Kim Hilton, MCC, PCC, has a master’s degree in Christian counseling. Founder of Closet Words Ministries Foundation, Kim is a teacher on prayer and listening to God. An avid writer of several books, Closet Words was chosen as the first book to be published with the proceeds going to Closet Words Ministries Foundation. A sought-after speaker and Bible Study leader, Kim has spoken at both national and local events. She resides with her husband on their farm and enjoys spending time with their six grown children and grandchildren. You can find more information on Kim on her website www.KimHilton.org and also on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KimHiltonAuthor.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Kim. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Published for the first time.
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
A: I had shared the manuscripts with several editors I had connections with but none picked it up. I made the decision then to self-publish.
Q: How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?
A: I continued to seek out other venues and educate myself on the book industry as a whole. I took matters into my own hands and chose to self-publish Closet Words.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
A: Westbow Press. Dec 2012. I chose them because they helped me choose an option that would accomplish my purpose with Closet Words.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
A: When I first saw the cover as I had described it, I had chills for over an hour. I celebrated, thanking God for the opportunity to share what He had given me.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
A: We held a book launch luncheon which was a lot of fun.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
A: I have more understanding of the publishing process and book industry.
Q: Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up? What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?
A: I should have kept trying and pushed harder.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
A: Seeing lives changed of those who read Closet Words.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
A: A Teacher.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
A: I grew up saying I wanted to be a teacher. I am now a teacher of God’s word.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
A: The author of 10 books.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
A: Don’t give up. Especially if you know God has given you the inspiration for what you’ve written.