Recently, I read C. J. Gorden’s post on the writing element called point of view. It was an eye-opener for me. In her post, C.J. talks about taking a manuscript that she believed was editor-ready to a panel for critiquing. She learned much from the comments of the professional readers.
You can read C. J. Gorden’s entire piece here. I recommend it:
Her experience made me realize how uninformed I am as an author. I shoot from the hip. I may be lucky enough to string words together coherently, but I don’t know the first thing about many of the elements that make good, even great, writing.
I think I will follow C. J. Gorden’s example when I think my novel is editor-ready. I will pay a professional to read and critique it.