Writing Awards

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



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


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.



Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, sponsored by Glendale Ca’s Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library

Franklin Christoph’s Poetry Prize, first prize of 3,000 entries

Reviewers’ Choice Award, This Is the Place named first place, Sime-Gen’s mainstream category

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

Masters Literary Award, finalist Sample Stickers

New Millennium Literary Award, semifinalist, 1400 entries, June

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

Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, This Is the Place named Top 10 Novels for two years. Harkening named Top 10 Literary books, one year

NUW’s Award of Excellence, editor, Kristie Leigh Maguire, Ten Best Reads twice, once for This Is the Place, once for Frugal Book Promoter

Women WritingOnLine Award, honorable mention, first person essay “Life Begins at 60”, award for outstanding article, “Taking a Dose of What’s Good for You”

Book Crazy Radio Network, award celebrating 100 reviews

Long Story Short, poem of the month

#1 Best Sellers,, Frugal Book Promoter. Also #1 bestseller at Starbooks

Reviewer’s Choice Masterpiece, selected by reviewer Lori Soard for

Readers’ Award, For The Pedestal Magazine for poem “Olvera Street”

Glendale’s Character and Ethics Committee, recognition for work promoting tolerance

Irwin Award, from Book Publicists of Southern California for best cost-effective publicity campaign

Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley’s Women Who Make It Happen”

The Compulsive Reader, Ten Best Reads for Tracings

The Military Writers’ Society of America, Silver Award of Excellence for Tracings

Publishers and Writers of San Diego, honorary member, 2007-2008

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), outstanding woman of the year

Top Ten Books in Amazon’s sales categories, The Frugal Editor

Top 10 Podcast on, two years

Star Publish Top Selling Book, The Frugal Book Promoter first edition, every year until I self-published

Reader Views Literary Award, The Frugal Editor, publishing category

Next Generation Indie Book Award, first place for marketing campaign

Next Generation Indie Book Award, finalist, The Frugal Editor, how to category

USA Book News Best Books, winner, The Frugal Book Promoter in 2004 and The FrugalEditor in 2007

USA Book News Best Books, finalist, for She Wore Emerald Then and A Retailer’s Guide

#1 Podcast on Reader Views, three years running

Gold Medal Award, Frugal and Focused Tweeting, Military Writers Society of America

Honorable Mention for Poetry, She Wore Emerald Then, Military Writers Society of America

Delta Gamma Fraternity’s Oxford Award for community service

USA Book News, finalist, Blooming Red: Christmas Poems for the Rational

USA Book News Winner in Business/Writing category, The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition

Military Writers’ Society of America Silver Award of Excellence, Blooming Red: Christmas Poems for the Rational

Indie Next Generation, The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition, finalist

Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts, sponsored by Glendale Ca’s Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library, winner

Global E-Book Award, The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition, honorable mention

Best New Writing 2013, Eric Hoffer Awards, finalist

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

Military Writers Society of America, The Frugal Book Promoter, second edition, silver award

USA Book News Awards, Sublime Planet, A book of poetry Celebrating Earth Day and the Universe, finalist

Gover Prize, “Dr. Pena’s Lesson on Culture,” finalist

The Next Generation Book Award, finalist: The Frugal Editor, second edition for e-book

        Global Ebook Award, honorable mention, for second edition of The Frugal Editor

Scintillating Starts from for the first chapter of This Land Divided being shopped by Terrie Wolf, agent. Read the chapter at



        Writers’ Digest’s 101 Best Web sites,

        Blog of the Day,

        Brillant WeBlog Precio 2008, and

  • 101 Book Blogs You Need to Read from Online for my TheNewBookReview blog



        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

        Poems for You, featured book of poetry; editor, Kristin Johnson

        Speechless The Magazine, featured poet, poems from Tracings, editor Suzanne Lummis

        Tri-Studio, first featured poet, editor Kathe Gogolewski

        Queen Jaw Jaw, featured author, Georgia Richardson, editor, Frugal Book Promoter is her Writers’ Resource Book-of-the-Month

  • Writing News, honored SharingwithWriters newsletter. Editor, Belinda Hughes


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.


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)





How, in a bookstores full of thousands of titles, does a reader choose yours?

Maybe a little medal that lives on your book cover tells a browser that there's a good reason to expect your book may be better than the average bear.

How do you convince an editor that you are newsworthy, that you are credible? Perhaps they'll be impressed because of the awards by your name.

Now, here's the big secret. It often makes no difference how prestigious the award is. Casual readers may not understand the difference between a Pulitzer and a Pushcart or a Preditor and Editor's Poll.  Editors (other than book editors) don't either. All they know is they have eight column inches to fill and your award may convince them to fill them with something about you.  

Find at least one tip on writing, promotion, or tech on every page of this   



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.


See more about Carolyn's blog awards.

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.

"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

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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


Other Links


Carolyn's Commercial Acting


 Celebration Series of Poetry Chapbooks


This is the Place, a novel



Tracings, a chapbook and memoir in one

Harkening, true short stories

Carolyn's Poetry

Helps For Retailers

Helps For Writers

Full Published Works Almanac

Travels and Poetry

Published Books

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"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

"A decade of bettering writers' careers with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."

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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

While You're Browsing...

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!

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, 2015

My short story “Love Story” is included in 
Best New Writing 2013
"Dr. Pena's Lesson on
Culture" is included in

Best New Writing of 2015

Both are published by Hopewell Publications.

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.

Published Works Almanac

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

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For Retailers

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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

Digging Up Memories and Bringing the Dead Back to Life

Learn more about Carolyn's conferences.

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