Here's the short version:
- The main character needs more compelling reasons- emotionally and tangibly - for everything she does.
- We need to become more invested in her struggle so we worry about her more.
- If a character appears, make sure he or she resurfaces later in a way that's critical to the plot. Otherwise, kill her off.
Amy is worth every penny. And she agreed to read my rewrite when I'm done. I'm giving myself a month AT THE MOST. But I'm nothing if not fast, so I may be able to finish even sooner.
As I've said before (sigh), back to rewrite.