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Great Books for Writers
Nice Desk Companions for Any of the Frugal Series for Writers


Carolyn's newest in the How To Do It Frugally Series of books for writers is two-time award-winning The Frugal Editor designed to help authors hire better editors, better partner with their editors and self-edit when necessary.  The marketing plan for this book also won the New Mi

The promotion campaign for The Frugal Editor won the Millennium Award for Marketing.

Sylvia McClain, editor of Scribal Calendar, talks about branding
and how reading business books targeted to other industries
can help writers on my Sharing with Writers blog.

Carolyn Recommends Other
Books for Writers


So, you're on the right track!  Find what you need for your writing and promotion efforts here!

Terry Whalin will help you get on the right track. He and I met while speaking at a writers' conference. I loved what he had to say, bought his book on writing proposals by for my husband and highly recommend his advice.  He says:

"'You should write a book.'    "'Some day I'm going to write a book.'

"Over 80% of people plan to write a book and more than six million of them have already written a manuscript. Admittedly there are dozens of companies who will take your money and publish your book. How do you get a book publisher to pay you for your book?

"Former book acquisitions editor Terry Whalin says editors and publishers don't read manuscripts. They read book proposals. In BOOK PROPOSALS THAT SELL, 21 SECRETS TO SPEED YOUR SUCCESS, you learn the inside scoop to achieve your dreams."



I Recommend This
 Do It Yourself Program for Book Launches

This is a tried and true program developed by a
Anna Maria Prezio and Denise Cassino.
It will teach you to propel your own book to a Number One Bestseller
as they have done
for dozens of other authors!


Procrastinator's Guide To Authorship:
A Step-By-Step, 7-Month Training Program
To Complete Your Book  Get
It Published and Make Big Money .

I recently reviewed author coach and bestselling author Rita Emmett's new program titled:
Procrastinator's Guide To Authorship: A Step-By-Step, 7-Month Training Program To Complete Your Book  Get
It Published and Make Big Money. 
If you're  in a hurry, just go right ahead & take a look at this web page to see what I'm talking about:  If you're frustrated. If you're big on starting but not so good at finishing then Rita's program may be perfect for you. 

Publishing Possibilities by Cheryl Picket is a fine companion to Carolyn's series of HowToDoItFrugally Books.

Write, Get Published, and Promote: An Easy e-Guide for New and Aspiring Writers by Joyce Shafer: A reader says, "I just finished your e-book. I really enjoyed it and will use the information provided. I really enjoy your writing style. I always feel as if you are talking with me or right next to me. I have read other books on writing, but you cut through all the fluff and provide very pertinent and usable information. Definitely worth the money! Your e-book will absolutely help me as I continue to write mine. (Download and preview chapter available at

Getting Control Over Your Own Writing Career


Billie A Williams has struck gold--spice!--again with her new book on writing.

Write, Publish, Sell!: Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged:
by Valerie Allen: People do business with people they know - which is why you must tell to sell. This book is your step-by-step guide for name recognition, networking, and creative marketing to increase book sales. With little or no promotional budget, you can do these painless activities for successful marketing and book sales.

Two highly recommended e-books for maximizing your Twitter account from Tony Eldridge are written especially for authors:

Twitter E-Book:

Twitter E-Mail Course: and an interactive e-book on running a Twitter contest:  


Get Published Today! is a must-read if you have ever considered going it on your own. By marketing expert Penny Sansevieri.

If you aren’t a Webby nerd but would like to polish your online publicity efforts may I recommend Penny Sansevieri’s Red Hot Internet Publicity. She starts basic and stays practical. It isn’t specifically written for authors, which—in this case—may be a good thing.

Big Recommendation for Audio CD I Love


Terry Whalin and I often appear at writers' conferences together and I've read his books and recommend them. But I'd never attended one of his presentations because they conflicted with my own. At the last one we were at, Terry said he had repurposed one of his seminars to an audio CD and graciously presented me with one. I just listened to it as I drove the California freeways. It is Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams and I love, love, love it! Terry comes at helping other authors through experience and he loads his talks with anecdotes that make his advice entertaining, understandable and memorable. Even though this is recorded live at a seminar, the recording is clear and professional. All I can say is "Wow!" I could tell you all the points he covers, but I won't. You might be tempted to think you know that stuff. But this audio is so much more than the sum of its parts.


If your publishing career is lagging or if you'd like to change that path you've been taking (or if you just need a review and a big shot in the arm of energy and ideas!), this is an audio workshop worth the money—even for frugal me. Find it at: Think of it this way. The CD is maybe 1/8 the cost of a real live conference. And you can play it any old time you have the time.




The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write (ISBN: 978-0-9795475-5-3) by Mark David Gerson. Tools, Tips and Inspiration to Unleash the Power of Your Creative Potential.



"Building a character from the ground up is simple. Building a memorable, living, breathing human being is a most daunting and complicated task, until now. ...Billie A Williams...[gives] character-building tips, tricks, and tools you can master in one afternoon." ~ Beth Erickson, editor, publisher and freelance copywriter.
For a Free PDF Sampler of the first chapters of all Billie books e-mail her at Put SAMPLER in the subject line.

