When it comes to editing a novel the first thing an author may do is look for a professional editor, unless they have a literary agent. Then it is taking care of. Or is it. I have heard great feedback from other writers concerning their professional experience with professional editors. I imagine they would do a good job since it is their profession, but can they do it all. Can an editor find all flaws in a story? What if her or his edits are more an opinion of style? In a writing workshop, however, although the work may take longer and be more difficult, an author has the opportunity to obtain a variety of feedback, instead of from one editor. Sure, it may not be professional feedback, but the critiques come from people who are going to perhaps read the author’s work, who do read a lot. And who knows, maybe their are actual editors, publishers, etc…who contribute to the feedback on sites such Scribophile. You save money going this route, but do not get a professional opinion. I’m a graduate student in English and Creative Writing, so toughing it through revision after revision isn’t so bad. But finding time can be, which is another strength of having a professional editor. What do you think?