Not sure if this is the right place for this question, but it concerns the route to self-publishing, so.... Who here actually uses professional editors? Actually shells out the cash for a service? I'm a first-time novelist and whilst I'm reasonably happy that I can at least write well enough for the average punter, am I hamstringing myself if I don't employ an editor. I'm fairly certain that self-publishing is the way forward for me, as I don't realistically think that the story is the 'sort of thing' that publishers would find attractive (I have this recurring prescience of standing at this camp, Dickie Attenborough type's desk whilst he tells me "it's quite awful, actually, dear boy - I won't be taking it on and I'll advise everyone I can not to either"). But do I absolutely need to employ an editor, or do you reckon my sales as a first-timer won't be that massively affected? The stuff I write reads well enough as it is - I've had an English teacher and author friend state that it needs 'hardly any editing', and I trust his opinion. But also, would the cost of an editor for a 300 page book end up eating the majority of my potential earnings (IF..... ANY.....)? I'm cautious about any sort of writing these days - my previous incarnations have included a songwriter/musician, and the roaring indifference to our band has left me thinking, 'nah - I'm not what people like, not a soul will read this'. So: who amongst you pays for editing? And is it really all that useful for a small-time hobbyist author? And what does it cost vs potential earnings?