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Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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Writers Tip for Prelaunch Blurb
I don't know if I have ever seen the idea of blurbs (also called endorsements, bullets, praise, and sometimes excerpts when they are excerpted from reviews) used before a book's release, except blurbs by those who have read the book in order to provide prai...
I don't know if I have ever seen the idea of blurbs (also called endorsements, bullets, praise, and sometimes excerpts when they are excerpted from reviews) used before a book's release, except blurbs by those who have read t...
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Diane Donovan Lauds Jendi Reiter's Newest Book, Two Natures
Title: Two Natures Author: Jendi Reiter Author website:  http://www.jendireiter.com/ Genre: Literary fiction ISBN: 0996907424 Published by: Saddle Road Press (www.saddleroadpress.com)  Where to buy it: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Natures-Jendi-Reiter/dp/0996...
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Costa Rican Author Gleans Editing Tips from The Frugal Editor
Title: The Frugal Editor, 2 nd Edition Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson Author’s Web site: http://HowToDoItFrugally.com Awards: USA Book News, Reader Views, Irwin Award ISBN: 9781505712117 Available as an e-book or paper, http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor Reviewed b...
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So what's the one big thing authors do wrong when they DO include an unsubscribe notice? Read my comment on +Karen Cioffi-Ventrice 's great article today!
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Great tip for newsletters, +Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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So, I know. I've been remiss. I've neglected visitors and subscribers to my blog. Forgive me, but I've been writing the third in my HowToDoItFrugally series of books. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically will be released late summer or early...
So, I know. I've been remiss. I've neglected visitors and subscribers to my blog. Forgive me, but I've been writing the third in my HowToDoItFrugally series of books. How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically will ...
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+Valerie Allen is my guest blogger at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor blog. She is one of those multi talented authors who shares with others and today she makes us think anew about sentences. Won't you subscribe to the blog while you're there. I promise you, this is not one of those blogs that ping you every day or so! (-:
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New Scholarship for Writers News and Honoring Phyllis GeBauer
Before I tell you about this new scholarship, let me tell you a
little story about Phyllis Gebauer. When I went back to writing creatively, she
was one of my first teachers in the art of writing a novel at UCLA. She was an
amazing woman, fluent in English a...
Before I tell you about this new scholarship, let me tell you a little story about Phyllis Gebauer. When I went back to writing creatively, she was one of my first teachers in the art of writing a novel at UCLA. She was an am...
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Straight from my Frugal Book Promoter, I'm adapting one of my favorite promotions to children's literature for +Karen Cioffi-Ventrice Writers On the Move blog.
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I love being part of the WritersOntheMove blog. I recommend partnership blogs for authors whose time is at a premium. And +Karen Cioffi-Ventrice is open for submissions.
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+Carolyn Howard-Johnson thanks so much for your ongoing support!

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Reviewer Would Give All the Stars in the Universe
Title: Rarity from the
Hollow Author: Robert
Eggleton Web site link: www.lacydawnadventures.com   Genre: Adult
Literary Science Fiction ISBN: 9781907133060; 1907133062 Name of Reviewer:   Charity
Rowell-Stansbury Review Site: On My Kindle Amazon Link : ...
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So it's kind of nice when a fellow writer makes us laugh, huh? +Linda Wilson made me want to make a list of my own--but she already did it for me! +Karen Cioffi-Ventrice 
Do you have as much time as you want to write? I don't. The first thing I want to do when I get up in the morning is write. But there are so many other things to do. Often I don't sit down to do it until nighttime when the di...
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+Carolyn Howard-Johnson this is a great article. I have the same list. +Linda Wilson #writing  

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How do you think the use of ampersands affects an acquisition editor? Or a contest judge?
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson's first novel, This Is the Place, won eight awards. Her second book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, creative nonfiction, won three. Her chapbook of poetry Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. An instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renown Writers' Program, her book The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't is recommended reading for her classes, and was named USA Book News' "Best Professional Book 2004." It is also an Irwin Award winner. Her second book in the How To Do It Frugally series is The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success is also a USA Book News award-winner as well as the winner of the Reader View's Literary Award in the publishing category. She is the recipient of both the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award and the Glendale American Business Women's Association's Woman of the Year award. Her community's Character and Ethics Committee honored her for promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen." She is a popular speaker and actor. Her website is www.HowToDoItFrugally.com.
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Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel
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Generally writers work between two constructs when working on their novels - to outline or not. Outliners tend to put down on paper the enti

Is "I Just Like Them" a Good Reason to Use Ampersands?
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Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does By Carolyn Howard-Johnson I added a new section to the second edition of my The Frugal Editor because a

Tips on Polishing your Novel
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Reach for the moon and you might catch a star You've finished your book. All the major edits and rewrites are done. Now it's time to polish.

Sharing Short List of Agents Gleaned from IBPA's Independent Magazine
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Authors: Do Not Discount the Power of "The Lovely Little Note"
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Years ago, I took a "Making a Literary Life" workshop from the prolific California author, Carolyn See. She was testing material for her upc

5 Pursuits to Inspire Creativity
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When was the last time you stepped away from the computer and got creative? If you have to think about it, then it has been too long. A regu

Case Study: Why Important Books Get Ignored
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Case Study; Getting Professionalism Wrong or The Gorgeous Books That Go Ignored ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A long time ago, as time i

Young Poets Lauded by Tim Green and Rattle Young Poets Anthology
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I am a subscriber to Rattle's frequent poem threads. One of them includes poems from young people and like Tim Green, Editor of the prestigi

The "Small Big" Tactics for Writing Pitches and Selling Books
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Don't Give Up on Freelance Writing too Soon
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Since I’m a writing coach, all too often I see people give up on freelance writing too soon. They quickly manage to get their first writing

Tropes in Literature #2: This is My Story
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Tropes can be our enemies or our friends. These literary devices, characters types, and plot elements are so common and popular that they of

When New Year's Resolutions Don't Work
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Usually, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I never keep them. This year I decided I’d make one resolution. It seemed like an easy one to