Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Her 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 to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. She speaks on Utah’s culture, tolerance and 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 and 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 the Irwin Award. Her 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. Pasadena Weekly named her one of 14 women of the San Gabriel Valley who make life happen. 

The author loves to travel and has studied 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 with her wherever she goes.


AKALM is proud to represent Carolyn Howard-Johnson's fiction and memoir.







There are gremlins out there determined to keep your work from being published, your book from being promoted. Resolved to embarrass you before the gatekeepers who can turn the key of success for you, they lurk in your subconscious and the depths of your computer programs. Whether you are a new or experienced author, The Frugal Editor will help you present whistle-clean copy (from a one-page cover letter to your entire manuscript) to those who have the power to say “yea” or “nay.”

The second edition of The Frugal Editor: From Your Query Letter to Final Manuscript to the Marketing of Your New Bestseller is from the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers. It has won awards and accolades from Next Generation Indie Awards, USA Book News Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards, the coveted Irwin Award, and Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards.

“Language is a fluid lifeform. To assume that because we once learned grammar one way, that way will always be accepted is fallacious. To
neglectresearching the language we write in when we so assiduously research the facts for what we write is folly.” ~ Quote from The Frugal Editor







The second edition of The Frugal Book Promoter is an updated version of the multi award-winning first edition. It has been expanded to include simple ways to promote books using newer technology--always considering promotion and marketing techniques that are easy on the pocketbook and frugal of time. It also includes a multitude of ways for authors and publishers to promote the so-called hard-to-promote genres. The award-winning author of poetry and fiction draws on a lifetime of experience in journalism, public relations, retailing, marketing, and the marketing of her own books to give authors the basics they need for do-it-yourself promotion and fun, effective approaches that haven't been stirred and warmed over, techniques that will help rocket their books to bestselling lists. You'll also learn to write media releases, query letters, and a knock 'em dead media kit--all tools that help an author find a publisher and sell their book once it's in print.

Tom Killen


One of country music's most recognized background musicians, Tom spent more than 30 years as George Jones' steel guitarist as a member of The Jones Boys. He now plays in Nashville and travels to other venues throughout the country at the request of fans who've known and loved his work for decades, and new listeners who are attracted to his style. 


AKALM is honored to represent Killen's memoir, THE GRAND TOUR: Thirty Years on Steel with George Jones, coming soon from Backbeat, an imprint of Hal Leonard Books.


Dean Krakel


A retired photo editor (primarily sports) at The Denver Post, and a native of Wyoming, Krakel has authored three books, "Season of the Elk," "Downriver" and "Krakel's West." He has contributed photos and articles to numerous national publications. An avid kayaker, rafter, mountain biker, trail runner, telemark skier and backpacker, Dean's outdoor adventures have taken him from Ecuador to Ethiopia, and many points in between. Krakel lives in Conifer, his home base for all things outdoors.


AKALM is proud to represent Krakel's fiction and nonfiction works.


Stacy Lucas


While living in the French Quarter of new Orleans, Stacy Lucas received her J.D. from Loyola University - New Orleans. During that time she found an affinity for the old forgotten places and before long, began using them as a backdrop for her stories. Not long ago, she began to practice law in California's Central Valley where she also enjoys poetry, Cafe au lait, and the occasional haunted house. 


AKALM is proud to represent Stacy's mysteries and legal thrillers. 


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