Carolyn's Published Works
The Joy of Writing and Sharing with Others

One of my favorite blues artists,
Billie Holiday (a fellow Aries),  said,
"If I'm  going to sing like someone else then I don't need to sing at all."
This should be any artist's mantra.
It's all about style, really.

Here are onsite links to learn more about each of
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's major published works.

  • This Is the Place is my heart, the beginning of it all. 

  • A study guide is included in the backmatter of This Is the Place. Rebecca Brown of says, "At the end [of This Is the Place]  there is a Reading Group Guide of questions for serious discussion, which transforms this novel into a textbook about closed societies & their impact."

  • Harkening tells the stories of real people and speaks to the preserving of a family's innermost secrets.

  • Tracings outlines the life of the poet, the layers of one woman's life.

  • Imperfect Echoes is among my favorite books because my hope is that it could better the futures of all, one reader at a time. All proceeds go to Amnesty International. Honored by Writer's Digest, Global E-book Awards, and USA Book News.

  •  Cherished Pulse, written with Magdalena Ball, is our Valentine full of unsyrupy poetry, sent directly to you (or for you to send to others!).

  • Imagining the Future, part of Magdalena Ball's and my Celebration Series of poetry chapbooks is for fathers and "other masculine apparitions."

  • She Wore Emerald Then is a poetry chapbook with Magdalena Ball subtitled "Reflections on Motherhood."

  • Blooming Red is a booklet of Christmas poetry "for the rational."

  • Deeper into the Pond is a chapbook celebrating femininity--a gift to women everywhere.

  • Sublime Planet is a full book of poetry celebrating the earth and the universe.

  • Other publishing includes shorter works.

  • The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Book Promoter is my way of sharing the pitfalls of publishing with other authors in hope they won't fall into the same potholes I did.

  • The Frugal Editor, second edition and second in multi award-winning  HowToDoItFrugally series, shares my system for keep editing gremlins at bay.

  • The Great First Impression Book Proposal: How to Sell Your Book in 30 Minutes or Less was an Amazon Short. When they discontinued their Short program, I republished a new edition as a booklet and e-book.

  • The Survive and Thrive series of how-to books for retailers now numbers three and is growing.

  • Carolyn wrote Reel Critics for several newspapers including LA Times affiliates and now writes mini Twitter reviews recorded at #MovieReviews.

A sample of Carolyn's short stories.

Scroll down for Amazon-clicks for easy ordering of all the above books and for a first person essay that chronicles a writing career from the days when women were typists and
only rarely journalists or writers.

Rey Ybarra and I chat at the Irwin Award ceremony. Rey is host at BSATV.
The photo is by his director and camera person, Randy Detroit.

A Partial List 
Publications Carolyn's Work
Has Appeared In

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


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

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

·        The Banyan Review, short story “Grandfather Rock”

·        Sparks Magazine, poem “Woman’s Day”

·        Subtle Tea, poem “Woman’s Day ”

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

·        Yarrow Brook Review, poem “Where I Am”

·        Flash Fiction, essay “Remembering Joe”

·        Poetic Voices, villanelle “Adaptation”

·        Lunarosity, poem “Pleading for Sylvia”

·        Mochila Review: poem “Big Screen Snack”

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

·        Apollo’s Lyre, poem “Deciphering Sound”

·        The Pedestal Magazine, poem “Olvera Street Tutorial”

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

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

·        Re)verb, poem ”Faith in LA”

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

·        Edifice Wrecked, literary journal, poem

“Shelf Life”

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

·        Sunspinner Magazine, poem “Olvera Street Tutorial”

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

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

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

·        Penwomanship, poem “Antigua’s Hope”

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

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

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

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

Incomplete and Considerately Abridged”

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

·        Under the Roc, poem “Shelf-Life”

·        Lunarosity, short short story, “Artemis”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

·        Voices Israel, poem “Sympathizing with Tantalus”

