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#1 drm

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 04:02 PM

I've just always assumed that after completion of my ms., I should seek out an agent, but some people suggest getting an editor first, then the agent. There's even the possibility the editor can find an agent. What's the story on this? :wacko:

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

Editors don’t generally find you an agent. A developmental editor helps you spot over-arching structural issues, plot problems etc. A copy editor corrects grammar and spelling. Either or both of those functions are something you can do yourself (most writers don’t hire editors) with the help of a few trusty critique partners to offer you notes/feedback.
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Did you mean an editor from a small publisher or an editor to help you with the manuscript before you query?

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:32 PM

Unless they meant a publishing editor? As in go to a publishing house, get interest there, then use that as bait for getting an agent. Problem is... you can burn up publishers off your list if you head to them first. As in, agents won't have publishers to query to if you decide to go to them second and you will have to write a new book. Which you may have to do anyway if history is any indicator. (A lot of writers don't get their first book published.)

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