King of Sorrow, my next novel, is nearing completion. Now I'm battling with two very serious dilemmas.
As always I call on the advice of other, more experienced authors than myself, those autors who have walked the line, who have lived to tell the tale. Here are the two obstacles:
1) Should I have the first 3/4 chapters polished by an editor before submitting sample chapters to publishers for consideration? I've heard this is a good idea, but it costs a pretty penny to have a professional give a sample manuscript the once-over.
2) Who do I submit the sample chapters to? I realize this sounds like a dumb question, but my first novel was submitted randomly without keeping record who I sent it to, or why. Which publishing house/ agency is the best option for a crime fiction novel? I'd prefer not to use the same publisher.
As always, thanks a bunch for the feeback.