Is your novel finished and ready to go out? Is it 80,000 words or less? If so, check out the DearEditor.com website run by Deborah Halverson, a former Harcourt Brace Jovanovich editor and the author of the forthcoming Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. (I met her an at SCBWI workshop a few years ago, before she went out on her own – she’s great!) Anyway, you enter by email and she’ll pull a winner at random and then do a substantive edit for you – structure, voice, characters, plot development, pacing, etc. (not line-editing).
I’ve entered for my middle-grade time travel novel, Through the Shimmer of Time, and I got extra entries for subscribing to her blog and using my blog to spread the word. And even though letting all of you know may be lessening my own chances, it’s too good to pass up. So if you’re ready, go for it!