Help, Publishing and Promotion
thing that you should add to your description on the
back cover [of the second edition of The Frugal Book
Promoter] is something like 'Don't wait until after
your book is published to read The Frugal Book
Promoter, successful book promotion starts before
you've finished writing your book. Carolyn tells you how
to . . . . Things are working out for me now--but
I could have saved myself HUNDREDS of dollars if I had
read this book BEFORE I sent the final manuscript to the
~ Robert W. Schaefer, author The Insurgency in Chechnya
and the North Caucaus, From Gazavat to Jihad
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Carolyn is the author of multi award-winning
HowToDoItFrugally Series of books--one for
writers, the other for retailers. She won Book
Publicists of Southern California's prestigious
Irwin award and the New Millennium Award for her
books' publicity campaigns and she is an
instructor for UCLA Extension Writer's Program
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list of self-help books for writers--one of the
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about a variety of subjects associated with
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release templates read
or just about any of Carolyn's other how-to books
or go to her media
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that are not fed die as readily
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students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of
writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another
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Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
101 Book Blogs
You Need to Read
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
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
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.
Reviews for Riters
of her recommended books for authors. These reviews
are available for reprint at no cost. See a
partial list of all the articles at the
free content page of
this site. For more information
Republished as an
e-book from the Writer's Digest original...
of the Soul will be forever on my
recommended lists for memoirists who have trouble
getting to the core of their stories and for more
advanced writers who simply need to be inspired."
Selling Books Tip
Authors are often surprised
to find that they are also retailers: They are selling a
product. They're also often surprised that some of their
most fruitful partners for book sales are retailers. My
series of books for
retailers will help them understand retail marketing better
blog post from master marketer Dana Lynn Smith will be
Find tips on writing, promotion or
tech on every page of this Web site.
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.
Celebrating Holidays with Poetry Chapbooks
Cover art by Vicki
Thomas, Poetry by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
"Cherished Pulse is full of poems that describe love from the eyes and
hearts of young and old. We see love in its youthful stage,
stirring the hearts of man and woman alike and tying a bond that even
death cannot break. As we continue reading, we understand that love
deepens into an awesome, but quiet joy as the couple grows older. These
poems renew our faith in love as they remind us of our own experience
with this most sought after emotion."
Lucille P Robinson for
Third in the Celebration
of Chapbooks with Magdalena Ball, Imagining the Future is written expressly for fathers "and
other masculine apparitions."
She Wore Emerald Then is a book of
Moods of Motherhood:
thirty poems by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn
Howard-Johnson, with original photography by May Lattanzio. A
beautifully presented, tender and strikingly original gift book, ideal
for Mother's Day or any day when you want to celebrate the notion of
motherhood in its broadest sense. Share this collection with someone
Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational on this Web site.
is an e-chapbook and paperback
published in the time-honored
of poets everywhere.
This collection of
ecologically oriented poems traverses a wide terrain, moving
from the loss of species to the beauty of the natural world,
from drought to the exploration of alternative planets. It's
an exhilarating collection that breaks boundaries and leads
the reader deep into the personal heart of perception.
Released by award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and
Magdalena Ball to celebrate Earth Day, this is a collection
of poetry that weaves the personal with the universal.
Photograpy by Ann Howley.
“Whatever your age these
poems celebrating women will
speak to you of times to look forward to or to remember. These are not
poems to be read once. They will stay with you forever.”
Nancy Famolari, author.
Tracings is winner of the Military Society of
America's Award of Excellence and named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten
Best Reads of 2005