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M E D I A   R E L E A S E
November 2016
 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

Or Publicist at www.redenginepress.com

ISBN: 9780978515874

Publisher: Red Engine Press

Release Date: November 3, 2016

 

 

 

The Changing Face of Reviews

 

Editor/Author/Publicist Writes Ultimate Guide
on Getting, Writing, and Using Reviews

 

“I think Getting Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically will sell like hot cakes. It’s a chicken and egg situation. When you get reviews you get noticed and more people notice you from that. But how to get reviews without paying sometimes hundreds of dollars with no guarantee and how to ask without being a nuisance puts authors in a quandary. I will be first in line when it comes out! Please keep me posted!!!!” ~ Fiona Ingram, award winning children’s author of The Chronicles of the Stone middle grade adventure series,   http://www.chroniclesofthestone.com

 

How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally
and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career

 

 

Los Angeles, CA  - - The Web—more explicitly Amazon and other online bookstores—have changed the face and nature of reviews in the last couple of decades. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, known for her author advocacy and how-to books for writers—has released a new book (the 3rd) in her multi award-winning and bestselling (at many different levels) HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

 

With the release of Howard-Johnson’s How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career authors—both traditionally published and self-published—can now approach the daunting task of the whole spectrum of reviews from getting and using reviews online and in prestigious review journals efficiently. She also shows in the 340 page book, how to writing reviews as part of an author’s overall campaign and authors can use review of their own books and the ones they write toward building both a market for their book and building their own writing career.

 

This new how-to book is third in Howard-Johnson’s multi award-winning How To Do It Frugally Series. The first book in the series, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t, was named USA Book News “Best Professional Book 2004," and Book Publicists of Southern California honored it with their Irwin Award. Now in its second edition, Bookbaby.com calls it a “classic” and it has helped more than 40,000 authors since its release. The second in the series, The Frugal Editor, is her most award-winning of the series including honors from Day Poynter’s Global E-Book Award, USA Book News, Reader Views Literary Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, and won a special Marketing Award from New  Millennium  Book Awards. It is now available at http://bit.ly/GreatBkReviews.

 

In the works are books like The Frugal Self-Publisher: The Quick, Down and Dirty Guide for Publishing Anything for Any Reason—Personal Professional or Poetic.

 

The author says, "This series is the result of a combination of experience gained through trial and error in promoting my own literary works and my professional experience in marketing, PR, journalism, editing and publishing in general."

 

Howard-Johnson was an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program for nearly a decade, was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California legislature, and was given her community’s Diamond Award and honored for her work with tolerance by her city's Ethics Committee.  In addition to dozens of literary awards and honors, she was also featured by Pasadena Weekly  in their “Pasadena Women Who Make Life Happen” for her advocacy in the publishing industry.

 

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Support materials available on request.
Learn more on her Web site at
http://bit.ly/HowToGetReviews .

ISBN-13: 978-1536948370
ISBN-10: 1536948373
BISAC: LAN00400, BUS058010

Distributors: Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Createspace
A complete media kit may be downloaded at
http://HowToDoItFrugally.com/media_room.htm

Series covers by Chaz DeSimone, http://DeSimoneDesign.com.  

 

 

 

M E D I A   R E L E A S E
JANUARY 2016

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail:
HoJoNews@aol.com


For Immediate Release

 

Second Novel

 

Novel Recognized Before It Is Published

 

"Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the one author and speaker
who has seen Utah's culture

from both the Nonmormon side of the fence and the Mormon. She has no ax to grind, only the ability to tell it like it is." ~Erika Lamoureaux, MA, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociologist

 

C   Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s newest novel, This Land Divided has the distinction

 of being honored before it is published. Though it is still being shopped by agent Terrie Wolf

       of AKA Literary, the opening chapter won WritersAdvice.com’s Scintillating Beginnings contest.

 

        This winning opening chapter gives insight into one of the leading characters in the book

        and is based on the author’s grandmother who lived to be the oldest woman in her community

of    Holladay, Utah, and was its only piano teacher for decades. Her strength carried her family

         through The Great Depression, a woman with hair as red as the rosé she hid under a

        dishtowel in the cupboard so no one would know she was nipping and a disposition

         as fiery as her hair.

 

B.    Lynn Goodwin runs several contests a year for her WritersAdvice.com and is one of

    those the author suggests to writers who visit the Writers Resources section 

      of her HowToDoItFrugally Web site. The tab for this section is near the top 

      of the page at http://howtodoitfrugally.com and the landing page that leads writers

      to the Accessible  Contests page and many others. One page even includes a list of

       Accessible Reviewers.

 

       Howard-Johnson’s first novel This Is the Place, now out of print but available

     through Amazon’s New and Used feature, was a multi award-winner. It kept her 

     on the speaking circuit and was featured in the press long after the book 

     was published because the Mormon religion, based in Utah where the novel

     was set, is often in the news headlined by names like Warren Jeffs,

     Elizabeth Smart and Texas's YFZ group. Her opinions on them may amaze

      audiences but they will never bore them.

 

     Howard Johnson is also known for her multi award-winning

    HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers including

     The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor both in their second editions

     and have earned awards from names like USA Book News, the Irwin Award,

    Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award, Readers’ Views Literary Award and

    Next Generation Indie Book Award. She taught at UCLA’s renowned Writers’

    Program for nearly a decade and is the recipient of the California Legislature’s

    Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s

    Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing.

    She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of fourteen women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s

     Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts.

 

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Support materials available on request.
More information at http://howtodoitfrugally.com

 

 

M E D I A   R E L E A S E
Sept, 2015

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail:
HoJoNews@aol.com


For Immediate Release


 


Poetic Activism: Just in Time for Our Political Silly Season


Poets are rarely thought of as activists, and poems—especially poems that align with societal shortcomings—rarely go hand-in-hand with current political cycles. Not so Imperfect Echoes, a collection of poetry from Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Inspired by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz’s poem “Incantation” that lauds the power of human reason over the recurring and seemingly insane political realities, Howard-Johnson holds out hope but is not persuaded by trends that seem worse now than they were in Milosz’s time. A student of  Suzanne Lummis, UCLA poetry instructor and the Fresno School of Poetry fronted by US poet laureate Philip Levine, she touches on the isms of the world—racism, ageism, even what might be termed “wallism” but was once referred to as xenophobia. In her poem “Crying Walls,” she sounds a low warning reminiscent of Robert Frost: “Chains linked. Wire barbed,/ Krylon smeared. Feeble,/ useless, unholy billboards,/ anything but mending walls.”

Readers will find some humor in this book and much that was informed by Howard-Johnson’s travels totaling some 85 countries including a sestina that she wrote when she was studying writing in St. Petersburg, Russia, and this poem that Pope Francis might like originally published in Penwomanship:

Antigua’s Hope

Sweet Potato Man sits
on the tailgate of his battered
pick-up, parked near the road
that tracks Antigua’s shore
waiting for someone to pay
for his crop. Nearly black-baked
by the Carib heat as he, sweet
potatoes lie on a blanket like twists
of dark yarn.

Like a flower drawn to the sun,
Sweet Potato Man turns his face
toward traffic. Crumpled, brown
as a prune it is. Languid he is.

Waiting. His legs dangle from his perch,
limp, puppet limbs. Shoulders hunch,
sweat glints on his cheeks, his eyes
white buttons. I sense he wants
me to stop, knows

I will pass him by.

Richard Conway Jackson who is serving twenty-five years to life in California for receiving stolen property lent his artwork, which can be seen in other poetry books including those by Jendi Reiter, for the cover and interior illustrations.

Imperfect Echoes in released just in time for the silly season of politics. Find it at
http://bit.ly/ImperfectEchoes. All proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers’ highly respected catalog of poets and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (
www.bit.ly/CarolynsTracings), published by Finishing Line Press was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is an award-winning novelist and short story writer, was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, and honored by members of the California Legislature as Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment.

You’ll find more information on her poetry at including her Celebration Series of chapbooks coauthored Aussie Magdalena Ball at
http://howtodoitfrugally.com/poetry_books.htm.
Download a media kit for Howard-Johnson from the media room at
http://howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

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Permission is granted to republish poems or excerpts from this book as long as they are credited to Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of Imperfect Echoes http://bit.ly/ImperfectEchoes.

 

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M M E D I A   R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com
April 6, 2015

 

Second Edition Gets Spit and Polish

 

Everyone’s an Editor in the Internet World

 

World Wide Web—Carolyn Howard-Johnson has released the second edition of her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor as a paperback. It’s updated, expanded, and sports new formatting and a new cover by Chaz DeSimone in keeping with her HowToDoItFrugally series for writers.

 

The Net has made everyone into do-it-yourself editors these days. E-mail. Blogs. Web site copy. Though the author advises hiring great editors (and gives step-by-step tips for doing so), having everything seen by the world professionally edited isn’t always affordable.

 

The Frugal Editor: From Your Query Letter to Final Manuscript to the Marketing of Your New Bestseller has been expanded to include rarely covered editing booboos (like the misuse of ampersands), the difference between grammar rules and style choices (like beginning sentences with the likes of and, or, and but) and how to spot the overuse of helping verbs and a reminder that politically correct usage isn’t always what a writer should strive for (consider some of the language used in the award-winning movie Twelve Years A Slave).

 

She also shows writers of all kinds how to avoid trickery with font, formatting, and strained metaphors. She says, “I'd be embarrassed if I had to say I hadn't learned anything more I could share with my readers in eight years since the first edition was published.”

 

The first edition of The Frugal Editor published in 2007 was winner of USA Book News’ pick for Best Professional Book, a Reader Views winner, and received nods from the Next Generation awards and the Military Writers Society of America, but the new version is expanded (by more than 100 pages)! Updated! And Reformatted. The e-book version of this second edition was honored again by Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards and the Next Generation Indie Awards.

 Howard-Johnson was am instructor for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. She is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing, and its Diamond Award for her work advocating for authors. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of 14 women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen.” She has worked for Good Housekeeping Magazine and as a journalist for several newspapers and has been a popular presenter at writers’ conferences nationwide like the one at San Diego State University and the Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference. She is also a novelist and poet, which informs the advice she gives to authors of those genres.

 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson and her HowToDoItFrugally series of books at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

The e-book is available at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditorKind

 and the paperback at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor.

 

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Cover image, media kit, and free-use articles on editing are available on request at HoJoNews@aol.com.

 

 

M E D I A   R E L E A S E

Immediate Release
May, 2015

Self-Published Authors Can Win Cash and Publicity with the North Street Book Prize Sponsored by Winning Writers

Submit self-published books for the North Street Book Prize by June 30. The three top winners will each receive $1,500 and valuable marketing services from BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter.

Northampton, MA (PRWEB) May 19, 2015

The deadline is June 30 to enter the first annual North Street Book Prize for self-published books, sponsored by Winning Writers. Three top winners will each receive $1,500, a credit towards the high-quality publishing services at BookBaby, free advertising in the Winning Writers email newsletter, and expert marketing advice from Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. Winning Writers is one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers (Writer's Digest, 2015).

Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter will judge the contest, assisted by Ellen LaFleche. The judges note, "More and more, experienced authors are choosing nontraditional routes to find readers. However, most prizes for published books still exclude the self-published, sticking them with an outdated stigma of amateurism. Through the North Street Book Prize, we hope to boost the visibility of excellent writers whose books simply didn't fit into the big conglomerates' marketing plans.

"We're holding your books to the same standard as the best titles from traditional publishers: polished writing, believability, dramatic tension, a story structure that foregrounds the major plot elements, and characters worth following. The freshness we seek in a story is best described as urgency: a book that convinces us that it had to be written.

"We're committed to running the most transparent and ethical contest possible. Some services marketed to self-published authors are overpriced and make inflated claims. We've vetted our business partners to offer our winners a high-quality marketing support package in addition to the sizable cash prizes."

The contest features three categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Entries may contain up to 150,000 words each. Submit online or by mail. The submission fee is $50 per entry. The complete guidelines are available at https://www.winningwriters.com/north

The top winner in each category will receive $1,500 cash, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). Two honorable mentions in each category will receive $250 each. $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in all. Winning Writers will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges.

All contestants will receive an electronic copy of The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $9.95 value, plus free guides to successful publishing from BookBaby.

About Our Contest Co-Sponsors 
Since 2011, BookBaby has made self-publishing easy for writers: from cover design, book printing, eBook conversions, distribution, website creation, and more. BookBaby provides the largest eBook distribution network, including Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and many other popular retailers in over 170 countries around the globe.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an award-winning author of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Her HowToDoItFrugally series of books has helped writers and retailers worldwide. The Frugal Book Promoter, now in its second edition, provides no-nonsense basics to build a knock-'em-dead media kit and a robust mailing list. It includes dozens of ideas for promotions that have been proven in multiple book campaigns.

About Winning Writers 
Winning Writers was founded in 2001 to provide expert literary contest information and resources to the public. We sponsor the North Street Book Prize, the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee), the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, and the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Learn more at WinningWriters.com and join our 46,000 followers on Twitter at @winningwriters.


 
Contact Information
Adam Cohen
Winning Writers Inc
https://www.winningwriters.com 
+1 413-320-1847

 

 

    M E D I A   R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

September, 2014

 

Second Edition Gets Spit and Polish

 

Digital Books Make New Edits of Even a Book on Editing Possible

 

World Wide Web—Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s newest book is a second edition of the multi award-winning The Frugal Editor: Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors: From your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your new bestseller. And now it’s sporting new formatting and even a few additions all because of the magic of e-books.

 

The author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers was inspired a poem one of her clients sent her for editing. The author had used the lovely-to-look at ampersand everywhere she need to use an and. That, of course, could be a style choice, but not all style choices are good choices. Poetry should be trimmed of excess words, but this choice only shortened conjunctions that could have just been red-penciled out. The poet said she had made the choice because ampersands are so pretty. Yes, they are. So pretty and so rarely used that the reader could become distracted from the poem’s intent and the imagery. Carolyn’s editing instinct has always demanded that trickery with font, formatting, strained metaphors and the like should be avoided. She can only hope her client took her advice.

 

But the incident made the author realize that most writers don’t understand when ampersands can and should be used. So, it was back to the recent edition to make additions—thanks to the ease of fixing books published digitally these days.

 

The first edition of The Frugal Editor published in 2007 was winner of USA Book News’ pick for Best Professional Book, a Reader Views winner, and received nods from the Next Generation awards and the Military Writers Society of America, but the new version is Expanded (more than 100 pages)! Updated! And Reformatted. It also has a a new subtitle, a new cover by Chaz DeSimone with a new three-dimensional look by Gene Cartwright. And this e-book version was honored again by Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards and the Next Generation Indie Awards.

The second edition covers new editing tricks the author has come to appreciate since the first was published, including how to spot the overuse of helping verbs when simple past tense would work just as well; a reminder that politically correct usage isn’t always what a writer should strive for (consider some of the language used in the award-winning movie Twelve Years A Slave); and more on style choices vs. grammar rules and how to make those choices. She says, “I'd be embarrassed if I had to say I hadn't learned anything more I could share with my readers in seven years since the first edition was published.”

 The Frugal Editor received plaudits from industry shakers like Marilyn Ross, founder of Small Publishers or North America; Tim Bete, director of Dayton University’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference, and respected industry editors like Barbara McNichol.  

 

Howard-Johnson, an instructor for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, chose to release this new edition for e-books with Amazon’s Kindle because their free app allows readers to access it for many platforms and the lower price of digital publishing gives her struggling students and clients an affordable choice. It will soon be available for print, too.

 

Whichever format a reader chooses, The Frugal Editor battles the gremlins out there who are determined to keep an author’s work from being published or promoted. Resolved to embarrass authors before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for them—these gremlins lurk in a writer’s subconscious and the depths of computer programs. Whether a new or experienced author, The Frugal Editor helps writers present whistle-clean copy (from a one-page cover letter to your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say “yea” or “nay.”

 

The author is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing, and its Diamond Award for her work with arts and culture. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of 14 women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen.” She has worked for Good Housekeeping Magazine and as a journalist for several newspapers and has been a popular presenter at writers’ conferences nationwide like the one at San Diego State University and the Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference. She is also a novelist and poet, which informs the advice she gives to authors of those genres.

