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

Join us for the August Los Angeles Hangout on Wednesday, August 7, from 1:30 to 3pm at Literati Cafe, 12801 Wilshire in West LA. Hang out, set goals, and catch up with your writer/creative/entrepreneur peeps. RSVP on Facebook.

Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Nita Sweeney, who won a copy of Story Selling by Heather Hale. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your August Goals

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Write On! Wednesdays, Meeting Recaps, Guest Posts, and more. By the way, if you are interested in contributing a 500- to 700-word guest article on your area of expertise, email me.

The Write On Online Facebook Group has again been listed in The Write Life’s list of best Facebook groups for writers. And for even more support, join the #GoalChat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Need a reminder? RSVP for August chats. And read the recaps on or Twitter Moments.


Sign up for The D*E*B Method Newsletter for tips, resources, and events to help you define, plan, and achieve your goals, as well as info about  my upcoming goal-setting book – Your Goal Guide – which will be released by Mango Publishing in January 2020.

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Habits for Success – Inspired Ideas to Help You Soar, by G. Brian Benson was selected as a 2019 Book Excellence Award Winner in the Motivational book category as well as one of six grand prize winners.

Nita Sweeney, author of the memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target, is traveling this month. She will teach “writing practice,” Natalie Goldberg’s technique for overcoming creative blocks, in Upper Arlington, Ohio, on August 11, and in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 17. Click the links for info.

Just released and available via pdf: Navigating a New Era of Business and Human Rights. Each chapter addresses an important issue in the field. The chapter by Write On member Dr. Chaz Austin, “The Gig Economy: How Freelance Work is Re-defining the 21st Century Workplace in the United States” can be found on pages 172-178 (177-183 in the download).

On the 10th anniversary of the passing of Blake Snyder, author of the Save the Cat series, “Cats” around the globe are sharing their memories of him. Read what they had to say and chime in here.

2019 Bay Area Writer’s Contest: The Women’s National Book Association is a 100+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. They honor and celebrate woman authors and diverse writers with their 2019 Bay Area WNBA Writer’s Contest, running through October 31st, 2019. Genres include: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Fiction and Nonfiction should be 500-2500 words. Poetry should be no more than 40 lines. Participants may submit up to three pieces. Get fees/details/prize info, and enter here.

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The New Book Review is available free for reviews written by readers, authors, publishers, and publicists complete with a nice credit line with links for the reviewer. Submission guidelines are in a link near the top. Read the latest: Review of Mindful Reading by Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Review Jim Cox.

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. Btw, you can find some awesome ebooks at my Write On Online MWP Affiliate bookstore.

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


August 7: The August LA Hangout at Cafe Literati, 12081 Wilshire Blvd, in West LA from 1:30pm – 3pm. RSVP on Facebook. Please remember, Literati Cafe requests each attendee/patron purchase at least a drink. There is a $3.50 valet lot, as well as street and meter parking.

August 8: Book Publicist’s of Southern California August Meeting. Networking at 5:30pm, dinner at 7pm, program starts at 8pm, at Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel – Terrace Room in Studio City. The topic is “Books into Film.” Get more info.

August 8: Join Kristin Doidge and celebrity decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin (Mindy Kaling, Patricia Heaton) at 7pm at the Quilt HQ in Downtown LA, CA for an interactive session on “Decluttering for the Creative Woman.” Ticket includes a copy of McCubbin’s new book. RSVP and get more info.

August 11: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Fiction.

August 14: Join Kristin Doidge for a Card-Writing Party at 7pm in Culver City, CA. Enjoy sips and snacks, and discuss the power of gratitude, while selecting, writing, and sending cards to friends, colleagues, neighbors.RSVP and get more info.

August 15: Join Tom Reid at 9am PT for the next free webinar in his Sustained Leadership WBS series. This month’s topic is Managing Your Action Plan. Register here.

August 16: Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter Author Lunch – A Novel Plan: The Art of Outlining Your Fiction, starts at 12pm at the Mechanics Institute Library (4th Floor, Chess Room) in San Francisco. WNBA-SF member authors Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte, Mary Mackey, and Martha Conway will share the strategies that have garnered them bestseller status, awards, and rave reviews. The panel will be moderated by WNBA-SF President Brenda Knight. There will be a Q&A, followed by book signings. Get more info.

August 16 – 18: Greater Los Angeles Area Writers Conference (GLAWS) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City. Get details and tickets.

August 18: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Instagram.

August 25: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is Skill Development.

September 1: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Special topic is September Goals.

September 4: The September LA Hangout at Literati Cafe in West LA from 1:30pm – 3pm. RSVP on Facebook

September 21: Vagabond, Beyond Baroque and the Culver City Arts Foundation will be hosting the Small Press Book Festival at the Wende Museum of the Cold War, in Culver City. Learn more.

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.


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.

The 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.

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 group 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. 

Are you curious about an audiobook, but worried about the cost? Author2audio slashed the price on their audiobook production and publication package for August. Get details on this amazing deal, which ends August 31.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do you need to make a life change, but are afraid of charting a new course? Are you overwhelmed by too many projects? I can help. Together, we will figure out your mission, set reasonable goals, and then create a plan to make the life you want happen. Get information on my coaching servicesContact me, Deb, to get started.

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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