1. Images – Nonfiction books often include graphics and images, so make sure they are greater than 300 PPI. Check your publisher’s guidelines to be sure.
2. Formatting – Issues such as hard returns can cause a tremendous amount of work for your publisher. If the problems continue, they might not be so willing to work with you.
3. Overused adverbs – These are easily replaced with stronger words. I like to use the search and find feature for the letters “ly,” which locates adverbs instantly.
4. Pet words – Every writers has pet words, very often a sign of culture or location, these can also be located using the search and find feature.
5. Lack of Deep POV – The days of saying, “He was sad,” are over. Deep POV is the new industry standard. Think about how an emotion can be expressed physically. If your character slumps his shoulders, readers will know he’s sad. Show it, don’t tell it.
6. Poor grammar – Creativity vs. Craft. Strong on creativity but weak on craft? Never fear. There is a wonderful website where you can copy and paste your writing, and it will check all the grammar for you…..and tell you how to correct it! Check out www.grammarly.com