More With Carolyn Howard-Johnson

We're back with Carolyn Howard-Johnson and today we’ll go over some of Carolyn’s books, but first I’d like to tell you about the two I recently read.

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success is a must have book for all writers. It is jammed pack with information, tips, and advice to guide and help you with the writing process. From how you punctuate your titles to query letters, it’s covered. What I especially like about this book is its detail. Carolyn gives step-by-step instructions for things such as using Word’s Track and Find functions. It even mentions the word snuck. This may not sound important, but I very recently wrote a story for children and used the word snuck in it. I will be changing that word to sneaked thanks to Carolyn’s tip. What are the chances? The book also includes other great resources for making your writing the best it can be. The Frugal Editor will stay by my computer so it will be readily available every time I sit to write.

Next up is The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t. This book is such a great resource for promoting yourself and your books. For lack of better words, I have to repeat myself: it is jammed packed with great information, tips and advice - I mean that literally. The Frugal Book Promoter explains what PR is, including branding, your tagline, and your pitch. It explains how to build your Media Kit as well as how to build your credentials to include in your kit. The Frugal Book Promoter has 38 chapters and each one is filled with practical and detailed information. If you want to get your book reviewed, appear on television, take part in a book fair, know what to do before and after you sign that contract, or want to utilize Amazon’s features, this book has it all. And, as with The Frugal Editor, Carolyn included a number of other great resources to help with your promotion efforts. If you have a book you want to promote, or just as important, if you are writing a book, The Frugal Book Promoter will be an essential tool in your promotional journey.

Now, here’s more about these two books and other books Carolyn has written:
The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t
ISBN: 193299310X
Publisher: Star Publish
Awards: Winner USA Book News, Irwin Award
Price: $17.95 but discounted at::

For only a few cents a day The Frugal Book Promoter assures your book the best possible start in life. Full of nitty - gritty how - tos for getting nearly-free publicity, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, an instructor for UCLA’s Writers’ Program, shares her professional experience as well as practical tips gleaned from the successes of her own book campaigns. She tells authors how to do what their publishers can’t or won’t and why authors can often do their own promotion better than a PR professional.

A recommendation from Feather Schwartz Foster, an author, September 9, 2004:

Packed With Wonderful Information! For anyone who has written a book of any kind - this is a must-have, and must-keep guide! Every chapter is filled with insights and how-tos and a whole bunch of where to finds!

The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success
ISBN: 9780978515874
Publisher: Red Engine Press
Awards: Winner USA Book News, Reader Views Literary Award, New Generation Marketing Award

To Order:

There are gremlins out there determined to keep your work from being published, your book from being promoted. They -- resolved to embarrass you before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for you -- lurk in your subconscious and the depths of your computer programs. Whether you are a new or experienced author, The Frugal Editor will help you present whistle-clean copy (whether it's a one-page cover letter or your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say "Yea" or "Nay."

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is also the award-winning author of:
This is the Place (a historical novel set in Utah in the 1950s)
Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered (these are creative nonfiction - told like stories but true nonetheless)
Tracings (a traditionally published chapbook of nostalgic poetry - Papeback only with satin ribbon bookmark)

Other books by Carolyn:
She Wore Emerald Then: Reflections on Motherhood (coauthored by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson - Available as paperback or e-book)
Cherished Pulse (an e-chapbook of Valentine poetry co-authored by Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson

And, last, but certainly not least, Carolyn’s newest book:
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How to Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrift Events and Sales Techniques.

Finally, I wanted to mention Carolyn’s newsletter, Sharing With Writers. It’s a great source of news, tips, resources and articles. Go to to subscribe.

It's been fun and informative! Thank you Carolyn, for visiting with us this week.



Joyce Anthony said...

I can personally vouch for how great The Frugal Book Promoter and the newsletter are. I was just thinking about a book proposal yesterday-I think I'll take a look at Amazon!

Beth Bence Reinke said...

I got a copy of The Frugal Book Promoter and plan to read it on vacation this summer. I subscribe to Carolyn's newsletter, too and it is loaded with good information. If you're a writer, sign up!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Wow! Such nice recommendation from Joyce and Beth. And thank you so much Karen and Robyn, for this wonderful post!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Blogging at Writer's Digest 101 Best Website picks,

Vivian Zabel said...

I own the Fugal Editor, and it's on the shelf just above my computer.

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Mayra Calvani said...

I've read both books and would highly recommend them to writers of all levels.

Anonymous said...

Another great feature on the dynamic HoJo. Her book the Frugal Self Editor is a bible in my literary library. :)

My feature post on Vivian Zabel is up today also-

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Nancy Famolari said...

Carolyn's books are a terrific help. Her newsletter is a must for writers keeping you up to date with useful information.

Karen Cioffi said...

Thanks so much for visiting with us Carolyn. It was a great pleasure!

I actually reread part of The Frugal Editor last night.


Karen Cioffi said...

Thanks All, for stopping by and visiting. Your comments are greatly appreciated!


Donna McDine said...

I've purchased both Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor and I'm looking forward reading both!

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author
Write What Inspires You Blog
Donna M. McDine’s Website

Helena Harper said...

Karen, this is a great post and I think I'm going to have to get Carolyn's books now!


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

My gosh. Are you aware that this is a great lineup of recommendations! I am in awe. Made my day! Thank you Karen and Robyn. And thanks to all of you commenters!

And, Karen, may I have permission to use this review elsewhere?


Karen Cioffi said...



Unknown said...

Sounds like I may need "The Frugal Editor."t's so easy to attain bad grammar habits. I