Super editor Jamie Chavez gives a bad review of a book that was published, evidently, before it was made ready by any kind of editing. The strange thing is the book was put out by a major publishing house. Read her play-by-play remarks on the mistakes and don’t do them.
Some bad things…
- Repeating info ad nauseam. Say it once and move on.
- Spelling with wrong words, such as waste for waist. “She put her arm around his waste” is a very sick thing.
- Continuity mistakes. Get the timeline straight. If you say five minutes ago, he ate lunch, don’t change it to he hadn’t eaten for two hours in the next paragraph.
- Purple prose. Avoid ridiculously decorated descriptions. “He looked angrily at me, his eyes like two Sherman tank cannons.”
- Get your facts straight. AKA write about what you know, else people who do know will complain.