Award-Winning
Literary Works

"As one of your biggest fans, I humbly nominate you for the next Nobel literature prize.
In a world where women's intelligence is often marginalized, "Imperfect Echoes" resounds
with thoughtful and heartfelt desires to make sense of our world. "
 ~ Marlan Warren, Reviewer Roadmap Girl
 

          
    This is the Place Harkening   Tracings Imperfect Echoes
Out of Print. See Amazon's new and Used Feature on each of these book's sales pages. Carolyn's newest book of poetry

 

 
Celebration Series of Chapbooks Co-Authored with Magdalena Ball
           
  She Wore Emerald Then
Celebrating Mother's Dau
Imagining the Future
Celebrating Father's Day
Cherished Pulse Celebrating Valentine's Day Blooming Red
Celebrating the Holidays
 
Deeper Into The Pond
Celebrating Women's Day
  Sublime Planet
Celebrating Earth Day
       

 

Carolyn's memoir, Here's How I Don't Cook, and new novel, This Land Divided are being shopped by her agent, Terrie Wolfe

   
   
This is the Place

Sky Eccles has a father who is Mormon and a mother who is Protestant. Her father's roots go back to the founder of his church, the pioneers and polygamy; her mother's roots are foggy and forgotten. Because she was born and raised with a double identity, Sky sees her surroundings in duplicate, like a Kodak color print sitting beside its own filmy negative. A new career in journalism is giving her clarity of vision.

 

“It is interesting to learn how others live especially
when you are reading a well written book.”

                ~Connie Martinson, TV Host of “Connie Martinson Talks Books

 

"[Howard-Johnson's books are strengthened with behind-the-scenes details of Mormon life and history in a book suitable for all collections,
particularly those where . . .
Orson Scott Card's religious books are popular"
~ Library Journal

 

   
   
Harkening
A Collection of Stories Remembered

Harkening is a collection that tells about a charming, dysfunctional, and loving family with enough peccadilloes among them to keep the story roaring along. A heartwarming thread embroiders each story, stitching them into a satisfying whole. It is a lovely piece that bonds memory to identity, mind to soul. ~ Rolf Gompertz, NBC and author

   
   

Awards and Accolades
for This is The Place and Harkening

    Reviewers' Choice Award: This Is the Place named first place,
Sime-Gen’s mainstream category, spring 2001.

Red Sky Press Award: Harkening, 2001, judged by
Rose A. O. Kleidon, Prof. Emeritus of English at University of Akron.

Masters Literary Award: Excerpt from This Is the Place, Finalist 2000.

New Millennium Literary Award: This Is the Place, Semifinalist,
1400 entries, June, 2001.

Mille Club: This Is the Place, honored by AmErica House, Baltimore, Md., for sales and promotion.

Preditors and Editors Readers Poll: Harkening named
Top 10 Literary books,2003

Preditors and Editors Readers Poll: This is the Place named
Top 10 Novels for 2001, 2002.

NUW’s Award of Excellence: This Is the Place,
Editor: Kristie Leigh Maguire.

MyShelf.com: Ten Best Reads: This Is the Place, 2002

Reviewer’s Choice Masterpiece: This Is the Place selected by reviewer
Lori Soard as her top choice for WordMuseum.com.
   
   

Carolyn's Published Literary Works
Literary Journals, Anthologies, Essays and Columns

   

ANTHOLOGIES  ! Pass Fail: Ed: Rose A. O. Kleidon. Kleidon Publishing. An anthology of stories about experiences in education. ! Calliope's Mousepad: .Humane Society:. By invitation. Ed: Sarah Mankowski. ! Mothers of Writers: By invitation. Publish America, Fredericksburg, MD. ! The Joy of Cancer: By invitation. Edited by Brenda Avakian, M.A. Published i2003.  ! Feminine Writes: By invitation. Edited by Sheri. L. McConnell: founder, National Assoc. of Women Writers.  ! Artists for a Better World: Poem. "Peril."  ! Paws and Whiskers: Short story, "Humane Society."  ! Holiday Writes, edited by Betty Dobson, assorted poems.

PUBLICATIONS

ANTHOLOGIES  ! Pass Fail: Ed: Rose A. O. Kleidon. Kleidon Publishing. An anthology of stories about experiences in education. ! Calliope's Mousepad: .Humane Society:. By invitation. Ed: Sarah Mankowski. ! Mothers of Writers: By invitation. Publish America, Fredericksburg, MD.  ! The Joy of Cancer: By invitation. Edited by Brenda Avakian, M.A. Published i2003.  ! Feminine Writes: By invitation. Edited by Sheri. L. McConnell: founder, National Assoc. of Women Writers.  ! Artists for a Better World: Poem. "Peril."  ! Paws and Whiskers: Short story, "Humane Society."  ! Holiday Writes, edited by Betty Dobson, assorted poems. ! Best New Writing (2013), Eric Hoffer Awards. !      On the Wings of Pink Angels (2012), edited by Dawn Colclasure. ! Best New Writing (2015), Gover Prize Finalist. Edited by Christopher Klim. ! Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Manzanita Press and Calaveras Country Humanities Council; poem "Big Screen Snack."! Voices Israel: Anthology. “Working at Love” and “Snapshots from Ocean Princess' Maiden Suez Voyage,” 2015.

