Writing & Publishing Goals

Do you have writing and publishing goals? If you landed on this blog, I am guessing the answer is "Yes."

On today's GoalChat, I spoke with authors/educators Amy Friedman, Marita Golden, and Susan Shapiro about the topic. Amy Friedman is author of Desperado's Wife and publisher at Out of the Woods Press, Marita's fiction and non-fiction titles include The Strong Black Woman and A Woman's Place, and Susan's books include The Book Bible and The Byline Bible.

If You Want to Get Published

  • Susan: Research potential publications first. Read what they publish, before you pitch
  • Amy: Decide what you want, writing-wise, and then figure out what that means
  • Marita: You need to know how hard it is and how good you have to be

Watch Our Conversation:

Writing Goals

  • Susan: Write three pages about your most humiliating secret ... that you can put your name on 
  • Amy: Write three pages in a style or genre you haven't tried 
  • Marita: Write three pages from a point of view of doing something out of character
  • Marita's Bonus Goal: Write a letter to yourself, congratulating yourself for being a badass
Whether you write long form or articles - whether your specialty is fiction, non-fiction, or memoir - being a writer starts with a decision to write. It continues with education, research, revision ... and putting yourself out there. 

Go for it! We know you can do it! 

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What is your best writing tip? Please share in the comments. 

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Debra Eckerling is the award-winning author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD, which is her system for goal-setting simplified. A goal-strategist, corporate consultant, and project catalyst, Debra offers personal and professional planning, event strategy, and team building for individuals, businesses, and teams. She is also the author of Write On Blogging and Purple Pencil Adventures; founder of Write On Online; host of  #GoalChatLive aka The DEB Show podcast and Taste Buds with Deb. She speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.


Terry Whalin said...


Another great article for writers and built into the content is that writing takes persistence and perserverance. It's not easy for any of us but can be accomplished if you don't give up. Thank you,


Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks so much, Terry! Yes, as writers it's imperative to have patience, especially since, as Susan puts it (referencing Carrie Fisher), "instant gratification takes too long!"

Karen Cioffi said...

Great group of women, Debra. And helpful information on writing and publishing. I love the Carrie Fisher reference too!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Love those prompts, Deb. Do subscribers and visitors to this blog know about you Purple Pencil book of prompts. I often used it when traveling to fill in long days at sea! (-:
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks so much, Karen! Agreed!

Debra Eckerling said...

Thank you, Carolyn. Here's the link to Purple Pencil Adventures: https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Pencil-Adventures-Writing-Prompts-ebook/dp/B00L8G66RQ So glad you are still enjoying it!

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