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The Ultimate Checklist for Self-Publishing Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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


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How to Get Your Book in Barnes & Noble Stores

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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How to Boost Your Book Sales

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on November 8, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

What are YOU doing to get the word out for your book? If you’re a self-publishing author—and especially if you’re serious about your writing career, and want to publish more books, build up a following, and make money on book sales—marketing should be a serious concern for you.
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5 Proven Insights from the Most Successful Self-Publishing Authors

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on February 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


As a book editor, I’m constantly in tune with what’s going on in the publishing industry. And…drumroll please…BookBaby’s recently released Self-Publishing Survey Results has some great information, some of which I’d like to pass along to you.

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Should You Hire a Marketing Company to Promote Your Book?

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on January 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you’re an author who is planning on self-publishing your book, it is crucial that you have a marketing plan in place. Like I said last week in the blog post 12 Genius Ways to Market Your Book, the more you market your book, the more people will know about your book, and the more peopl...
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12 Genius Ways to Market Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on January 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As a rule, the more you market and promote your book, the more people will know about your book, and the more people will buy your book. In other words, the name of the game here is publicity. Pay attention here, because this part is important:

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Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Pays Better?

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on November 17, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Earlier this year, I wrote a blog on the differences between self-publishing, independent publishing, and traditional publishing—and which one is best for youLet’s continue the conversation. When it comes to different types of publishing, what p...

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Self-Publishing, Independent Publishing, and Traditional Publishing: Which is Best?

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on June 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever since Amazon released Kindle Direct Publishing in 2007, the book publishing landscape has drastically changed. Now a decade later, authors have more power in their hands than ever, with self-published and independent authors earning approximately 40% of the market share. Where once the Big Five traditional publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster) once controlled most of the market, now these traditional...
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