The first is to spend between $75-100 to send my manuscript to a freelance editor, who will do all of it for me. The second? No money, just a lot of time. So I guess what it comes down to is what is my time worth, because it's not likely that I'll ever see that $75 back, at least not anytime soon.
I think I'm going to sit on it before making my decision. Tomorrow I plan on printing out a copy of I, MINION and going through it line by line, old school style...I've been told that you can catch mistakes in print 10x easier than you can on a computer screen.
I already know there are some plot elements that need to be corrected because I changed them in later chapters, and my wife pointed out to me that some of the names aren't distinct enough to make who's who obvious early on. I also recognized that in the earlier chapters I didn't do a good enough job of setting the scene, so that's got to be fixed as well.
Writing a book, even one that's only 70 pages long, is a lot of work. Hard work. And that's just writing the final sentence of the final chapter. A lot of people don't even make it that far, so if you do, kudos to you! But that, my friends, is just the beginning.
This, however, is the end. Good night!