So you've spent a lot of time writing your novel or memoir--or you're thinking of spending a lot of time on it ... How can you be sure you're spending that time wisely?
Maybe you'd like to invest in a freelance editor, someone who can read your work and give you feedback and guidance before you begin the long job of querying agents and editors.
A good freelancer can help you get the best possible reading once you do start the submission process.
You can, in fact, hire an editor at any stage of your writing--from the first flash of inspiration, which you may need to talk through so as to get a handle on your approach; to the long haul of actually writing; to a final polish and perhaps advice on your query letter.
There's plenty of advice online and in those very special archaic objects we call books. But nothing quite replaces that personal interaction--on the page, on Zoom, on the phone, face-to-face--that you can have with a good editor.
See the next page, "Types of Editing," a.k.a. "What I Can Do for You," to get an idea of the different kinds of work for which you might want to hire an editor (even me).