Is an Editor Worth the Money? – by Tiffany Yates Martin…

on Jane Friedman site:

Question

I’m a few pages away from finishing a first draft of a multi-generational novel that runs about 500 pages, which I plan to pitch to agents and traditional publishers. After two years of revisions and polishing, I feel the draft is in good shape (don’t we all?) but am wondering if I should pay for a professional editor to look at it or just get feedback from beta readers. Is an editor worth the money? Note that I have published a nonfiction book before with an indie publisher but this is my first novel. Appreciate your thoughts.

—Seeking advice in Pennsylvania

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