I agree that anyone who has been sending their work out to agent after agent and publisher after publisher and not selling it should consider
whether they might be doing something wrong. I certainly would. But it's hardly a foregone conclusion. And two years? Considering how long many publishers take getting back to you that might not be more than "a handful of submissions."
Although my first book was, admittedly, published sometime around the late Mesozoic, and my experience may not be entirely relevant ... I sold it to the second publisher who saw it, yet the time between asking for the full manuscript and offering me a deal was several months. There are so many people involved in making these decisions, it can take a while before they make up their minds yes or no, supposing the first person who reads it is impressed enough to send it up the line.
Originally Posted by Templar
There may be a bigger financial risk in paying a few hundred dollars to improve your work with professional editing (Erm, something most people do before they send it in to a publisher anyway?)
Speaking as a freelance editor, this is a pleasing thought, but no, they don't. And it can take anywhere between several
hundred dollars to a few thousand to engage the services of a freelance editor, depending on whether you want developmental editing, copy-editing, or both.