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The Write On Online January 2019 Newsletter has member news, events, and more.

Join us for the January LA Meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 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 Deborah Lyn Stanley, who won a copy of Stock Footage by James Fosher. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your January 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.

For even more support, join the #GoalChat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Read the #GoalChat recaps and RSVP for January chats. To learn more about Twitter chats read the recap of my appearance on Madalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter Chat, and watch our after-chat video.


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

Nancy Shiffrin’s Prose on Poetry and Toward’s Wholeness are now
available at These are articles and reviews 1973-present.

Mineral School, an artists residency near Mt. Rainier in Washington state, is taking applications through February 15, 2019. They offer two-week residencies, as well as a fully-funded one-week residency session in September 2019 for parents. They’re also debuting a two-week screenwriting residency this May in conjunction with the Rainier Independent Film Festival. All together, they have 10 fellowships this year. Applications are here. Also, read 2018 resident Donna Miscolta’s blog about her experience.

The Save the Cat!® screenplay competition is open to writers regardless of professional status or experience. Submissions are 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.

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.


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 13: Get a jump on your fitness goals. Open House at LA Dancefit, 10936 Santa Monica Blvd., in West LA, starting at 12pm. Sample classes – in a variety of styles – in 15-minute increments. All the teachers are fantastic! Note: My awesome Old School Skinny instructor, Luckie, will be doing his demo at 2pm.

January 13: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Self-Publishing.

January 16: Check out Janet Gervers’ Networking Launch Event at Blankspaces in Culver City from 7 – 9pm. RSVP here.

January 17: Start the new year off right by making what might be the most important decision of your year – taking a giant step along your leadership journey. Join Tom Reid at 12pm Eastern to discuss Sustained Leadership and the importance of being decisive.

January 18: Join me for my 4th annual Goal-Setting Lunch N Learn at LAX Coastal: Goal Setting for Business Using The D*E*B Method. Get details and RSVP. Note: You can also watch the Livestream on the LAX Chamber Facebook page.

January 19: Writing Memoirs that People Want to Read Seminar from 10:30am to 1 pm, presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California). Members: $15; Non: $35. RSVP at Location: Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City.

January 20: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Live Events.

January 27: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Your Bio.

January 28: What Kind of Publishing is Right for You? A Panel Discussion, starting at 7:30pm, presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California). Members free; Non: $15. RSVP at Location: Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City.

February 3: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is February Goals.

February 6: The February LA Hangout at Caffe Luxxe in Brentwood from 1:30pm – 3pm. RSVP on Facebook.

February 9: The D*E*B Method for Goal-Setting at the Brentwood Branch of the LA Public Library, 11820 San Vicente Boulevard. Starts at 2pm. Get details.

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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. 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 on hiatus, 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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