PUBLICATIONS

·        Copperfield Review, excerpt This Is the Place,  summer, 2002; poem 2003

·        Penumbra, Calif. State Univ. Stanislaus, literary journal, short story, “Helper”

·        The Banyan Review, short story “Grandfather Rock”

·        Sparks Magazine, poem “Woman’s Day”

·        Subtle Tea, poem “Woman’s Day ”

·        The Feminist Journal, poem “Woman’s Day”

·        Yarrow Brook Review, poem “Where I Am”

·        Flash Fiction, essay “Remembering Joe”

·        Poetic Voices, villanelle “Adaptation”

·        Lunarosity, poem “Pleading for Sylvia”

·        Mochila Review: poem “Big Screen Snack”

·        Long Story Short, poems “Bon Sai;” “Woman’s Day,” “Shopping on Robertson,” “Children Today Don’t Have Enough Leisure Time,” “Musing Over a New Calendar,” and “New Year.” Short story “A Not-So-Stupid-Crook Story”

·        Apollo’s Lyre, poem “Deciphering Sound”

·        The Pedestal Magazine, poem “Olvera Street Tutorial”

·        The Literary Mama, short story “Finding the Way”

·        The Journal of the Image Warehouse, poems “The Dangerous Lizard of Gabon,” “Poetry Be Damned,” and “Perfectly Flawed”

·        Re)verb, poem ”Faith in LA”

·        Mindprints, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA., poem “Bon Sai”

·        Edifice Wrecked, literary journal, poem

“Shelf Life”

·        Top 7 Business, tip list, edited by Christopher M. Knight

·        Sunspinner Magazine, poem “Olvera Street Tutorial”

·        The Beat literary magazine, excerpt from Harkening “Neighbors”

·        Mary, Mt. St. Mary’s College, literary journal

·        Niederngasse, an international journal, poem “Eavesdropping at the Writers’ Faire”

·        Penwomanship, poem “Antigua’s Hope”

·        Barricade, edited by John Newmark, poems “Upon Safety,” “Illusion,” and a “New Way to Think”

·        Travelers’ Tales, excerpt “Ever Heard of Terezin?”

·        A-pos-tro-phe, poem “The Lecture: Incomplete Considerately Abridged”

·        Riley Dog: excerpt from a poem “The Lecture:

Incomplete and Considerately Abridged”

·        Subtle Tea, edited by D. Herrle. Poems, “Learning About Sex When All Else Fails” and “Another Day”

·        Under the Roc, poem “Shelf-Life”

·        Lunarosity, short short story, “Artemis”

·        Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, poem “Dandelions in Autumn”

·        Romance Writers Report, nonfiction “Query Letter No-Nos”

·        Coffee Press Journal, poem “The Fragile Art of Warfare”

·        Life in the USA, short story “A Not-So-Stupid-Crook Story”

·        Fiction Flyer, flash fiction “Trying to Love Artemis”

·        Pear Noir, poetry journal, poem “Death by Ferris Wheel”

·        Montana, Writings from the River, associated with Montana State University. Poem “Clarion Call”

·        Dash, poetry journal of the Creative Writing Club and Department of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics at California State University, Fullerton. Poem “Long Before They Closed Down the Napster”

·        Long Range Literary Journal, associated with Montana State University. Short story “Grandfather Rock”

·        Manzanita Literary Journal, associated with Calaveras Arts Council. Poem “Sacred Stories of the Sierras”

·        Solo Novo 2011, Wall Scrawls published by Solo Press. Poem “Inevitably Walls”

·        Cyclamens and Swords, poems “Looking forward”, “Asthma”, “Agonal,” and “Realizing Expectations on My Own Postpartum Schedule

·        Voices Israel, poem “Sympathizing with Tantalus”

·        Cyclamens and Swords, poem “This Grave at Ypres

·        Muddy River Poetry Review, poems Déjà Vu,” “The Faulklands’ Town Crier”

·        Cyclamen and Swords, poems “The Romantic 40s.” Johnmichael Simons, editor

·        Cyclamen and Swords, poem “The Vintage Corvette and Its Man”

·        Cyclamen and Swords, poems “Spent” and “The Unexpected”

·        Cyclamen and Swords, short story “Emperor’s New Clothes”

  • Voices Israel, poems “Working at Love” and “Snapshots from Ocean Princess’ Maiden Suez Voyage”
  • Cyclamen and Swords, poem, "Loving One Another."

