Carolyn has written a new booklet, a 55 page gem, entitled Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy.
Endorsement for Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips
“By creating a guide designed specifically to get writers past gatekeepers, 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).
Katie: Wow, Carolyn, that title’s a mouthful! This is a great companion to your other “Frugal” books. What led you to writing this booklet?
Carolyn: Katie, long titles with lots of keywords are important in today’s book market when so many are purchased when people search for topics online.
As to your REAL question, I wanted authors to know more about the tricky, sneaky homonyms than the ones I included in The Frugal Book Editor (www.budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor) and I wanted them to have some fun with them at the same time. A full size book or reference is way too intimidating. This is mean to pop in the purse and refer to when you’re on the run.
Katie: What kind of marketing do you plan on doing for this new booklet?
Carolyn: It has to be casual. I am on deadline for two more books. One can only do what one can do. In this case, I’ll fit promotion for it in when I can.
Katie: How do you approach marketing for this booklet--with trepidation, a grab-the-bull-by-the-horns type approach, a resigned approach, what?
Carolyn:Well, it’s a booklet, not a full book. So the selling points are going to be a low price and lots of benefits for any writer--from writers of business letters to writers of books. That shouldn’t take a whole lot selling, you know?
Katie: I have both of the “Frugal” books on my bookshelves, and they are heavily marked and dog-eared. How does this new booklet dovetail with the advice given in your other “Frugal” books?
Carolyn: Ooops. I think I sort of addressed this earlier. It is a kind of companion to the Frugal Editor. But then, I consider great editing as an authors’ most important marketing tool. I mean, things like query letters and cover letters are the first thing an agent, editor, or publisher sees. They’d better be edited well. And by editing, I don’t mean just typo free.
Katie: Do you plan on continuing to write other “Frugal” books?
Carolyn: I just can’t help it. I love to help other writers. In spite of my yearning to write more fiction and poetry.
Katie: I noticed that your books are published with “How to Do It Frugal Publishing.” Is this a publishing house you have created to self-publish your “Frugal” books? Do you use it for any of your other writing?
Carolyn: This booklet is published by me using my Web site name. But all of my books aren’t. There is right kind of publishing for each title and each author. I consult to help writers find what is right for them. Self publishing--true self publishing, not subsidy publishing--is working best for my HowToDoItFrugally books.
Katie: Is there anything else you would like to share about this newest in the “Frugal” line?
Carolyn: Well, I’m sure glad to hear your copies of The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success are dog-eared and Post-it noted! It’s the best compliment the writer of how-to books can have. (-: And thank you for having me.
Carolyn’s booklet, Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy can be found at www.budurl.com/WordTripperPB. Find out more about Carolyn through her website at http://www.HowToDoItFrugally.com and email her at HoJoNews@aol.com