thank you for your comments, Wendy and Rosalie.
CHOOSING AN EDITOR
As a general rule, friends and relatives do not make good editors. My son read a story of mine and his comment was,"Well, you know real authors don't have to promote their books."
Be certain that you choose someone who has at least some education in the field.
Anyone can say, "I'm an editor," but not know anything about editing.
In my opinion editing is an art. Some people have it and some don't.
One of my submissions I sent in recently had been edited by several members of my author group. I decided to edit it one more time. Imagine my surprise when I realized I had changed the sex of the baby in the later pages. First he was an abandoned baby boy, and later I referred to the ribbon in her hair! No one had caught this blooper.
You can hire an editor, but they do charge a fee.
Once your manuscript has been accepted,the publisher assigns an editor. If you feel the editor is not doing you justice, you can request another editor, but you run the risk of having your contract broken. (not good)
Please tell me in the comment section how you choose an editor before you submit your manuscript. I will post again at ten Pacific time.