From email messages and front-page news in the New York Times to published books and magazine articles, the 10 ouchies listed here crop up everywhere. They’re so pernicious that even respected Internet columnists are not immune. | The list also could be called, “10 COMMON PROBLEMS THAT DISMISS YOU AS AN AMATEUR,” because these mistakes are obvious to literary agents and editors, who may start wording their decline letter by page 5. What a tragedy that would be. —Pat Holt
—10 Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do) (Holt Uncensored)
Mostly geared towards fiction writers. Some of the tips are a bit too broad; number 8, “awkward phrasing,” isn’t that helpful. Still, I appreciate this glimpse into the mind of a literary editor.