Get Noticed . . . Get Referrals by Jill Lublin is not specifically for authors but it is a great book for learning what public relations is all about. Find my review of it here under Reviews for Riters (tm).

Nikki Leigh has released Book Promo 101 as an e-book. I am a contributor. For more information - visit Order the e-book from Nikki's publisher

Kristi Holl's   Writer's First Aid, gives writers help and encouragement. She is the author of 35 books and experience counts. 

Why Your  Writing Isn't Working and How to Fix It  ISBN 0-9656309-8-6 Audio Book.

This single CD packs into one hour what you might get from a week-long writing workshop.  It has been distilled from classes, seminars and workshops given from Florida to Finland and holds the accumulated wisdom of 25 years of writing, editing and publishing savvy.  It will open your eyes and save you time.

A low-priced e-book from Yvonne Perry is great for beginning promoters. Book Marketing in the Digital Age: Online Promotion Made Easy.

There have been plenty of books on writing a novel, and plenty on how to get published. YOUR FIRST NOVEL by novelist Laura Whitcomb and seasoned literary agent Ann Rittenberg is the first to cover both topics comprehensively. Published by Writers Digest Books, YFN is an insider's guide through the entire process for the aspiring novelist. Read more about it on MySpace or purchase it now on Amazon!

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and SpiteJune Casagrande's Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies  (Penguin) is not only full of good stuff that will make a better editor of you, it's fun. It is a great companion to The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Find Meanies at Amazon.

How to Write Your Own Life Story  ISBN 0-9656309-5-1
Your life is unique.  Now learn to write it - for history, as a legacy for your family, to discover a new perspective on your life.  It will guide you step by step in the writing; tell you how to publish it and explain how to market it.  This got high marks from The American Library Association's Booklist.

PS: My award-winning novel This Is the Place and my book of creative nonfiction stories, Harkening, are examples of how your genealogy and your diaries might turn into different kinds of books. Find them both at .

Joy Butler has helped me trace down pirated copies of my books. She has a book of her own that can help you or you can hire her to little attorney self to get you through the copyright/piracy scams.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani will teach you everything you’ll ever need to know about reviewing, from how to write them to understanding their influence over the wider spectrum of the publishing world.

Check out Peter Bowerman's Well-Fed Writer books.

The Writer's Tool Box  audiobook:ISBN 0-9656309-1-9. CD set:ISBN 0-9656309-1-9
In-depth help with your writing, focusing on the all-important aspects of plot, viewpoint, characters and openings.  By Patrika Vaughn.


Michelle Dunn's e-book report on a book marketing success system ix excellent.

The Shy Writer: An Introvert's Guide to Writing Success - Author C. Hope Clark advises you how to "sell your words, not your soul" when you promote your work.


Website Tip

 Offer something free to your loyal followers. That could be a free e-book or a free article. I once gave a free e-copy of the first in my Celebration Series of Poetry to my newsletter subscribers.


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


Write, Publish & Market Your Book ISBN 0-9656309-1-9.
As Sandpiper Publications put it, "Throw everything else away!  If you're serious about writing a book, this is the only book you'll ever need on the subject." By Patrika Vaughn.


For memoir writers out there: I recommend Nan Merrick Phifer’s Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide from Ingot Press.

Writing for Profit: Break into Magazines by Cheryl Wright. Click here to order this e-book.  Click here for Carolyn Howard-Johnson's review of it. The review is available for reprint at no charge.  Those who order   Writing for Profit get a free list of magazines that pay for content.

Calling All Authors, How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open by Valerie Connelly. Read, learn and give a review. Order the it at the Nightengale Press bookstore.

Don't Murder Your Mystery and by Chris Roerden is an Agatha Award winner and a Writer's Digest Book Club selection.

Watch for Don't Sabotage Your Submissions by Chris Roerden, a fine complement to The Frugal Editor.

Here is a CD that will step you through the process of copyrighting your own book by Grace LaJoy.

The Publisher’s Bookstore (   ) features nearly 100 books about writing, publishing and book marketing, arranged by category to help you quickly find the resources you need. Whether you are just beginning your publishing journey or looking for ways to boost your book sales, you’ll find a wealth of information from experienced authors, publishers, and marketers.

Speak with Passion, Speak with Power! by Pamela Gilbreath Kelly is an essential book to learning to use your innate speaking skills (and, yes, your passion!) to sell your brook. It's available on Amazon and B&

From Book Signing to Best Seller by Joe Condril.


Produced by Fleetwood Multimedia, Inc., The Complete Recordings of Workshops and Keynotes from The University of Dayton's Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop.  Includes a session on humor from Craig Wilson of USA Today, "An Evening with Garrison Keillor" (Yes, the real Garrison), a keynote from Connie Schultz and, yes, "Don't Tick off the gatekeepers: Great editing counts" from Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Order it at .

Take your writing to the next level with Writers On Call writing teleclasses.

