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KRISTEN HAMILTON, BOOK EDITOR

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Best-Selling Books Edited by Kristen Corrects, Inc.

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on June 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM


The relationship between an author and his or her editor is critical. With the optimal balance of open communication and clear goals, the right book editor can help an author transform a book from a “good” manuscript to a bestselling novel.


As a book editor, I read for a living (and yes, it’s as awesome as you think it would be). Having the opportunity to edit and improve a book from a rough draft to a polished product is a fantastic thing. In my work since 2012, I’ve edited some excellent books…and some that have shot to or near the top of Amazon bestsellers lists in their respective genres.  Below is a list of several authors whose books (edited by Kristen Corrects, Inc.!) have done exceedingly well (Top 20 or higher, Best Book of the Month, or won an award) in Amazon sales by indie author standards.


   

On Daring and Life by Alicia Anderson

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


On Daring and Life received recognition for one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2015 and was named

Amazon’s Best Book of the Month (July 2015). I completed a full edit on Alicia’s book in 2013:

developmental editing, line editing, then proofreading. These three passes through the manuscript

helped first to fix all big-picture issues in storyline, pacing, and story organization; then to

improve sentence structure, rhythm, and consistency and logic of scenes; then finally to check that no

surface errors such as improper grammar and typos remained.


Alicia and I made a great author-editor team, one that paid off: As of the time of this article, On Daring

and Life has received 27 five-star reviews.




Cornered by Alan Brenham

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Alan Brenham’s Cornered was featured as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month (May 2015) and has

garnered positive reviews from USA Today bestselling authors and Amazon Top-100 reviewers. It was

an honor to work with Alan, as he’s an international bestselling author of crime thrillers.


I completed a line edit on Alan’s work back near the beginning of my freelance career in 2012, fixing

all issues in sentence structure, consistency, and clarity, after which he took his manuscript to be

published by Black Opal Books. What a wonderful opportunity!






   

Pinnacle Lust by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre

Proofread by Kristen Hamilton

 

Pinnacle Lust, the debut novel from author Michelle Dim-St. Pierre, won 9 awards at various contests,

including best Romance and General Fiction book. I served as the second editor (proofreading only,

focusing on typos, spelling issues, grammar, and word choice) for Pinnacle Lust in early 2014.


Michelle and I still talk and work together frequently, and Michelle is currently working on two more

book projects related to continuing the Pinnacle series.








   

Three Points of Contact by Gregory Q. Cheek

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Gregory Q. Cheek’s debut book garnered over 7,000 pre-sales prior to publication, is a required book in

some college classes, and culminated in a nationwide speaking tour. Once released, it reached

#1 in Amazon’s Best Seller List in the Oncology genre (August 2015).


Greg’s manuscript required multiple passes of developmental editing (for improving story organization,

development of key points, and cutting out unnecessary material), then several rounds of line editing

and proofreading. I also formatted this book and worked alongside another fantastic proofreader,

Gillian Burgess, during this process. Three Points of Contact currently has 95 five-star reviews on Amazon. 




   

Some Call It Life, Others Call It Faith by C.M. Hodges

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


C.M. Hodges’ debut novel reached #2 in Amazon’s Religious & Liturgical genre (August 2015).

I finished a line edit and proofread on her book in 2015, first focusing on improving consistency,

breaking up too-long paragraphs, and improving rhythm by creating a mixture of long and short

sentences, which creates better readability and flow. The final proofread then included a

check for surface-level issues including punctuation, spelling, and grammar.


The editing process on Some Call It Life, Others Call It Faith was quick and simple because C.M.

was so lovely to work with. It was truly a great experience for both of us!





   

Crunching Numbers by Jason Fitzgerald & Vijay Natarajan

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Crunching Numbers, the debut book by Jason Fitzgerald & Vijay Natarajan, reached

#7 in Amazon’s American Football genre (March 2017). Crunching Numbers has also been

mentioned on CNBC, ESPN, ESPN (again!) and Yahoo Finance.


I recommended and provided my two most common services, a line edit and a proofread, on

Jason and Vijay’s book. These two services focused on consistency throughout the book (lots of

formatting here) as well as making sure quotes were accurate, checking that names were

spelled correctly, and fixing grammatical errors. I feel this book was one that changed my life:

Before I edited this in 2016, I had no idea what I was missing out on football. Now I’m a big fan.

(Go Packers!)




   

Resurrectionists by Lou Paduano

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Author Lou Paduano is known for his supernatural/paranormal Greystone series, and his prequel

Resurrectionists is a double Amazon bestseller, reaching #5 in the Fantasy – Superhero genre

and #14 in the Horror – Occult genre (May 2017).


Just like with all Lou’s books, on Resurrectionists I performed a line edit and a proofread, making

sure all sentences use active verbs, improving the flow of sentences, and fixing surface errors

such as punctuation and grammar issues. Lou has been one of my longtime clients and I love

working with him!








Solar Winds: Providence Ends by Bryan G. Shewmaker

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Providence Ends was author Bryan G. Shewmaker's debut book and the first in the Solar Winds

series, an incredibly detailed and captivating sci-fi space opera. In June 2017 the book reached

#10 in Amazon's Space Opera genre, and #9 in the Military Sci-Fi genre.


