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The list continues.
Is the prose clear? Does it say what you want it to say?
Is it tight and clean? (Can you cut excess wordage? There's hardly a manuscript alive that wouldn't benefit from cutting.)
Are there infodumps? (Get rid of them.)
If you are using artfully experimental language and style, ask the hard question: Does it work? Or does it just call attention to itself?
Do your people sound like real people?
Do your aliens seem alien?
Are you telling, or showing?
Can the reader understand what's happening?
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