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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.”

--IN PROGRESS--



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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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6 Critical Things Authors Should Bring to a Book Fest

Posted by Kristen Hamilton on July 13, 2018 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the best ways to get the word out about your book is to do a book signing event or attend a book festival. Here in Boise, for example, I attend the Boise Book Fest every year—where admittedly, I stand out like a sore thumb as an editor among writers!

Having experienced the feel and cl...
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Why You Should Get Your Book Reviewed

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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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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3 Reasons Why Writing A Book Series Will Make You A More Successful Author: Pt. 3

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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Choosing a Pen Name: What You Need To Know Before Using A Pseudonym

Posted by Kristen Hamilton 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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