I'm thinking about traditionally publishing my work. I have a few uncertainties/questions regarding creative control. I'm fine with editors influencing my character's names, book titles, and book covers. About the plot and my character's nature? (like: "instead of X being shy, let's make her this overly confident girl" or "why not add sexual tension between the detective and the suspect?) Do I have to follow them completely or can I like take a pass on some of their suggestions? Or it could just be me overthinking stuff.
What I'm writing is a mystery series. I guess it's fine when they ask me to change some parts of the plot, but my biggest 'fear' is my character's nature. (Especially my detective, who's in an honest relationship with her husband, and the detective's assistant)
For the side characters like the suspects, I'm fine with their nature being changed. My biggest concern is my detective and her assistant.
P.S. I feel like this is a silly question, I overthink things, but hopefully, my doubts can be cleared.
Thanks in advance!