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

Evening Hangoout: Join us for the October Los Angeles Hangout on Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30pm to 8pm 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 Sarah Glenn, who won a copy of Crazy Screenwriting Secrets by Weiko Lin. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your October Goals

Join the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation. Plus, check out the #GoalChat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Need a reminder? RSVP for October chats. Topics also in the Events section below. And read the recaps on Twitter Moments.

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 in your area of expertise, email me.


In September, I was interviewed by Madalyn Sklar on her #TwitterSmarter podcast. The topic: Twitter Chats. We talked about tips for finding, participating, and starting a Twitter chat … and had a blast. Listen to the podcast and read the recap.

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September Book Releases:

Check them out!

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Daree Allen Nieves and her sister Carla Allen just launched a new, fresh and funny storytelling podcast called The C’mon Son Podcast with Daree & Daj. Find it on Apple Podcasts.

Dave Watson has a new interview with thriller author Barry Eisler on his Movies Matter website. Check it out!

Become part of Catherine Basu’s Book Launch Team and get a free digital copy of her book: Superwomen Secrets Revealed: Successful Women Talk About Fitting in Fitness. Sign Up here.

Nita Sweeney, author of the memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target, is heading to New Mexico. On 10/2 at 6pm, she will be at Bookworks in Albuquerque with author Katie Arnold; on 10/3 at 6pm best-selling author Natalie Goldberg will introduce Nita for a book talk at Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe, and on 10/5 at 7pm award-winning author Tania Casselle will introduce Nita for a reading at SOMOS in Taos.

Script coach Pilar Alessandra is offering ten percent off of her in-person and online “Writing TV” class @onthepage. Just type in the coupon code: onthepage10 Learn more about her October 6 in-person “Writing TV” class  and her four-part online “Writing TV” class.

Michael Wiese Productions Fans: If you are a podcaster interested in filmmaking, and want an opportunity to interview some of the amazing MWP authors, please contact He’ll connect you. Btw, you can find some awesome ebooks at my Write On Online MWP Affiliate bookstore.

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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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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.

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


October 2: We are moving the LA hangouts to the evening. The October LA Hangout at Literati Cafe, 12081 Wilshire Blvd, in West LA is from 6:30pm – 8pmRSVP on FacebookPlease remember, Literati Cafe requests each attendee/patron purchase at least a drink. There is a $3.50 valet lot, as well as street and metered parking.

October 6: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Outsourcing. 

October 9: The film The Need To Grow, fresh off from winning awards at Sundance, will be premiered at the Landmark Theater, 10850 Pico, in Los Angeles at 7pm. The film brings awareness that we are running out of time to find solutions to feed our population in the very near future. And it features long-time Write On member David King of The Learning Garden.

October 12: Lummox Press and Lummox # 8 Group Reading at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles at 4pm. Hosted by RD Armstrong, the event features Lynn Bronstein, Don Campbell (and Calokie), Jackie Chou, Kit Courter, Sharyl Collin, Alicia Viguer-Espert, Martina Gallegos, Friday Gretchen, Charles Harmon, Gil Hagen Hill, Marie Lecrivain, Mike Meloan, Linda Neal, Kevin Ridgeway, Lisa Segal, Nancy Shiffrin, Vachine and Kelsey Bryan-Zwick. Get tickets.

October 11 – 13: She Podcasts Live in Atlanta, GA. Learn More.

October 11 – 13: 1st ITTF World Parkinson’s Table Tennis Championships in New York. Get tickets and details.

October 13: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Preparing for #NaNoWriMo.

October 15 – 17: VidSummit in Los Angeles. Get the deets.

October 17: Join Tom Reid at 9am PT for the next free webinar in his Sustained Leadership WBS series. This month’s topic is Persistence Vs Knowing When to Quit. Register here.

October 19: Self-Publishing Intensive presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) from 9am – 4pm in Culver City. Early-bird and member discounts! Get the full description and reserve a spot.

October 19: Los Angeles Suspense Master Class from 10am to 6pm at the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center. Forensic specialist Jennifer Dornbush will walk you through the foundational principles of crafting a crime drama/thriller, “Hitchcock Whisperer” Jeffrey Michael Bays will explore the basic steps to planting suspense into your film, and HBO/Showtime writer William C. Martell will then bring you into the world of thriller-writing. Get more details and tickets.

October 20: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Podcasting to prepare for NaNoPodMo in November.

October 25: TexasPodCon in San Antonio Texas. Get details.

October 27: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Blogging.

October 28: Publicity for Books, presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California), at 7:30pm in Culver City. IWOSC members free; others $15. Details coming soon. RSVP.

November 2 – 3: The 805 Writers Conference in Oxnard, CA. Get details and tickets.

November 3: Join us for #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is November Goals.

November 6: The November LA Hangout at Literati Cafe in West LA from 6:30pm – 8pm. RSVP on Facebook

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. 

When you combine food with advice, you bring love to the table. Check out Ask Al A Also send questions to 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 help with your book promo? Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher is now available.

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!

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.

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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