Dear Miss Snark,
Love the blog and the snarky, no- BS attitude. I was hoping I could get your opinion on this.
My mother told me she met a recently retired editor who said he was willing to look at my manuscript (edited and completed, of course,) so long as I didn't take longer than three months to get it to him. So far as I know, this offer is free. Do you think he'd be able to put in a good word for me, making it easier to get an agent and/or published? Does this mean nothing other than a critique of my writing abilities through a more professional perspective? Thank you if you manage to get to my email.
Is your mother single and good looking? Cause this retired editor guy is making noises like Bill E. Goat when he catches sight of the French Alpine down the lane.
Whether his praise (which you seem to take for granted) will be of use depends on whether the people you tell know his name. That will depend on where he worked, the books he worked on, and whether he was fired for acquiring three books of goat memoir. How exactly you would ascertain this information from someone purporting to do you a favor boggles the mind.
You might want to just have him read it and see what he thinks, rather than try to use his review as some sort of introduction or praise.