How much should you edit before sending to a publisher?

I wrote my first book awhile ago (yay me!) and I've started to edit. I think I'm going to go through and clean up whatever grammar and spelling and odd sentences, but is that enough or should I look at content too? My mom keeps telling me "that's what they have editors for" but I don't want to look unprofessional. This is my first time doing this. Any suggestions?

Asked By: - 10/11/2009
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Congrats on writing your first novel. I'm right there with you. I wrote the first draft to my first novel in 3 1/2 months this summer. I'm currently writing the sequel and will begin editing my work when I finish the first draft to the sequel. Honestly, I don't think they're good enough to be published, as I'm still... More
Answered By: Sing to me - 10/11/2009
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Hire a professional editor. Just pick up your local yellow pages or google it.
Answered By: A Cluster of Pixels - 10/11/2009
when you are 100% sure its what you want, and everything flows. No spelling punctuation ect. so three for four times you and someone should read it over.
Answered By: Am - 10/11/2009
I think hiring an editor would be your best bet....good luck!
Answered By: Kay - 10/11/2009
Oh, this is a tough one to call. Pixar continues to make changes to their movies up until the last few hours before they start printing the films to send to theaters (a couple weeks before you see their films... More
Answered By: A - 10/11/2009
Never pay anyone. It's the sign of a true amateur. Professional writers get paid. A small publishing house, only literary agents submit to large publishers like Random House will have guidelines for an unsoliciated submission (without a literary agent). Most only want a query letter, writing credentials (past... More
Answered By: mac - 10/11/2009
Congrats for writing a book! Yes, you must thoroughly edit your work. Then, you need to have an agent submit it to a publisher. There are many websites giving advice to aspiring professional writers on the many steps involved on how to get their books published. Good luck.
Answered By: artist in asia - 10/11/2009
Your book will be competing for (agents or) publishers with books which have been so extensively edited that they contain no spelling mistakes, no errors in grammar, no poorly chosen words, no awkward phrasings, no extraneous words, only a half dozen ellipses and a dozen exclamation points throughout the whole thing... More
Answered By: akaMaryn - 10/11/2009
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