Writing Awards

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is Woman of the Year in Arts
and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature



Glendale City SealWinner: Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, sponsored by Glendale Ca's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale's Library.


Diamond Award, Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, 2013


Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award for Marketing



Pauline Field, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, and Lynn White  Shelby celebrate Carolyn's American Business Women's Association award for Outstanding Woman at the Embassy Suites in Sept. 2007.  Lynn nominated Carolyn for the award.



Reviewers' Choice Award: This is the Place was named first place, Sime-Gen’s mainstream category, spring 2001.

Red Sky Press Award: 2001, judged by Rose A. O. Kleidon, Prof. Emeritus of English at University of Akron.

Masters Literary Award: Finalist 2000.

New Millennium Literary Award: Semifinalist, 1400 entries, June, 2001.

Mille Club: Honored by AmErica House, Baltimore, Md. for sales and promotion.

Preditors and Editors Readers Poll: This is the Place was named Top 10 Novels for 2001 and Top 10 novels for 2002.  Harkening was named Top 10 literary books for 2003.

NUW’s Award of Excellence: Editor: Kristie Leigh Maguire. Ten Best Reads: This is the Place, 2002.  Also The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't was featured in 2005.

Women WritingOnLine Award: Honorable Mention, first person essay “Life Begins at 60.” Read it on this site, too. Award for Outstanding Article, May, 2003:  “Taking a Dose of What’s Good for You.”

Book Crazy Radio Network: Award celebrating 100 review broadcasts.

Long Story Short: Poem of the Month, “Shelf Life,” March 2204.

#1 Best Sellers:, The Frugal Book Promoter, Aug. 2004.  Also the #1 bestseller at Starbooks for 2005, 2006.

Reviewer’s Choice Masterpiece: selected by reviewer Lori Soard for WordMuseum.

Readers’ Award: Sponsored by The Pedestal Magazine for poem, “Olvera Street Tutorial.” Editor, John Amen.

The Compulsive Reader, The Year's 10 Best Reads of 2004, for Tracings.

The Military Writers' Society of America, Silver Award of Excellence, 2006, for Tracings.

Readers Views Literary Award, winner in the publishing category for The Frugal Editor.Sample Stickers

New Generations Indie Book Award -- Finalist -- for The Frugal Editor.

Winner New Generations Indie Marketing Award -- for The Frugal Editor.'s marketing campaign. ,

Carolyn's blog, Sharing with Writers (, was named to Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites in 2008. See the June, 2008, Issue, p. 52.

Carolyn's blog, The Frugal Smart and Tuned-In Editor  won The Best Blog of The Day Award.

Dawn Colclasure named Tracings one of her 50 Favorite Books in her Palms to Pines blog  

The Brilliante WeBlog Premio award for The New Book Review blog. Nominated by Nikki Leigh.

Carolyn A Retailer's Guide and her chapbook of poetry with Magdalena Ball (She Wore Emerald Then) were named finalists in their categories by USA Book News.


 A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions won Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal.


Carolyn's podcasts at Authors Access made the top 10 for the third year in row. In 2009 her podcast was 4th, in previous years in took top place for listeners. Here's the 2009 list, a great resource for writers:

She Wore Emerald Then named to's 10 Best Reads by Jennifer Akers.

She Wore Emerald Then was given honorable mention in the poetry category by Military Writer's Society of America.

Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational was a USA Book News Finalist, 2011.

Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational was honored with a Military Writers Society of America Silver Award.

USA Best Books Winner in Business/Writing category for The Frugal Book Promoter, Second Edition.

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

New Generation Finalist in 2012 for The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition.


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

Global Ebooks Award Honorable Mention for
The Frugal Book Promoter, Second Edition, 2012.

Best New Writing (2013), Anthology, Eric Hoffer Awards, Honorable Mention.

Military Writers' Society of America Silver Award, Deeper Into the Pond coauthored with Magdalena Ball, 2012.

Military Writers Society of America, The Frugal Book Promoter, 2nd Edition, Silver Award.

Glendale City Diamond Award in Arts and Culture, 2013.

Picture: In attendance: Linda Ballou, travel writer and novelist; Erika Johnson-Lamoureaux, PhD; Carolyn; Lance Johnson, Author; Cathy Cate, legal eagle and writer.




USA Book News Award Finalist; Sublime Planet, a book of poetry celebrating Earth Day and the Universe, 2013.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards for second edition of The Frugal Editor, e-book format, 2014.

