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multi award-winning
HowToDoItFrugally series of books
(one for writers, one for retailers),
her award-winning poetry, and tons of resources
for readers of all her genres.

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is shopping Carolyn's memoir, Here's How I Don't Cook.
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Multi Award-Winning
How To do It Frugally Series
of Books and Booklets for Writers

The Frugal
Book Promoter

A multi award-winning book for writers.
The Frugal

A multi award-winning book and e-book.
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers
The Great First Impression Book Proposal

"Howard-Johnson has the comforting tone of a mentor and writes with the precision of a surgeon."
~ Francine Silverman, author, editor, author's advocate

Beth Cox, Managing Editor of Midwest Book Review, calls The Frugal Editor "exceptionally worthy."

The Frugal Book Promoter is on Penny C Sansevieri's self-publishing class at New York University's and Dan Poynter's recommendation lists.

[Carolyn's] the author of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to do What Your Publisher Won’t, one of my very favorite books on how to build the buzz for your book. You could spend the rest of your life following all her tips. If you do, you’ll sell lots of books. ~ Joan Stewart, The Publicity Hound

Multi Award-Winning
How To do It Frugally Series
of Books for Retailers

“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!”

~ Randy H. Eller, industry speaker, business consultant,
and President Eller Enterprises, LLC

Literary Works

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


Chapbooks of Poetry

She Wore Emerald Then Cherished Pulse Tracings
Honored by the Military Writers Society of America Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller
Featured in Redbook's Online "Valentine Horror Stories"
Published by Finishing Line Press
Honored by
The Compulsive Reader
Blooming Red
Celebrating Christmas
for the Rational
Imagining the Future
Celebrating Men and Other
Masculine Apparitions
Deeper into the Pond
Celebrating Femininity
Sublime Planet
Celebrating Earth Day
and the Universe
A USA Book News Award Finalist

"...profound and unique...True magic."
~ Darcia Helle for Book Addict

Be inspired. By the poetry. And to renew your marketing campaign in the new year (for whatever you write!). Listen to the podcast of Carolyn's appearance on KPFK public radio's Poet's Café hosted by Lois P. Jones at


A Few of the Organizations that Have Benefited
from Carolyn's Speaking and Teaching

Presenter 2009, 2010

Presenter, 2008, 09, 10, ll

Presenter, 2007

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

Sisters in Crime, Pasadena, 2009

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

National Span College, 2002

Fellows presenter, 2007, 08

Wisconsin Regional
Writers Conference

Speaker, 2013

Panelist, Speaker
2012, 2013

St. George Utah Book Festival
Keynote 2013
See more of Carolyn's Speaking Engagements

[Carolyn is] what I describe as an energy-giver.
So many people today are energy-drainers."
Dorothea Helms, Dayton University workshop attendee


Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon.

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

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

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating the Planet and the Universe as Never Before

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader and
using Amazon's app, other readers, too.


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

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

All Carolyn's Frugal Books Are Available on Kindle
As Well as Paperback

Helpful Books for Writers


Helpful Books for Retailers

Poetry: The perfect inspirational gift

Helpful Book for Poets

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

These two books above are out of print but are still available on Amazon's new and used feature.

To subscribe to Carolyn's FREE online newsletter send an e-mail.

Learn more about Carolyn's newsletter and blog.

Read past issues of Carolyn's Newsletter.


Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Amazon’s Kindle e-books are available on Kindle for everyone no matter how they prefer to read their digital books. On their PC. On any reader or device from iPad to iPhone to Blackberry. And Amazon stores your purchase to their cloud so if you should change devices, all your e-books are still available to you.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
poet, fiction writer,
editor, consultant,

Special thanks to Reno Lovison for these trailers,
one for retailers and one for about any business or author who
hasn't yet started using a newsletter for marketing.

Video Trailer

Click on the logo below to see an example of Reno Lovison's
 trailer for my Survive and Thrive Series of books.

Authors Broadcast for reasonably priced and thoroughly professional video book trailers. 

Subscribe to
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers Newsletter

and get a FREE copy of
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers

"I have been a professional writer 40 years, and am also a tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with Writers newsletter is  most useful for me--and for my students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another 100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author and educator

Find Carolyn on the Web

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Authors! I repin your books to my boards when you repin mine to yours!

Carolyn's Blogs

Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
an emphasis on book
promotion. Named to
Writer's Digest
101 Best Website list.

The New Book Review
Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
mileage out of
a great review.

The Frugal Editor Blog
This is the Frugal, Smart
and Tuned-In Editor blog.
Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
Get the answers you need.

Easy Access to Resources for Writers


Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Online Universities'

101 Book Blogs
You Need to Read

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
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.

Published Works Almanac


Carolyn's favorite page of resources for writers (among more than a dozen) is the page of recommended books (of course!) that will help writers.

Watch for the new Resources for Retailers pages coming in 2010.

The Free Muse Online Conference

Carolyn cosponsors the Free Muse Online Conference with Lea Schizas.

Carolyn's New Book Review Blog Featured... MastersInEnglish.Org

Essential Site for Voracious Readers

Online Universities'
101 Book Blogs You Need to Read

Proud to Support

World Wild Life

with my
book of poetry
Earth Day

Featured in
Pasadena Weekly
Arts and Entertainment Section

All proceeds to be donated to the World Wildlife Fund

Time to Kindle

Carolyn's how-to books and poetry books are available on Kindle.
Click here to buy the big, powerful Kindle I love with free (Frugal!) WiFi  (Now in Paperwhite!)

Web Site Sponsor

Endorsed by the ambassador from China to the US, and the ambassador from the US to China and selected for the Fulbright scholar program.

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

2014 Poster
Seminar Speaker, 2014


Keynote, 2013; 2014

Secrets of Great
Dialogue, 2015

Learn of more about Carolyn's conferences and other picks.

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The author is generous with permission for use when contacted.

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