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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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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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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Why You Should Get Your Book Reviewed

Posted by Kristen House on June 21, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Being a book editor means I have edited some incredible books over the years. Unfortunately, not all of the books I have edited have done well in terms of sales, mostly because authors incorrectly assume that if they publish a book, people will immediately know about it and buy it. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this just isn’t the case. Since
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How to Write a Smashing Author Bio

Posted by Kristen House on June 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

If you’ve written a great book, chances are readers will turn to the very last page to see who, exactly, is this masterful writer. Your author bio should tell a story about you that your readers can connect with.

There are two places where your readers can connect with you: through your books, and through your social media pages, including your website. Since thes...
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Choosing a Pen Name: What You Need To Know Before Using A Pseudonym

Posted by Kristen House on April 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Pen names are becoming more popular than ever for a variety of reasons: they can help your author name be unique and memorable, protect your privacy, or differentiate you from other writers in your genre.

But pseudonyms aren't for every author—there are some things to remember when choosing a pen name. Let's talk about the most important things to keep in mind bef...
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How to Write Off the Cost of Editing Services

Posted by Kristen House on April 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Before I even begin, I’m going to include a legal disclaimer: I’m NOT an accountant. But in working with my accountant for the six years I’ve been in business, I’ve slowly started to understand how my clients, who can pay anywhere in the range of $1,500 to $5,000 for my editing services, can write off ...
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How to Purchase an ISBN

Posted by Kristen House on March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In my illustrious 6-year career as a book editor, I have come across a range of authors, some of whom have been serious about their writing career, and others who have been more laid-back and approach writing as a hobby.

For the more serious authors, I recently shared a blog post on

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5 Proven Insights from the Most Successful Self-Publishing Authors

Posted by Kristen House 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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Protect Yourself! How to Copyright Your Book

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

A lot of my clients have asked about whether they should register their work with the US Copyright Office.

Even if you haven’t copyrighted your manuscript yet, the moment you put anything on the paper (printed or electronically), it’s your intellectual property, and nobody can take your work and claim it as their own.
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Should You Hire a Marketing Company to Promote Your Book?

Posted by Kristen House 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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The 4 MUST DO Things on Every Author's List for Success

Posted by Kristen House on December 22, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

December has been a month of speaking on finding your book’s audience and learning to speak to your book’s ideal reader to convert them into buyers. Once you’ve figured o...
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How To Speak To Your Book's Ideal Reader

Posted by Kristen House on December 15, 2017 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I recently posted about 4 Ways to Find Your Book’s Target Audience. Once you pinpoint your ideal reader, though, how do you connect with them, speak to them, and eventually sell your book to them? This is all critical and basic level information on how to market your book 101—so it’s impo...
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4 Ways to Find Your Book's Target Audience

Posted by Kristen House on December 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the most important elements that will make or break the sales of your book is marketing. It’s critical to ensure you’re doing the proper marketing techniques, especially if you’re self publishing. (If you’re taking the more standard route of going through a publisher, they will likely help you in the marketing process, but unfortunately, publishers today are often looking to cut back on their marketing expen...
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Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing: Which Pays Better?

Posted by Kristen House 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 House 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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4 Things Every Writer Must Do Before Publishing

Posted by Kristen House on March 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

You've finally finished writing your novel what?

The writing process can be arduous and long, but fun. After starting with an idea, you develop your idea into an outline, an outline into a plot, and a plot into a fully functional novel. Success! Though the writing process may have taken months to complete, it's your love of writing and desire to see your published novel on the shelves at Barnes &am...

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How Much Should Editing Cost?

Posted by Kristen House on March 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

How much should editing cost?

The Editorial Freelancer's Association's Editorial Rates Chart is the gold standard for how much editing should cost. When you convert the hourly wages to the per-word wages I use, the results are:

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