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of The Best Punctuation Book, Period and
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies
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The Frugal Editor was named best business book by USA Books News and Reader Views Literary.
The Next Generation awarded the book a finalist medal and Carolyn's promotion campaign for this same book was given its top marketing award.
The second edition in e-book format was a
finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book
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gave it a nod for the 2nd edition e-book. It
was also named #1 on Thornton Publishing's
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for self publishers.
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". . . a complete course of instruction under one
cover...from editing query letters to final manuscript."
~ Midwest Book Review newsletter
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With an Editor Focus
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's first novel,
This Is the Place,
and Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered
multi award-winners. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in
national magazines, anthologies, and review journals. Both are out of
print but available on Amazon's new and used feature--for a very frugal
She was an instructor for
UCLA Extension's Writers' Program
for nearly a decade
and has shared her writing and editing expertise at venues like the
Las Vegas Writers' Conference,
The Muse Online Writers' Conference
(of which she was a cofounder), The Sinclair Lewis Writers' Conference, and others.
She is a cofounder (along with Elizabeth Evans), and past facilitator of the Chevy Chase Critique Group
(associated with the Glendale Public Library system), She also
and edits privately.
Carolyn was awarded Woman of the Year in Arts
and Entertainment by members of the California Legislature; her home town's
Character and Ethics Commission honored for her work on promoting
tolerance and the Pasadena Weekly named her to their list of "San
Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" for literary activism.
Carolyn has had
writing/editing experience at the Salt Lake Tribune, Good
Housekeeping Magazine, and several online sites. She edits a
the Sharing with Writers
newsletter as well as
several blogs including one the
Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor.
Carolyn has also judged national newsletter contests including one for
the American Business Women's Association and ABWA also
acknowledged her as a Woman of the Year.
Carolyn is the author of
The Frugal Editor: Put Your
Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success;
it is the winner of a USA Book News award, the Readers Views Literary
award and Carolyn's campaign for it won the New Millennium Award for
Marketing. Cheryl Wright of Writer2Writer.com
Frugal Editor will become a well-used reference for writers around the
Carolyn has edited
books of poetry and fiction but is wise enough (through hard-earned
experience) not to try to edit her own books
To know about her fiction and poetry
visit the literary pages of this site or the
published works almanac on
Formal education includes a BA in English
Literature from the University of Southern California (USC), a
certificate of completion for instructors at UCLA, and courses at
these universities in writing and editing:
University of Utah
Utah State University
Herzen University, St.
Charles University, Prague,
Trinity College, Cambridge, UK
Glendale Community College
For more information
media kit as a .pdf file.
Section III: Let Your Computer Do What It Does
Section IV: Final Housecleaning
Section V: The Big Galley Edit
The Frugal Editor: Language is a life form. To assume
that because we once learned something one way, it will always be
accepted is fallacious. To neglect researching the language we write
in when we so assiduously research the facts for what we write is
for Carolyn's Newsletter
An extension of what authors need to know after the editing is
Carolyn taught at UCLA's world
renowned Writer's Program for nearly a decade and still takes
classes there from the carefully vetted instructors when she is
tackling a new genre. She often teaches at writers' conferences throughout the nation.
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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
"A decade of bettering writers' careers
with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."
for The Frugal Editor
.an absolute 'must have' for virtually all aspiring and practicing authors in
these tough economic times."
~ James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
professionalism like a well-edited submission. Follow Carolyn
Howard-Johnson's clear, step-by-step self-editing approach for
Putting Your Best Book Forward
and you'll submit like a pro."
Gregory A. Kompes, conference
coordinator, Las Vegas Writer's Conference
editing is like honest business accounting: If you don’t
have it, you end up with a mess.
The Frugal Editor
is a must for the novice writer who needs to make that ideal
first impression and the writer with a tenth book hitting
the shelves who has become complacent about his brilliant
~ Kristin Johnson, author and
"Carolyn Howard-Johnson has done it again! Whether you're writing your
first book or tenth, The Frugal Editor, Put Your Best Book
Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
is a must-read."
~ Tim Bete, director, Erma Bombeck
"Congratulations on the release of The Frugal
Editor. . . .Keep up the good work. You're an inspiration to many."
Wilson, editor Write From Home
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
The Frugal Editor is
about more than manuscripts; it's about branding -- how you appear to
the likes of agents, contest judges, etc. -- from your first
query letter to the final manuscript.
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"I am a writer, and definitely NOT an editor, but I believe
that with this book as a guide, my books have great
advantage over the other books that hit the shelves. After
EDITING properly and then PROMOTING properly with the help
of your book series, I truly believe that any book can
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author, I feel like my books are definitely better presented
as a COMPLETE package!!!
~ Epstein LaRue,
RN, BS, author of Highway Hypodermics
Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips
creating a guide designed specifically to get writers past
gatekeepers, Carolyn Howard-Johnson has created something of
unmatched value: usage advice that cuts through the
contentious world of grammar to offer real help. Writers
polishing their manuscripts and query letters will find
Howard-Johnson’s guide more useful than Strunk and
~June Casagrande, author of
Grammar Snobs Are
Great Big Meanies
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Find a tip on writing or
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This unique book is the perfect book to help
immigrants and those who need better English
skills to deal with Americans. You'll love the
chapter on language and accent reduction. And
love even more how the author uses idioms
throughout the book--and explains them!
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Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
Master's in English.org Online Universities'
101 Essential Sites for Voracious
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for 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
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
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
She Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
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
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
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
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 multi award-winning
Promoter takes you from the reluctant marketer stage
to a fully participatory partner for powerhouse
publishers or publicists. You'll also be equipped to go
it on your own!