author, speaker, self-publishing consultant


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About Karen

Karen Hodges Miller is CEO at Open Door Publications, a company that specializes in helping authors navigate the world of publishing in the 21st century. The company assists both published and first-time authors with the wide variety of skills and tasks needed to successfully write, publish, and market a book.

Karen herself has written eight books, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as countless newspaper and magazine articles in her 30-plus year career. How to Sell Your Book Today, is her latest book on book marketing techniques. In early 2022 she will publish the second edition of Self-Publishing: You Can Do This! She is also planning a second book for 2022. Tentatively titled Authorpreneurship, it will focus on authors as small business owners, and the skills they need to be successful.

You can find out more about Karen Hodges Miller at, as well as on LinkedIn and

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  • Timothy Patrick Means

    In the dog-eat-dog world of self-book publishing. One woman stands out amongst the rest. Karen Miller! She has always been both honest and caring and has been there to offer positive suggestions. Karen strives to see all her clients obtain a bright future in the world of publication. The patience of a saint. She will take time to listen to your concern’s, always responding with one goal in mind, your crowning success as a book writer.

  • Karen Stary

    As a writer who has recently had my novel published, I knew that with the expertise of publisher Karen Hodges Miller that my work would be handled professionally. With over twenty years of experience, she has an exceptional eye for editing and proofreading. Although most editors and publishers, I’m sure, could claim similar credentials, Karen Hodges Miller brings other unique attributes than just a polished written work. She is an exceptional communicator who cultivates the writer. I realized shortly after submitting my manuscript to her, that she was also assisting me become a better writer.

  • Jack Saarela

    Not sure that I was capable of writing a complete novel that others would want to read, I worked solo for several years on a manuscript, hired an editor on the internet, and self- published Beginning Again at Zero in 2016. However, unfortunately I knew nothing about self-editing or marketing. But, I did prove to myself that I had it in me to write an interesting novel.

Case Studies

  • Case Study-Jeff

    The Client:

    Jeff had been working on a book project for many years without completing it. The book was aimed at middle school readers, and while fiction, could easily be used by classroom teachers as supplemental material in a variety of areas, including history and environmental science. Jeff needed an editor and a coach to help him complete his project and identify the best ways to market his book to both the general public and to schools.

  • Case Study-Melissa

    The Client:

    Melissa had a not just one book in her head, but an entire series. A lover of fantasy, she had been working on the first book in her five-part fantasy series for several years. She needed an editor and a publisher.

  • Case Study-Sharon

    The Client:

    Sharon was a teacher with many years of experience working with special needs children. She wanted to write a book to help launch her second career as a motivational speaker for school districts, teachers’ groups, PTA’s, etc.