WNBA-LA at The Spring 2021 BookFest – April 17 & 18

WNBA-LA is thrilled to participate in the Spring 2021 BookFest!

The BookFest, an award-winning bi-annual online event, brings the book-loving community together from around the world for an online bookish adventure.

Saturday, April 17, is dedicated to readers, while Sunday, April 18, is dedicated to writers. To attend, just go to the website (http://TheBookFest.com) and check out the live stream to watch panels and conversations.

WNBA-LA VP Debra Eckerling, author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning, and Achieving Your Goals, will be participating in an author chat on April 17 at 4:50pm.

Our President Diana Giovinazzo is moderating a panel on memoir on April 18 at 11am: Sharing Your Story: The Secret Ingredient in Your Memoir is You

WNBA-LA presents a panel of amazing women memoirists. Whether you are toying with writing a memoir, have a story you need to tell, or are just fascinated by the genre, these authors are sure to inspire. Featured authors write about grief, redemption, and good old-fashioned sex. There’s something for everyone.

Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley, Author of The Gift of Crisis, chronicles her story of financial crisis and the meditation practice which helped to overcome it. Bridgitte is the owner of Little Visioneers Bookstore.

Arlene Schindler, Author of the memoir Stand Up & Heartbreak and the novel The Last Place She’d Look. Arlene, who originated the comedy-review column at The New York Post, currently reviews films for Watercooler.hq.

Sue William Silverman, Award-winning author of seven books, including How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences and Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction, made into a movie, teacher at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Moderator: Diana Giovinazzo, Author of The Woman in Red and forthcoming Antoinette’s Sister, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and co-creator of Wine, Women and Words, a weekly literary podcast.

To stay informed on everything BookFest-related, and to get a free Virtual Gift Bag emailed to you after The BookFest Adventure, sign up for email alerts: https://www.thebookfest.com/signup/.

You will also receive a free ticket to our VIP Spring Mixer (Click link for more information and event link)

Check out the full schedule here:


Hope to see you at The BookFest!

WNBA-LA Spring Share and Tell

Celebrate Spring with WNBA-LA! Our mixers are a mashup of speed-networking, pitching, and fun!

Everyone will have a few minutes to:

    • Share: Who you Are & What you Write/Read
    • Tell: How you Help & What you Need
    • Then Make Connections!

Plus, we will have some awesome giveaways. Prizes include:

Get your tickets before they are gone (Click Here for Sign up link)

* Must be present to win

Success comes from asking for help and helping others. Make some new friends and connections with WNBA-LA.

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This event is free for:

– WNBA-LA Members

– Attendees of The Spring 2021 BookFest. Sign up: http://TheBookFest.com

WNBA-LA Open Board Meeting

Please join us for the Annual Open Board Meeting:

 Saturday 3/27/21 at 10:00 am PDT

This meeting is a great chance for anyone interested in learning more about the Women’s National Book Association in general, and our Los Angeles Chapter in specific. Join a great group of women with a passion for books and a commitment to supporting women identifying people in publishing.

For existing members, this meeting is the perfect opportunity to get to know our newest Board members and learn about our new Kid-Lit and Diversity initiatives.

RSVP by clicking HEREWe hope to see you there!

Meet WNBA-LA’s New Vice President!

WNBA-LA is proud to introduce our new Vice President, Debra Eckerling.
Goal-setting expert Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning & Achieving Your Goals and founder of the D*E*B METHOD. Debra helps individuals and businesses figure out what they want and how to get it through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the founder of the Write On Online community for writers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, as well as the host of #GoalChat on Twitter and #GoalChatLive on Facebook.
A long-time communications expert and speaker, Debra has led workshops for the Los Angeles and San Francisco chapters, as well as SoCal groups, such as the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, SoCal Science Writers, and IWOSC, among others, She joined WNBA-LA last year, and quickly became webinar coordinator.

5 Places to Keep Your Goals and 2 Places you Shouldn’t

Guest post by Debra Eckerling :

I am so excited to start the new year on #DEBcember 1st.. You read that right. There’s no better time to look forward to a new, productive year, so why not #Start2021Now!

My mission is to help as many people as possible figure out what they want and how to get it. That is the purpose of the D*E*B METHODⓇ, as well as my book: Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals.

To start your 2021 on the right foot, please join me for a WNBA-LA goal-setting workshop and mixer at 7pm PT on December 2. Get your ticket.

Once you figure out your #GoalTopia, the first step in setting yourself up for success is to look at your goals regularly…

With that in mind, here are 5 places to keep your goals … and 2 places to avoid.

1. KEEP: On Your Mobile Phone. Create a graphic with your top goals to use as your cellphone wallpaper.

2. KEEP: On Your Computer. If you don’t want to post a graphic of your goals on your computer background – and announce them to all who walk by your desk – create a goals document with a shortcut on your computer’s desktop. Open the doc and review your goals at least once a day.

3. AVOID: Your Head. You can think about your goals all you want. That’s actually encouraged. But you must do more than that. If you can’t “see” your goals, unless you close your eyes, then you are missing something.

4. KEEP: In Your Office. Be creative. Post your goals somewhere inconspicuous – perhaps in the corner of a framed photo or written on a desk “toy” – but in your line of sight.

5. KEEP. In Your Wallet. Type up your goals, print it out small, and keep it in your wallet. Then whenever you go to open it, you can see your goals.

6. AVOID: The Bottom of a Drawer. Don’t hide your goals. The point isn’t to make wishes and hope something comes to fruition. You need to know your goals, since it will increase the possibility of turning them into reality.

7. KEEP: In Your Favorite Place. Where is your power zone? Do you have a special place you like to go to write? A man cave or a she shed? If you love to cook, maybe that place is your kitchen. Fan of yoga? Attach your goals to the corner of your mat. Hang your goals in a place of honor in the location that is most inside your comfort zone.

The clean slate that goes with the beginning of the year makes it the perfect opportunity to re-examine what you want, re-evaluate your mission, and set your priorities. Just keep those goals where you can see them. It greatly increases your chance of success.

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Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals. A writer, editor and project catalyst, as well as founder of the D*E*B METHOD and Write On Online, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages, host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat and #GoalChatLive, and a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.

* A version of this article first appeared on Writers on the Move.