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HowToDoItFrugally series of books,
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Multi Award-Winning
How To do It Frugally Series
of Books and Booklets for Writers

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

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

More on Carolyn's HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers.

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

Carolyn's Multi-Award-Winning
  Books of Poetry

"articulate, gifted, insightful, iconoclastic, and a truly impressive literary talent . . . ~Jim Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review
Book: Imperfect Echoes   Chapbook: Tracings
Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters, lie and oppression with Small   Published by
Finishing Line Press

Multi Award-Winning Celebration Series of Chapbooks Coauthored with Magdalena Ball

Cherished Pulse She Wore Emerald Then Imagining the Future Blooming Red Deeper into the Pond
Valentine's Day Mother's Day Father's Day Holidays Women's Day
    Book: Sublime Planet    
    Earth Day    

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


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 at Antioch University, 2007, 08

Wisconsin Regional
Writers Conference

Presenter, 2013

Panelist, Speaker

Frugal Book Promotion.
Judith Briles' Extravaganza,
Denver, CO, 2016

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 in their new and used feature.

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
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

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
Second Edition

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers

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!

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

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3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

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Frugal E-Book Tip

Kindle E-Books Aren't
Just for Kindle Anymore

Did you know that Amazon’s Kindle e-books are a low-cost/no-cost way to access books even if you don’t have a dedicated Kindle reader? You can read Kindle's e-books on smartphones, desktop computers and any e-device in between. You can even store the books on the Amazon cloud.

~ Quote from Diana Schneidman, author and marketer


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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

  writers retailers

Carolyn's Blogs

The Frugal Retailer Blog
Carolyn shares nearly three decades of retailing experience   with
an emphasis on marketing.

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.

Published Works Almanac

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

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

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

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.


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.

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My great book cover designer Chaz DeSimone is always right there with a poster that fits my most recent efforts--poetry, promotion, or about anything else!

Check out his free Ampersand posters.

Proud to be Instrumental in Helping Other Poets

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

Poems by selected students from Suzanne's poetry classes including my "Songs from the South."

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