Whether you are here to: 

•  To review one of Carolyn’s books,
•  To learn more about Carolyn’s free articles, feature story ideas,
    or presentation topics,
•  To engage Carolyn as a speaker,
•  To connect with Carolyn on social media,
•  To simply learn more about promotion or writing,

you are in the right place!

Note: Both media kits above include images, blurbs, reviews, interviews, and first-person essays with permission for media to reprint as well as presentation topic suggestions. They also include a contents page to make it easy to for media personel to find what they need. Authors and publishers are welcome to download the kits to use as samples for their own needs with the disclaimer that all kits—when sent to specific resources—should be carefully tailored (edited) so that included segments meet the needs of the author’s media contact or resource.


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Meet Carolyn on Social Media. . .

Carolyn’s Favorite Major Networks . . .

Carolyn’s Secondary Networks…


Carolyn’s blogs . . .

Carolyn’s Sharing with Writers  blog is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website

Carolyn’s blog, The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor is Best Blog of the Day

Carolyn’s The New Book Review blog has been honored by:

•  The Midwest Review for writers and readers
•  Nikki Leigh with her Brilliante WeBlog Premio and Starbuckeled awards.
•  Online Universities MastersInEnglish.org for their “101 Blogs You Need to Read.”

Note: The New Book review is a new review concept where authors, readers, publishers, and reviewers may share their reviews for books they love at no charge thus extending the exposure they deserve on the web complete with permalinks, making them into “forever reviews.” Find submission guidelines by clicking here.

Carolyn is or has been a proud member of  . . .

  • Military Writers’Society of America
  • Honorary member of Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA)
  • The Independent Book Publishers of America (IBPA)
  • Honorary member of Tennessee Writers’ Alliance
  • Honorary Member of International Writers Organization of Southern California (IWOSC)
  • Honorary Member of Greater Los Angles Association of Writers (GLAWS)
  • Honorary member of Publishers and Writers of San Diego, CA
  • Honorary member of International Order of Horror Professionals
  • Lifetime member of Delta Gamma, national fraternity
  • American Business Women’s Association
  • Small Publishers of North America (SPAN)
  • National Association of Baby Boomer Women
  • Book Publicists of Southern California
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Independent Book Publishers Association


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Carolyn Is a Jack-of-All Trades for Conferences and Events

Keynotes, Seminars, Presentations, Workshops, Panelist and Moderator


Because Carolyn is also an actor, her clips include newspaper feature stories like the front-page story on tolerance followed by community reaction in the Letters-to-the-Editor section in the Glendale News-Press, an LA Times affiliate and a variety of stories covering “Never Too Late to Follow a Dream,” and feminist and environment topics related to her poetry and fiction in venues like LA Daily News, Pasadena Star-News & Associated Papers, The Desert Woman (Las Vegas), Ventura County Star, Nevada Woman, UCLA Writers Quarterly, The Pasadena Weekly, Ridgecrest News-Review, The Robesonian, Ventura County Star. The article featuring her book of poetry celebrating Earth Day was part of the front page Chiron in The Pasadena Weekly.

Find a more complete list of appearances in Carolyn’s media kits available with links near the top of this page.

Carolyn (right) moderates panel on publishing at Call to Arts! EXPO, Pasadena, CA. Panelists
(l. to r.) Alexis Powers, Rolf Gompertz, Leora Krygier, Robert Stone

Carolyn’s credible experience…

  • Carolyn Howard-Johnson has written and published every which way—self-published, subsidy-published, traditionally published—all experience that helps her give clients and readers exactly what they need to know.
  • Carolyn has published in most genres: fiction–both a novel and short stories—poetry, and nonfiction for writers, and retailers. She has published trade paperbacks, e-books, and booklets. She has also been published in newspapers, magazines, journals, and literally hundreds of websites and blogs.
  • Carolyn has worked as a publicist and journalist. That means she knows how to appeal to both sides of the media fence in your search for exposure.
  • Carolyn was a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor for nearly a decade.
  • Carolyn wrote The Frugal Book Promoter, now in its third edition from Modern History Press.
    It is a USA Book News and Irwin award winner among others.
  • Carolyn once founded and owned her own chain of retail stores. Why does this count? Because books are sold by retailers. Bookstores are retailers. The more authors know about retailing, the better equipped they are to book workshops, signings, panels, and other appearances. Start learning more about retailing with her series of retailing books listed on her Amazon profile at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.
  • The Frugal Editor is the winningest book in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books. It is not your high school grammar book. Author-specific, it covers important formatting, agents’ query letter pet peeves, computer aids, and more “stuff” you have not seen in the how-to books you’ve read including sample query letters with an explanation why every query letter should be tailored to the occasion.

NOTE: Carolyn has partnered with trusted publishing industry influentials like WinningWriters.com. She presented at BookBaby’s first writers’ conference in Philadelphia when more than 38,000 of their very smart authors and prospective clients downloaded the Frugal Book Promoter when it was offered as part of one of their educational promotions. See a sampling of some of her favorite appearances on the Speaking and Acting Page on this website.

Credentials at a Glance…


University Study

  • University of Utah, journalism
  • Arizona State University, Postgraduate English literature
  • University of Southern California (USC), BA in English Literature
  • Glendale Community College, overseas study and basic computer classes
  • Cambridge University, Trinity College (UK), postgraduate study in short story and writing
  • Herzen University (St. Petersburg RU), poetry and other fiction genres
  • Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), writing
  • Certificate in Education from UCLA's Instructor Development Program, 2006


  • Speaker and learner at many writers' conferences throughout the US
  • Cofounder of the free Muse Online Writers' Conference
  • Cosponsor of the Roman Retreat. 
    Watch for new ones!
  • Founder of a writers’ critique group for the Glendale Public Library System


Published Works Almanac

Please see Carolyn's Published Works Almanac in the PDF Media Kit #2 Creative Works (available with a click at the top of this page.)


  • Instructor for UCLA Extension Writers' Program for nearly a decade.
  • Presenter at conferences and tradeshows. (See the page on Speaking on this website.)
  • Workshop leader at bookstores, expos, tradeshows, etc.
  • Certificate in Education Instruction from UCLA

Note: If you would like to receive Carolyn’s media releases for ideas and information on Carolyn’s presentations and book releases please sign up here.

Note: Carolyn encourages authors to download her multi-use media kits at the top of this page to use as a guide for writing their own media kit in conjunction with the directions in the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter, published by Modern History Press.


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Get In Touch

If you need help with your writing career, let me share with you my experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, retailer, and as an instructor at UCLA. Of course, the most frugal way to get the information you need is with my multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers. If I can help you with this or any of the other services I offer, please fill out and submit the brief form on the right. 

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A Guide and Links to all of Carolyn’s Books

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

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

Give the gift of poetry with
a chapbook from
Magdalena Ball's
and My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE PONDCelebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
Purchase THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER, Third Edition,
published by Modern History Press
an addendum to The Frugal Editor with more word trippers
GREAT FIRST-IMPRESSION BOOK PROPOSALS. Second Edition, published by Modern History Press

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers
Authors who understand what retailers need and want are more successful when they
pitch events (workshops, readings, seminars) to bookstores and other businesses.

Note: Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader.
Did you know that with the Free app, Kindle can be adapted to any reader--even your PC

Note: Carolyn encourages authors to download her Multi-Use Media Kits at the top the Media Press Room Page, to use as a guide for writing their own Media Kit
in conjunction with the directions in the Third Edition of the Frugal Book Promoter, published by Modern History Press.