 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson and her HowToDoItFrugally series of books at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

The e-book is available at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditorKind.

 

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Cover image and media kit available on request at HoJoNews@aol.com.

 

“Absolutely essential for beginning writers and a necessary reminder for the more advanced.  The mentor you've been looking for.  This book won't collect dust!”~Christina Francine, review for Fjords Review

 

     Media Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 

New Edition of Multi Award-Winning Book Released

 

Coming to the Aid of Anyone who Writes with Updated Editing and Grammar Information

 

World Wide Web—Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s newest book, is, yep, a rehash (second edition!) of the multi award-winning The Frugal Editor: Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors: From your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your new bestseller.

The first edition was winner of USA Book News’ pick for Best Professional Book, a Reader Views winner, and received nods from the New Generation awards and the Military Writers Society of America, but the new version is Expanded (more than 100 pages)! Updated! And reformatted for e-books that have changed considerably since it was published in 2007. It also has a a new subtitle, a new cover by Chaz DeSimone with a new three-dimensional look by Gene Cartwright.

The second edition covers new editing tricks the author has come to appreciate since the first was published, including how to spot the overuse of helping verbs when simple past tense would work just as well; a reminder that politically correct usage isn’t always what a writer should strive for (consider some of the language used in the award-winning movie Twelve Years A Slave); and more on style choices vs. grammar rules and how to make those choices. She says, “I'd be embarrassed if I had to say I hadn't learned anything more I could share with my readers in seven years since the first edition was published.”

The Frugal Editor received plaudits from industry shakers like Marilyn Ross, founder of Small Publishers or North America; Tim Bete, director of Dayton University’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference, and respected industry editors like Barbara McNichol.  

 

Howard-Johnson, an instructor for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, chose to release this new edition for e-books with Amazon’s Kindle because their free app allows readers to access it for many platforms and the lower price of digital publishing gives her struggling students and clients an affordable choice. It will soon be available for print, too.

Whichever format a reader chooses, The Frugal Editor battles the gremlins out there who are determined to keep an author’s work from being published or promoted. Resolved to embarrass authors before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for them—these gremlins lurk in a writer’s subconscious and the depths of computer programs. Whether a new or experienced author, The Frugal Editor helps writers present whistle-clean copy (from a one-page cover letter to your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say “yea” or “nay.”

The author is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing, and its Diamond Award for her work with arts and culture. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of 14 women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen.” She has worked for Good Housekeeping Magazine and as a journalist for several newspapers and has been a popular presenter at writers’ conferences nationwide like the one at San Diego State University and the Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference. She is also a novelist and poet, which informs the advice she gives to authors of those genres.

 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson and her HowToDoItFrugally series of books at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

The e-book is available at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditorKind.

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Cover image and media kit available on request at HoJoNews@aol.com.

 

“Absolutely essential for beginning writers and a necessary reminder for the more advanced.  The mentor you've been looking for.  This book won't collect dust!”~Christina Francine, review for Fjords Review

 

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 Media Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: hojonews@aol.com
Author's Websites:

Lance Johnson, www.AmericaAtoZ.com
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, http://howtodoitfrugally.com

 For Immediate Release
August, 2013

Married Couple Keeps Up with the Digital Revolution

Couple Wins Global Ebook Awards:
Wife for Poetry, Husband for Nonfiction

 Greater Los Angeles area: The digital revolution isn’t just for youngsters anymore.

Author Lance Johnson and veteran poet and writer of fiction Carolyn Howard-Johnson both now have books that sport Global Ebook Awards. Announced this week, What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More by Lance Johnson won the silver awards in the multi-cultural nonfiction category. Carolyn’s poetry chapbook Deeper Into the Pond: A Celebration of Femininity, coauthored with Magdalena Ball, was a bronze winner in the poetry division.

The Global Ebook Awards both honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: ebooks. Now in its third year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally-published ebooks but global winners. Most ebooks are also available as printed books. See http://GlobalEbookAwards.com

The Johnsons, married 55 years, share an interest in both writing and acting. Between of them they have done commercials for names like Apple, Time-Life, Johnson & Johnson, and Lenscrafters. Lance has also appeared in plays in Los Angeles and in film and on TV. What Foreigners Need To Know About America was recently given to Fulbright foreign student attendees by a US university. About 300 universities and colleges have the book for their international students. Carolyn is known for her multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and retailers as well as fiction and poetry.

Learn more about Lance and his book at http://www.AmericaAtoZ.com .

Learn more about Carolyn’s poetry at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/poetry_books.htm

Learn more about Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards at http://GlobalEbookAwards.com 

Both Carolyn’s and Lance’s books and ebooks are available in the US and worldwide on Amazon.com and at university and fine bookstores like Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA.

 

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Support materials for both authors including award medal logos are available on request at hojonews@aol.com.

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M E D I A    R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com
CONTACT: : Magdalena Ball
E-mail: maggieball@compulsivereader.com
For Immediate Release

Poets Act  as Environmental Activists

Poets are rarely thought of as activists, and poems—especially poems about nature—rarely go hand-in-hand with geopolitical considerations. Not so Sublime Planet, a collection of poetry (some of them award-winners) from Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Conceived as the 6th book in the two poets’ award-winning celebration series of poetry, Sublime Planet includes one winner of the coveted Franklin Christoph prize and is endorsed by Suzanne Lummis, UCLA poetry instructor. She says, “Sublime Planet begins with Carolyn Howard Johnson's love poems to the living world, rapturous poems, expansive in spirit yet precise in detail: ‘An impossible moth,/dark eye at its center, opaque//helicopter blades buzz and blur... .’ In Magdalena Ball's darker meditations, hurt and thirst have entered the world facilitated, in part, by the machinations of civilization. While Howard-Johnson's poems praise, Ball's seem to sound a low warning. I recommend Sublime Planet particularly to those individuals who reside on this planet."

Ann Howley, also an award-winner and known for gift cards on fine linen featuring her photography, has contributed the cover and interior artwork.

Sublime Planet is released just in time for Earth Day. The poets are from two different hemispheres making it truly an international effort. All sales proceeds from Sublime Planet will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected compulsivereader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Quark Soup, which won a 2006 "Noble" Prize from MyShelf's Back to Literature site, a poetry book Repulsion Thrust and the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, which was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers highly respected catalog of poets and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (www.bit.ly/CarolynsTracings), published by Finishing Line Press was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

You’ll find more information on the entire Celebration series of these poets’ chapbooks at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/poetry_books.htm.
Download a media kit for Howard-Johnson from the media room at http://howtodoitfrugally.com.
Learn more about Ball at http://www.magdalenaball.com

Permission is granted to republish one or both of these copyrighted poems from the book:

Excerpt from Carolyn’s section of the book:

cinders

after the brush burns
petals fall where no apple trees
grow, swarm against a sky
like winter-flakes, soft. white.
but warm. evening breathes
them to dust, or I, with the merest
touch

Excerpt from Magdalena’s portion of the book:

Alien World

And what of water?

Simple old H2O
that clear liquid stuff

you drink every day
the most abundant compound

on the earth's surface

sea water
water vapour
ice
70% of the human body
you know all that
yet, licking moist lips
you also know
the habitable zone
depends on liquid water
just enough warmth
Goldilocks
down here of course
we take it for granted
slurp it down with abandon
let it drip down the chin
pour over the car
waste it
without a second thought.

Drink now
slowly
with the knowledge
that throughout the universe
aliens everywhere
your distant stardust relations
thirst.

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January 1, 2013

Valentine’s Day may be the holiday best made for poetry. A rose, a poem and thou.  Trouble is, many that we find on the inside covers of commercial greeting cards may be just a little too-too for many of us. Multi award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to the rescue with Cherished Pulse, a chapbook of poetry just right for tucking into an envelope or sending off as an e-mail attachment to loved ones.

 

And right now, Cherished Pulse is available free with the KDP Select free e-book feature. All you do is go to http://bit.ly/CherishedPulse on Jan 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15th. It takes only the click of a mouse!

And there is plenty of time for you to send the link so your special person can pick up their copy before the big V.  

It's a mini gift and greeting card in one!

And it’s available for about any way you prefer to read your e-books (scroll for more on how to do that!)  

Cherished Pulse includes many of the science-inspired poems Magdalena is famous for as well as Carolyn’s nostalgic poetry. Chapbooks in the Celebration Series have won many awards including MWSA’s highest honor of gold and several from USA Book News.

 

It’s you who had me dreaming

lilacs, breathing April’s sweetest

tears…

 

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous five-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Her new novel, Black Cow, is set in Australia. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (http://bit.ly/CarolynsTracings), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on the Celebration Series chapbooks, contact either author, or visit media rooms at http://howtodoitfrugally.com or http://magdalenaball.com.

Vicki Thomas contributed the watercolors used on the cover and interior. To see her selections of her work, go to http://www.vickithomasartist.com .

 PS: Free Kindle books are available for about any format or reader you prefer. PC, iPhone, Android, Mac, etc. Just download the appropriate free app. The one for PCs is at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000426311

 

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E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

January 1, 2013

  

Husband/Wife Team
Get Cozy with Kindle
 

Multi award-winning poet, novelist, and author of the famed HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers Carolyn Howard-Johnson and award-winning playwright and actor Lance Johnson have been married for far longer than the average couple worldwide and are still doing things together—in this case joining with Amazon’s Kindle Select program to give away e-copies of their books.

Ta Da! Two books for your Kindle (or your computer if you don’t have a Kindle—see the link for doing that below) with only a couple clicks. All you do is go to on Jan 13, 14, 15, 16, or 17th http://amzn.to/12JoVsa and click and then to http://amzn.to/UabAn7  and click. Both e-books will come directly to your computer or your Kindle.

Anyone can also send the books fr~~ to anyone they'd like to have a thoughtful—and fast—gift. Send Lance’s to a foreign student you know, an emigrant, or about anyone who cut more high school civics (or English!) classes than they should have. Send Carolyn’s book to any author you know. Every nonfiction author and even most fiction writers can use it for it is becoming common for publishers to ask for proposals from writers of genre fiction. It’s thoughtfulness with the click of a mouse.

 Lance Johnson is an actor with national commercials, plays, and movies to his credit. He has also visited more than 90 countries and taught English and American culture abroad. His book has been endorsed by ambassadors to the US and ambassadors from the US to other countries.

 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's HowToDoItFrugally series for writers has won multiple awards. She has studied writing at universities in the Czech Republic, Russia and UK, UCLA, and USC. And she has been an instructor for the world renowned UCLA Extension Writers' Program for nearly a decade.

For more information on these books or the authors visit:

http://AmericaZtoZ.com for Lance’s work and
http://HowToDoItFrugally.com for Carolyn’s.  

PS: Free Kindle books are available for about any format or reader you prefer. PC, iPhone, Android, Mac, etc. Just download the appropriate free app. The one for PCs is at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000426311

 

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July, 2012
Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

"Unforgettable" Poem Selected for Cyclamen and Swords

 Los Angeles, CA--Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poem "This Grave at Ypres" was accepted for the August issue of Cyclamen and Swords, a literary journal. The August edition is themed "Unforgettable."

This online journal finds the best among poets and short story writers and shares their work freely on their Web site. The editor, JohnMichael Simon is also an editor at Voices Israel.

Howard-Johnson’s selected poem touches on the theme many of her poems do, that of tolerance, acceptance, understanding.

Howard-Johnson studied poetry at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/ ) which featured her chapbook Tracings (Finishing Line Press). That chapbook also won Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence.

Learn more about the Cyclamens and Swords at www.cyclamensandswords.com.

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry and literary fiction at http://howtodoitfrugally.com/literary_books .

Here is an excerpt from the poem that describes the graves the Belgians tend fervently to this day:

                                     Skies the color
of dry-docked ships. Spade-turned trenches,
loam joins monument to monument,
tenuous plants tamped to greet
spring, not an unkempt clot or rock
in sight.

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E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com
June 2012

Poem Published in "Almost Edible" Anthology

 

 Los Angeles, CA--Editors of Manzanita Press announced that Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poem "Big Screen Snack" was selected from hundreds of entries from across the nation for publication in their Wine, Cheese and Chocolate: A Taste of Literary Elegance.

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate will be a full-color, glossy-paged collection. A run of 8,000 are being printed for distribution across the US in major wineries, eateries, and establishments that delight in artistic projects. Editor Monika Rose notes, "It’s going to be a fantastic, gorgeous, almost edible anthology. Very chic!"

Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir, Voices Israel, and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/) where her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press, was featured in 2005.

The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is developing a new Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Among them are She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood and Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry. She also advocates for authors as the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

Learn more about the press at www.manzapress.com. 

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry on this site.

 

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January 2013
Contact: Magdalena Ball
E-mail: MaggieBall@CompulsiveReader.com

 

Valentine’s Day may be the holiday best made for poetry. A rose, a poem and thou.  Trouble is, many that we find on the inside covers of commercial greeting cards may be just a little too-too for many of us. Multi award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball to the rescue with Cherished Pulse, a chapbook of poetry just right for tucking into an envelope or sending off as an e-mail attachment to loved ones.  

And right now, Cherished Pulse is available free with the KDP Select free e-book feature. All you do is go to http://bit.ly/Vs07hV on January 11, 12, 13, 14 and 14th and click. And you don’t need to have a Kindle reader to benefit! It may be downloaded as a pdf to send to loved ones, or let Amazon do the work for you by sending directly from their site.

It takes only the click of a mouse! And there is plenty of time for you to schedule delivery before February 14th.

It's a mini gift and greeting card in one!

 Cherished Pulse includes many of the science-inspired poems Magdalena is famous for as well as Carolyn’s nostalgic poetry. Chapbooks in the Celebration Series have won many awards including MWSA’s highest honor of gold and several from USA Book News.

 

It’s you who had me dreaming

lilacs, breathing April’s sweetest

tears…

 

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous five-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist and she just released a new novel set in Australia. It is Black Cow.  

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry Tracings was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on the Celebration Series chapbooks, contact either author, or visit media rooms at http://howtodoitfrugally.com  or  http://magdalenaball.com.

Vicki Thomas contributed the watercolors used on the cover and interior. To see her selections of her work, go to http://www.vickithomasartist.com .

 

 

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December 2012
Contact: Magdalena Ball
E-mail:
MaggieBall@CompulsiveReader.com

 

Multi award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball figure nothing is more meaningful at any holiday than a poem—a real poem, not sing-songy impersonal verse from the shelves of card shops. They also noticed that many folks remember many people they forgot when it may be too late. 

Ta Da! We have are offering you our "rational" Christmas chapbook to procrastinators free. Enter the KDP Select free e-book feature. All you do is go to http://bit.ly/BloomingRed on Dec. 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 and click.

Anyone can send it free to anyone they'd like to have a thoughtful—and fast—Christmas gift with a click of a mouse (no not the same mouse that's in "The Night Before Christmas" poem!). The booklet Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational was honored by the Military Writers Society of America and USA Book News award.

 It's a mini gift and greeting card in one!

 Blooming Red includes Maggie’s science-inspired and Carolyn’s nostalgic poetry. It also includes some humorous poems for fair measure.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous 5-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist and she just released a new novel set in Australia. It is Black Cow.  

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (www.budurl.com/CarolynsTracings ), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and She Wore Emerald Then won its highest honor of gold. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in the Celebration series, contact either of the authors, or visit media rooms at www.howtodoitfrugally.com or  www.magdalenaball.com.
To learn more about artist Vicki Thomas and to see her selections of her work, go to http://www.vickithomasartist.com .

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April, 2012

Israeli Anthology Selects American’s Poem

Los Angeles, CA--Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poem "Sympathizing with Tantalus" was published in Voices Israel 2012 poetry anthology.

Editor Johnmichael Simon says, "This promises to be one of our most diverse and exciting anthologies and contains more than 220 poems from Israel and overseas." It also includes the winning entries of the 2011 Reuben Rose Competition and details for entering the 2012 competition. See our website www.voicesisrael.com . Voices will be released in June of 2012.

Voices is affiliated with Cross-Cultural Communications in New York; World Poetry, Vancouver; and University English in Israel.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (speechlessthemagazine.org ) which featured her chapbook Tracings (Finishing Line Press). Her poem "Endangered Species" won the Franklin Christoph prize and her chapbooks have been honored by MyShelf.com, The Compulsive Reader, and Military Writers Society of America.

