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Things Your Book Editor Doesn't Want to Hear

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The worst things your editor probably hears all day that make his/her heart sink

Rated 0 points - posted 7 years ago by laneave in category Books.
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My friend/relative read it and loved it! Report Abuse
Your friend or relative is not a professional and probably lied to you.
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I already had this edited. Report Abuse
Most likely, your real editor will just have to undo bad editing.
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I just wrote the first think that came out Report Abuse
Writing is a craft that requires refinement.
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God helped me write this. Report Abuse
No matter how spiritual you/your editor are, your writing is not going to be perfect.
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I haven't reread this draft. Report Abuse
And yet you want a professional to see it?
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It shouldn't take you this long. My book is only ____ words. Report Abuse
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I really don't think I need to change much. Report Abuse
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I implemented all of your suggestions in just one day! Report Abuse
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This is based on real life, so we can't change much. Report Abuse
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I don't read very often. Report Abuse
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I wrote my novel in one week! Report Abuse
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Can you get me on GMA? Report Abuse
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My story is like Twilight/Harry Potter/Hunger Games. Report Abuse
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I don't believe in rules. Report Abuse
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I can't wait to make a lot of money from this. Report Abuse
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I don't know who my audience is. Report Abuse
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Hi, I'm a stranger. Will you read my novel? Report Abuse
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I want the illustrations to look like my grandchild. Report Abuse
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I'll just have my teacher friend proof read it. Report Abuse
The chances are that your teacher friend doesn't know grammar as well as you think, and your friend is probably not familiar with your publisher's style guide.
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Can I have a different editor? Report Abuse
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