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Named to "Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites," this #SharingwithWriters blog is a way to connect with my readers and fellow writers, a way to give the teaching genes that populate my DNA free rein. Please feel free to add to the conversation using the very tiny "comment" link. For those interested in editing and grammar, go to http://thefrugaleditor.blogspot.com.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

New Frugal Author Aids Offered By Veteran Author Advocate

I have been recommending Denise Cassino’s services in my books and to my client for years. Especially for her skills with book tours and making Amazon sell books more effectively. I am thrilled that she has added to her battery of book-marketing aids. Here is a letter I just received from her.

It's been awhile since we worked together but I wanted to let you know that I've added quite a few new aspects to my Bestseller Program. I have a more extensive social media development program with blogging, Pinterest, and much better Twitter training. I also have some great connections for inexpensive or free promotions - a CBS radio broadcaster, a company does outstanding promos for $35/year and some book awards. If you or any of your friends or contacts need help with a book or any of the above, please reach out or share this.


"She makes it look easy!"
Now Financing Options Available!

"Make your book an Amazon #1 Bestseller"
As a Publicist & Book Marketing Specialist listed in the Top 100 Internet Marketers to Follow on Twitter, Denise has promoted hundreds of books to #1 Bestseller on Amazon. 
"All my experiences with you have superseded my expectations and you gave me more value than the cost of your program. For your professionalism, skill and plain fun personality, I thank you!" - Michelle Podlesni, author of #1 Bestseller Unconventional Nurse
"Denise Cassino is exquisitely brilliant!  She has simply stripped away all the clutter and the noise, and changed the world of marketing and promotion into a fun new game for me. ~ Deb McTiernan, author of the #1 Bestseller, Lilly Noble and Actual Magic

303 838 3399

Skype :  denise.cassino
Schedule an appt with me


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 both the first and second editions ofThe Frugal Book Promoterand The Frugal Editorwhich won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethicallylaunched to rave reviews from Jim Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Reviews and others: 

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 Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
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 iswww.howtodoitfrugally.co

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Writing Prompts Set One, Prompts One Through Three for Quick Writes

MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)

Writing Prompts Set One, Prompts One Through Three for Quick Writes

The picture prompts are on this page for quick write practice. Having to write quickly helps "clear the junk away" according to many writers so they may then move on to their important writing pieces. Here are some ideas. 

The same prompts are also on this PDF handout as an alternative for use with students, if wanted. Click on the next link to download your copy:

A story you wrote has become a play. Describe the opening scene.

On a plane, someone famous sits next to you. Who is it and what do you discuss?

Writing Prompts Set One, Prompts One Through Three for Quick Writes

A story you wrote has become a play. Describe the opening scene.

A story you wrote has become a play. Describe the opening scene.

A crystal ball is yours for an hour. It will reveal the answer to one question. What do you want it to tell you? 

Writing Prompts Set One, Prompts One Through Three for Quick Writes

Allow 15-20 minutes for writing, and a minute or two for editing. Then, if in a group, share the writing pieces for others to hear what you thought about the prompts. Move on to more serious work such as critiquing and editing after this warm-up activity. 

Thank you for reading, 
Carolyn Wilhelm, Wise Owl Factory