Because I'm kinda stuck and I think it's because I went about it all wrong from line one, but that ship has sailed and here we are. I've had my story alpha- and beta-read (apologies to the people here that kindly offered to help, but I felt I had to hire) and I've dealt with most of the suggestions I got. I've gone over the whole thing myself many times, obviously and now I've hit a wall. The main problem is that the bastard's 109k in words and I'm too close to it now to see how to fix it. In fact, every time I try to fix it, I get more words. I think I need an editor, but I'm dreading the idea of taking one chapter behind the shed and telling the others it went to live on a farm. With that in mind, I had a look around on a site that was suggested to me here, but I'm not sure I can mention it without it looking like advertising. Anyway, most of the gigs offered there are around 5k words to edit, some in the 15k range, which leads me to believe I'm way too late with editing. I thought that stuff usually happened at the end. If my end-game is to get an actual book with my name on it on my shelf and I have a full story that's been described as "publishable", where do I go from here? Or, where in the process am I anyway? I did think about hocking my wares at publishers at this point, but I believe it's better to deliver as polished a product as I can so they'll have less cause to say, "Ugh, another one..."