I'm not really sure where to put this, but I'm curious. How important are editors when publishing a book? I know that personally I am terrible with a capitol T when it comes to punctuation, spelling (if you can't tell) and all that jazz, but they (you know those people who say things) say that when you send your book in they want it to be nice and neat. How am I supposed to do that without an editor. I know most of you are going to tell me to practice, get books, read up on it, but I've tried and I still makes stupid inane mistakes. Like my instead of me, or a coma when it should be a period. I tend to look over those small things when I'm rereading. My brain doesn't care about the small stuff, it is too interested in the story taking place. Okay, so basically what I'm asking is... 1) How important is it that you're manuscript be spick-idy span clean when you send it in to an agent. & 2) Should I find an editor before I send it in to go over it and comb out the mistakes I've looked over or wait for the agency to hire one for me. Thanks friend!