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I just learned that independent editors exist. They are NY publishing types that will take your money to help improve your book. I'm sending out letters tonight to try and find a good fit. This is what my book has needed. I'm so excited.
Hopefully I'll sell my book and make back whatever money (and then some) it costs to do this.
Here's the thing about editing.
You need to learn how to do it on your own. yes, you can pay an editor, but frankly, as a writer, you need to learn how yourself. It's part of your craft. It's like a doctor who pays someone else to actually perform their surgeries. Learning to edit is crucial; no editor is going to be able to fix your story if it's broken from the beginning. A true editor is going to maybe spot plot holes, character inconsistencies, and then line edit.
All of these? You can get with a good critique group... for free. I have a phenomenal crit group, and the feedback they provide is better than gold. We have a varied team (and I actually met them all through NaNoWriMo!) Having 7 or 8 people looking over your work is of incalculable value.
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