I was just wondering if it's appropriate for writers to ask if anyone wants to beta read their manuscript on this forum? That's kind of where I'm at now. I've asked family members and friends, but they're loath to be cruel to me. I've edited it about four times now and I'm sick of looking at it. I've considered sending it to a professional editor, but I don't have a spare thousand dollars in my treasury. Do you think its better to pay for a professional editor and go off their opinion or gauge the opinions of beta readers? I'm a reasonable editor, but I still keep finding technical mistakes even after I've read through it forensically! I honestly wonder, are writers capable of thoroughly editing their own work? It's a Science Fiction - Steampunk story about 45 thousand words and I'm planning to self-publish it as an ebook.