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The Write On Online January 2020 Newsletter has member news, events, and more.

Since there are a bunch of LA-based events planned for January in line with the release of Your Goal Guide – and plenty of opportunities to hang out and connect – there will not be a regular meetup this month. See events below, as well as my Mango Author Page. And keep an eye on The D*E*B Method Facebook page for links and live-streams throughout January.

Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Chris Mackey, 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 January 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 January chats. Topics in the Events section. 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.


The launch of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning & Achieving Your Goals is on January 14, 2020. Keep an eye on The D*E*B Method media page for new articles and links.

Pre-order Your Goal Guide on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound, and get early access to Your Goal Guide Facebook Group. You will receive tips and resources to keep you motivated and set yourself up for success in 2020. Just email me your receipt with “YGG FB” in the subject line.

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Want to showcase someone spectacular? The MY HERO Project is always open to submissions in story, art, and film. Students, adults, and professionals are all encouraged to participate. The nonprofit celebrates the best of humanity by showcasing local, national, and historical heroes, including family members.  Email Shannon Luders-Manuel at with any questions.

On the Movie Matters website, Dave Watson recently interviewed author and film editor Greg Loftin and bestselling author Duane Swierczynski. Check them out. And look for my interview on Dave’s site next week.

Considering a career change? Read Markell Morris’ article – How to Design a Career You Love from the Inside Out. Also, learn about here 12-day Career Visioning Challenge, coming up next month.

Mineral School apps for summer 2020 residency near Mt. Rainier in Washington state are officially open through Submittable through 2/15! There are 20 spots, 10 fellowships available for parent writers/artists (4), an LGBTQ+ visual artist from the NW (1), a woman writer over 40 (1), and writers from W. Canada and the Pac NW (4)! Hit submit! Most residencies are two weeks long (the parents’ session is shorter) and all include 3 meals/daily (allergies accommodated), a dash of optional programming as dessert potlucks, and quality time in a town founded on gold rush ambition, dashed on arsenic reality, and where logging came and went and left a lot of character. Learn more and submit.

Proposals are an essential part of most businesses, but publishing has its idiosyncrasies. Modern History Press just published the second edition of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Great First-Impression Book Proposals. Author Treacy Colbert says, “’This is a really smart proposal,’ was one comment from an agent who went on to sell my nonfiction book to a publisher. The ‘smartest’ thing about it? I used Carolyn’s guide to write it!”  Find a special offer for it at Modern History Press, using the code GOFRUGAL.

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


January 12: #ScriptChat – where screenwriters chat, share, and learn – takes place every Sunday at 5pm PT. This week, I will be joining them to talk about goal-setting and The D*E*B Method. Join us!

January 12: #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Communication. For a  reminder, RSVP on Facebook. And read the recaps.

January 14: Publishing day! Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals will be released by Mango Publishing. The virtual launch party on Facebook starts at 12pm PT!

January 16: Join Tom Reid at 9am PT for the next free webinar in his Sustained Leadership WBS series. This month’s topic is The Leader’s Moral AnchorRegister here.

January 16: LA Gigglers and Freelancers is having a networking event from 6pm to 8:30pm. We’ll be making announcements on how to access free resources, including free courses provided by Dr. Chaz Austin, and how to download the free ALSET app. V Wine Room. 903 Westbourne Dr., West Hollywood, CA. Get details and RSVP.

January 17: The 5th Annual Goal-Setting Lunch ‘N’ Learn @ LAX Coworking with Debra Eckerling of The D*E*B Method. Come up with a mission statement, set short and long-term goals, prioritize, make a plan, and get ready to take on 2020! Reserve your spot.

January 17: Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco Chapter presents “How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher and Who You’re Really Selling” at noon at Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. Publishing veterans Jan Johnson, Nancy Fish, Lara Starr, and Brenda Knight will help you navigate the rapids of book publishing so you can find the perfect home for your books.  Get more info.

January 19: Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hates a Moving Target, will teach her popular writing and meditation class, “Writing from the Inside Out,” from 1pm to 5pm in Upper Arlington. Get full details.

January 19: #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Time Management.

January 23: Your Goal Guide event at Pages A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA, at 7pm.

January 23: The Basis of Acting: Recovering your Child Self with D.W. Brown at 7pm in Los Angeles. The most essential technique for an actor is to unlearn the techniques acquired during socialization and recover the ability to be vulnerable and in the moment with another person. Hear D.W. Brown, author of You Can Act and one of the world’s foremost teachers of the Meisner Technique, discuss the obstacles and the remedy for how to once again be free to play. Get tickets.

January 25: Your Goal Guide event at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, CA, at 7pm.

January 26: #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Motivation.

January 27: The Business (and Taxes) of Writing panel, presented by IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California), at 7:30pm in Culver City. IWOSC members free; others $15. Get details and RSVP.

Events in February …

February 1: IWOSC Goal-Setting Workshop at 11am. Get details and RSVP.

February 8: Barnes & Noble Studio City Your Goal Guide book event at 2pm.

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.

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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 the Fit Fifteen PodcastMadalyn Sklar’s #TwitterSmarter After Chat, and DIY Marketers pre-#BizapaloozaChat.



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