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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 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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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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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


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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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Don't State the Obvious

Posted by Kristen House on October 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


If you're an author, you should know that your purpose is to create books that are as concise as possible. (After all, that's my number-one goal as your book editor: To help you create incredible, well-written books!) What does that mean? That means cutting out whatever words don't propel your book forward. 


An...

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3 Steps to Develop Your Writing Voice

Posted by Kristen House on September 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a writer's voice? As an author, is it important that you have a unique "voice"? And can every writer have a distinctive writing voice? These are some of the questions my clients ask me.

To determine what your writing voice is, take a look at your writing. What words do your readers use ...

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Referencing Specific Dates in Your Book

Posted by Kristen House on September 26, 2018 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)


As a book editor, I've seen fiction novels take place in a variety of settings and even a variety of times, from Tanya S.M. Kennedy's The Terarch...

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How to Write a Travel Memoir

Posted by Kristen House on September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Although I mostly specialize in fiction editing, I make an exception in the world of non-fiction books when I work with memoirists. Although most memoirs focus on a piece of the author's past, especially those that are poignant and meaningful, other memoirs are fun and exciting in a different way: travel.


I don'...

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1 Step to Creating Rhythmic Writing

Posted by Kristen House on September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


One mark of a talented author is rhythmic writing, but this can be a difficult writing strength to master. Rhythm in writing is defined as the way the words and sounds come together, usually to create a beat. Long sentences might sound smoother but more rich and complex, and short sentences are snappier and easier to understand. When these two types of sentences are combined, they can create an incredible rhythm to your writing.

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Do This to Overcome Writer's Block

Posted by Kristen House on September 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Many times, I’ve checked back with a client on the progress of their manuscript only to find that they haven’t made much progress at all.


“What happened?” I ask them, expecting something major—like a house fire, a financial catastrophe, or a death in the family.


Usually, it’s none of the...

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This Quick Tip Instantly Improves Your Writing

Posted by Kristen House on August 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Every time I go through an author’s manuscript, I find words or phrases that don’t always lend themselves to making the author sound eloquent. To put it a different way: Too much wordiness in a sentence can make an author sound amateurish.


As a

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Preface, Introduction, or Foreword: What's the Difference?

Posted by Kristen House on June 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The preface, the introduction, and the foreword of a book are introductory pieces that belong in a book’s front matter—before Chapter 1. Many authors think that these are all interchangeable terms, but this is a common misconception.

So what’s the difference between a preface, introduction, and foreword? When should you use one in your book, and how l...
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3 Reasons Why Writing A Book Series Will Make You A More Successful Author: Pt. 3

Posted by Kristen House on May 23, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In parts 1 and 2 of this mini blog series, I spoke with Greystone series author Lou Paduano about what makes a series author more successful than an author who will publish a one-off book.

First, we learned ...
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3 Reasons Why Writing A Book Series Will Make You A More Successful Author: Pt. 2

Posted by Kristen House on May 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In last week’s blog, I shared with you why series authors like Lou Paduano (known for his Greystone series) are generally more successful than authors who write a single book. The self-publishing industry is so saturated. If you're a self-publishing author, you need to ...
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3 Reasons Why Writing A Book Series Will Make You A More Successful Author: Pt. 1

Posted by Kristen House on May 8, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


I’ve often written about how the most prolific authors are those who have written many books. In the world of self-publishing, this is especially true. Almost all authors who have risen to the top of Amazon bestsellers lists have one thing in common: they’ve built up a massive following by publishing many, many books

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3 Important Rules for Using Real Names in Memoirs

Posted by Kristen House on April 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ready to pull back the curtain on your life? Write a memoir. I have edited my fair share of memoirs, and I’ve always respected an author who has written about a painful or memorable part of their life. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, after all—and when reading memoirs, you’ll find that the limits of the human body and mind are incredible.

In a memoir, an author pr...
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How to Use Song Lyrics in Your Book

Posted by Kristen House on March 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

When using song lyrics in your book, it’s important to do your homework. If you’re not careful about obtaining permissions where necessary, you can be sued for copyright infringement (yikes).

To obtain permission on using song lyrics in your book, you must first determine who is the copyright holder. In some cases, you may need to pay the owner a fee in orde...
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