"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
But can I get a cut of the action figure sales?
No advance, no hard edits, but Macmillan will publish your novel and give you 20%. I say if someone's stupid enough to publish a young author without serious edits ("freelance"? pah!) then they deserve whatever they get.