Jane Friedman is a contributor to Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published, which features essays from the Writer Unboxed community. The following is a selection from her chapter on whether writers should invest in a professional editor before submitting their work to agents or publishers. Writing and
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You’ve spent the last 18 months locked away in a room writing your first book. When your manuscript was completed you then spent a further six months self-editing and umpteen revisions. Your family and friends, who kept getting bizarre voicemail messages every time they called, are overjoyed when you finally make your first public appearance