I'm just going to cut to the chase- I'm 16, I think my novel will sell very well with some cleaning up (just to make sure that everything flows properly), but I'm pretty certain that I need a professional editor to make this possible. It's not that my writing is bad; I don't like to blow my own trumpet but when it comes to writing I refuse to deny that I am very skilled in the craft (after all, it is what I spend a lot of my free time doing and refining). My only issue is that I'm not a professional author yet, and if I hope to become one then I need the view of an editor-by-trade to affirm that my writing is good enough, or to fix it if it isn't. However... As I said, I'm only 16. There's just no way that I can afford to pay an editor by the hour to go through around 300 pages of my work. So- what do I do? Submit it to literary agents regardless and if accepted, go to a publisher and have their editor work on it? Or will this not be possible without editing beforehand?