Don't ever take these words personally and criticism means we care. A good editor's goal is to make sure your book connects powerfully with your intended readers. You're in the book writing game and well on your way to becoming a successful author when your editor says one or more of the following:
This part isn’t clear.
Show rather than tell.
Cliche. Re-word or remove.
Move this paragraph up.
This point needs an example.
Start the anecdote from the middle.
More detail here.
Less detail here.
Powerful statement. Say a bit more.
The lead in could be stronger.
How’s your next chapter coming along?
Alicia N. Ingram is a ghostwriter and book editor that helps aspiring authors start and finish their books. To receive more free information, inspiration and "The 5 Tips For Finally Getting Your Book Done" checklist, click here to sign up for the mailing list.