Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s first novel, ‘This is the Place’, won eight awards and her book of creative nonfiction, ‘Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered’, won three.
Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. A chapbook of poetry, ‘Tracings’, was named in the Compulsive Reader’s Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers’ Society of America’s Silver Award of Excellence.
Carolyn speaks on Utah’s culture, tolerance, book promotion and editing, and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. Her how-to book, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t was named USA Book News’ “Best Professional Book 2004” and received the Irwin Award.
Carolyn’s The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward To Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success also won a nod from USA Book News and won Readers’ Views Literary Award. Her marketing campaign for that book won the marketing award from New Generation Indie Book Awards.
Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, the Book Publicists of Southern California’s Irwin Award and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named in Pasadena Weekly’s list of 14 women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen.”
Carolyn loves to travel and has studied at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague.
‘How-To’ Books for Authors:
‘The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t.’
Awards: Winner USA Book News, Irwin
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 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.
‘The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success’
Kindle Edition: http://budurl.com/FrugalEditorKindle
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.”
‘Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy’
Kindle at http://budurl.com/WordtrippersKindle
This little booklet is carry-with-you protection against grammar gremlins and at the frugal price of $6.95.
‘The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need To Know To Sell Your Book in 20 Minutes or Less’
Only 6.95 cents out-of-pocket, and 20 minutes out of a busy schedule.
‘A Retailer’s Guide To Frugal In-Store Promotions: How to Beat Out Competitors to Make Your Store the Go-To Place in Your Community’
Publisher: How To Do It Frugally Publishing in conjunction with Thinking Stone Press
Award: USA Book News Finalist, business category.
Gives retailers the benefit of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s nearly three decades experience as founder and manager of her own chain of stores, a stint as a New York publicist, and as a retail consultant and journalist. It is the first in the Survive and Thrive series for retailers in her USA Book News award-winning HowToDoItFrugally.com books.
‘Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers: Tweaking Your Tweets and Other Tips for Integrating Your Social Media’
Awards: USA Book News finalist, Gold Meldal Winner from Military Writers Society of America
Sponsored by Gift Shop Magazine (http://giftshopmag.com)
Will help those with businesses—large or small, online of off—use Twitter in ways they never imagined by “doing it right” and integrating their efforts with all the other marketing they do. It is the second in the Survive and Thrive series for retailers in her USA Book News award-winning HowToDoItFrugally.com books.
‘Your Blog, Your Business: A Retailer’s Frugal Guide to Getting Customer Loyalty and Sales—Both In-Store and Online’
Sponsored by Gift Shop Magazine (http://giftshopmag.com)
MINI SYNOPSES FOR FICTION AND POETRY:
‘This is the Place’
AmErica House Awards: Eight awards.
A young journalist realizes that because she is half Mormon and half Protestant she is not suitable material for love. She delves into her Mormon heritage and journals her way through prejudice into redemption. She learns to mend her own life when she finds she cannot mend her world. This novel, set in Salt Lake City in the 50s, reveals not only complexities of the heart but the secrets of what some consider a mysterious place and culture. “This is the Place” has won eight awards including the Critics’ Choice award.
‘Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered’
AmErica House: Three Awards
‘Harkening’ explores the little white lies and solemn truths that one charming, idiosyncratic family loves to repeat. Each story is stitched to the next to become a saga of their sojourn from Michigan through a vanishing railroad town in New Mexico, then into Utah and finally (and happily), to a place where individuality can thrive. ‘Harkening’ has won three awards including Word Thunder’s Excellence in Writing award.
‘Tracings’ A Chapbook of Poetry
Finishing Line Press.
Awards_ Award Excellence Military Writers Society of America
Awards: Compulsive Readers 10 Best Reads.
Touches chords–both major and minor–for readers interested in nostalgia, tolerance, culture and aging. The author traces her life’s experiences and for her it feels like “a movie reel running backwards.”
Awards: USA Book News finalist for poetry,
Military Writers Society of America honorable mention.
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. She Wore Emerald Then is available as both an e-chapbook and paperback and is illustrated with tender photographs by May Lattanzio. It was released the week of the death of Carolyn’s mother—a fitting tribute.
‘Cherished Pulse’, A Chapbook of Unsyrupy Love Poetry
Awards: USA Book News finalist for poetry.
‘Imagining the Future: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions’
Part of the Celebration series by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, this little $6.95 book was written with the literate man in mind, a lovely tuck-in gift that goes beyond the typical greeting card.
‘Blooming Red: Christmas Poetry for the Rational’
Carolyn Howard-Johnson can be contacted via HOJONEWS@aol.com