She also coauthored the Celebration Series of chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Find them at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com/poetry_books.htm . Here is an excerpt from the poem that combines the unfathomable beauty and complexity of the universe with the time-honored myth.

Science challenged, I manage
with Achenbach's translations,
KC Cole's poetic file-folders
for the cosmic-impaired.

Like Tantalus, I grapple
exhausted,
forever
thirsty,
fruit I desire beyond my reach.

Learn more about Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s creative work at http://carolynhoward-johnson.com.

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Writers’ Sanctuary
Celebrates the Divine Feminine
with
Authors Magdalena Ball &
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Hosted by Kim McMillon
Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, PST
 
(San Francisco, CA), August 1, 2011 --- Tune into Writers’ Sanctuary on Tuesday, August 9th at 4 PM as host Kim McMillon interviews authors Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson on the power of the divine feminine in poetry and prose. Magdalena and Carolyn will read from their latest collaboration from the award winning Celebration Series, Deeper into the Pond. This book celebrates, supports, and inspires women.

The divine feminine is conjured with, “the glass wing butterfly reveals only flowers/ beneath her wings. You, my dear, the one who lives in my own domain/opaque.” The reader is brought into a world that is vivid, and alive with emotions and feelings, that speak to the mystery that is woman.

To ask a question of the guests during the show, please call (718) 508-9717. To learn more about the program, go to xxx or call Kim McMillon at (510) 681-5652.

 

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June 28, 2011


Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

Literary Journal Selects Best for Wall Scrawls

Los Angeles, CA--Editors of the literary journal Solo Novo Wall Scrawls Vol 1 was just published. It will include the poetry of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

The journal is published by Solo Novo Press, Carpinteria, CA and North Wilkesboro, NC. Editor Paula C. Lowe says, “Wall Scrawls” is inspired by an Iowa farm house wall. Eighty years abandoned and orphaned, it is a “hive of letters, a busy kitchen of words. Every kid with a can of spray paint somehow gets here and leaves his or her native tongue on the walls.” One of those walls has become the cover art of this journal.

The selected poem by Howard-Johnson is "Inevitably Walls.” It is inspired by the poet’s extensive travels where she has come upon walls that only occasionally impart hope for the future of mankind. A quote from the poem:

[This wall] like the one we found
years ago when we lost our way
in a dark forest somewhere
in Germany, cried when we
found it there—unexpected…

Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir, Manzanita and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine (http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/ ) which featured her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press.

The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is developing a new Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Among them are She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood  (www.bit.ly/MotherChapbook) and Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry (www.bit.ly/CherishedPulse ). She also advocates with authors as the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

Learn more about Solo Novo and how to order a copy at: http://www.solopress.org .

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June 21, 2011

 

Letting Our Customers Choose
Their Poison…or Their Layer Cake

World Wide Web—Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson are poetry partners who believe in letting their customers have their poetry in whatever flavour they want. Up to now their Celebration Series of chapbooks have been available in print, for Kindle and other readers. But now most (with more coming!) are available at Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

Nook is Barnes & Noble’s answer to the Kindle--it’s an e-book reader which is available in both colour and a black and white version. The new black and white is priced slightly cheaper than Amazon’s so there has been a lot of competition between the two leading to cheaper e-books and lots of freebies! We’re all for anything that encourages reading though, so we say, bring it on. Learn more here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/index.asp

The chapbooks that are now available for Nook are:

Cherished Pulse for lovers everywhere at the special price of $3.95: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cherished-pulse-magdalena-ball/1018912754?ean=2940000818442&itm=3&usri=magdalena+ball

Imagining the Future, for fathers and other masculine apparitions for $4.75:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imagining-the-future-magdalena-ball/1021152596?ean=2940000904893&itm=4&usri=magdalena+ball 

She Wore Emerald Then, written with mothers in mind, is $4.95: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/she-wore-emerald-then-magdalena-ball/1020032782?ean=2940000807408&itm=5&usri=magdalena+ball

Blooming Red, our unconventional chapbook of Christmas poetry will soon be available on Nook and so will our newest member of our inexpensive series that celebrates women called Deeper Into The Pond.

Artists who have contributed artwork for the covers of our chapbook series are Vicki Thomas, May Lattanzio, and Jacquie Schmall.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected compulsivereader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, published in December 2009 to unanimous 5-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (www.budurl.com/CarolynsTracings ), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms at www.howtodoitfrugally.com or  www.magdalenaball.com 
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Actor/Producer Wins Contest for Bookcover Art 

Winning Artist Says: Life’s highway has lots of off ramps, so why not try more than a few, really enjoy the ride, and the time to enjoy the scenery by the side of the road.

  

Worldwide Web--Award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball announce the winner and runners-up of their first-ever contest for cover art of their poetry chapbooks. When published in July of 2011, Deeper into the Pond will celebrate, support, and inspire women and contest Jacquie Schmall’s winning entry reflects the powerful energy of women in the process of co-creation. Thus it seemed an ideal image for a chapbook conceived and published by Ball and Howard-Johnson that has resulted in this, the fifth in their award-winning series.

Schmall, who lives in San Diego, developed a style she calls “rainbow geometry.” After spending time in theatre productions, and on film sets, she was compelled to paint a series of watercolors reflecting the powerful energy of women. The selected painting is one of them; it will be reflected in three iterations on the cover.

The chapbooks in the Celebration Series include Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love), with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas (www.bit.ly/CherishedPulse); She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio (www.bit.ly/MotherChapbook); Imagining the Future: For Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions (for the men in your life) (www.bit.ly/Imagining); and Blooming Red, a celebration of Christmas (www.bit.ly/BloomingRed), also featuring Thomas’s work.

Runners up in the contest are Roxanne Kahan and Cynthia Uhrich.

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected CompulsiveReader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published to unanimous five-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was published by Finishing Line Press and was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. One of her poems recently won the Franklin Christoph Poetry Prize. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit
howtodoitfrugally.com or magdalenaball.com.

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 Thirty Year Retail Vet Shares
Twitter Secrets for Retailers

World Wide Web—Tweet, tweet! Calling all retailers to tweet with an article in the spring issue of national Gift Shop edited by Poornima Apte. It is “Twitter 101” and it is just what the retail doctor ordered for all those who think their tweeting has become twittering in the dark. Find the article on page 136 of the spring 2011 issue.

Howard-Johnson puts her nearly three decades of retail experience plus oodles more in the fields of journalism, public relations, publishing, and marketing into her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for retailers (http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com/retailers_books.htm). She is also an award-winning novelist and poet.

 Her A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (www.bit.ly/RetailersGuide) and the second in the series, Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers: Tweaking Your Tweets and Other Tips for Integrating Your Social Media (www.bit.ly/RetailersTweet) are both award winners and the third in the series is Your Blog, Your Business: A Retailer’s Guide to Garnering Customer Loyalty and Sales Online and In Store (www.bit.ly/RetailersBlog).

Members of the California legislature and The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Impact Council named the author Woman of the Year and Pasadena Weekly also honored her. She is featured on national TV commercials and teaches marketing for UCLA Extension.

Learn more about it the article and the issue on the author’s blog for retailers http://frugalretailing.blogspot.com/2011/04/longing-to-tweet-profitably.html or buy your spring issue of Gift Shop at your favorite newsstand or subscribe at www.giftshop.com.

The author's Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com. Find her three books at a special price on the Gift Shop magazine's mall.   

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Local Author Short-Listed for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award

World Wide Web—Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s short story “Truth, Fiction, Denial: A Big  Bass Story” is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prose Award where it will also be considered for inclusion in Best New Writing, edited by Christopher Klim.

Klim says, “Finalists are a very small group of stories from among thousands of submissions.” Winners are announced in early fall of 2011.

Howard-Johnson is an award-winning novelist and poet; her fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals nationwide and she is listed as a poet with Poets & Writers magazine. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com and she blogs at Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites pick, www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com .

Learn more about the Eric Hoffer award at www.hofferaward.com.

Learn more about Best New Writing at www.BestNewWriting.com.

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April, 2011

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National Fraternity Names Author Oxford Award Winner

 

Glendale, CA—Carolyn Howard-Johnson, was given her fraternity’s Oxford Award Sunday (April 3, 2011)  at the group’s Founders Day celebration at Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, CA. It is given for “devoting her talents” to improve the quality of life around her.

The award was presented by Lynne White Shelby of Burbank, CA. Both women were also celebrated in a small ceremony for fifty year members and both are longtime members of Glendale/Burbank Delta Gamma Alumnae.

The award focused of Howard-Johnson’s efforts to promote tolerance with her writing. She is a multi award-winning novelist and poet and the author of two HowToDoItFrugally series of book, one for writers, one for retailers.

She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.

 

Delta Gamma was founded in 1873. It is a fraternity of more than 142,000 women worldwide with 146 collegiate chapters and more than 250 alumnae groups across the United State. They support blind projects and, in Southern California, focus on the Blind Children’s Center in LA. It is now associated with USC.

Howard-Johnson may be reached at (HoJoNews@aol.com). Complete information is available in downloadable media kits in the media room at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com .

The Founder’s Day event was planned by Christina Held of Pasadena, CA.

 

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CONTACT: Magdalena Ball e-mail: maggieball@compulsivereader.com

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Poets Celebrate Read an E-Book Week With Free E-Chapbooks 

World Wide Web/March 06, 2011--Award-winning poetry partners Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball are celebrating Read an E-book Week by giving e-book copies of their poetry to all comers for the week.

Their chapbooks of poetry include Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love) with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas, She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio, Imagining the Future (for Fathers), and Blooming Red, a Christmas chapbook.  All are priced to compete with greeting cards at any time but this is a celebration of Free!

Chapbooks have been a tradition in the poetry world since Elizabethan times. The Celebration Series goes beyond the clichéd sentiments in most greeting cards—and does it for about the same price.

Now the full series is being offered for free during Read an E-book Week from March 6 to 12 to help raise  public awareness of electronic reading. Read an E-book Week’s Web site (http://www.ebookweek.com ) provides information on the latest e-book reading devices, different e-book stores, benefits of e-books, as well as the history and the future of e-books. Visitors will be able to download free reads from different major retailers, authors and publishers during the Read an E-book Week event period.  The Celebration books can be read in over nine digital formats on any computer or portable reading device anywhere in the world. This is a revolution for both authors, both of whom started their writing careers when the latest technology was a typewriter and carbon paper for copies.  To access the free books, visit:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/maggieball

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected compulsivereader.com review site. She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, published in December 2009 to unanimous 5-star reviews. Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms at www.howtodoitfrugally.com or www.magdalenaball.com 

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CONTACT:  Karina Fabian Phone:  (805) 285-0108
Ann Margaret Lewis Phone:  (317) 755-2693

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 Carolyn Howard-Johnson Conducts Seminars at Free Online Conference

 World Wide Web--Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals from around the world are gearing up for the free fourth annual Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, featuring veteran presenters like Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi-award winning novelist, poet and book marketer.

The online conference will run from March 21 to 27, 2011 and is sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild. It is free and open to writers of all levels who register before March 1. Writers needn’t be Catholic. It is conducted in an online forum.

Workshops and live online chats cover the gamut of writing topics from idea generation to marketing a published novel; traditional and self-publishing, article writing and fiction, and much more. In addition, prominent Catholic publishers will hear pitches, giving authors an unprecedented opportunity to chat personally regardless of their ability to travel.

The Catholic conferences draw hundreds of participants and more than scores of editors and writing professionals. Conference organizer Karina Fabian says, "Even in good economic times, it's hard for writers to attend live conferences, but this year, we think it's even more important to help careers by utilizing an online format. We're so grateful that our presenters are willing to share their time and talent."

Previously publishers considering pitches have included well known Catholic and secular publishers like Pauline, large Christian publishers like Thomas Nelson, and smaller presses like White Rose. This year, Fabian hopes to add some agents as well.

The conference features presenters from all aspects of the publishing world. Howard-Johnson is the author of the multi award-winning series of HowToDoItFrugally books for writers including The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't (www.bit.ly/FrugalBookPromo ) and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (www.bit.ly/FrugalEditor). She is also an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Carolyn will present on How writers (including fiction writers) can make Twitter work for them. Twitter can drive traffic to blogs, Web sites and other social networks. She says, “Twitter can even sell books!”

Although the conference is offered at no charge, donations are accepted; proceeds go toward future conferences.

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San Gabriel Valley Author Receives Two Awards
From Military Writers Society of America

 

Glendale, CA, August, 2010—Carolyn Howard-Johnson received  the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) two awards for her books, one the gold medal for her marketing book A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion and honorable mention for her chapbook of poetry celebrating mothers She Wore Emerald Then. It is a cooperative effort with Aussie poet Magdalena Ball.

 

MWSA President Joyce Faulkner, said, “Among the benefits for [Authors and other award nominees] will be appearances on various Internet blogs and radio talk shows, features on MWSA’s website and in our monthly Dispatches magazine, and interviews on radio and public-access TV during our annual conference in Pittsburgh.”

 

Although these two winning books have nothing to do with the military (all writers are welcome to become MWSA members), Carolyn Howard-Johnson often writes to increase awareness for the plight of our troops. She wrote the foreword for Support Our Troops published by Andrews McMeel, blogs resources for our soldiers and their families  and has included military themes in many of her poems. She is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and has been published in many print and online journals.

 

All awards recipients will be honored at the MWSA’s conference, Thursday, Sept. 30 – Sunday, Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh’s Wyndham University Plaza. The Conference will include a special ceremony at the Dawn’s Early Light Flag Retirement Plaza in Pittsburgh’s South Park, special interest luncheons around the city, a play featuring the works of MWSA authors at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Oral History Day, workshops, book signings, and the awards banquet. Many of the events are open to the public. Joseph Beth’s Book seller is the official MWSA Pittsburgh Conference bookstore.

 

Howard-Johnson is among more than 900 authors, poets and artists who comprise Military Writers Society of America. Most MWSA members are active duty military, retirees, or military veterans. Others are life-long civilians who’ve chosen to focus on military and/or historical themes with their writing or art.

 

Learn more about Howard-Johnson, a multi award-winning author at www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

Learn more about MWSA at:   http://militarywriters.com/ or contact Joyce Faulkner, MWSA president, Bridgeville, PA (412) 496-5034.


 

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For Immediate Release 3/7/2010


Manzanita Literary Journal Features Author's Poetry

Los Angeles, CA--Editors of the literary journal Manzanita, Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra announce that it will include the poetry of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson in its sixth issue to be released in April.

The journal is an affiliate of Calavaras Arts Council. It is a printed literary collection of poetry, prose, art and photography of the Mother Lode and Sierra regions of California and features work that appeals to the sensibilities of readers in that area from writers and artists across the U.S. It is edited by Monika Rose and poetry editor is Julia Holzer.

The poem selected is "Sacred Lessons from the Sierra Madre"  and features impressions from the poet’s travels in the Sierras in Mexico. Howard-Johnson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review, Pear Noir and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine  where her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press, was featured in 2005.

The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is developing a new Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks with Magdalena Ball. Among them are She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood and Cherished Pulse: Unconventional Love Poetry. She also advocates with authors as the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

Learn more about the Manzanita and how to order a copy at: http://www.manzanitacalifornia.org. The new volume will be released the end of April.

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For Immediate Release 2/15/2010


Poets Digitise Towards Deeper Understanding

 

Award-winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have never met.  In fact they live on different continents.  But that hasn't stopped them from collaborating on a series of poetry chapbooks designed to replace trite greeting cards with real sentiment.  With their 'celebration series', the two have developed a new concept for inexpensive holiday gifts.


Their chapbooks of poetry include Cherished Pulse (for anyone you love) with artwork from California artist Vicki Thomas, and She Wore Emerald Then (for mothers on your gift list) with photographs by May Lattanzio. A new booklet titled Imagining the future will be released over the next few weeks in time for Father's Day 2010, with further books for women everywhere, and there is a Christmas chapbook in the works.

The small books, a tradition in the poetry world since Elizabethan times, are priced to compete with greeting cards and provide real poems, designed, for the same price as a high end card, to go far beyond the cliché sentiments in most greeting cards.

