As I near the end of my second draft, I'm starting to explore my options for hiring a developmental editor. I feel this is necessary for several reasons:
1. I'm a complete novice. I write well, but I know my writing lacks the polish required for a professional-level manuscript.
2. I want my novel to have the best possible shot at being published before I start shopping it around.
3. Did I mention I'm a novice?
The options right now are overwhelming. I need someone who enjoys urban (rural) fantasy, is compassionate, has had past clients succeed in becoming published, has experience in the industry, and has a wry sense of humor. Any takers? Anyone?