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Everything You Need to Self-Publish Your Book

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on June 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Let's jump right in. If you end up going the self-publishing route, you’ll need the following things:

 

A blurb. 

The blurb, also known as the “back cover...

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How to Write a Query Letter that Sells

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on April 25, 2020 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 A query letter is a make-or-break deal: It's your one shot to impress an agent and convince them that your manuscript is worth a second glance. As agents and publishers can receive upwards of hundreds of query letters and book pitches each month

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8 Easy Ways to Write Sentences

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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What it Takes to Get on the New York Times Bestseller List

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on January 7, 2020 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Making the New York Times bestseller list is a lofty goal, but for some authors, it's achievable.


There are many factors that go into making this holy grail of bestselling lists, but basically, the book has to sell at least 5,000 to 10,000 cop...

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Can You Traditionally Publish after Self-Publishing?

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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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Basic Rules of YA Novels

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Thriller/Suspense Novels

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 thriller/suspense novels I've edited include 

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Basic Rules of Historical Fiction Novels

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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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Editing Packages: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on October 27, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


My editing packages are very popular among Kristen Corrects clients! The vast majority of my clients opt for one of my editing packages:

 

  • The Basic: line editing and proofreading—two passes over the manuscript
  • The Standard: manuscript critique, line e...
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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 Book

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 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—whether in...

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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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The Best Things about Being a Book Editor

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on September 30, 2019 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Ah man, I love my job. Really, the whole thing just kind of fell into my lap—it was kind of tragic, how I started my business—but it was the best thing that could have happened to me.

It was 2012. I was two months away from graduating Boise State University with a degree in English and writing. My original plan was to go int...
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Publishing Traditionally? Why You Still Need Editing

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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How I Handle Editing Touchy Subjects

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on August 24, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)


In my eight years as a book editor, I've edited a range of books with touchy subjects: extreme political beliefs, sexual content, or other taboo or risqué topics. (And full honesty here: Some of these books go against my personal beliefs or even make me cringe while editing them.)


But while I have my own personal beliefs that might not always align with t...

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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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