 COLUMNIST

·        MyShelf.com

·        Book Review Café.com

·        Sell Writing Online.com

·        Home Décor Buyer, print

·        Pasadena Star News

·        Salt Lake Tribune

·        Authors Almanac

·        Writers’ Journal, print

·        ApplosLyre.com, online literary

·        SellWritingOnline.com

CONTRIBUTOR

·        Effort and Surrender by Eric Dinyer, Andrews McMeel, publishers; introduction

·        Support Our Troops by Eric Dinyer, introduction. Published by Andrews McMeel

·        Cooking by the Book, promotional e-book intended to feed readers’ appetites for books as well as their tummies

 

BOOK CLUBS

  • NUW’s Selection, This Is the Place, 2002; Harkening, 2003

PROFESSIONAL

·        UCLA Extension Writers Program, instructor

·        Founder, Facilitator Critique Group, Glendale Library System

·        Salt Lake Tribune, staff writer, columnist

·        Yarrow Brook Literary Review, editorial

·        G.A.P., publisher, advisory board

·        Maguire-Gisby Associates, publicists, advisory board

·        Poets & Writers, listed in Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers

TEXT

          Master Class Poetry Mystique: Inside the Contemporary Poetry Workshop,
Edited and commentary by Suzanne Lummis, 2014. A text on the writing process. Featuring "Poem “Utah Child Borrows Her Song from the South”

 

 

 

OTHER

·        Glendale News-Press, book, movie, and theater reviews

RETAIL FREELANCE

·        Giftbeat, print newsletter for retail trade

·        Home Décor Buyer, trade magazine

·        Gift and Decorative Accessories, trade magazine

·        CBC advertising insert in trade magazines

CONSULTANT/EDITOR

Private clients for whom I have edited, critiqued, and advised. Both writing and book marketing

 
   
   

What Others are Saying About
Carolyn's Literary Works

   

Endorsements for This is the Place

“[This Is the Place] instills the conflicts of Mormonism so gracefully and incisively.”
~ James W. Ure, author of Leaving the Fold

~~~

“It's been a week … and still the characters fight for attention in my thoughts.”
~ Warren Stucki, author of Boy’s Pond

~~~

"Howard-Johnson's lyrical prose graces every page."
~ Marilyn Ross, author, speaker, publishing consultant

~~~

"What a wonderful read! I can see why [This Is the Place] won a number of awards."
~Normal Sundberg

~~~

“This author’s words set me free.” 
~ Sona Ovasapyan, Student at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

~~~

Endorsements for Harkening

"A skilled word painter, the author does a fine job of recording her family's stories..."
~ From Word on Romance, Reviewer Lina Mae Baldwin

~~~

"Howard-Johnson has written a most extraordinary book..."
~ The Copperfield Review, reviewer Rolf Gompertz

~~~

"If I could describe Harkening in one word, it would be 'captivating!'"
 
~ The Midwest Review, reviewer David Leonhardt

To download Carolyn's media kit with more blurbs and endorsements for all of her work go to her media room.


Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
Purchase THIS IS THE PLACE
and
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.
Both of these books are out of print. They are available only on Amazon's New and Used feature for about $1.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

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 Earth and the Universe
 

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

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Best New Writing 2013, 2015

My short story “Love Story” is included in 
Best New Writing 2013
and
"Dr. Pena's Lesson on
Culture" is included in

Best New Writing of 2015

Both are published by Hopewell Publications.


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
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with Sublime Planet
book of poetry
celebrating
Earth Day

Featured in
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Arts and Entertainment Section

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Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in English.org Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

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
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,
2013

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.


Carolyn's HowToDoIt Frugally Series for Writers

Getting Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically New!

The Frugal Book Promoter

The Frugal Editor

 
Great Book Proposals in 30 Minutes
(Booklet)

Last-Minute Edits and Word Trippers

(Booklet)


Published Works Almanac


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Imperfect Echoes
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Put books top on your gift-giving lists. Support bookstores--both online and off--and the publishing industry at large.

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


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.



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Poetry Mystique: A modern text edited by Suzanne Lummis with commentary from the editor.

Poems by selected students from Suzanne's many poetry classes.


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 excerpt from that novel. Learn about other ways writers  can use it to their advantage in my The Frugal Editor.

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Carolyn Sponsors Contest

Carolyn sponsors the Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for literary efforts that  explore the human condition, use exemplary English or experiment with it. She eschews titles that have already won prestigious prizes or appear on bestseller lists. In other words, she wants to build lists each year that feature works that deserve more attention than they're getting. Contact Carolyn for information on submitting a nomination. Go to MyShelf to read her Back to Literature column where she announces her awards each January.


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