 

Now both of these poets' collaborations, Cherished Pulse, and She Wore Emerald Then, have been released on the high profile Smashwords.com site, and can be read in over nine digital formats on any computer or portable reading device anywhere in the world.  Smashwords' unique technology allows the work to be available into every format used by the millions of new e-book readers that are flooding the market. Even as the hardware and software change, the author's words will remain available to readers. This is quite a revolution for both authors, both of whom started their writing careers when the latest technology was a typewriter and carbon paper for copies.

 

Magdalena Ball runs the highly respected compulsivereader.com review site.  She is the author of the poetry book Repulsion Thrust, which was published in December 2009 to unanimous 5-star reviews.  Her novel Sleep Before Evening, published in 2007, was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist. 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings (www.bit.ly/CarolynsTracings ), was given the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer and instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

For more information on any of the chapbooks in this poetry series, contact either of the authors or visit media rooms at www.howtodoitfrugally.com  or  www.magdalenaball.com  
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For Immediate Release 1/2/2010

Remembering Mothers a New Way

Jennifer Akers Names Poetry Chapbook to Top Ten List  

WorldWide Web—Jennifer Akers, long time reviewer and editor for MyShelf.com, named She Wore Emerald Then to her Top Ten Reads for 2009. She says, " . . . probably because my mom died 15 years ago, I found [She Wore Emerald Then] uplifting, truthful, and touching. It's stayed with me . . .  When it was time to send my 2009 Top Ten, it easily topped my list."

She Wore Emerald Then was conceived by Californian Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Aussie Magdalena Ball as an alternative to the cloying greeting cards usually available for mothers in card shops and its popularity made it the first in what is now their Celebration Series of low-cost, poetic alternatives to greeting cards. It was also named a finalist for poetry by USA Book News.

Jennifer Akers enjoys sharing her favorite books with readers annually. In addition to book reviews, she writes human interest stories, local events, family activities, writer resources, business, and social media marketing regularly for online and print media.  She also ghostwrites for business owners, other writers, and individuals. Find her at Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferakers

Howard-Johnson's first chapbook, Tracings (Finishing Line Press) was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. Her poetry has also been published in journals like Pear Noir, Montana State University's literary magazine, Writings from the River, Mt. St. Mary’s College journal Mary, The Pedestal magazine and in the soon-to-be released anthology by UCLA’s own Suzanne Lummis. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Ball’s novel Sleep Before Evening received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her website The Compulsive Reader, http://www.compulsivereader.com/html, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism.

The two poets collaborated last year on a book of what Howard-Johnson calls "unsyrupy" poetry for Valentines Day. It is available at http://bit.ly/CherishedPulse.

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer and author of Waltz on the Wild Side—An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com.

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com .

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

October 31, 2009

Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson Partner To Offer Fiction Reading Opportunity

 Lillian Cauldwell and Carolyn Howard-Johnson invite authors to participate in a frugal and fabulous reading and cross-promotion adventure

Starting March, 2010.
Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio will feature authors of published books of fiction to join in the first-ever serial weekly literary festival where authors read brief excerpts from their books over PIVTR’s radio network.

(Nonfiction and Poetry Weeks will come later in 2010.)

Authors may book a reading on what may be a first-of-its-kind event:
It is only $10 for 10 minutes. Authors may contact
lillian.cauldwell@gmail.com before January 15, 2010.
 The special will air March 21 thru March 28, 10 to 11 p.m. (New York time) except Wednesday evening when the show starts 10:30 and ends at 11:30 p.m.

Text Lillian at 734-277-2733  Or E-mail: LSaraCauldwell@gmail.com for details!

The planned program also includes:

§      Authors book reviews will be posted on Carolyn's The New Book Review blog: http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com. That blog was recently named to Online Universities 101 Best Blogs for Readers list.

§      A special authors' page will be created on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio (www.pivtr.com) Web page.

§      Lillian will make MP3 streams (html codes) of participating authors' presentations available for $3 each plus shipping.  Proceeds from the MP3 streams will go to Mission Socorro and Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help the homeless, migrant workers and recently released prisoners get back on their feet.

Passionate Voices Radio is based on three principles: to market and promote published mid-list and unknown authors to the media; to provide a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy world; and to provide quality educational and informative content to listeners so they can use it immediately in their spiritual, personal and business lives.

Lillian Cauldwell is an author of one award-winning nonfiction book, "Teenagers! A Bewildered Parent's Guide."  She writes multi-cultural paranormal mysteries for mid teens (9 to 14 years) and mentors junior and senior high school students to write their first books. http://lilliancauldwell.com.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is an award-winning novelist and poet. She is also the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

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Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 

Reflections on Motherhood a Prize Winner

Award-winning Poets From Two Hemispheres Awarded for Chapbook

"a different kind of future
airy and permanent
the dry bliss of yellow bows
and shiny shoes"

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood was conceived by Californian Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Aussie Magdalena Ball as part of their poetry chapbook series designed to commemorate holidays; their efforts were rewarded October 19 when it was named as a finalist for poetry book by USA Book News.

They believe that many need an alternative to the cloying greeting cards usually available for mothers' birthdays, Mother's Day and other holidays in card shops for about the same price as a card but--being poetry--with a high perceived sentimental and monetary value..

Howard-Johnson's first chapbook, Tracings (Finishing Line Press) was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. Her poetry has also been published in journals like Pear Noir, Montana State University's literary magazine, Writings from the River, Mt. St. Mary’s College journal Mary, The Pedestal magazine and in the soon-to-be released anthology by UCLA’s own Suzanne Lummis. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Ball’s novel Sleep Before Evening received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her website The Compulsive Reader, http://www.compulsivereader.com/html, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism.

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer, and author of Waltz on the Wild Side -- An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com.

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson in the Media Room at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com.

She Wore Emerald Then is available on Amazon in paperback and as an e-book.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Kim McMillon

(510) 681-5652

kimmac@pacbell.net

 

 Moe Green Poetry Hour Presents

Poets Joan Gelfand, Rebecca Foust, and Carolyn Howard-Johnson
With Guest host Playwright Kim McMillon
Wednesday, September 9th at 12 Noon to 1 PM
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onword

 

(Los Angeles), August 24, 2009 ---  Are you looking for a creative way to spend your lunch hour? Tune in to Rafael Alvarado’s Moe Green Poetry Hour on Blog Talk Radio on Wednesday, September 9th from 12 PM – 1 PM.  Bay Area Playwright Kim McMillon guest hosts this lively hour with poets Rebecca Foust, Joan Gelfand, and Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

This powerful hour of women poets is built around the themes of healing not just ourselves, but our families an environment through poetry that speaks to what we can do for a better planet, and healthier lives. 

A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, Joan Gelfand’s second collection of poetry is a richly layered collection that speaks to environmental destruction, economic finagling, rampant globalization as well as  nature, friends and family, and the love that sustains us.  California Poet Laureate Al Young wrote.  "...Joan Gelfand’s poems vibrate, shudder or take flight, roaring and purring to safe and not so safe landings in the heart, in the gut. Readers, beware. This is powerful stuff.” 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success which is already receiving acclaim. Cheryl Wright of Writer2Writer.com says, "The Frugal Editor will become a well-used reference for writers around the world."  Carolyn  was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California Legislature; her home town's Character and Ethics Commission honored her for work on promoting tolerance, and the Pasadena Weekly named her to their list of "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" for literary activism. 

Rebecca Foust’s latest collection of poetry, Mom’s Canoe was the winner of the 2008 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and was released by Texas Review Press in February 2009.   Its poetry deal with living in poverty in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania, an area of once-pristine rural landscapes.   Foust is also the author of Dark Card, a book of poetry about raising a son with Aspberger’s Syndrome, winner of the 2007 Phillips Poetry Prize. 

So, tune in on Wednesday, September 9th at noon  to BlogTalkRadio for a fun hour of poetry.

 

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For Immediate Release

July 18, 2009

                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                                                E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

For immediate release

Award-Winning Author to Share
Promotion Tips on Free Podcast

MaAnna Stephenson will interview author advocate Carolyn Howard-Johnson on her series of Blogaid's podcasts on Thursday, August 14. The interview will be available at on iTunes.

Stephenson is an author in her own right. Two decades of technical writing, web design and marketing for countless private clients and community groups led her to produce the definitive book on blogging at Wordpress. Another book is The Sage Age: Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom, which was featured in Publishers Weekly shortly after its debut.

The FAQs Podcasts feature informative interviews with industry professionals in the business of writing, marketing, and the creation of online media who will help writers create  a top-notch product and help them reach their target audience.

The two writers will do what both do best, that is give their listeners lots of tips and ideas based on their professional experience and practical approaches based on practical experience promoting their own books.

Howard-Johnson instructs at UCLA Extension's world renown Writers' Program. Her first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative nonfiction, won three. She is also an award-winning poet. Her how-to book for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is recommended reading for her classes, was named USA Book News' "Best Professional Book" and is an Irwin Award winner. Her second book in the How To Do It Frugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. It, too, is a USA Book News award-winner as well as the winner of the Reader View's Literary Award.

She is the recipient of both the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award and the Glendale American Business Women's Association's Woman of the Year award. Her community's Character and Ethics Committee honored her for promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." She is a popular speaker and actor.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com

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March 2, 2009

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Online Conference to Help Authors
With Publishing Industry’s New Promote-Yourself Mindset

World Wide Web--As the recession deepens for the publishing industry and more and more writers must--absolutely must--promote their own books or see them languish, a free online conference featuring industry experts is here to help!

PROMO DAY returns for its second year Saturday, May 9, featuring notable publishing industry experts like Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers including The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward To Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She is also the author of other author aids like her Amazon short, “The Great First Impression Book Proposal.”

Howard-Johnson has appeared on more than 300 TV and radio shows. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program and award-winning author of fiction and poetry.

The conference also features Lael Johnson, Karina Fabian, John Desjarlais - Elysabeth Eldering, Joyce Anthony, Ron Berry, Devon Ellington, Carol Denbo and Lea Schizas.

The day, coordinated by Jo Linsdell, is an all day online international event packed full of tips and advice. In includes a variety of opportunities for writers, publishers, editors and other book publishing professionals to promote their work and services. Readers are also welcome to drop in and get to know the presenters and attendees better in the online chatroom, view the video trailers, or read the sample chapters on site.

Founder and Organiser of the event, Jo Linsdell, says “PROMO DAY came about because I was looking for opportunities to promote my books using the internet at little or no cost. After attending the Muse Online Writers Conference back in 2006, I searched the internet for similar events aimed at what to do after you’ve written the book and found none. I decided to fill the void.”

New features for this year is the official blog for the event, http://promoday.blogspot.com, where everyone can keep up to date with new announcements and information regarding the event and the  official PROMO DAY book, packed full of information and resources, which will be available to buy during and after the event.

To attend go to http://promoday.info/.

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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2009

                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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Noted Retailer and Author Launches Book at National Stationery Show

 

Los Angeles—Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be debuting her newest book at the National Stationery Show in New York in May in what may be the largest book launch ever and possibly the first at a gift industry tradeshow. NSS expects some 13,000 to attend their premier show for stationers and gift retailers in May.

Howard-Johnson puts her nearly three decades of retail experience plus oodles more in the fields of journalism, public relations, publishing, and marketing into A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She consults in the three Ps: publishing, promotion and publicity and is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers including The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor and award-winning books of fiction and poetry.

 

Randy Eller, a nationally known speaker on the conference and tradeshow circuit and President of Eller Enterprises says, “In thirty-five years in the industry, there are only a handful of retailers I have observed reach the success level of Carolyn Howard-Johnson. There is only one thing you need to learn from her to succeed . . . everything she says!”

 

Howard-Johnson founded and operated stores ranging from home décor to gifts to antiques and other collectibles. She owned and operated the souvenir shop at the world renowned Santa Anita Race Track. She has served on the boards of directors of the malls where her stores were located, the boards of cooperative catalogs her stores utilized, and periodicals like Gift Beat. She also served on the California Gift Show board of directors. She puts this world of experience in retailing to work for you with this series of Survive and Thrive books and in her private consultation sessions.

 

Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature. The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Impact Council also named her Woman of the Year and Pasadena Weekly honored her for literary activism. She is featured on national TV commercials and teaches marketing for UCLA Extension.

 

The retailer cum author will present two seminars: Monday, May 18, she speaks on "Move Upward in a Down Market with Free Publicity Exposure and Money-Making In-Store Promotions" and Tuesday, May 19, she’ll speak on "Grow Your Business Online for No $$$." She will also read roundtables planned for the benefit of attendees.

 

She will also present two seminars and lead a round table discussion at NSS. She joins other outstanding trade show faculty Sarah Schwartz, Linda Cahan, Juanita Lewis, Patricia Norins, and Maureen Barten. A recognized gift industry leader in buyer education, Debra Gold of Gold & Company, says, “We are so proud of our amazing lineup of speakers and the opportunities and perks we’ll be offering NSS attendees this year including what may well be a first, the launch of a how-to book for retailers.”

 

Learn more about the author at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com. She blogs at Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites picks www.SharingwithWriters.blogspot.com. Find her tweeting at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo. Preview A Retailer’s Guide to In-Store Promotions at http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide.

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For Immediate Release

February 12, 2009

                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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Remembering Mothers a New Way

 Award-winning Poets
From Two Hemispheres Co-Author Chapbook

She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood  was conceived by Californian Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Aussie Magdalena Ball as an alternative to the cloying greeting cards usually available for mothers in card shops. In fact, originally it was to be a thoughtful digital substitute for a card. That decision was probably influenced by the pair’s awareness that the Net was, in fact, what allowed them to meet and collaborate.

The chapbook turned out to be both digital (for greenies who want to save paper, postage and airline fuel) and a lovely to have-and-hold book for those who still have room in their hearts only for the real thing.

Howard-Johnson's first chapbook, Tracings (Finishing Line Press) was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. Her poetry has also been published in journals like Pear Noir, Montana State University's literary magazine, Writings from the River, Mt. St. Mary’s College journal Mary, The Pedestal magazine and in the soon-to-be released anthology by UCLA’s own Suzanne Lummis. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Ball’s novel Sleep Before Evening received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her website The Compulsive Reader, http://www.compulsivereader.com/html, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism.

The two poets collaborated last year on a book of what Howard-Johnson calls "unsyrupy" poetry for Valentines Day. It is available at http://budurl.com/CherishedPulse

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer, and author of Waltz on the Wild Side -- An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com.

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com

Find She Wore Emerald Then on Amazon as a paperback and e-book.

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For Immediate Release

January 1, 2009                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                                                E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com


Pear Noir Features "Death by Ferris Wheel"

Los Angeles, CA--Editors of the independent literary journal Pear Noir, announced the publication of its new issue featuring the poetry of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor Carolyn Howard-Johnson and other poets like Dana Mazur, Tao Lin, Peter Schwartz, Molly Reid, and Jessica Hoard.

The journal is dedicated to showcasing the talents of new and established writers. It is published in small print editions available at http://pearnoir.com/current.htm

Howard-Johnson's poem " Death by Ferris Wheel” appears in this issue. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals like the Mochila Review, Banyan Review and Poetic Voices. One of her poems won a reader award at The Pedestal Magazine.

Howard-Johnson has studied at UCLA with Suzanne Lummis, editor of Speechless the Magazine http://www.speechlessthemagazine.org/ where her chapbook Tracings, winner of Military Writers Society of America’s Award of Excellence and published by Finishing Line Press, was featured in 2005.

The poet's literary novel, This Is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. Her newest chapbook She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood, was coauthored by Magdalena Ball and proudly self published in the tradition of poets for centuries. She is also an authors’ advocate as author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally.com).

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For Immediate Release

December 20, 2008

                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                                                E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 Sought-After Guest Soars on Authors Access Radio

 Frugal Message Hits Top Spot
For AuthorsAccess Listeners

Ann Arbor, MI--Cohosts of Authors Access radio, Victor R. Volkman and Irene Watson, announced multi award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson was the #1 most popular guest on AuthorsAccess.com podcasts for the year 2008.

 

Volkman says, "With more than 1,000 listeners this year, Carolyn again proved the lasting power of her Frugal Book Promotion message. Not only is her message popular, but its way out in front of all the other guests, the 2nd most popular podcast was 20% behind Carolyn's.  We wish Carolyn continued success in 2009 and we are certain her message will become even more important as economic turmoil continues." That podcast may be found at  http://authorsaccess.com.

