You don't have to work for a magazine or newspaper to benefit from the help of a good editor. A teacher, a colleague, or even your overworked mom may be willing to assume that role. And responding to thoughtful criticism, regardless of who delivers it, should help you improve your writing.
But how do you know if your editor is a good one and if the advice you're getting is sound? Try evaluating your editor (or teacher, colleague, or mom) according to the qualities identified by these ten professionals. . . .
For the complete article, see Ten Characteristics of a Good Editor.