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Writers' Resources

Writing Help, Publishing and Promotion Services,
and Organizations

"The only 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 publisher."
~ Robert W. Schaefer, author The Insurgency in Chechnya and the North Caucaus, From Gazavat to Jihad


Here you'll find one of the most comprehensive collections of
all the resources a writer needs to stay inspired and be successful.

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Writer Services Write Better Promotion

Writer Services

Find a list of services here:

Carolyn's Services

Consulting - 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 in marketing and book promotion. Let her help you boost your writing, publishing, and promotion skills.
Editing - Let the woman who wrote the book on the topic help you put your best book forward.

 Carolyn's Seminars, Workshops, Events and Classes

Events and Teaching - see Carolyn live at one of her many events.

Join Carolyn in Rome
For the Intimate Conference of a Lifetime!

Retreats for Writers - Here is a little taste of the last one I did with  UCLA Writers' Program award-winning instructor, Eve LaSalle Caram in Rome, Italy. Watch for more to come!

Carolyn's List of Books for Writers

Books for Writers - Carolyn's personal list of self-help books for writers--one of the most frugal ways to learn what you need to know about writing, promotion and publishing.


For information on other Writer Services go to:

Editing - editors and editing services
Publishers - including print and e-book
Agents - helping you get your book into the right hands
Book Publicists - spreadsheets of publicists, with contacts, from Carolyn and friends.
Digital Printers - print-on-demand services and self-publishing
Book Reviewers - professional reviewers, major review journals, and review-friendly blogs
General Writers' Services - a splash of services for writers
Legal Help - author-oriented legal advice
Event Planning - when you need to plan an online book launch, a blog tour or ? Send me suggestions for other event-planning services. E-mail.
Illustrators, Graphic and Book Cover Designers - making books more beautiful
Newsletters - that help you write, tech, or promote better.To subscribe to Carolyn's SharingwithWriters newsletter, use the form in the upper right corner of this page and nearly every page on this Web site.
Sites and Blogsthat serve, educate and publish
Books for Writers - inspiration and references for writers
Writers' Conferences - conferences often offer access to writers services like agents, publicists, and editing. Occasionally they even offer onsite bookstores full of titles useful to writers.
Writer-Related Organizations - Join, network, utilize benefits of organizations that can make a difference in your career.
Free Content - Find articles and reviews to use on your blog, journal, or whatever. This page also is also good reading for authors who want to know more about a variety of subjects associated with the world of publishing.

Write Better

Here you'll find a listing of writing aids.

Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers - Get this book free when you purchase two or more books from Carolyn's Shopping Plaza

The Frugal Editor - Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success!

 The Great First Impression Book Proposal booklet. Only $6.95.


For information on  Writing  Better go to:

Free Content -  including articles on promotion, editing, publishing, and links to podcasts.
Story Ideas for the Media - ideas for for Editors, Staff Writers, Producers, and Media Hosts
Writing-Oriented Organizations - groups for networking and improving your skills
Writers Programs - university and other writer education programs.
Writers' Conferences - where you find workshops on bettering your craft.
Book Publishing and Promotion Helps - get in print and out there
Sites and Blogs - that serve, educated and publish
Free Bookson Writing and Publishing
Feeling Depressed or Blocked? - get unstuck and back to what you love to do
Audio for Authors - Prefer to listen while you learn? Get these audio classes for writers.
Newsletters - that help you write, tech, or promote better.
Books for Writers - Inspiration and References for Writers.
Contests - spotlighting the contests Carolyn recommends and has entered herself. Contests that offer feedback foster better writing.


Here you'll find a listing of promotion resources.





The Frugal Book Promoter - Get the multi award-winning
book on everything you need to promote you and your book.


For information on Promotion go to!

Promotion Services - helping you and your book get the attention they deserve
Author-Friendly Radio and TV - get on the airwaves
Book Fairs & Tradeshows - plan ahead for Book Fairs, Tradeshows, Conferences and Conventions from Carolyn's working list.
Writers' Conferences - where you learn to shop your book, better your craft and generally kick-start your writing career.
List of Reviewers - all the contacts you could want! Plus, tips for submitting a query.
Major Review Journals - including newspapers, magazines, and review-friendly Web sites.
Contests - Use a win  (or even an honorable mention) in a contest to promote.
Author and Review-Friendly Websites - get your book reviewed online
Media Release Disseminators - plus article banks, and sites that post for free.
Donate Your Book - another great way to get your book into the hands of readers
Newsletters and Blogs - for writers and authors
Books for Writers - inspiration and references for Writers
Book Publicists - a downloadable spreadsheet of book publicists for you to research
Writer-Related Organizations - Join, network, utilize benefits of organizations that can make a difference in your career. Organizations can be especially useful for getting awards.
Free Content - This page has articles that will help you promote better. Download them and read them at your leisure.

Links and info for all of Carolyn's blogs including Sharing with Writers, which was named to Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites.

Carolyn's newsletter is one of the top resources for writers. Subscribe now!

For media release templates read The Frugal Book Promoter
or just about any of Carolyn's other how-to books
or go to her media release page on this site and model yours after one of hers.



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~Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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

Helpful Book for Poets

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The two books above are out of print but are still available on Amazon's new and used feature.

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Read past issues of Carolyn's Newsletter.


Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Amazon’s Kindle e-books are available on Kindle for everyone no matter how they prefer to read their digital books. On their PC. On any reader or device from iPad to iPhone to Blackberry. And Amazon stores your purchase to their cloud so if you should change devices, all your e-books are still available to you.


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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 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.

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
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

Carolyn's Awards

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

Free Content

Carolyn's  Reviews for Riters  (tm)--include reviews 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 e-mail Carolyn.

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Memoirs of the Soul
"Memoirs 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."
~Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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 and this blog post from master marketer Dana Lynn Smith will be useful, too.

  Find tips on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 

Writing Tip

Passive Contruction
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. 

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 you love.

More on Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational on this Web site.

Sublime Planet is an e-chapbook and paperback published in the time-honored tradition 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.

Also by Carolyn:

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

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