This is the 2nd year that Howard-Johnson has starred at AuthorsAccess. In 2007 she was also among the most listened to among industry luminaries and gurus such as Mark David Gerson, Jacqueline Church, and JC Simonds. Authors will also find helpful podcasts from well-known names like John Kremer, Shel Horowitz and Patricia Fry on AuthorAccess.

 

Authors Access is a joint project of Loving Healing Press and ReaderViews. It features interviews from people around the world who can help authors better manage their writing careers. The show is recorded live each Thursday evening and posted immediately on www.AuthorsAccess.com. Since 2006 authors have browsed and downloaded more than 50 posted podcast shows for free.

 

Watson is the owner/manager of Reader Views, an Austin, Texas, based company that offers book reviews, publicity packages, editing services, as well as support to up and coming authors. The company provides quality service with professionalism, efficiency, and personal attention.

 

Victor R. Volkman is the publisher/owner of Loving Healing Press, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, based independent press that produces books in the Self-Help, Psychology, and New Age genres. It empowers authors to produce books which redefine what is possible for healing mind and spirit.

Howard-Johnson was selected as a guest for the pair's radio show because of her strong record helping authors. She edits an online newsletter for authors,"Sharing with Writers." She is also author of the HowToDoItFrugally.com series of books for writers that includes the Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success  

Both are winners of USA Book News' Best Book award and The Frugal Editor also won Reader Views Literary Award and the New Generation Award for Marketing. She sponsors the annual Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for books (http://www.myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm) and is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program.

 Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com .

Learn more about AuthorsAccess at www.AuthorsAccess.com

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For Immediate Release

November 06, 2008

                                                Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                                                E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 

Author to Advise Boomers Seeking New Careers

Author advocate Carolyn Howard-Johnson will appear with Paul Bruno on his Career Czar talk radio program on January 30, 2009. This unique Internet talk radio program  focuses on  all aspects of the world of careers.

The two will chat about something dear to the hearts of baby-boomers--reinventing yourself at retirement. Howard-Johnson was selected because her writing career spans everything from journalism to poetry and writing movie reviews to writing novels. The first segment of Paul's hour-long show will be about careers in freelance and journalism. The second segment will be about forging a career in fiction (novels and short stories). The third segment will cover the joys of poetry. And the fourth segment will be about nonfiction. It will include how Howard-Johnson's nonfiction books for writers have helped her career and those of others and how some similar how to books or books of inspiration can work for yours.

 Bruno has had guests like " Rudy Ruettiger, whose dream to go to Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish was chronicled in the 1993 movie Rudy, and Brian Kurth, President of Vocation Vacations and author of Test-Drive Your Dream Job.

After the broadcast, the show will be available to those thinking about a career change or enhancement at the radio site.

Howard-Johnson instructs at UCLA Extension's world renowned Writers' Program. Her first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative nonfiction, won three. She is also an award-winning poet. Her how-to book for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is recommended reading for her classes, was named USA Book News' "Best Professional Book" and is an Irwin Award winner. Her second book in the How To Do It Frugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. It, too, is a USA Book News award-winner as well as the winner of the Reader View's Literary Award.

She is the recipient of both the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award and the Glendale American Business Women's Association's Woman of the Year award. Her community's Character and Ethics Committee honored her for promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." She is a popular speaker and actor.

 Paul the Career Czar® has taught at the college level; worked as a Dale Carnegie instructor; written, with his wife, over ten screenplays; and has had numerous articles published in technical journals as well as a historical journal. He has appeared on the History Channel's History IQ game show. Career Czar® Paul had to learn to manage his career and life balance in the trenches.  He is eager to help others create the career and life they want.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at www.howtodoitfrugally.com or where she blogs at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com.

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Editor and Author's Blogs Honored 2nd Time in a Month

The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog (www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com) was named Blog of the Day Award at Blog of the Day Awards blog, http://blogofthedayawards.blogspot.com/2008/07/frugal-smart-and-tuned-in-editor.html.

The winning blog is an interactive blog where writers of every ilk send questions to Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She answers in her imitable, colloquial and sometimes irreverent style and when she can't, she finds an expert who can.

This is the second award Howard-Johnson has received for her blogs this year. Brian A. Klems, online managing editor at Writer's Digest, named her Sharing with Writers (www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com) to his magazine's 101 Best Websites in 2008 only last month. Klems notes that the blog is full of "cheap ways to promote your book" but also mentions her Sharing with Writers newsletter as a source for writers. See the June, 2008, Issue of Writer's Digest magazine, p. 54.

Howard-Johnson is the author of a novel, book of creative nonfiction and poetry, all award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.  Her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and earned the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin award and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success winner of USA Book News Award, Reader Views Literary Award and her marketing campaign for the book took New Generation Indie Award for Marketing.

Howard-Johnson may be reached at (HoJoNews@aol.com) Information is also available at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com  .

The Writer's Digest site is www.writersdigest.com and Blog of the Day may be found at www.blogofthedayawards.blogspot.com.

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July 6, 2008 

For Immediate Release

Writer's Digest Names
Sharing with Writers 101 Best in 2008

Cincinnati: Brian A. Klems, online managing editor at Writer's Digest, named award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog, Sharing with Writers (www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com) to his magazine's 101 Best Websites in 2008.

Klems cites that the blog is full of "cheap ways to promote your book" but also mentions her Sharing with Writers newsletter as a source for writers. See the June, 2008, Issue, p. 54.

Howard-Johnson is the author of a novel, book of creative nonfiction and poetry, all award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.  Her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and earned the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin award and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success winner of USA Book News Award, Reader Views Literary Award and her marketing campaign for the book took New Generation Indie Award for Marketing.

Howard-Johnson blogs at www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com,  and www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com.

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The Writer's Digest site is www.writersdigest.com .

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June 19, 2008

Author Advocate Named to Cohost New Borders Best Selling Author TV Series

Rey Ybarra, CEO of Best Selling Author Television, has named author Carolyn Howard-Johnson cohost of his new on location series to debut this summer at Borders Books in Century City, CA.

 

The program will feature many of today’s best selling authors and will be broadcast live online on Stickam. In addition to the live Internet broadcast, the program will be available on demand on the Best Selling Author Television.com vlog site (http://www.veoh.com/channels/BSATV ).

 

In addition, the program will be available on many of the social video sites including Veoh, Myspace, Youtube, Google and the Facebook social media sites.

 

Ybarra, formerly a well-known Los Angeles radio host says, “I am excited about the program and the association with Borders and with Howard-Johnson. I'm also excited about our programs featuring famous athletes, business/entrepreneurial experts and entertainers.” Ybarra is a master interviewer who has hosted and produced over 1400 interviews plus 350 full length radio.

 

Howard-Johnson speaks at writers conferences across the nation and is a UCLA Extension Writers' Program instructor. She is author of the multi-award winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers (www.howtodoitfrugally), as well as of fiction and poetry.

 

For more information about the show, the line up and dates and times of filming, contact Ybarra at 818-464-3726.


Media Release
 
For Immediate Release

June 1, 2008

                                                Contact: Patrika Vaugh

                                                E-Mail: acappub@aol.com

                                          

Author and Publisher Team to Offer Free Teleseminar
On Bringing A Writers' Dream to Life

 

 Author advocate Carolyn Howard-Johnson and publisher Patrika Vaughn are teaming up to present a free teleseminar to writers who want to tell their own stories, as memoir or as  fiction. Thus it is for genealogists, journalists and story tellers everywhere.

 

The teleseminar titled "How To Write Your Life Story"  will be moderated by award-winning speaker and author, Allyn Evans who is also the author of Grab the Queen Power: Live Your Best Life, based on her own experiences.
 

Howard-Johnson will share her experience of turning her family's genealogy and stories in her award-winning novel This Is the Place and using the leftover stories from that effort in a book of creative nonfiction short stories, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered. Her experiences will inform those inclined to publish their stories but who need more information about how that might come to be. She even used family memories in her chapbook of poetry, Tracings. All three books are multiple award-winners. She is also working on a memoir, Here's How I Don't Cook.

 

Vaughn, author of How to Write Your Own Life Story or Your Family's Saga, will talk about how to turn this material into a book, covering:

1) why you should write it

2) how to go about it (even if you've never before written anything but emails)

3) how to make it interesting to others

 

Writers are invited to listen  at xxx.

 

The teleconference will be available as a podcast afterward at :

  • The ACapella Publishing site, www.acapella.com/
  • On Allyn's Queen Power site
  • And on Carolyn's Resources for Writers page at www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 

The seminar is offered as a service to the writing community through HowToDoItFrugally and Vaughn's publishing firm, A Cappela Publishing (www.acapella.com).

 

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

The Once-A-Year News Event

When Polygamy Rises to Headline Status Radio Hosts
Producers and Feature Editors Call on Carolyn

"Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the one author and speaker who has seen Utah's culture from both the Nonmormon side of the fence and the Mormon. She has no ax to grind, only the ability to tell it like it is." ~Erika Lamoureaux, MA, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociologist

The multi award-winning novel This Is the Place keeps Carolyn Howard-Johnson on the speaking circuit and featured in the press long after the book was published.

That's because the fictionalized account of her life doesn't take to task the culture she was raised in nor does it disparage. It is a story of five generations of Utah women who married into Mormonism. Based on the author's own genealogy and experiences living in a divided home and society, readers get a clear idea of what present day Mormonism is like and how it is influenced by its polygamist heritage. It dispels present day myths about both the religion and culture while satisfying a reader's interest in a unique American culture.

The author says, "Much has been written about the distinctive mores of our American South, a little about our Quakers and Amish but very, very little about Utah and Mormonism, especially the mainstream religion and especially by someone who has a clear perception of how it is both similar and different from other areas in the US."

The Mormon religion based in Utah now has more than six million members and is quite separate from the polygamist groups that keep cropping up in the news. Still there are similarities because polygamy, after all, is a root that runs deep. Howard-Johnson is the person to clarify in these days of Warren Jeffs, Elizabeth Smart and Texas's YFZ group. Her opinions on them may amaze audiences but they will never bore them.

Howard-Johnson's literary work, including her novel, a book of creative nonfiction called Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, have all been informed by her dual heritage growing up in Utah and her life outside that community since then.

She will be signing her how-to books on writing at Book Expo America Friday, Booths 835 and 837 at 11 am but is available for appointments in person the entire weekend and by phone thereafter. Reach her at HoJoNews@aol.com or 818-790-0502.

 

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May, 2008

For Immediate Release

Indie Book Awards Gives
Carolyn Howard-Johnson  Double Honor

Chelsea, MI -- Good things come in two's as well as threes.

Awards administrator for Indie Book Awards C. Goulet announced that the marketing campaign waged for The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success won their Best Marketing Award.

 Sample StickersIn addition The Frugal Editor was a finalist in the how-to category of that same contest's Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

As a winner The Frugal Editor will be listed in the contest catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America in Los Angeles later this month and will be featured on the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group Web site. The contest is designed to honor exemplary books and marketing efforts of small and independent publishers.

Actually good things do come in threes and even fours. The Frugal Editor also won first-place acclaim from USA Book News and Reader Views.

Howard-Johnson is the author of a novel, book of creative nonfiction and poetry, all award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.  Her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and earned the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin award.

Howard-Johnson may be reached at (HoJoNews@aol.com) Complete information is  available in downloadable media kits in the media room at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com .

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 For Immediate Release May 17, 2008

Author’s Newsletter 

International Writer’s Newsletter to Feature Howard–Johnson as Columnist

Author Jozette Aaron, editor and publisher of DeSilva’s News, an international newsletter for writers has added Carolyn Howard-Johnson to her roster of columnists.

Subscribers to DeSilva's come from eight countries around the globe. It is a tool writers rely on to meet their creative needs. All subscribers receive f r e e  promotion as well as information on honing their skill through columns written by other authors, links to available resources, writer’s courses and more.

Howard-Johnson is the multi-award-winning author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 30 Minutes or Less, an Amazon Short, and award-winning books of fiction and poetry.

Aaron has published short stories in anthologies as well as online. She has a novel in progress and reviews books and for the Women’s Independent Press in Champagne, Illinois.

Aaron says "I created  DeSilva’s News to help other writers, especially the novice writer." She offers promotion to her subscribers to boost the confidence of those harboring doubt in their ability to produce publishable prose. It includes links for f r e e online courses, and, of course, the talents of several well-published writers like Howard-Johnson.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at www.howtodoitfrugally.com

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Contacts:
Anne Louise Reinhard

 For immediate release, April 30, 2008

Writers Travel 2,200 Miles To Find One Another,
Partner on Project

Award-winning author and authors' advocate Carolyn Howard-Johnson and former Glendale News-Press columnist  Anne Louise Reinhard live just 10 minutes from each other here in in the great Los Angeles area, but didn't meet until they each traveled 2,200 miles to Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writing Conference in Dayton, Ohio.  To further the coincidence, Howard-Johnson is a sporadic movie reviewer for the News-Press.

Anne Louise attended an editing workshop conducted by Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Editor, and as she listened to the author's references to her hometown, realized that Howard-Johnson was talking about their hometown.  So after the session, Anne Louise introduced herself, and handed the author her card. Good thing she did, because it turns out that Howard-Johnson forgot to collect her newsletter sign-up sheet from the session, and would have been unable to contact the attendees if it weren't for the business cards she had collected.  So she sent an-e-mail to everyone whose card she had, offering the newsletter to them.

 The response was huge, and Anne Louise was among those who asked for an e-handout. Howard-Johnson says, "I'm a great recycler. Think of the paper we saved!"

The two writers started e-mailing, and now Howard-Johnson's "Sharing with Writers" newsletter has a creative new columnist, one Anne Louise Reinhard,  to fill a previously empty niche -- humor writing. Howard-Johnson says, "Even my subscribers who aren't humorists can learn something from Anne Louise's 'Humor Hints.' Even a serious book proposal can benefit from a touch of humor."

Writers interested in the author's "Sharing with Writers" newsletter filled with tips on craft, promotion and tech may send an e-mail with "Subscribe" in the subject line to HoJoNews@aol.com. Learn more about her at www.howtodoitfrugally.com .

Anne Louise can be read, and reached, at http://annelouise.net
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For Immediate Release April 22, 2008

The Greatest Book Show on Earth

 Award-Winning Author Center Ring as USA Book
News Award-Winner

Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be a featured author at the USA Book News booth at the nation's premier book event, Book Expo America, on Friday, May 29.

This year the famous tradeshow will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Friday, the 29th, through Sunday. Publishing professionals can make their BEA reservations and get information about the event here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com

Howard-Johnson will be signing her new Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. It won USA Book News' top award in the publishing category and well as Reader Views Literary Award in that category.

The Frugal Editor is the second in the author's HowToDoItFrugally series after The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't. Howard-Johnson has a new blog where authors can find help with editing—anything from grammar to formatting. Anyone may submit questions or just read up on past blog entries. The address is www.TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com.

The Frugal Editor was written, Howard-Johnson says, because "there are gremlins out there determined to keep authors' work from being published, our books from being promoted. They resolve to embarrass us before gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for us. They lurk in out subconscious and the depths of our computer programs." The Frugal Editor will help writers of every ilk present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or an entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay."

Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th District of the California Legislature. Her first novel, This is the Place, and her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, are both multiple award winners. She speaks frequently at writers' conferences, is an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide, as both a commercial actor and as a talk show guest.

The author's first book in the HowToDoItFrugally series was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and given the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award.

At the famous Book Expo America where the publishing industry convenes at different cities throughout the nation in different years, nationally known authors  will sign and give copies of their new releases to publishing professionals. Among those signing or speaking, visitors will find Michael Moore, Jon Krakauer and Judy Blume.  

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April 22, 2008

For Immediate Release

                           Contact: Kathe Gogolewski
                           E-Mail: kgogolewski@sbcglobal.net

 

                      TRI Studio LLC Announces Winners of the

          2008 Out of the Box Promotion Idea Contest for Writers

            

 Judged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                                                                                                  
         TRI Studio LLC  www.tri-studio.com  announces the winners of The 2008 Out of the Box Promotion Contest for Writers in an e-book publishing their winning ideas. The top winners include promotional experts Janet Elaine Smith, Allyn Evans, Phil Harris and Billie Williams. Ideas range from a Book-of-the-Week Club that partners the publisher and author with an internet radio program, to an Amazon Tour Group, a Video Tour Group, and an idea that allows readers to watch the progress as an author writes a book. The e-book is available from TRI Studio as a free download. It is also available for free distribution for interested parties to post on their Web sites.   
        
