So, I had an author ask me to read and review their work. Nothing major there. Here’s the thing: this is the first time I’ve dealt with really inadequate editing. Incorrect verb conjugations, commas where periods should be, characters that are introduced without explanation of who they are; these are just a few of the things I’ve encountered in the first two chapters.
The advice I’m seeking is: how have any of you let an author down gently before? Obviously they worked hard, and I don’t want to be mean, but I also don’t want to keep reading something that’s this hard to understand. Thanks in advance for any and all advice!