Carolyn's Amazing Collection of
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 Insurgencyin Chchnya 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

Carolyn's
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!

Roman Retreat for Writers - Join UCLA Writers' Program instructors, Eve LaSalle Caram and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, for this unique writers' retreat in Rome, Italy. Coming October 2010!

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.
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.
 

Promotion

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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Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
Purchase
THIS IS THE PLACE
HARKENING

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

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's and
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
Purchase
THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER, Second Edition
THE FRUGAL EDITOR
GREAT LITTLE LAST MINUTE EDITING TIPS FOR WRITERS
THE GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION BOOK PROPOSAL 

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers
A RETAILER'S GUIDE TO FRUGAL IN-STORE PROMOTION
FRUGAL AND FOCUSED TWEETING FOR RETAILERS
YOUR BLOG, YOUR BUSINESS

Purchase audios for writers at Tri-Studio.

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader.

 

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

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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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Learn more about Carolyn's newsletter and blog. 


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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


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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.



Tips

Tip

Let Carolyn tell you about her process in writing and promoting her award-winning novel This Is The Place in a clip from MaAnna Stephenson's MaAnna Stephenson's podcast series while you browse these Resource for Writers pages.

It takes only five minutes!


Tip

Muse Online Writers' Conference - Join Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson for the annual Muse Online Writers Conference in October of 2010. The conference offers new and seasoned writers over 100 FREE workshops.

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


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
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 (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
recognizes
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

Acting
Speaking
Travel


Carolyn's Poetry

Tracings
Celebration Series
Travel


Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Harkening
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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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. 


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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. 


Promotion Tip

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


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