Winners of the Honorable Mention awards are presented in random order and include authors Mindy P. Lawrence, Dorothea Buckingham, Nikki Leigh, Margot Finke, Karina Fabian and Jessica Kennedy. The contest was sponsored and created by TRI Studio LLC, producer of The Fiction Flyer, a free e-zine for writers of fiction.
 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson author of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor, judged the contest based on the following criteria:1) the originality of the idea, 2) The breadth of applicability, and 3) the ease of use. Says Johnson, “There were some very interesting ideas which made judging extremely difficult.” According to Kathe Gogolewski, author and President of TRI Studio LLC, the contest was created as a way to showcase new and interesting promotion ideas by authors and for authors. “We wanted to create a tool to help writers in their craft,” she adds.

 

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March 20,  2008

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

For Immediate Release

 Frugal Editor Wins Best Publishing  Book
In Reader Views 2007 Annual Literary Awards

Austin, Texas -- The second book in the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, The Frugal Editor, was selected as the best publishing book of 2007 by Reader Views Annual Literary Awards.

Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson says, “Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year from budding authors who have worked hard to achieve their dream of being published."

The Reader Views Annual Literary Awards are granted in 20 fiction and 30 nonfiction categories, as well as 15 specialized, sponsored categories. The entries are judged by Reader Views reviewers, all avid readers with a wide range of experiences, considered experts in their respective fields.

This is the second award for The Frugal Editor, published by Red Engine Press.  The first is USA Book News Best Writing/Publishing Book. Howard-Johnson says,  "There are gremlins out there determined to keep your work from being published, your book from being promoted. They are resolved to embarrass you before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for you. The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success  will help authors present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or their entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay." The book may be purchased at  http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor

Howard-Johnson is a popular speaker and an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry. She is the recipient of the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen."

Reader Views is an Austin, Texas, based company that publishes reviews and offers  publicity services to authors. Now they are a one-stop center for budding authors. For more information, visit www.readerviews.com.

Reader Views is currently accepting submissions for the 2008 Literary Awards.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at www.howtodoitfrugally.com. She blogs at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com and www.thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com.

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March 15, 2008

 For Immediate Release

  • CONTACT:  Karina Fabian

  • Phone:  (701) 727-6662

  • E-mail:  karina@fabianspace.com

Carolyn Howard-Johnson to present
At Catholic Writers Conference Online

World Wide Web--Carolyn Howard-Johnson will host a workshop on editing at the first annual Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, Monday, May 8 at 1 pm EST. She will co-present a seminar with Karina Fabian on book promotion that same day at 2 pm. The conference runs from May 2 to 9, 2008

The conference, sponsored by the Catholic Writers Guild and Canticle Magazine and conducted entirely through the Internet, is free of charge and open to writers of all levels. It will feature online seminars, chats, and forums throughout the week on a variety of topics covering writing both fiction and non-fiction, submitting manuscripts to publishers and marketing your books--and yourself. Over 20 workshops are scheduled with more still in the works, according tocoordinator Karina Fabian.

Howard-Johnson joins top names in the Catholic publishing industry and other skilled presenters, including: best-selling authors Donna-Marie O’Boyle and Tom Grace; editors Heidi Hess Saxton (Canticle), Vinita Hampton Wright (Loyola Press), Ami McConnell (Thomas Nelson); and agents like  Terry Burns.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's has appeared on more than 300 TV and radio shows. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program and award-winning author of fiction and poetry. She is also the author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers including The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, USA Book News' "Best Professional Book 2004," and the winner of the coveted Irwin Award. The second in the series is The Frugal Editor, also a USA Book News winner. She is the recipient of the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community's Character and Ethics Committee awarded her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." Her Web site is  www.HowToDoItFrugally.com. She Squidoos at http://www.squidoo.com/HowToDoItFrugallyforAuthors and blogs at www.SharingwithWriters.blogspot.com

Karina Fabian, president of  Catholic Writers Guild and chair of the event, said the conference gives writers an unprecedented opportunity to learn and network. “Online Conferences are ideal for writers, and especially for those who are shy, have physical disabilities or are on a tight budget. We’re harnessing the power of the Internet to reach people worldwide to support each other in our writing and our faith.”

Early registration is recommended, as some courses will have limited openings that will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. Donations are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences. To register or for more information, go to http://www.conference.catholicwritersguild.org.


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March 15, 2008

 For Immediate Release

 

 Registrations Now Open
For the Muse Online Writers Conference

Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson will host their third annual Muse Online Writers Conference on October 13 – 19. The conference offers new and seasoned writers over 120 FREE  workshops each year held over the course of one week.

Last year, there were close to 2000 writers who attended from all over the world: USA , Canada , Mexico , Africa , England , Italy , Greece , India , New Zealand , Turkey , Australia …to name a few. 

Some of the Presenters back once again this year are:

Denise Cassino-Long Story Short Publisher

Deron Douglas-Double Dragon Publisher

Hope Clark-Funds For Writers Publisher

Lillian Cauldwell-PIVTR founder

Lynda S. Burch-Guardian Angel Publisher

Magdelena Ball-Compulsive Reader Founder

Margot Finke-Musings Founder

Pauline B. Jones- Eppie VP

Terry Whalin-Literary Agent

Valerie Connelly-Nightengale Press Publisher

And more.

For more information on the Muse Online Writers Conference: http://www.freewebs.com/themuseonlinewritersconference/

 

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March 10,  2008

CONTACTS:

  •  Karina Fabian                                      

  • Phone:  (701) 727-6662                                              

  • E-mail:  karina@fabianspace.com                                

For Immediate Release

Catholic Writers to Hold Online Conference

World Wide Web--Writers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals from around the world are gearing up for the first annual Catholic Writers’ Conference Online, which will be held May 2-9, 2008, and is sponsored by the Catholic Writer’s Guild and Canticle magazine. The online conference is free of charge and open to writers of all levels for those who register by April 25.

Author and editor Carolyn Howard-Johnson, who with conference chair Karina Fabian will be conducting seminars designed to help authors put their “Best Book Forward,” concurs. “It's never too early to learn more about what we love…. When we put ourselves out there, the universe seems to bring us exactly what we need. When we close down on opportunity for whatever reason, we miss getting what we should.”

New seminar and chat topics are being added constantly, including seminars on character and dialogue development, virtual book tours, how to get grants and other money with your writing, trends in fiction, world building, and connecting with a secular audience. Presenters and chat hosts include Vinita Wright (Loyola Press), Maya Bohnhoff, Tim Powers, Mark Shea (Catholic Answers), Hope Clark (Funds for Writers), Sr. Madonna Radcliff (Pauline Books & Media), Bert Ghezzi (Word Among Us), and Brian Saint-Paul (Crisis/Inside Catholic).

            “We’re very happy with the caliber of publishing professionals who have volunteered to participate in this first conference,” says event co-chair Heidi Hess Saxton, editor of Canticle magazine. “There is a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction as well as book and magazine publishing represented here. Something for everyone … and you can’t beat the price!” Although the conference is offered free of charge, donations are accepted; proceeds will go toward future conferences.

            Hope Clark, author of “Funds for Writers” is also optimistic about the event’s success. “I see writers … unable to run from conference to conference, seated before a computer soaking up information, taking notes, excited about finding answers to questions they didn't even know they had. I see writers walking away from this conference excited again about being writers.”

Early registration is recommended, as some courses will have limited openings that will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis. To register or for more information, go to http://www.conference.catholicwritersguild.org.


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March 8,  2008

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

For Immediate Release

 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson to Talk Book Fairs to Publicists

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of two USA Book News' Best Professional Book awards, will share her secrets for taking a book fair signing out of the realm of hum-drum to make it a sizzling success  at the Thursday, Apri 17 meeting of Book Publicists of Southern California at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.

 Irwin Zucker, founder of the organization, says, "Carolyn has done so many booths and signings, she's made an art of perfecting it using what she calls value-added promotions." BPSC is a resource for publicists, authors and others associated with the publishing industry. The organizations publishes a member directory and newsletter, sponsors events and gives out the IRWIN (www.bookpublicists.org/pages/irwin_award.asp) awards to help foster industry excellence. Howard-Johnson's The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is a past winner of the coveted award and and both that book and the second in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers, The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success are USA Book News Best Book award winners.

 The event includes dinner. Sportsmen's Lodge is at 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. A mixer at 5:30 is the epitome of promotion in action. Dinner at 6:30 is $35 and the program only is $10. Reservations may be made at irwinzuckerpr@aol.com.

 The author's first novel, This is the Place, has won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. She is an extension division instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers’ Program and speaks at writers' conferences nationwide. Amazon recently published her how-to that shows how authors can learn to write great book proposals either free with a Sharing with Writers newsletter subscription (also free) or $6.95 for the paperback--and 20 minutes of time. It is The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less.

 Howard-Johnson's first chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was honored by the Military Writers' Society of America and the Compulsive Read. It is available at http://budurl.com/CarolynsTracings

 Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://carolynhoward-johnson.com or www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

 Learn more about the BPSC at www.bookpublicists.org.

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March 3,  2008

 

CONTACT: Kathe Gogolewski

                E-mail: kgogolewski@sbcglobal.net

               

For Immediate Release

TRI Studio Announces Winners of the Out-Of-The-Box Promotion Contest For Writers

March, 2008  TRI Studio LLC www.tri-studio.com announces the winners of the Out-of-the-Box Promotion Contest for Writers, featured in The Fiction Flyer, a free e-zine for writers at www.tri-studio.com/ezine.html  

Judged by promotion guru Carolyn Howard-Johnson, the contest called for largely untested promotion ideas for writers and underscored fun, original and interesting ideas. The use of technology was encouraged. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be highlighted in a new e-book, Out-of-the-Box Promotion for Writers: Contest Winners and Their Ideas, available as a free distribution for writers in April, 2008.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, www.carolynhoward-johnson.com, award-winning author of bestsellers The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won’t and The Frugal Editor, selected author Janet Elaine Smith’s novel entry idea, Google Alerts in Your Marketing Plan, as the first place winner. The second place award is a tie between authors Phil Harris and Allyn Evans. Harris submitted an idea for a Video Tour Collage and Evans’ idea for an Amazon Tour Group also captured the fancy of Howard-Johnson. Cash prizes and certificates are awarded to the winners.

The First Runner-Up is author Billie Williams for her idea Watching the Way a Mystery Writer Writes. Honorable Mentions go to authors Mindy Phillips Lawrence, Karina Fabian, Nikki Leigh, Margot Finke, Dorothea Buckingham, and Jessica Kennedy.  

Full details on the promotion ideas and the winning authors will be featured in the e-book.  Out-of-the-Box Promotion for Writers: Contest Winners and Their Ideas, will be posted as a free download at TRI Studio. com.

Writers and authors are invited to feature the e-book on their Web sites as a resource for writers. Contact Carolyn Howard-Johnson at hojonews@aol.com for details.


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February 15, 2008

 

CONTACT: Marilyn Dalyrymple

                E-mail: marilyn160@verizon.net

               

For Immediate Release

Carolyn Howard-Johnson to Speak at Advanced Toastmasters Platinum

 

Advanced Toastmasters Platinum offers an opportunity for the public to meet and hear award-winning author and publicist Carolyn Howard-Johnson.   Howard-Johnson’s presentation, “Don’t Tick off the Gatekeepers: Your First Marketing Offense or Great Editing Counts” will be presented Friday, March 14, at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe, 43901 15th Street W., Lancaster.

 

Dinner is at 6:00 P.M. (not provided).  The meeting runs from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.  Please RVSP Advanced Toastmasters Platinum President Dana LaMon at xxx or call (661) 949-7423.  Toastmaster Sandy Aubin, ACB/CL is coordinator for the event.

 

Howard says, “You've written your business letter, your query, your story, your book. What now? You've tackled writing like a professional but when it comes presenting it, to introducing yourself to the decision makers—the marketing and editing part of your work—you may show a lack of expertise with seemingly innocuous departures from accepted procedures. Things like using a cover letter when you need a query. Carolyn Howard-Johnson will share her expertise from her years as a publicity consultant, editor, and published author. She'll also let you in on the secrets 20 prominent and passionate agents shared with her for The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. 

 

Howard-Johnson is the first author-publicist to receive the Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment award given by the California Legislature.  Among other awards she has won the Book Publicists of Southern California, Irwin Award and the Military Writers’ Society of America’s Silver Award of Excellence.

 

Her newest book, The Frugal Editor:  Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success was named USA Book News Best in the Publishing Category and the e-book version hit the top sales spot on its online bookstore in a matter of days after its release.   She was an editorial assistant at Good Housekeeping Magazine, and has written or now writes columns for the Pasadena Star News, Home Décor Buyer and Writer’s Journal. 

 

Howard-Johnson studied at the University of Utah, graduated from USC and has done postgraduate work in writing at UCLA. She has studied writing at Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University in Prague and conducted workshops and seminars at San Diego State University's renowned Writers' Conference and Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop and others.


M E D I A   R E L E A S E

 

February 3, 2008

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

For Immediate Release

So Who Cares If a Newsletter's Long?

Neglected Poets Get Attention
In Popular Sharing With Writers Newsletter

Award-winning poet Carolyn Howard-Johnson decided to quit neglecting her poet pals and include a segment specifically for poets in her popular newsletter, Sharing with Writers.

It's about time. Sharing with Writers was originally conceived to help all writers, just as Howard-Johnson's HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers was. Instituted some three years ago, the newsletter was so jam-packed with tips, articles and a question and answer feature that she felt one more segment would make the letter too long.

Still, many subscribers were poets. And they were faithful readers. Howard-Johnson says, "It just occurred to me that many poets were writers of other material and that the opposite might be true if more writers were exposed to the advantages of knowing the elements of poetry. I mean you can use alliteration effectively in headlines! Besides, if I put out a long newsletter each week, hardly anyone will notice if it's a little longer."

Thus the segment "On Poetry" was born. Last week Howard-Johnson shared a tip from a poet who sells her chapbooks at Venice Beach. This year she recommends a book on shopping one's poetry that every poet should read.

Howard-Johnson, better known as The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor, came to marketing and editing through experience in those fields but also as the author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a poetry collection Tracings, which was given an award of excellence by the Military Writers' Society of America and was named to Compulsive Readers' Ten Best Reads list. She has also collaborated with Magdalena Ball on what may be the first e-chapbook of poetry, Cherished Pulse.

Find more information on Howard-Johnson's newsletter on this Web site.

Subscription information for Sharing with Writers may be found at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com.

For more information on Cherished Pulse or to buy the chappbok visit http://budurl.com/CherishedPulse .

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January 25, 2008

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

For Immediate Release

 Amazon.com Is a Publisher, Too!

Award-winning Poets Co-Author Chapbook
Published as an Amazon Short


Who would have paired poetry with the bookselling giant, Amazon?

Since Jeff Bezos's online conglomerate entered the publishing field with a concept they called Shorts, authors everywhere have been thrilled to have their promotional power behind them. Recently they accepted a book of poetry co-authored by award-winning poets, Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball.

She Wore Emerald Then was conceived by the pair as an alternative to the sugary greeting cards usually available for mothers in card shops. Amazon Shorts are only 49 cents, can be sent to a recipient instantly at no additional cost, and are far more inclusive that the casual card or momento. All kinds of writing is available, from short stories to how-to pieces. Ball, an Australian poet, says "Chapbooks have been a tradition among poets for centuries. Mother's Day is on the way and the electronic aspect of the Amazon Short program made Shorts an ideal way for Carolyn and me to collaborate once again ."

This will be Howard-Johnson's second Short. The first is The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less. Her chapbook Tracings was honored for excellence by the Military Writers Society of America and named to Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads. She is the author of several other award-winning books. She is also an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Magdalena Ball is the author of the novel Sleep Before Evening, which has received unanimous 5-star reviews for its linguistic beauty and the intensity of its plot. She is also the author of an award-winning poetry chapbook Quark Soup, and a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment: How to Review Anything. Her Web site The Compulsive Reader, http://www.compulsivereader.com/html, has become a benchmark for high quality online literary criticism, and has been growing steadily in the eight years since its launch.

