It actually happened. My editor thinks that my manuscript is ready for beta readers. It felt so far ahead, and now the time has come. And just in time for Christmas. It seems like I will have time to write Christmas cards after all.
I am thrilled to have come this far in the process, and at the same time excited and nervous to get the feedback. Being a beta reader for the same publisher myself, I know how tempting it is to be harsh when you have no relation with the writer. I guess that is part of the stress test (of both me and the book).
It will be really interesting to see where the new beta readers are at, compared to the friends and family I have gotten feedback from earlier. Some of my earlier betas are critical and well read women, but they are still my friends and might have been unintentionally positive.
For now, I’ll just let the manuscript rest and see how many Christmas cookies I can eat until the feedback arrives. I have great ambitions!