Let Carolyn Help You
Put Your Best Book Forward!

On-Your-Own Editing Help
personally or with an inexpensive book.

Click here for a book that will help you self edit and find a great editor to partner with:
The Frugal Editor:
Put Your Best Book Forward toAvoid Humiliation and Ensure Success

Click here for the companion booklet to The Frugal Editor,
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips,

a little but mighty booklet of word trippers.

Editing Services

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the award-winning Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and the multi award-winning Frugal Book Promoter takes a limited number of editing projects. She provides full-service editing for fiction and poetry only and final copy edits for books of nonfiction.


Carolyn helps Lance G. Johnson, author of Everything Asians Need to Know About Americans, A to Z edit his final submission. It was published in simplified Chinese by Oriental Press in China.


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,  http://lastwordsbook.wordpress.com/



Full service edits include:

  • Typo and grammar corrections.

  • Help with dialogue. 

  • Structure analysis.

  • Full 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.

Prices quoted on request.  E-mail.

(Carolyn protects the privacy of her clients. No names are revealed without permission.)

Carolyn's Credentials



  • Carolyn 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.
  • Her 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.
  • She has written forewords for books including giftbooks published by Andrews-McMeel.
  • Her public relations background includes New York PR agency experience where she wrote media releases for American and French couturiers.
  • Her 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 has been 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 writing book proposals and avoiding wordtrippers.
  • She was a founding principal of The Muse Online Writing Conference.
  • She cofounded a critique group for the Glendale Library system (CA)


  • Carolyn was graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a BA in English literature.
  • She studied 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 Republic).
  • She earned UCLA Extension's Certificate of Completion from the Instructor Development Program, 2005.


Editing Tip

Excerpted from
The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success.

Literally Vs. Figuratively

"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 proposals  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, literal."

Carolyn Also Tutors
Accent Reduction, American Culture, English, Writing

Inspiration and Learning at the Getty Villa, Malibu California
I tutored Alexa Gregorian, 5th Grade.

References and quotes on request. E-mail.

Promotion Services

Carolyn  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.

Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook
from Magdalena Ball's
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating the Planet and the Universe as Never Before

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader and
using Amazon's app, other readers, too.


 "Careers that are not fed die as readily
as any living organism given no sustenance." 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

All Carolyn's Frugal Books Are Available on Kindle
As Well as Paperback

Helpful Books for Writers

  Helpful Books for Retailers

Poetry: The perfect inspirational gift

Fiction and Short Stories

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Find Carolyn on the Web

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Carolyn's Blogs

Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
an emphasis on book
promotion. Named to
Writer's Digest
101 Best Website list.

The New Book Review
Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
mileage out of
a great review.

The Frugal Editor Blog
This is the Frugal, Smart
and Tuned-In Editor blog.
Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
Get the answers you need.

Published Works Almanac

Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Published Shorter Works

Carolyn's How to Do it Frugally Series

For Writers
For Retailers

Carolyn's Calendar

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.

Editing Help

For lots more links for reading and writing stuff, visit my Sharing with Writers and Readers blog. and my Frugal Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is my frugal booklet for a fun and fast brushup on pesky wordtrippers.


For 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 member


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While You Browse...

...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!

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Online Universities'

101 Book Blogs
You Need to Read

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
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 (2011).


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


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist 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
the 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 around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library.

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

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