 Nancy Mills, founder of Spirited Woman, produces a tele-chat series where you can learn from other successful authors. To query Nancy get a strong platform behind you. To learn to do that, check HowToDoItFrugally books on book promotion.  Nancy has only a handful of spots each year so you will need to prove the power of your following to her. (-:  Sign up now listen to this exciting series, or to the likes of Jacqueline Mitchard, author of the Deep Sea of the Ocean and Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward. Find the entire series at: .To listen live, register in advance. CDs are available after each interview.

Hear Roger C. Parker interview book promotion experts of every ilk, including Yvonne Perry, John Kremer, Rick Frishman and me. His site is amazing. You're sure to get an education.

Stacie Vander Pol includes a chapter on the packages offered by different subsidy publishers in her Top Self Publishing Firms.

In this bleak economy, there is still one avenue that's free - being a guest on radio. Talk Radio Wants You - An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited (McFarland & Co 2009) provides all you need to know about each show before contacting a host - the theme, guest criteria, the host's opinion of the best and worst guests and what determines who gets invited back. Read more about it at


Finding Great Writing References and, Yes, Inspiration

I love making lists. You'll find many books not listed here in the indexes of my books. I just figure books are one of the most frugal ways for us authors to learn what we need to know. And we're supporting our own industry by buying them!

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

Feeling Depressed or Blocked?

Joyce White's book Sculpting the Heart might help. It's not really a book specifically for writers, but I recommend it for those blue days or even more serious depression. Learn more at

Millie Thornton's book covers the gamut of writing fears.

The Frugal Book Promoter includes information on overcoming
both fears of writing and fears of success, too. (Yes, it happens!)


Promotion Tip

Use Listmanias on Amazon to get better exposure for your book. Just make a list of great books in the same category as yours and add yours to it!  That list may eventually appear on the buying page of every single one of the books you list! More than 46,000 people have clicked on my lists. Can't sniff at that kind of targeted marketing, now can we!  PS: You'll find more details of how to build a list in The Frugal Book Promoter.

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



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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.

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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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Clips from an interview I did with Valerie Connelly are included in her book, Calling All Authors.  Besides a radio host, Valerie is also a publisher so this book is full of things she'd like her authors to know. The more the author knows about publishing and promotion, the more successful both the author and his or her publisher.

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


I've been reading your chapter on Amazon again because there is so much
great stuff that you write about and so many resources that authors 
can utilize.Your book is now a fixture on my desk.
~ Anna Maria Prezio, author of Confessions of a Feng Shui Ghost-Buster

Your book on frugal publicity is a 'classic.' I have it, I've read it, I've recommended it, I believe in it, &  I've met you... and I can easily talk about it.
~ Deborah Granger, radio host and publisher

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Click Here for a list of book fairs, tradeshows, conferences and conventions. Your aid to planning ahead.

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You will find at least one promotion, writing. or tech tip on every page of this site. Sometimes you'll find, two or three! Happy browsing and collecting!


Click on the logo below to see an example of Reno Lovison's trailer for my Survive and Thrive Series of books.

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Spirited Woman Interview

You'll love Nancy Mills'  Interviews with Famous Women Writers
(When you check out the link, scroll down to see the one with Carolyn!)

My interview with Spirited Woman Nancy Mills included a bit of nostalgia. The way journalism used to be before computers, what it was like to be in New York in Christian Dior's time, how Good Housekeeping magazine used to be. Sign up with Nancy now for the CD or podcast of this interview or to hear her interview with fellow Spirited Woman authors including USA Today's Most Influential winner Jacqueline Mitchard, author of the Deep End of the Ocean and Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Pay It Forward. Scroll for information on my CD.

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Writing Tip

Passive construction has gotten a bad wrap. We obviously have it in the English language because it serves a purpose. There are times when passive can work for an author. An example of that is in an excerpt of This Is the Place where I wanted to slow down the prose, wanted to make readers feel as if they were stepping back to the 50 and even farther, to the 1800s. Find an example of how I used it in an except from that novel. Learn about other ways writers  can use it to their advantage in my The Frugal Editor.

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

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.

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Publishing Basics for Children's Books: A Guide for the Small Press and Self-Publisher is available on request at or by sending a request on a postcard to RJ Communications, 41 E. 42nd St, Ste 1202, NY, NY 10017. It is a hardback that looks like the children's book you may want to publish.

A full paperback, Publishing Basics: A Guide for the Small Press and Self-Publisher  by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. with Ron Pramschufer, is available on request at or by sending a request on a postcard to RJ Communications, 41 E. 42nd St, Ste 1202, NY, NY 10017.

The Career Novelist may be downloaded free at . It''s highly recommended by my friend Terry Whalin.

(For resources and links galore, grab yourself copies of the Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor.)

Click here for Carolyn's first person essay, "Beating Time at Its Own Game."

Click Here for a list of book fairs, tradeshows, conferences and conventions.
Your aid to planning ahead.

Find more content on this site's Free Articles 4 Readers and Editors.
It includes Reviews for Riters, how to articles for writers, essays on tolerance and more.

For lots more links for reading and writing stuff, visit Carolyn Howard-Johnson's 
Writers and Readers blog.

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

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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

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