I just got my historical fiction ms back from Doubleday. The editor said "it fell short in respect to narrative drive and polish." We talked quite a bit. He said that there are people who know how to guide writers with "promising" manuscripts. . .do some editing, make suggestions on flow, etc. These people also know publishers and agents and often can get your manuscript in the right hands. Yes they charge money. So at that, I scoffed. That was a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm thinking I should look into this. I remember reading some threads on these book helpers (for lack of a better word). Can anyone get me pointed in the right direction?