After countless drafts and edits, I finally managed to get it to a place where I’m happy with it. The challenge with the story is that I have four characters that I wanted to make distinct. Further, I want one character to be unlikeable, and the consensus of my writing group is that I accomplished that. Two other characters, while doing questionable things, I ultimately wanted to be likeable. I feel like I managed to accomplish this, but it was a difficult line to toe.
Another challenge was to realize my character through indirect characterization. For instance, I didn’t to say that Sue was a narcissist. I wanted to show it.
It’s in the publisher’s hands. We’ll see what they think.