The two collaborated last year on a book of what Howard-Johnson calls "unsyrupy" poetry for Valentines Day. It is available at http://bit.ly/CherishedPulse

Artwork for She Wore Emerald Then is by May Lattanzio. She is a freelance writer/photographer, Amazon Shorts author (Paradise and The Last Striper, with more to come) and author of Waltz on the Wild Side -- An Animal Lover's Journal and contributor to Native West's anthology Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West - A Tribute".

Learn more about Magdalena Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com

Learn More about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com

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January 7, 2008

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

               

For Immediate Release

 

Award-Winning Author Continues Trend

 Frugal Book Promoter Named 2007 Top Ten Star

Reno, NV. - Kristie Leigh Maguire, publisher of Star Publish, announced that Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s how-to book for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t, is her firm's top seller for 2007.

The Frugal Book Promoter is a USA Book News Best Book and a winner of Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award. It is the first in Howard-Johnson's How To Do It Frugally series of books for writers. The second is the newly released The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success, also a USA Book News award winner.

Howard-Johnson, an instructor at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, chose to have the book published in both e-book format and paperback in order to give both emerging authors and her struggling students affordable and convenient choices. Whichever format a reader chooses, The Frugal Book Promoter assures an author’s book the best possible start in life. Full of nitty-gritty how-tos for getting nearly free publicity, the author shares her professional experience as well as practical tips gleaned from the successes of her own book campaigns. A former publicist, she tells authors how to do what their publishers can’t or won’t and why authors can often do their own promotion better than a PR professional.

 

Look for The Frugal Book Promoter in paperback at Amazon.com and other bookstores. It is also available as an Amazon Kindle book.

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December 07, 2007

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

               

For Immediate Release

Amazon Short Program a Fit
For Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Plans to Help Authors

Note: Amazon's Short Program has been discontinued.

Los Angeles - Carolyn Howard-Johnson is partnering with Amazon Shorts, a program that brings short pieces from published authors for the amazing price of 49 cents. Shorts include nonfiction and how-tos, short stories, poetry collections and more.

Howard-Johnson, the author of five published books available on Amazon, says, "I have consulting clients who hate to learn the proposal and synopsis process. There are many good books out there on the subject but I needed to lead these authors through the process easily and fast. Thus The Great First Impression Book Proposal was born. Amazon's short program seemed made for it. Amazon is a true publisher. They put the work out their and publicize it to the reading public."

Daniel Slater, editor at Amazon, and his team put together a cover and shepherded The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less through the process in less than six weeks. Howard-Johnson says, "They have been very responsive, excellent communicators."

Howard-Johnson is no stranger to publishing or to awards. Her novel, This is the Place, won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening, won three and her chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press) won the award of excellence from the Military Writers Societyof America. The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't are both USA Book News Award winners in the publishing and writing category. Her marketing campaign for those books won the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award.

The author is an extension division instructor for UCLA’s renowned Writers’ Program and speaks at writers' conferences nationwide. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California Legislature and American Business Women's Association (ABWA) named her Outstanding Woman.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com. She blogs at http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com.

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November 2, 2007

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

For Immediate Release

 

 

USA BOOK NEWS NAMES CAROLYN HOWARD-JOHNSON'S

FRUGAL EDITOR BEST PUBLISHING BOOK IN
NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS 2007” AWARDS


Simon & Schuster, Penguin-Putnam, HarperCollins, Random House,
Houghton Mifflin Co., John Wiley & Sons Red Engine Press & Hundreds of Independent Titles Score Top Honors in
the 4th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

LOS ANGELES – Thursday (Nov. 1, 2007), USA Book News, the premiere online magazine and review Web site for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced Carolyn Howard-Johnson's The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success the National Best Book Awards (BBA) in the category of business and publishing. on November 1, 2007.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to winners and finalists.

Howard-Johnson is no stranger to awards. Her novel, This is the Place,  won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening, won three and the companion book to The Frugal Editor, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is an Irwin award winner. Howard-Johnson's  chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press) won the award of excellence from the Military Writers Association of America.

 

The authors is an extension division instructor for UCLA’s reknowned Writers’ Program and speaks at writers' conferences nationwide. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California Legislature and American Business Women's Association (ABWA) named her Outstanding Woman.

 

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin-Putnam, HarperCollins, Random House, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Co., John Wiley & Sons & hundreds of independent titles contributed to this year’s outstanding BBA competition. Keen adds, “BBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. USABN Magazine Online is the monthly electronic magazine e-mailed free to a large cross-section of the book buying public. JPX Media, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of USABookNews.com.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://carolynhoward-johnson.com or http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com

 

Full results listing is available online at www.USABookNews.com.

 

 

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October 2, 2007

 

CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

                E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

               

               

For Immediate Release

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward To Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success reached the top ten in its category (editing) on Amazon in presale efforts.

The Frugal Editor is the second in the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers after The Frugal Editor: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't which is a USA Book News Best Professional Book and Irwin Award Winner. The Frugal Editor helps writers jigger their computers to work with them instead of against them to produce everything from picture-perfect query letters to full manuscripts.  It also includes advice from 20 of the nation's top agents on how to avoid appearing like an amateur and a appendices that include contact information for those agents.

The Frugal Editor will foil the gremlins out there determined to keep authors' works from being published, their books from being promoted. They—resolved to embarrass writers before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for them—lurk in their subconscious minds and the depths of their computer programs. With the release of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s The Frugal Editor writers can take control of their own futures—from first query letter to final galley.

This new how-to book is second in the How To Do It Frugally Series, accessible at http://howtodoitfrugally.com.

The author says, "This series is the result of a combination of experience gained through trial and error in promoting my own literary works and my professional experience in marketing, PR, journalism, editing and publishing in general."

Howard-Johnson in an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California legislature. In addition to dozens of literary awards and honors, she was also honored by her city's Ethics Committee and the Pasadena Weekly. She was also recently named outstanding woman by American Business Women's Association.

The Frugal Editor is available for pre-orders at Amazon (http://budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor). Its  official release was  October 1, 2007

 

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September 27, 2007

For Immediate Release

  • Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  • E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

For Immediate Release
 

Educators' Week a Feature of Authors' Coop Booth At West Hollywood Fair

West Hollywood -- During this week designated to honor educators, Authors' Coop will feature teachers in its booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair this Sunday, Sept. 30.

 Among those signing at the AC booth (Booth #51-52F)  will be educators Carol J. Amato, Janet Goliger and Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

 The fair is at the West Hollywood Park, 647 N San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069. It features a variety of pavilions with free panels and seminars.

 Howard-Johnson is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Her books in the HowToDoItFrugally.com Series of books for writers are recommended reading for her classes. Goliger is a teacher for Glendale Unified Schools and writes on self defense for children and Amato is a prolific writer of texts and how-tos for graduate students.

 Other authors signing are Christine Alexanians, Kevin Gerard, Margaret Danielak, Erica Stux, Leora Krygier, Walter Brasch, Jay Bern, Sona Ovasapyan, Michael Wallach, and Nance Rosen. Their books include everything from nonfiction to poetry to genre fiction.

 Students Alexa Gregorian and Rita Gabrielyan will serve as aids to earn volunteer credits  required by their schools as well.

 More information on the West Hollywood Book Festival may be found at. http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org   Both the fair and the presentations are presented at no charge.

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September 19, 2007

For Immediate Release

  • Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  • E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 Authors' Coop Readies
Third Semi-Annual All-Tips Issue

Glendale, CA—Pssst.  Did you know?

That kind of approach has always caught our interest. We look for hot stuff on the stock market, best buys and, of course, better ways to do business. Now that authors find themselves in the positions of promoter and publisher as well as writer, they look for tips, too!

Tips, in fact, are the favorite feature of  the "Sharing with Writers." newsletter. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, is editor of that letter and noticed that correspondence from readers was mostly about tips and more tips. Thus, the first-ever, all-new tips edition was born. After that, subscribers asked for more and the tips edition become a semi-annual event.

Subscribers are encouraged to participate in the letter, to share with their fellows by sending articles and news. They came out in droves for this issue and the edition may need to become a two-part newsletter. Before September has waned, the third semi-annual edition will hit the email boxes of subscribers. Interested authors may subscribe to the letter by sending an e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to HoJoNews@aol.com.

 Also for authors is a blog focused on making humdrum booth at a book fair into a rousing success by using value-added promotions, (http://sizzlingbookfairbooths.blogspot.com ), and more.

Directors of the group are published authors Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulkner.

 Howard-Johnson, the editor of "Sharing with Writers," is the author of USA Book News' Best Professional Book and Irwin Award winnner, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't.

 Hew new is release, The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success .

 

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September 07, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

            E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 

 For Immediate Release
  

Publishing Panel Moderated by the HowToDoItFrugally Author

 

West Hollywood -- Carolyn Howard-Johnson will moderate a panel, "Reach for Your Dream: Prepare for Publication the Professional Way" at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 30. at 1:00 pm at the Writer's Pavilion. She promises, "Even those who are old hands at publishing will learn something new."

 

Panelist are June Casagrande, Ina Hillebrandt, Christopher Meeks, and Elizabeth Pomeroy. Authors and publishers all, each will speak to their experiences publishing in a different way.

 

Howard-Johnson says, "There is no one right way to publish. Each title, each author, each pocketbook may demand something different." She is the author of This Is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and Tracings, a chapbook of poetry. All are multi award-winners. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and has shared her expertise on publishing and writing at venues like San Diego State's world renowned Writers' Conference and Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature.

 

Howard-Johnson will also sign her newly-released The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success after the panel discussion and all day at the Authors' Coop booth.

 

More information on the West Hollywood Book Festival may be found at. http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org/ Both the fair and the presentations are presented at no charge.

For a schedule of author signing times go to http://www.sizzlingbookfairbooths.blogspot.com 

 

Learn more about Chris Meeks at www.chrismeeks.com, about June Casagrande at www.grammarsnobs.com, about Carolyn Howard-Johnson at www.howtodoitfrugally.com, about Elizabeth Pomeroy at www.newmoonspress.com and about Ina Hillebrandt at www.inaspawprints.com.

 

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Sept. 2007

 

For Immediate Release

 

Business Women Honor Author

 

Anaheim, CA -- Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will receive the American Business Women's Association's (ABWA) Outstanding Woman Award at the their 19th national American Business Women's Day Celebration, Sat., Sept. 8, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Lynn White Shelby, of the Verdugo Glen Chapter, Glendale, CA,  nominated her for the award.

 

The ABWA is an organization that brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. Their motto "Together we can do it" unites tens of thousands of members throughout the world who benefit from membership and its national magazine Women in Business.

 

Howard-Johnson is the author of a novel, book of creative nonfiction and poetry, all award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th Districts of the California Legislature. She speaks on Utah's culture, tolerance and subjects relating to writing and publishing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is also is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program.  Her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and earned the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin award and her newest book, The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success will be released Oct. 1.

Howard-Johnson may be reached at (HoJoNews@aol.com) Information is also available at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com .

The ABWA site is www.abwa.org.

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  • CONTACT:    Valerie L. Coleman

  •                         937.307.0760

  •                         info@penofthewriter.com

 

Dayton's Pen To Paper Literary Symposium Features

Editing/Marketing Expert Carolyn Howard-Johnson

(Dayton, OH) – Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be one of the internationally known authors featured at the fourth annual Pen To Paper Literary Symposium, sponsored by the Mark Baker Foundation and Pen of the Writer in Dayton, Ohio.

Valerie Coleman, symposium coordinator says, “The Pen To Paper Literary Symposium provides a wealth of information on the art of and business of writing. “Attendees gain insight from mainstream and self-published authors, editors, agents and an attorney. This year we’ve expanded the symposium to include sessions for music and screen writing.” It will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Dayton Urban League, 907 West Fifth Street. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, will share her expertise on effective marketing techniques both in the editing of a book and its promotion. She is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't which won USA Book News' Best Professional Book 2004 and the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award and the newly-released the Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. She was also named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature.

Victoria Christopher Murray, an Essence bestselling author of six novels including A Sin and a Shame, Temptation and The Ex Files is also featured.

The symposium includes an Author Showcase on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. Aspiring writers, book clubs, avid readers and the public are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, an on-site bookstore, and products and services from local businesses. There they can also meet and greet the contributing authors to the anthology Tainted Mirror and enjoy live music performances by Dayton’s own Tonya Baker , Christopher and Deron Bell. A portion of the $10 admission goes to scholarships for students of the Passionate Pens program and Mark Baker Foundation .

Pen of the Writer is a publishing company founded by Dayton native, Valerie L. Coleman. It assists aspiring writers and authors through the process of publishing. For complete agenda and conference registration fees, contact Valerie Coleman at xxx.

 

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  • July 16, 2007

Author Awards the Noble (Not Nobel) Prize for Fifth Year

Carolyn Howard-Johnson Takes On
Nobel Prize Committee for Sixth Year!
 

Praised or maligned, the Nobel Prize for Literature is always news. It selects the best from the world and therefore misses much of value. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, “Back to Literature” columnist for MyShelf.com, closes the gap (only slightly) with her an annual “Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for Literature.”

 Over the last years the Nobel committee has recognized authors for their literary expertise but there has also been a trend toward awarding the prize for, as Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Tim Rutten says, “an author’s particular relevance to the moral moment in which the world finds itself.”

Howard-Johnson’s prize therefore concentrates on books that address these same issues. For her Noble Prize (as opposed to the NOBEL prize), Howard-Johnson considers books written in English (which narrows the field of prospects considerably) because Nobel has rather neglected writers who write in English over the years and because that is the language in which she . . . .ahem, reads, at least well enough.

Howard-Johnson’s lists have included well-known authors who explore discrimination in their writing like Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison but she tries to concentrate on authors who have not been posted to bestseller lists or won major awards. Some past winners are LA's Leora G. Krygier and Randall Sylvis, New York's Leora Skokin Smith, Australia's Bob Rich and Magdalena Ball. 

Books nominated for the 2007 Noble Prize for Literature must be submitted by Sept 15, 2007. Published books and chapbooks of poetry, plays and literary novels are eligible., but may have been published in any year. Results are published each January on the "Back to Literature" page and on Howard-Johnson's New Book Review blog (www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com).  Query Carolyn Howard-Johnson at HoJoNews@aol.com . Please put "NOBLE PRIZE QUERY" in the subject line. The prize is honorary only, no monies or gifts. Readers may nominate their favorite books and authors may nominate their own. 

Howard Johnson is no stranger to literary prizes. Her first, This Is the Place, won the Reviewers’ Choice Award after it was published in 2001 and went on to win seven other awards. A chapter from the book was a finalist in the Masters’ Literary Award and another was selected for inclusion in The Copperfield Review. Her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening, has won three awards, her Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was USA Book News' Best Professional Book of 2004 and the Irwin Award. Her chapook of poetry, Tracings, was named "Top 10 Reads for 2004" by The Compulsive Reader and given the Military Writers' Society of America's Award of Excellence. She is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://CarolynHoward-Johnson.com. Her efforts are sponsored by Editor Brenda Weeaks at MyShelf.com.

Howard-Johnson's  "Back to Literature" column may be found at http://myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm, where book covers and comments on the winners are posted.

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  •  Contact: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

  •  E-Mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

 

HowToDoItFrugally Author Helps
Writers Extend Life of Great Book Reviews

Sometimes a review so good comes along that authors are loathe to let it die. They might include it in their media kit or add it to their Web sites. Now its life can be extended even further with Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog, The New Book Review.

Here is a review blog that doesn't judge a book by its cover or by the press used to print it. If one reviewer loved a book, that qualifies it for more coverage. Authors are asked to follow the guidelines given in the left column of the blog and, in return,  are asked only to let their fans and the media know it is there. That helps expose every review on the blog (a cross-promotion of sorts) and gives authors an opportunity to reach out to the public.

The New Book Review blog (www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com) is an extension of how Carolyn extends cross promotion efforts beyond her books.

Howard-Johnson is an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and the award-winning author of literary fiction and poetry. She is also the author of USA Book News' Best Professional Book and Irwin Award winner, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, and the soon-to-be-released The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success.  

