I would never, ever think of loosing a novel, in any format, that’s not been edited. Happily for me, Loretta Williams — she was NPR’s books and publishing editor at the time — read Small Blessings early on and suggested revisions. If I hadn’t known Loretta, I’d have asked writer friends or university writing teachers to recommend a freelance professional editor. Or maybe asked a book-loving friend to take a critical look. And a bit of advice: It’s pointless to be fragile during the editing process. I’ve never written anything that a good edit didn’t make better. Any editor is better than no editor, and a good editor is, well, priceless.