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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

  • Join a...
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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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How to Tell if Your Book Needs Developmental Editing

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 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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Advanced Ways to Market Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on February 6, 2019 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have spent any time following my Facebook page, you know that I talk about marketing. A lot. Well, here I am again with some more marketing information—because to me, there's nothing worse than an excellently written (and edited!) book that never ...

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3 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on December 12, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a common misconception in the writing community that immediately after you write your manuscript, you should send it off to a book editor. While a book editor will help improve your book before publication, the best books (and I've found, those by the most serious authors) are those that have been self-edited several times before being sent to a professional editor.

Why is s...

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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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A Warning to New Authors with a BIG Manuscript

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on November 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I frequently work with first-time authors, most of whom choose to self-publish their book on Amazon Kindle. Still, a good chunk of my clients opt for traditional publishing—which means they’ll first send out query letters to agents, and once they find an agent who will represent their manuscript, that agent will then pitch their manuscript to traditional publishing houses.

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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. 


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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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Avoid Redundant Writing with This 1 Tip

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on September 26, 2018 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Avoid redundancy - don’t share the same thing in prose and dialogue.

She tried to speak words of encouragement and comfort, “Don’t do this to yourself. It wasn’t your fault. Will loved you Alex. He would never let you take the blame for this.”


Want to learn more about how to build your auth...

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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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