Hi there. My quest to finally finish my novel has hit a bit of a snag, and I was wondering if you kind people could offer me some advice? I'm in the process of slowly working myself up to send my novel to an agent, checking over the submission guidelines etc, but there is one massive problem I've discovered: my novel is too damn long. I've read several comments that say a fantasy genre story should be 180,000 tops. Mine is a massive 280,000. Ouch. Obviously I need to edit it down, but how? I have no idea which bits are worth keeping and which bits are worth scrapping (hell, I'm not entirely convinced the thing has legs to begin with), and I'm wary of hiring a pro editor. Mainly because of con-artists and costs (Not much cash available, sadly). Can anyone offer some advice on this, please? I don;t have a great deal of confidence in this sort of thing, so any wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!