Congratulations to this month’s goal-posting winner Jennifer Humke Ballard, who won a copy You Talkin’ to Me?: How to Write Great Dialogue by Dr Linda Seger and John Rainey. To be entered in a drawing to win a book from Michael Wiese Productions post your May Goals

Write On Online has regular, ongoing content, such as Write On! Wednesdays, Guest Posts, and more. Join the Write On Online Facebook Group for community and conversation.  

My new podcast – Change Happens – is still coming soon. In April I launched a new Facebook Live show: #GoalChat Live, which takes place every Monday at 4pm PT on the Mango Publishing Facebook page. The #GoalChat Twitter chat – Sundays at 7pm PT – is a weekly opportunity to touch base and chime in on the week’s special topic. #GoalChat Live serves a similar purpose and features a special guest. Watch the April #GoalChat Llive videos on Virtual Events, Staying Healthy, Video with Steve Dotto, and May Goals with Desiree Duffy of LA BookFest!

Btw, LA BookFest is this Saturday, May 9, and is going to be awesome! As part of the packed schedule, watch my author reading, participate in my AMA (at 2:15pm PT), and check out my panel at 3:30pm PT.

More news, virtual events, and resources in the May 2020 Write On Online Newsletter.


Need to rework your path or set a new one? Read Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals from Mango Publishing. Remember to join the Your Goal Guide Facebook Group for additional support. Btw, I am also available for one-on-one and group coaching.

And for more informative articles, videos, and resources …


Award-winning authors Nita Sweeney, Depression Hates a Moving Target, and Mag Dimond will participate in Mag’s “Writers Coming Together” Facebook Live interview on Thursday, May 28 at 1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET. Tune in on Mag’s Facebook page.

Congratulations to Suzanne Nugent on the release of her book, Brunch and Other Obligations which tells the story of three women who have nothing in common except their mutual best friend. When their best friend dies, she leaves one last request: That these three mismatched frienemies have brunch once a month for a year. Brunch and Other Obligations explores hope in a time of grief, friendship in a time of crisis, and laughter in a time of sadness. All themes that are particularly poignant during this time.

Are you up for writing 30 short stories in 30 days? The Literal Challenge presents Like the Prose, which takes place in June. The deadline to register in May 28. Learn more.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s new website is up! Check it out for Carolyn’s #FrugalBookPromoTips. And for more resources , follow @frugalbookpromo on Twitter.

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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.



WNBA-LA in May: The Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter has a series of writer webinars and author interviews throughout the month. Visit their Facebook page for deets and registration information.

May 7: Social Media Club LA Virtual Mixer at 5pm PT. Now every Thursday. Get details and RSVP.

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.

May 10:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Spring Projects. Read the recaps on Twitter MomentsNeed a reminder? RSVP on Facebook.

May 11: #GoaChat Live at 4pm PT on the Mango Publishing Facebook page. Long-time Write On member, and Garden Master David King, The Learning Garden,will join the live chat.

May 17:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is LinkedIn.

May 18: #GoaChat Live. LinkedIn Expert Viveka von Rosen, Chief Visibility Officer and co-founder of Vengreso, will join us at 4pm PT  on the Mango Publishing Facebook page.

May 18: Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) Presents Research Techniques For Writers online at 7pm PT. IWOSC members – free. Non-members – $15. Get details about panelists and register.

May 21: Women’s National Book Association – San Francisco (WNBA-SF) presents Publishing Pros Coaching for Writers at noon. The panel of experts Brenda Knight, Michael Larsen, and Nina Amir, will be moderated by Sue Wilhite. Get details.

May 24:  #GoalChat at 7pm PT on Twitter. Topic is Productivity.

May 25: #GoaChat Live at 4pm PT on the Mango Publishing Facebook page with guest Sean McLachlan, author of Writing Secrets of the World’s Most Prolific Authors, among many other works.

May 26: Thrilled to be leading another virtual Lunch N Learn for WNBA-San Francisco Chapter. The interactive session on “Virtual Networking Goals for Writers.” starts at noon. Get details and RSVP.


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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