Curious readers and writers will find reviews of works by authors like Yvonne Perry, Erica Stux, Joyce Anthony and Cheryl Kaye Tardiff who wrote the famous Whale Song. It includes reviews by well-known reviewers like Mayra Calvani and historians like Marshall Trimble.

Scroll down on the blog page for submission guidelines. (www.TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com).

More information on the blogger is available at http://www.carolynhoward-johnson.com and www.howtodoitfrugally.com. She also blogs at www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com and writes the Back to Literature column for http://www.myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm.

 

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**Writers Group Names Carolyn Howard-Johnson Honorary Member

 According to a joint announcement by Paulette Ensign, Board Member of the Publishers and Writers of San Diego and Andrew Chapman and Karla Olson, PWSD copresidents, Carolyn Howard-Johnson has been voted an honorary member of their group.

They say, "PWSD has become more knowledgeable in the publishing industry, grown in numbers, and increased in professional enthusiasm as a direct result of [Howard-Johnson's] contribution." 

Howard-Johnson is the author of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, USA Book News' Best Professional Book 2004 and winner of the Irwin Award. Upon the release of The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success in October of 2007, it will be the flagship book in what will then be the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books aimed at helping authors.

 The author's first novel, This is the Place, won eight awards. Her book of creative nonfiction has won three. Her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, received Military Writers' Society of America Award of Excellence and was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list. She is an extension division instructor for UCLA’s Writers’ Program and speaks at writers' conferences nationwide. She was also named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature.

 To learn more about PWSD go to http://www.PublishersWriters.org.

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Books Launch at New Hollywood Book Fair

Carolyn Howard-Johnson will introduce and sign her soon-to-be-released The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success  at the new 2007 Hollywood Book Festival on Saturday, July 28, 2007 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M at the Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Pamela Kelly will also be signing. Her new book is a perfect companion to The Frugal Editor because, in the first of Howard-Johnson's HowToDoItFrugally Series of books, she advises that speaking and teaching is the number one way to brand an author. Kelly's book is Speak With Passion Speak With Power!

Janet Goliger will also sign. Her book is: I Need to be SAFE: I’m Worth It! – How to Protect Your Child from Danger.

Howard-Johnson will showcase the first in her HowToDoItFrugally Series, the award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't. It is USA Book News' Best Professional Book and Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award winner for 2006.

Howard-Johnson is also the author of This Is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and Tracings, a chapbook of poetry. All are multi award-winners. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and has shared her expertise on publishing and writing at venues like San Diego State's world renowned Writers' Conference and Call to Arts! EXPO. She was recently awarded Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the California Legislature.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://carolynhoward-johnson.com and www.howtodoitfrugally.com.  

More information on the new Hollywood Book Festival  may be found at www.hollywoodbookfestival.com.

 

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Free Muse Online Writers Conference
Becomes a 1,000-Strong Force for Authors

The Muse Online Writers Conference served more than 1,000 authors in its inaugural year and registrations are running double that in this, its second year.

 Scheduled for the week of October 8-14, the conference is sponsored by Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. It was conceived to serve authors who otherwise may not be able attend onsite writers' conferences

All workshops and presentations are free of charge for attendees, certainly appealing to emerging and starving authors and those homebound.

A growing line-up of authors, publishers, editors and others who specialize in different aspects of building writing careers: Promotion, Shel Horowitz; Grant writing: Hope Clark; Publishing, Deron Douglas; Carolyn Howard-Johnson, promotion and editing; the king of writing book proposals, Terry Whalin; the Web site-for-authors guy, Marshall Turner, and many more.  

 The online conference will feature a Virtual Interactive Chat Lounge where attendees will engage in real-time dialogue with presenters,

 Presenter, Kathe Gogolewski, says, "This conference is unique in that it offers the same benefits that other conferences but this one has unlimited seating, no crowding, more opportunities for interaction, and a smoke-free environment! This conference represents some of the best that technology has to offer!"

 Learn more at: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference/ 

 Those interested in attending or presenting should email Lea Schizas at museitupeditor@yahoo.ca.  

 

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Author and Consultant Helps
UCLA Students Play the Career Game

Veteran publicist and promotion how-to author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will teach UCLA students winning plays for their budding careers. Students will play The Career Game during Career Week 2007, April 9-13. Howard-Johnson will appear on Tuesday April 10 at 5 pm at the James West Alumni Center on campus.

Students will learn to develop special strategies through one-of-a-kind workshops and meetings with presenters from various industries. Career themes will be played around the themes of traditional games including Scrabble, Sudoku and Pictionary.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th District of the California Legislature Her first novel, This is the Place, and her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, are both award winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. She consults on publishing and promotion and is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program where she will be teaching a course called “Savvy Marketing for New Authors” April 14.  Her book, THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER: HOW TO DO WHAT YOUR PUBLISHER WON'T was USA Book News' Best Professional Book and an Irwin Award winner. Her THE FRUGAL EDITOR will be released this spring.

Howard-Johnson may be reached at (HoJoNews@aol.com) Information is also available at http://www.HowToDoItFrugally.com. .More about the UCLA Career center: consulting and strategies panel at http://career.ucla.edu.

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The Greatest Book Show on Earth

 Award-Winning Author Center Ring at Book Expo America!

Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be at the Biblio Booth at Javits Center in New York City at 1 pm Friday, June 1, signing her new Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success.

The Frugal Editor is the second in the author's HowToDoItFrugally series after The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't. She has a new Web site to support the launch of this new book. The HowToDoItFrugally.com site features the author, her literary work and how-to books, but it is also designed to give both readers and writers information they want and need.

The Frugal Editor was written, Howard-Johnson says, because "there are gremlins out there determined to keep authors' work from being published, our books from being promoted. They resolve to embarrass us before gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for us. They lurk in out subconscious and the depths of our computer programs." The Frugal Editor will help writers of every ilk present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or an entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay."

Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment by the 43rd and 44th District of the California Legislature. Her first novel, This is the Place, and her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, are both multiple award winners. She speaks frequently, is an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide.

The author's first book in the HowToDoItFrugally series was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and given the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award.

At the famous Book Expo America where the publishing industry convenes at different cities throughout the nation in different years, Howard-Johnson will sign and give her copies of her new release to publishing professionals.

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Something Here for Readers and Writers Everywhere

Award-Winning Author Launches
New Website To Tell All HowToDoItFrugally

Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson presents her new Web site just in time for the launch of her new book, The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. The HowToDoItFrugally site features the author, her literary work and how-to books, but it is also designed to give both readers and writers information they want and need.

Of particular interest to the editors of Web sites, blogs, e-zines and newsletters is the "Free Articles 4 Writers and Editors" page where Howard-Johnson regularly posts articles on writing, book reviews, and essays. General readers will appreciate the "Links for Readers" page that not only lists books by category but also Web sites that specialize in reviews to help readers select their reading and reference materials. A similar page for writers lists resources writers need for everything from tekky stuff to book promotion to writers' conferences and tradeshows.

Howard-Johnson was named Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment this year by the 43rd and 44th District of the California Legislature Her first novel, This is the Place, and her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, are both multiple award winners. She speaks frequently, is an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide.

The author's first book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is the first in the HowToDoItFrugally series. It was named USA Book News' Best Professional Book and given the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award.

On www.HowToDoItFrugally.com visitors will find a media room, downloadable media kits and even resource pages for writers.

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  •                 Phone: 818-790-0502

  • Chuck Wike

  •             E-mail: cwike@ci.glendale.ca.us

                For Immediate Release

Writing/Marketing Instructor and Poet Conducts FREE How-To

Poetry: Don't Let It Molder in a Drawer, Publish It!

Glendale, CA-- Glendale City Library presents Carolyn Howard-Johnson in a free seminar and poetry reading where she will introduce two new poet voices, Sona Ovasapyan and Christine Alexanians.

Poetry: Don't Let It Molder in a Drawer, Publish It! will be open to the public on Saturday, April 21, 10 am to noon at the Glendale Central Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St, Glendale, CA 91205

This event will be led by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of Tracings, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press) and Cherished Pulse, an e-chapbook of unconventional love poetry, as well as four other award-winning books including The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Howard-Johnson was honored by members of the California Legislature as Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment, by the Book Publicists of Southern California with their Irwin Award and by her community with a Character and Ethics Award for her efforts to promote tolerance with her writing.

Howard-Johnson, an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program, will also read from her works and introduce two emerging Glendale poets from the Chevy Chase Library Critique group, Sona Ovasapyan and Christine Alexanians. Sona, who came to live in Glendale when she was eleven, was graduated with an AA from Pasadena City College, served as an intern with the Pasadena Weekly and has studied writing in Prague, Czech Republic. She will read from her first published work. Christine has a bachelor's in Journalism from Tehran. A Glendale resident, she has lived in California since 1980. She has a creative nonfiction project The Suspended Garden in the publishing process. She will read her prose poem "92 Years of Silence."

Handouts will be available. Refreshments will be served. Poetry and other books are available for sale at the event and in the library's bookstore.

Three-hour validated parking is available in the Good Guys parking structure across from the library at Harvard and Maryland.  Learn more about the library at www.glendalepubliclibrary.org  or call 818 548 2030 with questions about the event.

Learn about the Chevy Chase critique group at http://www.glendalepubliclibrary.org/writers_support_group.asp

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CONTACT: : Magdalena Ball
                E-mail: maggieball@compulsivereader.com

 

For Immediate Release--Valentine Date Sensitive

 

Roses are Red and Not a Cliché in Sight

Award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have teamed up with online gift-giving giant Celebration Express.  Celebration will be featuring their new e-book of poetry Cherished Pulse, a book full of intense, beautiful, and unconventional poetry about love -- the kind that doesn't appear in valentines that are available at local card counters. 

Cherished Pulse contains the kind of poem you'd send to a loved one if you could but find something that isn't bedecked with doilies, glitter or strewn with clichéd rhymes.  Recognizing that, the 33-year-old florist turned worldwide gift service has decided to feature the book, and offer it as gifts to their most valued customers. 

Celebration Express provides a wide range of Valentine's Day gifts from chocolates to flowers, and is an ideal match for the sentiment expressed in Cherished Pulse, which also contains original watercolors by an award-winning Los Angeles area watercolorist, Vicki Thomas. The two poets are no strangers to awards either. 

Magdalena Ball, the Aussie, wrote a book of science-inspired poetry, Quark Soup,  which won a 2006 "Noble" Prize from MyShelf's Back to Literature site, and her novel Sleep Before Evening is due for publication early in 2007.    

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poetry appears frequently in review journals. She is listed in Poets & Writers and her chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was give the Award of Excellence by the Military Writers Society of America. She is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.

More information on Cherished Pulse.

Celebration Express can be found at: http://www.celebrationexpress.com.au

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson invites you to send poetry this year for Valentine's Day.
It's an unconventional electronic gift (or tradition real-time gift if you print it out on vellum!).
It's an unconventional book of poetry co-authored with award-winning author Magdalena Ball.

Go to http://bit.ly/CherishedPulse

For more on Carolyn:
Blog: http://www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/
Frugal Books Site: http://howtodoitfrugally.com/


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CONTACT: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

      E-mail: HoJoNews@aol.com

CONTACT: : Magdalena Ball
      E-mail: maggieball@compulsivereader.com

 

For Immediate Release

 

Poets Take a Swipe at Hallmark

Award winning poets Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball have teamed up to produce a book of love poetry which is anything but syrupy.  The poems love in unconventional ways and offers mature, deep, reflective sentiment for those who want to say something a little richer, a little deeper than simply "I love you."

According to Joyce Mishaan, AC Content Producer, "It’s a rough world and it’s easy to look around and feel that love is nothing more than a hopeless cliché."  Cherished Pulse moves beyond those clichés, and explores real love -- the kind of love that may take many years to build. No pussyfooting. No excuses. It's a sensual, beautiful book which can be read again and again.

Of the collection, Howard-Johnson, author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a poetry collection Tracings, says, "I think there is a market for stuff that doesn't look and feel like Hallmark. I can never find a commercial card that isn't too mushy or too cutsey."

The chapbook is a miracle made possible by the net; the two poets hail from different continents, Ball from Australia and Howard-Johnson from California, USA.

Cherished Pulse, an e- chapbook of unconventional love poetry, perhaps an industry first. As a downloadable  e-book, it costs less than a single paper card. It Give a copy with a rose the color of your choosing or a locket and watch your Valentine smile.

Magdalena Ball is the author of the poetry collection Quark Soup and her novel Sleep Before Evening is due for publication early in 2007.

Cherished Pulse also has original paintings by artist Vicki Thomas.

More information on Cherished Pulse

Learn more about Ball at http://www.compulsivereader.com/html/.

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Author Awards the Noble (Not Nobel) Prize for Fifth Year

 Taking On the Nobel Prize Committee for Fifth Year!  

 Praised or maligned, the Nobel Prize for Literature is always news. It selects the best from the world and therefore misses much of value. Carolyn Howard-Johnson, “Back to Literature” columnist for MyShelf.com, closes the gap (only slightly) with her an annual “Noble Prize for Literature.”

 Over the last years the Nobel committee has recognized authors for their literary expertise but there has also been a trend toward awarding the prize for, as Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Tim Rutten says, “an author’s particular relevance to the moral moment in which the world finds itself.”

Howard-Johnson’s prize therefore concentrates on books that address these same issues. For her Noble Prize (as opposed to the NOBEL prize), Howard-Johnson considers books written in English (which narrows the field of prospects considerably) because writers who write in English have been rather neglected over the years and because that is the language in which she . . . .ahem, reads well enough.

Howard-Johnson’s lists have included well-known authors who explore discrimination in their writing like Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison but she tries to concentrate on authors who have not been posted to bestseller lists or won major awards. Some past winners are LA's Leora G. Krygier and Randall Sylvis.

The winners for 2006 just announced in January's issue of Myshelf are:

Bruce Bauman for And the Word Was (Other Press, 2005). Nominated by Susan Henderson.
Carolyn Davidson for Redemption (HON Books--Harlequin). Nominated by Suzie Housley.
Robert Eggleton for his e-book, Rarity from the Hollow (Fatcat Press). Nominated by Evelyn Somers.
Dr. Bob Rich for his biography, Anikó.
Helen Losse
for her chapbook, Gathering the Broken Pieces #5 in the Poets on Peace series (Foothill Publishing).Nikki Arana  for The Winds of Sonoma, (Revell).
Magdalena Ball for her book of poetry, Quark Soup (Picaro Press, Warners Bay, Australia).
Marcus Harris
 for his small book of poetry, Songs in Search of a Voice (Urban Echoes Entertainment, LLG).
Two Rivers Review's Poetry Chapbook Series. Published three volumes at a time, Ron Mohring's #5 volume along with Michael McFee's and Lynne Knight's poetry.
Anh Vu Sawyer and Pam Proctor for Song of Saigon (Warner Books).
Eve La Salle Caram for Rena, A Late Journey (Plain View Press, Austin, TX). 
Nadia Brown for her book of poetry Unscrambled Eggs (Publish America).
Hugh Rosen for Silent Battlefields (iUniverse).
Karen Degroot Carter for One Sister's Song (Pearl Street Publishing).

Howard Johnson is no stranger to literary prizes. Her first, This Is the Place, won the Reviewers’ Choice Award after it was published in 2001 and went on to win 7 other awards. A chapter from the book was a finalist in the Masters’ Literary Award and another was selected for inclusion in The Copperfield Review. Her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening, has won three awards, her Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was USA Book News' Best Professional Book of 2004 and her new book of poetry, Tracings, was named "Top 10 Reads for 2004" by The Compulsive Reader and given the Military Writers' Society of America's Award of Excellence. She is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's renowned Writers' Program.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson at http://HowToDoItFrugally.com. Her efforts are sponsored by Editor Brenda Weeaks at MyShelf.com.

Her "Back to Literature" column may be found at http://myshelf.com/backtoliterature/column.htm, where book covers and comments on the winters are posted.

Howard-Johnson explores all things publishing and literary on her blog at http://www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com.

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Imperfect Echoes is Carolyn's newest poetry book. Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small. Writer's Digest Award, 2017; USA Book News Award, 2016; Dan Poynter's Global E-Book Bronze.

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