and editor of the subscriber-only magazine which is delivered monthly direct to inboxes. Subscribe and find out more.

Colleen McClafferty is co-executive-producing an event on February 14 at a coffee shop in Santa Monica. It’s a night of live entertainment: theatre plus music performances, including R&B artist Indica Jones EP Release of Kolors. The evening will close with the stage debut of writer/director Miranda Spigener-Sapon’s award-winning time-travel romance, “Coffee With John,” starring the critically-acclaimed/award-winning Ross John Gosla and multiple AFTRA Award Nominee Michelle Boback. Get tickets and more info.

Save the date! Terry H Watkins’ debut novel, Darling Girl, will be published on October 16, 2018, by Green Writers Press. It will be available at independent bookstores everywhere, as well as on the usual online outlets. Ladybird meets The Glass Castle as a young woman struggles to find her voice in a family that never stops moving.

Want to know where to submit your fiction this winter? See Art Klepchukov’s latest Writer Unboxed contest roundup.

Mineral School is currently taking applications for summer 2018 writing residencies during the back two weeks of June, July, and August, and for one week (for parents) in September. The final deadline is February 15, 2018. They host four residents at a time, plus there are two onsite staff (a cook and a “dorm mother” — a board member or alum). They have fellowships open to Pac NW writers/artists, otherwise the fee is $425 for two weeks which includes all meals (and they cook around food allergies). Submit here. And read an alum’s recap of her experience in 2016.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers, offers free exposure for your book–any genre from profession-related nonfiction books to poetry–on her blog, The New Book Review. Submission guidelines are in the left column of the blog and submissions may include a generous bio for both the author of the book being reviewed and the reviewer. Don’t forget to get permission from the reviewer to reprint his or her review!

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


February 7: February 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.

February 26: A panel of romance writers (Susan B. James, Stacy Wise, Maggie Marr, Aviva Vaughn) discuss their craft and genre at the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City at 7:30pm. Presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and free to members; $15 nonmembers. RSVP at after Feb. 6, or just come to the door!

March 7: March 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.

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.


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.

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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