I hope you all are staying safe and doing well. I was thrilled to be part of Steve Dotto’s video on Working from Home Expert Advice. It has a lot of great, practical advice … and some fun moments, too.

Read the April 2020 Write On Online Newsletter for more resources, news, virtual events, and more.


Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Russell Nohelty who won a copy The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks by Mark Travis. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your April Goals

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Write On! Wednesdays, 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 meJoin the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation. Plus, check out the #GoalChat Twitter chat every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. 

And watch for my new podcast – Change Happens – coming soon! I have some great guests lined up, sharing their stories of how they faced change, embraced it, and thrived!


How are you doing on your 2020 goals? The world has changed dramatically, so if you need some insight on rethinking things, check out my recent Facebook Live session on Rebooting Your Goals.

My book, Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals from Mango Publishing, has everything you need to rework your path or set a new one. Remember to join the Your Goal Guide Facebook Group for additional support.

And for more informative articles, videos, and resources …


Shannon Luders-Manuel, story director and general editor for The MY HERO Project, is accepting submissions for Coronavirus Community Heroes. Submission deadline is May 1.

Looking for help finding your fitness motivation with many in-person events cancelled? Fit Armadillo is hosting a virtual fun run. Complete it at your own pace between now and April 12. Save your spot (and sparkly finisher’s medal).

Check out writer and creative consultant Stephanie Bourbon’s free training for writers who want to create their own course.

From Sarah Glenn: Mystery and Horror LLC’s latest – Big Shots and Bullet Holes by B.Davis Spicer -launches on April 20. Get launch details.

Check out Dave Watson’s Movies Matter blog for his post on Final Draft 11, as well as brand new reviews on movies to stream these days.

Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter and host of the On the Page Podcast, asked me to offer you 10% off of her online class “Writing the First Draft,” running Six Saturdays, April 4 – May 9. This interactive class takes you from idea to pages with entertaining lessons and actionable writing tools. It’s open to screenwriters and filmmakers and is taught through Zoom conference in real time. Go to or sign up here. To get your discount, use the coupon code onthepage10 at checkout.

Director, author, and coach Mark W. Travis is offering a FREE half hour of consultation or mentoring during these days of seclusion and isolation. Mark is best known for Directing Feature Films and The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks, published by MWP. If you want to hear more about his approach to the craft of filmmaking, take a look at his interviews on Film Courage. Contact Mark at

In light of the #CoronaReading hashtag, Victor Volkman, publisher of  Modern History Press,  has extended all his launch specials on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The Great First Impression Book Proposal and the third edition of multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter to give authors a chance to work toward greater success in these cloistered times.

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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.

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


April 5:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Stress Reduction. The #GoalChat Twitter chat takes place every Sunday at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. Read the recaps on Twitter MomentsNeed a reminder? RSVP on Facebook.

April 6 – 10: Virtual Wellness Summit in the Intentional Wellbeing Facebook Group. My talk on 5 Strategies for Productivity is April 6 at noon PT. Join us for these wonderful sessions!

April 12:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Virtual Events.

April 14: Thrilled to be leading virtual Lunch N Learn for WNBA-San Francisco Chapter. The interactive session on “Goals for Writers … No Matter What!” starts at noon. I will share a variety of goals for writers, strategies for rethinking your goals, tips for setting yourself up for success, and more! Event link coming soon!

April 18 – 19: The Online Writer’s Conference is the premiere digital writing conference in the world. Join us to learn everything you need to know about how to write, submit, and publish the best book of your life… and it’s broadcasting absolutely free. Get details and schedule. My panel on Mindset and Pre-Writing – with Dr. Debra Holland and Sean McLachlan – is at 10am on April 18.

April 19:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Staying Healthy.

April 26:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Video.

April 27: The Productivity Mindshift Virtual Summit with Cindy Logan begins. Stay tuned for links and details about this fabulous event, designed to help people get out of their own way and get things done. Thrilled to be one of the speakers. Details and link coming soon!

May 1: Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein is hosting a Peace Bench Party via Zoom. Email to get more information and to sign-up!

May 3:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is May Goals.

May 9: LA BookFest: An Online Bookish Adventure. This online alternative to other bookfests and spring events includes Live Webinar Panels, Author Readings, Live Author AMAs (Ask Me Anything Chats), and Bookish Giveaways presented by Books That Make You. RSVP for Updates.


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 Season 1 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.

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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.


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, and Carrie Dils podcast. 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.

Dr. Chaz Austin can help you navigate the changing world of work.  If we’re all destined to become techo serfs in the Brave New Gig Economy, Dr. Chaz is the mentor you were looking for.

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 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.



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