RE:New to writing
You shouldn't go anywhere to have it "smoothed out". Smoothing it out is your job, and one every writers needs to be able to do. Your book doesn't have to be perfect to find a publisher, it just has to have a good story, with good characters.
There are always those who will take your money, and do so for your own good. Don't give anyone a dime. Money should always flow to the writer, never away.
As an editor, the last thing I need is a writer who can't do his own editing, revising, and rewriting. I am an editor, and I don't want some know-nothing paid editor doing my work for me. I'm the only one who knows how I want a novel, and the writer is the only one who can give me a novel I like.
And don't believe the silliness people spout about self-publishing. One hundred percent of nothing is still nothing, and this is exactly what most self-published writers earn. Ten to fifteen percent of a bunch is still a bunch, and the money is in commercial publishing. So is the quality.
If your writing is any good, a commercial publisher will buy it. If it isn't, self-publishing won't make it any better, but could delay or kill your chances of becoming commercially successful.
There is a time and a place for self-publishing, but that time and place is after you've proven you're commercially viable. Until then, it's just vanity, and bad writing.