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This page offers innovative ideas for those who want to improve their book sales and writing careers. It offers free content to editors, producers, webmasters and others seeking clear, concise articles that won't put their readers into nap mode.

  • What if you created a webpage using excerpts from the applauded Frugal Book Promoter and Frugal Editor? 

  • Imagine the credibility afforded your web or print-based media with the respected name of the HowToDoItFrugally series attached to it!

  • Suppose you put the added power of the name Carolyn Howard-Johnson behind your project.

  • Imagine that all this requires merely a byline and tagline, something you would do anyway to give your articles the credibility they deserve. Of course, logos, book cover art, and thumbnail photos are also available at no charge.  It's still all FREE. Just ask.

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Just click the titles below that will entice your readers, copy, and publish. Please use the bylines and taglines included with each article. If you need to edit or shorten the material, please seek the approval of the author. If you don't see here what you need, contact Carolyn Howard-Johnson for something that will. She has other free content and does freelance work as well.

Reminder: Let me know if you use one or more of my articles.
Give me a link.
That way I can give you a little extra promotion. 
It keeps the promotion cycle gong and benefits both of us!

Articles on Fiction and Poetry

  • The Honest Answer, an excerpt from the multi award-winning novel This Is the Place. 3,400 words.

            On Marketing, PR, Writing Craft and More

                           Articles On Promotion

Articles On Editing

             Articles On Publishing

Articles on Journaling

Articles On Tolerance

Articles On Reading

Breaking Old Reading Habits:  10 Ways to Learn to Love Literary 618 Words

Reviews for Riters

Carolyn's reviews of recommended books for authors--books that will help them write better, promote better, even tech better. Carolyn has at least 50 of these reviews available as a series or individually. If you'd like to run them as a series, or like to access others, e-mail Carolyn.


Travel Articles

"Making Princess Fit a Princess" by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (Cruising)


Some who edit writer-focused blogs, newsletters, e-zines, newspapers, or magazines may subscribe to Carolyn Howard-Johnson's newsletter, "Sharing with Writers," by sending an e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line. It provides a steady stream of reprintable articles, tips, and other fillers directly to e-mail boxes.

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 


Find a few sample rants here or download .pdfs below:


Experts in the publishing field understand that reviews, articles and tips are more credible when they are attributed to a specific writer or expert. Even the venerable New York Times tags their op-ed features with information on the contributor.

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 

Quick Links for Other
Helpful Pages for Writers on This Site

List of Media Release Disseminators

List of Book Publicists

List of Agents

List of Major Review Journals

List of digital (print-on-demand) printers

Writing Oriented Organizations

General Writers' Services

Event Planning

Legal Services

Illustrators, Graphic and Book Cover Designers

Sample Reader's Guide (Template)  for Fiction Writers

Sites and Blogs

Carolyn's Editing Services

How-To Books for Writers Free Content
Writers' Programs at US Universities List of Book Fairs, Tradeshows, Writers' Conferences, Conventions   Contests
List of Small Publishers FREE Muse Online Writers Conference Editors
Author-Friendly Reviewers Author Friendly Radio, TV Event Planning
Carolyn's Consulting and Coaching Author-Oriented Newsletters Carolyn and Eve's Writers Retreat in Rome
Return to the Main Writers' Resources Page Author-Related Charities Review Websites


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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"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 and educator

"A decade of bettering writers' careers with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."

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.

While You're Browsing...

You will 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!

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I am waiting on answers to the proposals I sent out for my 4th book, PALMS READ IN LOVE & LIGHT.  I used almost every trick (I mean technique) in your little booklet[The Great First Impression Book Proposal], too. I hope a traditional publisher takes it . . .   ."

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{Carolyn Howard-Johnson is} an incessant promoter who develops and shares new approaches for book promotion."
~ Marilyn Ross, founder Small Publishers N. America and author The Complete Guide to Self Publishing


"In the wake of the Erma Bombeck conference, I'm finding The Frugal Editor every bit as pithy and humane as The Frugal Book Promoter. You really find the heart of a sometimes disheartening business! By all means, keep more of my gremlins at bay with your editing handout!"
~ Christopher Yeager, Raku Publishing

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.

Published Works Almanac

Other Interests


Carolyn's Poetry

Celebration Series

Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Published Shorter Works

Carolyn's How to Do it Frugally Series

For Writers
For Retailers

Your Book Marketing Resource

The Frugal Book Promoter is one of  your most valuable resources because it is written from personal experience and gives you the basics for promoting everything else you do--in print, on TV or radio, or online. See an excerpt on Fifteen Publicity Commandments, and excerpt from that book. And the except is also FREE content for bloggers and editors, properly credited, of course!

The Ultimate Aid
for Writers

Carolyn's multi award-winning
Frugal Book Promoter takes you from the reluctant marketer stage to a fully participatory partner for powerhouse publishers or publicists. You'll also be equipped to go it on your own!


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