Back to the original purpose of this thread (did I hijack my own thread? can one hijack their own thread?): I've narrowed it down to three candidates. I don't think that I can go wrong with any of them, but I want to make the right choice. Hopefully, typing out my thoughts below will help with that. Note: last night I sent each of them the question - how will your comments make my book more of a page turner and help make more of an emotional connection between the reader and my characters? Only one has responded thus far. Editor A - 25 years experience editing fiction, including actually being employed by someone in that capacity. She made fewer comments than most of the editors, but all were spot on and changes that would make the scene stronger. She said stuff like "this (paragraph) is just a little boring" and "I can always tell when a new writer thinks description will add to a sentence." Basically, I found all her comments to be extremely relevant and most addressed issues that no other editors did. She's also been doing this a long time. She's going to tell me what works, probably in lieu of telling me what I want her to tell me. Editor B - She has a degree in copy editing but a lot less actual experience; she also has experience judging literary contests, which I thought might add something to her take on things. Seems more eager to please, and her sample edit was more the kitchen sink approach; she made a lot of nitpicky comments, so a lot more thorough but maybe not as impactful. One thing I liked about her is that she really seemed to dig my story. Editor C - 15 years of experience editing, much of that with Wizards of the Coast. I have to be honest; that geeks me out a little. He's worked with RA Salvatore. His comments are less kitchen sink than B and less impactful than A. Good middle ground? Besides the cool work experience, he made a character comment that shows he's really concerned about how I portray that character while being patient enough to see how it plays out before considering it a problem. To be honest, right now I'm heavily leaning toward A. Again, though, I think all have the knowledge and experience necessary to help me become a better writing and help make my book better. I do think that A will be slightly harder (?) to work with than B and C, but maybe that's a good thing?