·        Cyclamens and Swords, poem “This Grave at Ypres

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

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

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

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

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



·        Book Review Café.com

·        Sell Writing

·        Home Décor Buyer, print

·        Pasadena Star News

·        Salt Lake Tribune

·        Authors Almanac

·        Writers’ Journal, print

·, online literary



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

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

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


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


·        UCLA Extension Writers Program, instructor

·        Founder, Facilitator Critique Group, Glendale Library System

·        Salt Lake Tribune, staff writer, columnist

·        Yarrow Brook Literary Review, editorial

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

·        Maguire-Gisby Associates, publicists, advisory board

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


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




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


·        Giftbeat, print newsletter for retail trade

·        Home Décor Buyer, trade magazine

·        Gift and Decorative Accessories, trade magazine

·        CBC advertising insert in trade magazines


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

What People Are Saying
Carolyn's Published Works

Imperfect Echoes, Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small:

Carolyn's newest book of poetry.

This Is the Place, a novel
This Is the Place Study Guide included in the backmatter of the book. It is out of print and available only through Amazon's new and used feature available on Amazon's buy page, upper right corner.

“It is interesting to learn how others live especially when you are reading a well written book.”
~ Connie Martinson, TV Host of “Connie Martinson Talks Books”

“…fascinating…I highly recommend it to everyone.”
~ Evie Grossfield, “Talk of the Town with Evie,”  KTLA, Ventura, CA.

Harkening, A Collection of Stories Remembered:
Harkening is out of print and available only through Amazon's new and used feature available on Amazon's buy page, upper right corner.

Tracings, a chapbook of poetry

"I was already familiar with Howard-Johnson's excellent nonfiction resources, chiefly The Frugal Book Promoter, though her success in that discipline actually made me skeptical about how good her literary work would turn out. But this fear was ultimately unfounded. Howard-Johnson has crafted her poetry with a confidence that is singly seductive, a considerable accomplishment given that the subject matter to which she gives form isn't often inherently sensual -- she makes it so. Among her knockout punches are the metamorphic "An Apparition," the quietly painful "Recognizing Denial," and the chagrined eros of "Raised in God's Country."
Abel Peña, reviewer


The Celebration Series of Chapbooks coauthored with Magdalena Ball

Cherished Pulse

". . . a must read. It is  intelligent, thoughtful poetry. Share this collection with someone you

~ May Lattanzio, editor Inkslingers

Imagining the Future:
For Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions

"Ball and Howard-Johnson prove that fathers are more than just the
pipe-smoking Fathers Knows Best or the hapless all-thumbs caricatures of modern sitcoms. Their poetry and images are in our DNA and our hearts."
~ Kristin Jonson, founder the Warrior Poets Project

She Wore Emerald Then:
Reflections on Motherhood

"She Wore Emerald Then is more than a collection of poems; it is a collection of life. Each is poignantly written, taking the reader to the brink of emotion as a memory long forgotten is evoked, only to resurrect another time and place as the page is turned."
~ Jozette Aaron, editor of DeSilva's News

Blooming Red:
Christmas Poems for the Rational

“[Both poets] have an incredible gift with literary imagery.”
~ Darcia Helle, author and reviewer

Sublime Planet:
Celebrating the Planet and the Universe

“Lucid and erudite.”
~ Midwest Book Review

The HowToDoItFrugally Series
One for Writers
One for Retailers

The Frugal Book Promoter:
How to Do What Your Publisher Won't

"I’ve long recommended John Kremer’s 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, but until now, I didn’t have many other “staples” to recommend to new authors looking for publicity.
Jenna Glatzer, author of Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer , former  editor of AbsoluteWrite

". . . a classic!"

The Frugal Editor:
Do-it-yourself editing secrets for authors from your query letter to final manuscript to the marketing of your new bestseller

"Nothing demonstrates professionalism like a well-edited submission. Follow Carolyn Howard-Johnson's clear, step-by-step self-editing approach in The Frugal Editor and you'll submit like a pro."
~ Gregory A. Kompes, Las Vegas Writer's conference coordinator

Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers:
The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy

"This book is set up as a small dictionary of often-confused words and makes them easy to find.  Warning: If readers come across this book first, they will most likely find themselves ordering The Frugal Editor.  That is what I did, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Both books are excellent writing reference tools."
~ Joyce Gilmour, editor and reviewer for Military Writers' Society of America

