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KRISTEN HAMILTON, FICTION BOOK EDITOR

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KRISTEN HAMILTON, FICTION BOOK EDITOR

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How to Describe Setting in Novels

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on December 27, 2020 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Setting is one of the elements that makes up an author's writing style: Some authors describe their book's setting thoroughly, whereas other authors are light on the details.


In many cases, setting is an auxiliary element to build the reading experience and draw the reader deeper into your story. But in other cases, such as in sci-fi or fantasy books, setting is known as world building and is a crucial, non-negotiable element...

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Setting Up Your Book's Central Conflict

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on December 27, 2020 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


The central conflict of a story is like an engine that drives the book. Without a central source of conflict (or, better, several sources of conflict), many aspects of the book suffer: the pacing, the tension, and overall reader engagement, ultimately detracting from the overall success of the book.


The conflict of any successful story must be immediately noticeable, as without a central source of conflict, it makes it diffic...

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8 Ways to Vary Sentences in a Novel

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on April 21, 2020 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Rhythm in your writing is one mark of a talented author. Rhythm in writing is defined as the way the words and sounds come together, usually to create a beat. (For example, long sentences might sound smoother but more rich and complex, and short sentences are snappier and easier to understand, and when these two ty...
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How to Choose the Right Point of View for Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on October 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

As an author, it’s your job to create an attractive narrative using the best/most ideal point of view and perspective. The book’s perspective is who is telling the story (the Harry Potter series would be much different if told from Voldemort’s perspective!) and the book's point of view (POV)

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How to Create Tension in Your Novel

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on October 26, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Tension is the high-stakes feeling readers get when characters are in trouble—and as a book editor, it's probably the number-one thing I see that causes a book to fail.


When done properly, tension will propel a reader forward through the book, encouraging them to turn the page to find out what will happen next—whet...

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How to Create Good Pacing

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on October 26, 2019 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Pacing is everything in a hard-to-put-down novel.


In the current market, readers prefer plot-driven fiction, which means that they prefer to read a story about a character overcoming a major obstacle by the end of the book. Yet when your book has 

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How to Write Your Book's Final Line

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on October 3, 2019 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Finishing a book is bittersweet—even more so when the author creates an impactful last line. The best authors know that leaving their readers wanting more with a captivating final line is the only way to end a book. But how do you write this last line? Here are three options to choose from. The right one for your book depends on your book's main focus and themes.


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How to Nail Your Book's First 5 Pages

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 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 b...

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Everything You Need to Know about Creating Great Characters

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on April 30, 2019 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm rethinking how I spend my time. By this, I mean that the first hour of every workday is now dedicated to building my business. And as a book editor and a lover of books, what better way to do that than to...well, read a book?

I'm starting off with Nancy Kress'
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Types of Children's Book by Age

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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