Put Your Best Book Forward!
On-Your-Own Editing Help
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edit and find a great editor to partner with:
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the companion booklet to
The Frugal Editor,
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips,
a little but mighty booklet of word trippers.
here for secrets to selling your book with
The Great First
Impression Book Proposal.
author of the multi award-winning Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid
Humiliation and Ensure Successin its second edition nd the multi award-winning
also in its second edition, takes a limited number of editing
provides full-service editing for fiction and poetry only and final copy
edits for books of nonfiction.
Carolyn helps Lance G. Johnson,
author of What
Asians Need to Know About Americans From A to Z
edit his final submission. It was published in simplified
Chinese by Oriental Press in China, later in
translation in Ukranian. It was recommended
by the Fulbright Scholaship program for their
international students and endorsed by the
ambassador to China from the US and the US to
China. It is now available in English as well.
I received a critique of my book proposal in
progress by a friend who secured an agent and
publisher for her own book. She is also an
editor and life coach. After reading her
comments, I sent her an e-mail in which I
mentioned that I am now connected to the editor
Carolyn Howard-Johnson via Facebook. In her
reply she said that she would weigh your advice
and ideas over hers in a heart beat!
~ Valerie Michele
Oliver, Last Words Project
annotations accompany suggestions so that the author can make his or
her choices to accept or reject with confidence
She also consults on media releases, synopses, and query letters.
protects the privacy of her clients. No names are revealed without
Howard-Johnson's first novel, This is the Place, and
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered are
both multiple award-winners. Her chapbook of poetry
Tracings, is also an award-winner. For a list of awards
see the awards page on this site.
fiction, nonfiction, and poems have appeared in national
magazines, anthologies and review journals. Many chapbooks
are award winners and poetry prizes include the Franklin
Christoph prize and a reader favorite poem published on John
Amen's The Pedestal Magazine. For a more
complete list see the publication
almanac on this site.
written forewords for books including giftbooks published by
relations background includes New York PR agency experience
where she wrote media releases for American and French
freelance and other writing credits include, Pasadena
Star News, Salt Lake Tribune, Glendale News-Press, Good
Housekeeping Magazine, Ingenue, Home Décor Buyer, Oak Park
Press, and many more.
Teaching and Speaking
Carolyn was an instructor for the
UCLA Extension Writers' Program for nearly a decade and
has shared her expertise at venues like San Diego State's
world renowned Writers' Conference, Call to Arts! EXPO,
Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, Sinclair
Lewis Writer's Conference, Association of Mormon Letters'
Conference, West Hollywood's Book Fair, Las Vegas Writers'
Conference and more. Subjects range from writing sparkling
dialogue to book promotion.
She is the
author of the multi award-winning The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward
to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and their
companion how-to booklets for writers on
book proposals and
She was a
founding principal of The Muse Online Writing Conference.
She cofounded a critique
group for the Glendale Library system (CA)
graduated from the University of Southern California (USC)
with a BA in English literature.
English and writing at Arizona State University, the
University of Utah, UCLA, Herzen University (St. Petersburg, Russia),
Cambridge University (UK) and Charles University (Prague, Czech
UCLA Extension's Certificate of Completion from the
Instructor Development Program, 2005.
The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid
Humiliation and Ensure Success.
"My threshold for annoyance is crossed when people slur the
word literally and make it "litally." As I was
writing this book, a publisher
reminded me that frequently literally is misused in
when the writer means figuratively. June
Casagrande, grammar guru, used this as an example for how
not to do it: 'They were literally glued to their seats.'
June, with her ever-present humor, notes that someone would
have had to applied glue if that situation were, indeed,
Carolyn Also Tutors
Accent Reduction, American Culture, English, Writing
Learning at the Getty Villa, Malibu California
Alexa Gregorian, 5th
References and quotes on request.
also consults with clients in person or by telephone. Give her an hour,
she'll give you a promotion campaign that fits your pocketbook and your
personality. Retail or book promotion.
E-mail her for her rates.
Carolyn also coaches authors through the publishing process of their
books. She'll hold hands and give advice your mother never could.
E-mail her for rates.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers Newsletter
and get a FREE copy of
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers
"I have been a professional writer 40 years, and am also a
tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with
Writers newsletter is most useful for me--and for my
students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of
writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another
100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to
get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author
"A decade of bettering writers' careers
with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."
Please click on my Google Calendar
button to learn more about my upcoming UCLA Extension Writers' Program
classes, my writers' conference and book fair appearances and more.
those who need an editor for nonfiction books I
recommend Barbara McNichol and
D. H. Brady.
Carolyn is a naturally gifted editor, teacher and workshop facilitator.
She creates a safe, positive atmosphere in which she shares her deep
knowledge of craft. Like a brilliant surgeon with a great bed-side
manner, she's able to work well with different kinds of writers. When I
receive compliments about good, clean writing, I always say, "I learned
that from Carolyn"
Emily Heebner, MFA, writing instructor, critique group
...find at least one promotion, writing,
or tech tip on every page on this site. Sometimes you'll find two or
three! Happy browsing and collecting!
Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
Master's in English.org Online Universities'
101 Essential Sites for Voracious
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012,
The Frugal Book
Promoter; Finalist 2010
The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor
The Oxford Award
alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of
service to her community and who, through the years,
devotes her talents to improve the quality of life
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
See the awards page on this site.