Dear Miss Snark,
An agent said my first 50 pages were "very promising" and requested the rest of the book. Sent it back two weeks later with--what I thought-- was a very considerate letter, noting that she enjoyed reading it but would need to see some revisions before she would be willing to "represent it as a paranormal romance." I thought it was a supernatural thriller; but what's in a name.
Even though it was rejected, I was bolstered by the fact that she took the time to note some suggested changes. She wrote that if I chose to make "some of her suggestions", she would be willing to take a second look. Of course I'm willing! She also cautioned (as you have) not to submit the same product repackaged as a "major overhaul." Got it. I've studied where I went flat and am deleting and adding chapters and scenes, adjusting story line, excising characters. Should take me at least a couple of months. I'm also reading some of the authors she recommended in that genre.
Question: Would I be exhibiting nitwit behavior if I asked said agent if she could recommend an editor (book doctor) who works in this genre? I want it to be as good as it can before I resubmit it, but I also want it to fall safely within the parameters of a paranormal romance.
Well, not class nitwit behavior but this is definately in the "no no bad dog drop it" category.
First, agents are expressly forbidden from sending queriers to editors by the AAR code of ethics. (There's a lot about why in the Snarkives.)
Some of us skirt the rules very very quietly by having a couple names, and some websites like the Editorial Freelance association which we give out only in back alleys under cover of darkness and only after you give the secret password of the day.
You don't need a book doctor. Book doctors are mostly for non fiction, mostly for people who aren't writers. People who have a good concept and a good platform and for whom writing is not their forte. It makes sense for them to spend the thousands of dollars that book doctors cost because they have a decent shot at recouping those costs.
That's not you. You're writing a novel. A skilled and ruthless critique partner can do it all for you. And you can probably do it on your own.