The Great First Impression Book Proposal:
Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in 30 Minutes or Less

"Carolyn Howard-Johnson makes it easy, gives you the switches that can turn you and even the most cold-blooded editor on. . . . Try it. I'm taking this little booklet and having it tattooed on my inner arm. It's going to be useful to you, I promise. And if you aren't a writer, and you know one, send it on. They'll love it."
~ May L. Lattanzio for Inkslinger

First Person Essay

First Person Essay

Beating Time At Its Own Game
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

 Permission is given to reprint this essay providing the author is credited with byline and tagline.
Contact the author for a shorter version or for versions better fitted to your audience.

       n I married and had children. I happily took a new direction to accommodate my husband’s career and the life the winds of the times presented to me. I left my writing with hardly a backward look. Back then -- in the days before women had been made aware -- the possibilities were not an open book to be denied or accepted. I just did what was expected by the entire culture.

Things are so much better now. I don’t think women younger than their mid-fifties have any idea of how ignorant most women were to their own possibilities. That there was a time when we didn’t even know we had choices is not fiction.

I had always wanted to sit in a forest or an office or a newsroom with a pencil in my hand. I dreamed writing, lived writing and loved writing. I wanted to write the next Gone With The Wind only set in Utah instead of the South. (I figured enough had been written about the South and hardly anyone knew anything about the unique culture I was raised in.) That was my plan but it was soon gone with the wind.

It was the 1950s and women in that time, and especially in that place, had a notion of who they should be, could be and, mostly, they got it from those around them because many of them couldn’t see the difference from society’s expectations and their own.

“You can’t be a nurse,” my mother said. “Your ankles aren’t sturdy enough.” I also was told I couldn’t be a doctor because that wasn’t a woman’s vocation.

“Be a teacher because you can be home the same hours as your children, but learn to type because every woman should be able to make a living somehow if their husband dies.”

Writing was not a consideration. It didn’t fit any of the requirements. So when I gave it up, it didn’t feel like I was giving up much.


Any quality work can find a home if it's submitted to a suitable market. One of my poems about morning glories and chicken poop was just published in Writings from the River edited by Frederick Bridger. It is Montana State University’s journal (so it has the academic cache), but they specialize in a Midwest sensibility which this little poem (borrowed from my childhood experiences) had in abundance. By the way, they also publish under the name Front Range Review.

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When I began to put myself through college, I took the sound advice and studied education so I’d have a profession. I made 75 cents an hour (this was, after all, the 50s!) working as a staff writer at the Salt Lake Tribune. That I was making a living writing didn’t oc

Sometimes the big barriers in life aren’t abject poverty, dreaded disease or death. Sometimes it’s the subtle ones set upon us by time and place. The ones that can’t be seen and can’t be acknowledged because we don’t know they are there. They creep up silently on padded feet and, if we sense them at all, we choose not to turn and face them. The decade of the 50s was a time when barriers like these faced those with dark skin, those who lived in closed religious communities, and those who were female.

When I applied for a job as a writer for Good Housekeeping (Hearst Corporation) in New York in 1961 I was required to take a typing test. I was piqued because I wasn’t applying for the typing-pool, I was applying for a post as an editorial assistant. 

I was told, “No typing test, no interview.” I took the test and was offered a job in the ranks of those who could do 70-in-a-minute. I had to insist upon the interview I had been promised. I was only twenty and had no real skills in assertiveness. I am amazed I had the wherewithal to insist on anything. 

The essentials of this anecdote lie in the fact that I was putout for the wrong reasons. My irritation was a reflection of hubris. However, that pride was probably what goaded me into speaking up so I guess pride is not always a bad thing to have.

 It never occurred to me that this typing requirement was one that applied only to women, much less that I should be angry for the sake of my entire gender. Prejudice is sometimes like traveling on well-worn treads; you have no idea you’re in danger. It also feeds on the ignorance of its victims. They benignly accept their lot because they know no better.

