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I can see the nail holes

Posted by Suzy Banks on July 22, 2005

I was recently told by an editor that while he liked my essay, he had a problems with the way I phrased a couple of things. He'll elaborate in more detail in the future but I was wonder if I could glean anything from the phrase he used to describe the problem. He said, "I can see the nail holes." I'm assuming this means it's either shoddily constructed or perhaps the set up is too apparent or, well, I don't know. Do you know what "I can see the nail holes" means in regards to editorial criticism?