Getting the Word Out There!

What Do You Do With Your
Media Releases and Media Kit, Anyway?

You use Media Release Disseminators, Article Banks,
and Sites That Post for Free!
Your resources are on this page!

Other Writers' Resource Pages
On This Site

List of
Media Release Disseminators

Some of these sites are FREE,
some are affordable,
most listings include my mini reviews.

Many of these sites offer tutorials in writing media releases.
You will find step-by-step directions for writing a release (right down to the font and spacing!) in
The Frugal Book Promoter. 
Be aware that many of these sites require your address to log in
and many of those will not accept PO Boxes.
Almost all require a phone number. (Lets you preview your release.) (Active e-mail address permitted for paid accounts only.)  (Don't bother to enter image if you don't intend to upgrade--meaning pay more for dissemination of-- your submission.) (Extensive signing-in required and you'll need to wait for your e-mail confirmation.) (Difficult to sign on and if you don't upgrade the service, your release doesn't get much distribution, including submission to Google.) is no longer free to anyone but charities. There is a $30 charge. (One of the easiest to negotiate but requires your phone number but they started charging for their minimum service January, 2008.) (This site no longer offers free service.) (If you are submitting a release for a minor event and only want the free service, you may have time getting it for free!) (Bills itself as "affordable." I could find no free option.) (One of the easiest sites to use.) (This site feels as if you can post articles as well as media releases and is a bit hard to get signed up on. It is relatively easier after you've once collected your password.)  (I liked that those who post can choose some of the media outlets they provide. That his requires an upgrade may well be worth it for a major, truly newsworthy event.

Truly free. And lots of information on the whole media release process:

Disclaimer: These sites change policies and come and go very quickly. These have all been around for a while and I check them and update them as frequently as I can.

Web Sites that Welcome Authors  . For a fee you can upgrade to include newsletter services and and for a very small fee you can list services to writers in their Marketplace. I use this site as a backup site, too.  See what I've done at  So far,  it appears they have no way to read all the friends you might collect at once. You may have to contact them by individual post.  Includes an RSS feed that you can place on blogs, etc.  So far,  it appears they have no way to read all the friends you might collect as part of the social network except by individual post. has a free calendar that you can list your events on and then feed it to your Web site, blogs and other places where you hang out.

You can also use all the social networks like,, and others.

A List of Sites that
Disseminate Content (Articles)
for the Use of the Media

These sites are also called "content providers" and "article banks."

Letting your articles, essays, humor and more work for you rather than moldering in a drawer can be good business for an author. Here are some sites that cater to those with a need for content. The author supplies the article complete with byline and a tagline that includes a pitch and web address and an editor searching for just such an article may use it.  Each works in a slightly different way so you'll want to explore them to see where your material fits best. For more on how to make your articles work for you, read The Frugal Book Promoter.

All Net,


Article Alley, 


Promotion Tip

Links can be a great way to build Web site traffic. Trouble is there is a tendency to withhold a favor until someone has reciprocated. Though I use the term reciprocal links occasionally, they are not truly reciprocal because I do not demand a return link. If I think a link will be useful to you, my Web site visitor, I will post it whether or not it is reciprocated.  Nor do I expect links to be tit for tat.

Am example of that: Someone may mention my book or my site in their newsletter rather than on their Web site and that makes me just as happy.  I suggest you do the same. It gives your link page more credibility and it underscores what pubic relations is supposed to be about -- ethics and a willingness to help one another when possible.

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



Article City,

Article Marketer,

Article Corners,

Articles Factory,

Associated Content  (A paying content provider) 

E-zine Articles,

E-zine Article Bank,

E-zine Writer,

Go Articles,

Idea Marketers,

Phantom Writers,


For an article bank that focuses on articles on writing try .

Here's where you can learn how to get more out of your article distribution:

Learn how to get one of my articles for your blog, Web site or about any other need--absolutely free.  

Don't forget to check out my list of books for writers on this site
and in the appendixes of
the multi award-winning second editions of
The Frugal Book Promoter
and The Frugal Editor.

Click here for Carolyn's first person essay, "Beating Time at Its Own Game."

(For resources, recommendations,  and links galore, grab yourself
a copy of the multi award-winning Frugal Book Promoter as either a paperback or e-book.

Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.
Both of these books are out of print. They are available only on Amazon's New and Used feature for about $1.

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!

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any living organism given no sustenance." 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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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'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.

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Click Here for a list of book fairs, tradeshows, conferences and conventions. Your aid to planning ahead.

While You're Browsing...

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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

For Writers
For Retailers

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.