Something similar was at work whe

cur to me. I met a handsome young man and we were married. His career took precedence; that was simply how it was done back then. Then there were two children, carefully planned, because that was how it should be done. By the 70s we both yearned for careers with autonomy. We wanted spend time with our children and be in command of our own lives.

My dream was a victim of the status quo. It never occurred to me to just strike out in my own direction when my husband and children needed me. The pain was there. I just didn’t recognize it so I could hardly address it and fix it.

My husband and I built a business. We raised a lawyer and a mathematician, grew in joy with a grandson, lived through floods and moves, enjoyed travel. For forty years I didn’t write and, during that time, there were changes. Women had more choices but more than that they had become more aware. The equipment, gears and pulleys were in place for a different view on life. In midlife I became aware that there was an empty hole where my children had been but also that the hole was more vast than the space vacated by them. I knew I not only would be able to write, I would need to write.

Then I read that, if those who live until they are fifty in these times may very likely see their hundredth year. That meant that I might have another entire lifetime before me -- plenty of time to do whatever I wanted. In fact, it’s my belief that women in their 50s might have more time for their second life because they won’t have to spend the first twenty years preparing for adulthood.

One day I sat down and began to write the “Great Utah Novel.” I thought it would be a lot easier than it was. I had majored in English Lit. Writing a novel should be pretty much second nature.

It wasn’t long before I realized that writing a novel wasn’t as easy as writing the news stories I had written as a young woman. There were certain skills I didn’t have. It was a discouraging time. I might not have to learn speech and motor skills and the ABCs but there sure was a lot I didn’t know about creative writing. 

Somewhere after writing about 400 pages (easily a year’s work), I knew something major was wrong. 

I took classes at UCLA in writing. I attended writers’ conferences. I read up on marketing. I updated computer skills that had been honed in the days of the Apple II. And all the while I wrote and revised and listened and revised again. This Is the Place finally emerged. 

          It is about a young woman, Skylar Eccles, who is a half-breed. In Utah where she was born and raised, that meant that she was one-half Mormon and one-half any other religion. Skylar considers marrying a Mormon man in spite of her own internal longing for a career. By confronting her own history -- several generations of women who entered into mixed marriages -- and by experiencing a series of devastating events, she comes to see she must make her own way in the world, follow her own true north.

Much of what I wrote about is my own story. If my novel were a tapestry, the warp would be real but the woof would be the stuff of imagination—real fiction. 

I think I bring a unique vision to my work. Utah has a beauty and wonder of its own. The Mormons are a mystery to many. I think I tell a story about Utah in the 50s that could only be told by someone who lived in that time and place and who was a part of the two cultures—the Mormon and the non-Mormon—that make it a whole.

I am proud that I did write this book. I’m glad that I waited until I was sixty. I believe that forty years brought insight to the story in terms of the obstacles that women faced in those days and a gentler perspective of the culture in Utah. 

I also really like being proof that a new life can start late—or that it is never too late to revive a dream.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson's first novel, This Is the Place, and her 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 speaks on culture, tolerance, writing and promotion and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and has shared her expertise 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 and her city's Ethics award for her work on promoting tolerance. Her nitty-gritty how-to book, THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER won USA Book News' Best Professional Book 2004 and her chapbook of poetry, TRACINGS, won the Award of Excellence from the Military Writers' Society of America. She loves to travel and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, UK: Herzen University in St. Petersburg, RU; and Charles University in Prague.

  Please see the letter below from a reader who was affected by this essay. It illustrates why editors like using first-person essays and why one should be included in authors' media kits. Learn how to write and assemble a great media kit in The Frugal Book Promoter.

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Endorsement for
First Person Essay

From an unsolicited e-mail. Permission to reprint.

