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Can You Traditionally Publish after Self-Publishing?

Posted by Kristen House on October 30, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Although the majority of my author clients choose to self-publish their book, there are still a fair amount of authors who want to keep their options open. These are the authors who still aren't 100% certain whether they want to pursue traditional publishing or self-publishing. Can you traditionally publish your book after self-publishing it? The short answer: In most cases,

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Basic Rules of YA Novels

Posted by Kristen House on October 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


As a fiction book editor, I work with a range of topics and subjects, but one thing is usually a constant: most of my author clients choose to self-publish their book. In the self-publishing world, you don't have to follow the norms of genre writing to a fault, but it's recommended to stay within or close to the guidelines.


Some examples of Young Adult (YA) novels I've edited include...

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Basic Rules of Science Fiction Novels

Posted by Kristen House on October 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


As a fiction book editor, I work with a range of topics and subjects, but one thing is usually a constant: most of my author clients choose to self-publish their book. In the self-publishing world, you don't have to follow the norms of genre writing to a fault, but it's recommended to stay within or close to the guidelines.


Some science fiction novels I've edited include 

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Basic Rules of Thriller/Suspense Novels

Posted by Kristen House on October 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


As a fiction book editor, I work with a range of topics and subjects, but one thing is usually a constant: most of my author clients choose to self-publish their book. In the self-publishing world, you don't have to follow the norms of genre writing to a fault, but it's recommended to stay within or close to the guidelines.


Some thriller/suspense novels I've edited include 

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Basic Rules of Historical Fiction Novels

Posted by Kristen House on October 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


As a fiction book editor, I work with a range of topics and subjects, but one thing is usually a constant: most of my author clients choose to self-publish their book. In the self-publishing world, you don't have to follow the norms of genre writing to a fault, but it's recommended to stay within or close to the guidelines.


Some historical fiction books I've edited include 

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Editing Packages: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Kristen House on October 27, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


My editing packages are very popular among Kristen Corrects clients: the vast majority of my clients opt for one of my editing packages:

 

  • The Basic: line editing and proofreading—two passes over the manuscript
  • The Standard: manuscri...
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How to Nail Your Book's First 5 Pages

Posted by Kristen House on October 3, 2019 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Your book's beginning—specifically, the first five pages—are the most important for your novel. Why? The first few pages of your book set the tone for the entire novel. Readers who aren't sure if they want to buy your book will start reading at Chapter 1 and, if your story doesn't capture their attention, they'll put it down and move on. 

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The Best Things about Being a Book Editor

Posted by Kristen House on September 30, 2019 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Ah man, I love my job. Really, the whole thing just kind of fell into my lap—it was kind of tragic, how I started my business—but it was the best thing that could have happened to me.

It was 2012. I was two months away from graduating Boise State University with a degree in English and writing. My original plan was to go int...
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Publishing Traditionally? Why You Still Need Editing

Posted by Kristen House on September 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Between self-publishing, independent publishing, and traditional publishing, there are a number of ways to get your book published. The majority of clients I cater to are self-publishing authors, but I still work with a fair number of authors whose dream it is to be traditionally published. ...

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How to React to a Bad Book Review

Posted by Kristen House on September 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)


If you’re a self-published author, it’s going to happen eventually: You’ll get a negative review on your book.


What a drag, right? Feelings of self-doubt come rushing in. You might start to wonder where you went wrong and what you could have done differently. This happens to everyone, unfortunately, no matter how well your book is done. The fact o...

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No Book Will Ever Be "Perfect"

Posted by Kristen House on August 24, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)


“Even after it’s printed, something will drive me crazy." I’ve heard this line from so many authors, especially those who are publishing a book for the first time. Many first-time authors find it difficult to stop making minor tweaks on their book, even after it's been edited.


A lot of first-time authors ask me how they can get over the fear of publishing a book that isn't "perfect."

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How to Slow Down Time in an Action Scene

Posted by Kristen House on June 13, 2019 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When you're writing a high-stakes action scene (like a shootout between your character and the bad guy, for example), one of the greatest disservices you can do to yourself as an author is to write the scene so that the pacing goes too quickly. What do I mean by this? Let's use an example.

Detective Col...
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The Ultimate Checklist for Self-Publishing Your Book

Posted by Kristen House on June 10, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)


The majority of my author clients are first-time, self-publishing authors. This is a compilation of all the advice I've given to self-publishing authors in the months leading up to their first book's publication. Let's go!




Before writing your book


  • Join a...
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Types of Children's Book by Age

Posted by Kristen House on April 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Although I generally edit fiction books for adults, I'll take on the occasional YA (young adult) and children's book, ranging from picture books (like Jenny Hoskins' Brave Enough to Fly) to middle grade (
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How to Tell if Your Book Needs Developmental Editing

Posted by Kristen House on April 20, 2019 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)


As a fiction book editor for self-publishing authors, I'm constantly interacting with authors who are brand new to the world of book editing and publishing. And while I'm always doing free sample edits to help determine what type of editing your manuscript needs, it's not always easy to diagnose a need for developmental editing.


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4 Best Tips for Joining a Critique Group

Posted by Kristen House on April 13, 2019 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)


I’m just going to say it: If you’re a serious author, you need to be a part of a writers’ critique group. But if you’re an introvert like me, you might be a little hesitant in meeting with a group of strangers (they’re authors, too...but still!) and baring your writing.

 

To demystify the process of joining a critique group, I connected with children's book author 

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How to Work with Beta Readers

Posted by Kristen House on April 13, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)


When it comes to all the elements that go into a successful novel—good pacing, character development, plot progression, and the story itself, for example—there’s a lot that can go wrong. And while you can always hire a professional book editor to help strengthen your story, it’s always a good idea to enlist beta readers (one of my

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FAQs

Posted by Kristen House on March 28, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

1. What genres of books does Kristen edit?
Kristen edits a wide range of books under the fiction genre, including general fiction, sci-fi and fantasy, romance, thriller, and mystery. She also commonly works with memoirs (creative nonfiction) and literary fiction. Above all else, she prefers plot-driven fiction, meaning the book should have a central conflict for the characters to overcome, and well-d...
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How to Get Your Book in Barnes & Noble Stores

Posted by Kristen House on March 15, 2019 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)


What's the best way to spend a lazy afternoon? Browsing the shelves at a major bookstore like Barnes & Noble, a lot of readers would say. If you're a self-publishing author, the concept of getting your book on the bookshelves at any nationwide bookseller is a MAJOR win in your career. Securing a spot for your books on local bookstore shelves is a key move to get more sales and more...
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Add-On Services

Posted by Kristen House on February 7, 2019 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)



Blurb Writing

The blurb, also known as the “back cover description” of a book, is essentially a sales pitch to the potential reader. When picking up a book for the first time, people read this description to understand more of what the book is about. This important summary should have the correct amount of information and intrigue to get the reader to purchase the book. An effective back cover description gi...

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