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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Word Lovers Unite: Let's Spread the Word!

Valentine’s Day is gone but I introduced a new feature for word lovers in my #SharingwithWriters newsletter anyway. We are all word lovers, right? This feature will only appear when the spirit (and interesting tidbits) present themselves to me, but feel free to send me your favorite word or a new one that has sparked your imagination or found useful in your writing. Yes! As a contributor to my newsletter, I will include your author name, title, mini pitch for your title and links to its buy page. To subscribe, use the form at the top-right corner of most every page on my Web site and get a freebie, too! 

Because I am a big fan of Greek Classicism, this photo from National Geographic caught my eye. The painting on this ancient drinking cup (no mugs for these guys!) caught my attention. It depicts a drinking party known as a symposium, presumably where things were discussed between serious downing of spirits. The word is still used essentially the same way, but it has come to mean something much less social and far more erudite. I have been to few symposiums in this century where “drinking” was a part of the event—except perhaps surreptitiously!


 Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the 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, . Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and The Great First Impression Book Proposal, another booklet, 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. She helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview (  She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--right here at The Frugal, Smart,and Tuned-In Editor ( Her SharingwithWriters blog focuses on the writing life and book marketing and promotion. It is a Writers' Digest 101 Best blogs pick.

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