You're fine w/ a hand corker..it's no more effort than using a hand capper on cider/beer (and they're only about $10).
As far as tips...a helper makes a big difference!! One person filling while the other corks.
Which LHBS do you use? The guys over at What Ale's Ya in Glendale are great.
Primary: Sparkling White Grape Peach Wine
Secondary: Coco-Strawberry Wine, Pumpkin Wine, Apple Cider
Bottled/Aging: Pear Wine, Strawberry Wine, Blueberry/Blackberry Wine, Mixed Berry Wine (Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, & Cherry), Jalapeno Liquor, Skeeder Pee