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Things An Editor May Say About Your Writing (and it’s perfectly normal)

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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.

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