With Bryan's debut work, I did a manuscript critique (to address all big-picture issues with

character development, narrative style, plot holes, and pacing), then a line edit (to improve sentence

structure and clarity) and then finally a proofread (to take care of any remaining issues with grammar,

typos, or word choice). It was a long process, as the book had many drafts and is true to the 

sci-fi genre at over 100,000 words...but well worth it. Bryan became a friend in the process and now 

we send each other cat videos almost daily.





 

 

The Year They Tried to Kill Me by Dr. Salvatore Iaquinta

Proofread by Kristen Hamilton


Although Sal Iaquinta published his book The Year They Tried to Kill Me in 2012, it has remained

successful on Amazon’s bestsellers lists, remaining high (#20) on Amazon’s Humor – Doctors

& Medicine genre at the time of this writing, five years after its publication date.


I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to proofread Sal’s book so early in my career! During this

process, I focused on fixing any typos, improving grammar, spelling, and word choice.







   

In the Shadow of Light by Tracy Causley

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Author Tracy Causley's debut book In the Shadow of Light won the bronze medal for Best First 

Book - Fiction in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards! Hundreds of authors submitted

their books for consideration, and I'm so proud for its achievement!


In 2017 I conducted a big-picture developmental edit on Tracy's book, where I focused on improving

big-picture issues including pacing, character and plot development, and cutting out unnecessary

material to streamline the book. I enjoyed working on this book, both professionally and

personally, and I'm so happy to see it succeed!






 








 

Blood Cure by K.R. Willis

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


The first in the supernatural Keira Blackwater series by K.R. Willis, Blood Cure soared to the top

of the Amazon bestsellers lists, becoming a quintuple bestseller: #1 in the Occult Supernatural

genre#1 in the Classic Cars genre, #1 in the Women's Adventure genre, #1 in the Action &

Adventure - Fantasy genre, and #1 in the Contemporary genre.


It also cracked the Top 100 books on Amazon overall, becoming the #60 most popular book across

the entire Amazon store in May 2018.


Blood Cure and the sequel Blood for Blood have also been approved for the aptitude reading tests

for grades 9 and 10 in her nearby Oklahoma school district, and the series has been added to the

curriculum! As future books are released, they too will be included.


In 2016, I completed a manuscript critique on Blood Cure, pointing out errors in the plot, pacing, and

character development that should be corrected. KR Willis did a wonderful job at following direction

and tightening up the narrative, because the book has been a major success, securing over

30 five-star reviews on Amazon by the time of this publication. After the manuscript critique,

I also completed a proofread to take care of typos or issues in grammar or punctuation.




 




 

Blood for Blood by K.R. Willis

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


The next in the supernatural Keira Blackwater series by K.R. Willis, Blood for Blood reached high on

Amazon bestsellers lists, reaching #19 in the Teen & Young Adult Geography & Cultures - US genre.


Blood for Blood and book 1 of the series, Blood Cure, have also been approved for the aptitude

reading tests for grades 9 and 10 in an Oklahoma school district, and the series has been added

to the curriculum! As future books are released, they too will be included.


In 2016, I completed a manuscript critique on Blood for Blood, pointing out errors in big-picture issues

including pacing, character development, and the overall storyline. After the manuscript critique,

I completed a proofread to take care of typos or issues in grammar or punctuation. 




 

The King's Sun by Isaac Grisham

Edited by Kristen Hamilton


Isaac Grisham's debut novel The King's Sun received recognition and was honored as a Finalist

in the 2018 International Book Awards' LGBT Fiction category!


I completed a line edit and proofread on The King's Sun, focusing on correcting errors in the rhythm,

flow, and readability of sentences, and on correcting surface errors including repeated use of "There

was" or "There were" to start sentences.


Isaac and I made a great author-editor team, one that paid off in the form of winning an award! Congratulations, Isaac!






I am humbly grateful for the authors who selected me to edit their books, and even more thankful for the authors who say they couldn’t have done it without my help and have given me some wonderful testimonials. Being able to say that these authors climbed high on Amazon bestsellers lists in their respective genres makes me a proud editor…and knowing I make a difference in the final version of these books—the product that readers buy and put on their bookshelves—makes me love my job that much more.


I believe that having a best-selling independently published book is a result of many things, including the story concept, quality of writing and editing, and marketing. Contact me if you're looking for an author-editor collaboration or if you'd just like some advice on making your next book as successful as possible!



 

Book editor Kristen Hamilton is the owner and sole employee of Kristen Corrects,

Inc., where she provides manuscript editing services for traditionally and self-

publishing authors. Several authors whose books she has edited have won

awards and have topped Amazon's best sellers lists.


Reading is Kristen's passion, so when the workday is over, she can usually be

found curled up with a good book (alongside her three cats, Sophie, Charlie, and

Jack). She loves watching cat videos and scary movies, eating pizza, teaching

herself French, and traveling, and she is likely planning her next vacation. She

lives outside of Boise, Idaho.



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