I really don't want to pay a professional editor to edit my manuscript. That said, I have been seeking feedback and it has come in bits and pieces - very slowly. When I like something or agree that a change would make it a little tighter, I absolutely make the corrections, however, I don't always do so for various reasons. I cannot spell everything out in the first 6 chapters or it would not be very exciting, would it? I also cannot account for limitations on various websites (i.e. youwriteon.com does not allow use of italics or underlining or bold type, etc and part of my dialogue is done telepathically so where I would normally have it italicized it is not). Consequently, I have been "knocked" on ratings because people couldn't get past that. Really? I would never knock a fellow writer for something like that.
I also have been working on the querytracker.net forums and I find that some of those members are utterly useless - and rude - giving poor feedback to newbies and it makes me sad because I have seen some excellent work get annihilated by one or two people who I can only presume are jealous or complete morons. When I see "hero member" beneath their name I wonder if they earned that by trashing real talent???
That said - and yes I am ranting - I am starting to wonder if I would be best off self publishing for now. Thoughts???