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About Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. The books in her HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers have won multiple awards. That series includes the flagship book, The Frugal Book Promoter, now in its third edition and published by Modern History Press and the second edition of The Frugal Editor. Both won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books, and the coveted Irwin award among others. Her How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically launched to rave reviews including this from Jim Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Reviews. He says, “How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically [and other books in the series] could well serve as a textbook for a college Writing/Publishing curriculum.”
Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s prestigious Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing and Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen."
The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her website is www.howtodoitfrugally.com.
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Sharing with Writers and Readers blog (A Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick!), www.sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com
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Read her first person essay: http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com/published_works_almanac.htm
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"The most expensive part of book promotion are the mistakes. This book will save you time and money."
--Dan Poynter, legendary author of The Self-Publishing Manual
"Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Frugal Book Promoter is... a classic!"
"[Carolyn Howard-Johnson is] an incessant promoter who develops and shares new approaches for book promotion."
--Marilyn Ross, founder, Small Publishers of North America and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing
"The Frugal Book Promoter has given me ideas that would never have occurred to me and has changed the way I think about book promotion."
-- Mark Logie, award-winning poet and short-story writer
Carolyn Howard-Johnson (is a multi award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is a former publicist for a New York PR firm and a marketing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio stations both nationally and locally, and her poetry, essays, columns and stories are published frequently in journals and on the web. She admits to loving marketing almost as much as she loves writing.
From Modern History Press
"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 White."
-- JUNE CASAGRANDE, author of Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies (Penguin) and syndicated grammar columnist guru
"That so much helpful advice is couched in such light-hearted, easy to read and entertaining prose is due to Howard-Johnson's abilities... "
-- MAGDALENA BALL, founder and editor of The Compulsive Reader review
"...it's editing books like this that help us get one step closer to writing, and speaking, clearly and succinctly. Five stars."
-- DAWN COLCLASURE, author, 365 Tips for Writers
"This book is a good investment for all writers, no matter how skilled and experienced they believe they are. And, if you believe you 'could care less,' you really need this book."
-- BOYD SUTTON, editor, Wisconsin Writer's Journal
"From adapting/adopting to wreak/reek, this book is highly recommended reading for anyone preparing to write pretty much anything -- and a fascinating read in its own right for those who appreciate word-play and the occasionally encountered dilemmas of the English language!"
-- JIM COX, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
"This is a wonderful book that could be used as a reference book in secondary classrooms and writing groups. The book would also be handy during teacher-student writing conferences as a neutral way to discuss word use errors especially."
-- CAROLYN WILHELM, curriculum writer, The Wise Owl Factory
From Modern History Press
LAN022000 LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Editing & Proofreading
BUS011000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Writing
The second edition of The Frugal Editor: From Your Query Letter to Final Manuscript to the Marketing of Your New Bestseller is from the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers. It has won awards and accolades from Next Generation Indie Awards, USA Book News Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards, the coveted Irwin Award, and Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards.
“Language is a fluid lifeform. To assume that because we once learned grammar one way, that way 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 folly.” ~ Quote from The Frugal Editor
“Absolutely essential for beginning writers and a necessary reminder for the more advanced. The mentor you've been looking for. This book won't collect dust!” ~ Christina Francine, review for Fjords Review
“Using the basic computer and editing tricks from The Frugal Editor, authors can prevent headaches and save themselves time—and even money—during the editing process. It’s well worth your effort to learn them.” ~ Barbara McNichol, Barbara McNichol Editorial
“Writers and editors have a true friend in Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Her word smarts, her publishing savvy, and her sincere commitment to authors and editors make The Frugal Editor a must-have resource.” ~ June Casagrande, author of The Best Punctuation Book, Period and Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies (Penguin) and syndicated grammar columnist
“The Frugal Editor has become an appendage to me.” ~ Donna M. McDine, award-winning children's author
~Kristin Johnson, screenwriter and founder of the Warrior Poets Project
She Wore Emerald Then is collaboration on the subject of motherhood by award-winning poets Magdalena Ball and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, both of them mothers and daughters. They worked together on a book of love poetry called Cherished Pulse to the acclaim of reviewers. She Wore Emerald Then is available as both an e-chapbook and paperback and is illustrated with tender photographs by May Lattanzio. As it happens, it was released the week of the death of Carolyn’s mother—a fitting tribute.