Author-of-the-Month and Book-of-the-Month

Tomrbooks: Calley Moore, Editor.

Aspiring Authors: Diana Redman, Editor.

Word Thunder: Sarah Mankowski, Editor.

My Shelf: Brenda Weeaks, Editor.

Authors’ Cove: First Featured Writer of the Month. Erika Michell, Editor.

Queen Jaw Jaw: Featured Author, Georgia Richardson, Editor. The Frugal Book Promoter is her Writers' Resource Book-of-the-Month for June 2005

Featured poet, with poems from Tracings. in Speechless, The Magazine.

Tracings was a featured Book of Poetry on Poems for You, Kristin Johnson, Editor.

Writing News: "Sharing with Writers" newsletter honored. Editor Belinda Hughes.

Military Writers Society of America: Author of the Month, March 2010

Frugal Editor

The Frugal Editor
USA Book News Best Writing/Publishing Book of 2007
 Reader Views Choice Award, 2008
Finalist in the
New Generation Book Awards, 2008
Carolyn's promotion campaign for The Frugal Editor garnered New Generation's Marketing Award, 2008

               Sample Stickers

The Frugal Editor reached top ten in sales at

The Frugal Editor won USA Book News Best Book award for its category, publishing and writing and the ReaderViews award for best publishing book. 

Carolyn is featured on San Diego's Who's Who
as an honorary member the San Diego writers' group.

Global Ebook Award for the
Second Edition of The Frugal Editor, 2014



Carolyn's Frugal Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog
is a fine accompaniment
for  The Frugal Editor.


Frugal Book Promoter


USA Book News Best Professional Book, 2004


Book Publicist of Southern California's
Coveted Irwin Award
for its marketing campaign


USA Book News Award Business/Writing for the
 Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter, 2011)



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Leon Mayer, longtime officer of Friends of the Glendale Library,
presents Carolyn with California Assembly Certificate of Recognition
at an event in which she introduced two emerging poets,
Sona Ovasapyan and Christine Alexanians.
She holds several other certificates of recognition from various state officials.


Carolyn's Sharing with Writers blog was named to Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites in 2008.
See the June, 2008, Issue, p.


Carolyn's New Book Review blog:
This is where authors extend the usefulness of their favorite reviews.
It was given the Brilliant Weblog Premio award.

For The New Book Review blog.
Nominated by Nikki Leigh.


Carolyn is proud of all of her blog awards given by her peers.

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

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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

Fiction and Short Stories

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Carolyn Sponsors Contest

Carolyn sponsors the Noble (Not Nobel!) Prize for literary efforts that  explore the human condition, use exemplary English or experiment with it. She eschews titles that have already won prestigious prizes or appear on bestseller lists. In other words, she wants to build lists each year that feature works that deserve more attention than they're getting. Contact Carolyn for information on submitting a nomination. Go to MyShelf to read her Back to Literature column where she announces her awards each January.


I wanted to tell you how your workshops, reading your newsletter, and just chatting with you has been a great help to me. I have a background in marketing from the fashion world and even though it has helped me get my foot in the door, I honestly have to say that after getting to know you, reading your books, and everything else I just said has truly helped me put Stories for Children Magazine on the map.
 ~ VS Grenier, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Stories for Children Magazine

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Find at least one promotion, writing or tech tip on every page on this site. Sometimes you'll find, two or three! Happy browsing and collecting!

Proud Member of

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

Military Writers' Society of America

Honorary member of Publishers and Writers of San Diego.

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

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's aid to
better writing and

The Frugal Editor

For the 2bd Edition
 E-book, 2014

For the first edition

  • 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.

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.

Best New Writing 2013

My short story “Love Story” is included in 2013's Best New Writing published by Hopewell Publications.
Best New Writing 2013
(Hopewell Publications,
ISBN 9781933435435, trade paper, 172 pgs) An annual anthology of new fiction and creative nonfiction from writers around the world, including the winners of the Eric Hoffer Award for prose. Edited by best-selling and award-winning authors and editors, the pages of BNW feature stories. This volume includes works from Bint Arab, Carolyn Burns Bass, James Lloyd Davis, Josepha Gutelius, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Laura T. Jensen, Chris Laing, Nina Leo, Leo Madigan, B.F. McCune, Jacob Peppers, Emily Reardon, Janet H. Swinney, and L.M. Thompson.

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

Other Interests


Carolyn's Poetry

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

A Selection of 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

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