I love. love. love working with beta readers. They are lifesavers who love to read and give input to books that are not yet published. So when I feel that the manuscript is as good as I can get it, I send it to five beta readers. In one week, they read and answer questions with brutal honesty, explaining why they love or hate a character, a twist, a scene. In short, they show me what a stranger would think and open my eyes to the details I no longer see because I’m so immersed in the story and characters. They make the book better.