I think we've all heard about the criticality of the first chapter. You need to introduce the right characters, hook the reader, display your writing skills and more. At the end of summer I will be ready to have the first chapter of my first book go through an edit probably a first chapter edit but maybe a developmental edit.
So I've been doing some research on the groups and individuals that do this sort of editing and I've found that there are a few different kinds of editors.
1) small publishing houses offering the service. I suspect this is a way of getting authors to pay for prospecting and occasionally you might get lucky here.
2) Writing advisory groups that represent them selves or others. This would be something like Reedsy or Gotham Writers Workshop. In these cases you will be able to select or get matched with an experienced writer and/or editor. What I like is that some will also offer bios so again, you can select someone that's got industry connections that might be helpful.
3) Authors that are just making a living and have their own website / side hustle in this area. The advantage here is that they are working authors that have their own formula for how to make a good book in a given genre(s) But I worry that the down side is that it's their way of getting it done and you may find that there is bias in their feedback that you don't understand if you haven't read their work.
The plan is that I will look and get suggestions from members over the next few months and then I will try a few services and let you know the pros and cons of each.