Dear Carolyn,

Haven't connected for some time but had a request to thank you from my sister. I visited her last weekend in St. Pete Florida where she and two of my cousins live. I took along several copies of articles I had published in Marshall Cook's newsletter Extra Innings. I also took your piece on Journeys. My sister was really touched by the article. She lived through those years as did you and I-(me?). She told me she always felt like an outsider. The youngest of the five of us, (six actually. Mama lost a baby born on D-Day and died 24 hours later). It was my sister and my mother who worked through life together, sometimes with little to live on. Mama had to go to work in a dime store to support the two of them. Vi never had a father figure to look up to. Our dad left after the four of us were grown leaving our sister with mother. Vi married a man ("man" doesn't exactly fit his character) who turned out to be a batterer.. A close friend gave her funds to get out and get away. These were the years when there was nothing or no one to help with sheltering or counseling. She was virtually on her own. Her son was in the service and her two girls were teenagers. She never told anyone about the abuse, even our mother, with the exception of the close friend.

My sister managed to find jobs that helped her learn the ins and outs of accounting, and is very good at what she does. She now works for a company in St. Pete in their accounting office. She has to work to keep up with everything--rent, etc.. not unlike her growing up years.
My sister asked me to thank you for the article you wrote. It really touched her. I suspect she really related to your charging out on your own when the times were NOT in favor of women in the workplace...and elsewhere for that matter.
So thanks from her and for your friendship and your writings that mean enough to me that I want to share them.
P.S. I've been reading Doris Collins book, When Everything Changed. The amazing journey of AMERICAN WOMEN from 1960 to the present.
I tell my girls I'm going to leave the book for them so they can be reminded that women have come a long way (but not far enough in some cases), and how hard it was for our mothers as well as ourselves in those times....Wouldn't hurt for the boys to know these things also. They have had adjustments in their lives too.


Norma J. Sundberg, author "An Odd Fable,"
Illustrator Esther M. Leiper

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Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.

Great Poetry
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IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

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My Celebration Series

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

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Best New Writing 2013
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Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
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101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

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Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

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

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


This Is the Place: Vivid, emotional, enlightening.
~Chaz Desimone, author and book cover designer

The Frugal Editor: Don't let the title fool you. This book is for ANY writer. If you want to submit a professional, Polished piece, Carolyn's book is a must-have! I learned more in Frugal Editor than in four years fo advanced college English..."
~ B.J. Bramblett, author of two horsy whodunits, Sliding Stop and Flying Change.

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Please click on my Google Calendar button to learn more about my upcoming UCLA Extension Writers' Program classes, my writers' conference and book fair appearances and more.

Proud Member
Honorary Member

ABWA is a group of highly skilled networkering women in business.

Military Writers' Society of America

Also, honorary member of Publishers and Writers of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS), IWOSC, and Publishers Association of Los Angeles (PALA)

Book Publicists of Southern California (BPSC)  Pix: Proud Irwin Award Winners
Carolyn and Janet Goliger.

Other Interests



Carolyn's Poetry

Imperfect Echoes
Celebration Series

Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Published Shorter Works

Carolyn's How to Do it Frugally Series

For Writers
For Retailers



Consider online journals for publishing credits to help build your career and your platform. The days are over when only books in print carried any prestige. This is true even for those trying to carve a literary career.

Find at least one publishing or writing tip on every page of this Web site.

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's aid to
better writing and

The Frugal Editor


  • Winner Reader Views Award for Best Professional Book

  • Winner USA Book News Award

  • Finalist Next Generation Book Awards

  • Winner Next Generation Book Awards for the Marketing Plan for that book.

  • Honorable mention from Dan Poynter's Global E-Book Awards


A Selection of Carolyn's Past Speaking Engagements

National Stationery Show May 17-20, 2009 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY Consider this a business essential.

Presenter 2009, 2010

Presenter, 2008, 09, 10, 11

Panel moderator, 2007

National Span College
presenter 2002

Fellows presenter, 2007, 08

Co-sponsor and presenter,
2007, 08, 09, 10, 11

University of Dayton Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference, 2006, 2008

Sisters in Crime,
Pasadena, 2009

On the Los Angeles Valley College Campus 2012, Rancho Library 2013,
Valley College Spring 2014

Wisconsin Regional Writers Association
Presenter, Keynote 2010

Book 'Em, NC,
Three Panels 2013

Presenter, 2013

Seminar Speaker, 2014

Keynote, 2013; 2014

Secrets of Great
Dialogue, 2015

Learn of more about Carolyn's conferences.