Perfection, perfection, perfection, perfection.
If you have a typo, no agent for you. If you have a grammar mistake, no agent for you. If you have a plot issue, character quirk or ending that's not perfection, no agent for you.
But if you use a hired editor, no agent for you because it's not a true display of your skills as a writer?
Of course I understand that the influx of queries strains agents and makes them more picky about what they choose to represent. And I know that publishing is a difficult market to break into now more than ever in this "hard economic time."
But in the last few weeks all agents have been posting about is the need for perfection and that they only want to pick up a manuscript that is flawless and publishable directly from the document that hits their inbox.
But then you have agents posting about how using an editor before submitting to agents is cheating. Putting up a false front. Not a true example of what your talent level actually is.
So. Have I screwed myself by hiring an editor because I know I make typos that I don't always catch? If I get an agent, and am then honest (like every agent says we must be), will they drop me because I'm not perfect without some editing?
Perfect is so unrealistic, even with a $1500 editing job. The first editor I used made more typos then me. And I just found a typo in a published novel I was reading yesterday.
Is anything really perfect?