Is one ever done tweaking their manuscript? Probably not. But at some point one has to back away from the minutiae and let someone else have a run at it.
That was the first step to be addressed as I geared up for e-pubbing—except I let two someones have a run at it. I needed someone who hadn't seen the story before take a hard look at the content. Since I've taken classes from Mary Buckham, believe her to be genius, and know she has an editing service I contacted her. Luckily for me, she was able to fit my manuscript into her schedule.
When Mary was done with it, I passed it along to a woman I know who has spent many years as a copy editor, and—
What I want to know is if you were able to do something about Juliet.
Uh, hi, Jonathan. Folks, this is Jonathan Woods—Thea's boyfriend. I didn't know you were going to stop by.
I had some time in my schedule and need to talk to you.
I'm kind of busy right now explaining the self-publishing process to these nice people.
This is important. Juliet is creating potential problems for Thea. I need you to write her out of the story.
Sorry, no can do. She's important, and she's Thea's sister. Besides, the manuscript has already been to the editors. What's the problem, anyway?
I'm certain Juliet has been trying to get Thea to break up with me. Thea's been arguing, uncharacteristically, with my decisions lately. I have plans, Susan, and Juliet is getting in the way.
I'm not so sure Juliet has that much influence—
She does. She fabricates stories, she's disrespectful, and she interferes. There's something going on, and as I stated, I have plans.
I won't divulge them. Suffice it to say Thea will be delighted. I have a certain influence, shall we say?
You sound awfully sure of yourself.
Just make sure Juliet is out of the way.
Now, Jonath—dang. The guy pops in, issues orders and pops out. Characters do tend to do what they want, and generally I don't worry, but he seems a bit like he's on a mission and I can't help but think there's going to be trouble. Phooey. I'm going to need to find out what he's up to. We'll continue the self-pub thing next week. Wish me luck.