Here's something that you might have asked yourself. Can I just submit my work to a literary agent and let them edit it the way they see fit so that I don't have to hire an editor myself?
Luckily, we have this fascinating article to reference. In it, author Harry Bingham shares us his views. It's called Do Literary Agents Edit Manuscripts?
It's got some really interesting and practical points. This one's particularly fascinating:
Your manuscript has to be really, really good already. You can’t just use agents as a free pass to solving ...