We have progress!
Big progress, in fact. In spite of snow days, damned winter colds, and life being the troublesome nuisance that it sometimes is, Resurrection is with beta readers.
What does that mean?
It means it survived its trip to the editor, and though it came back bleeding from multiple flesh wounds, it's nothing that left it too scarred. It means I went through and accepted or rejected all of my editor's changes (mostly accepted... this is what I pay her for, after all), made some slightly larger fixes based on her comments and ideas, and did another pass to check for flow and to make sure everything was clean and coherent.
And now it's with several people who will be happy to tell me if and where I screwed up. and then I'll fix it again, and it will go out to some more people who offered to help with proof-reading.
It also means that this book is very much at the point where I as an author wonder what the hell I'm doing. Sure, people have loved the book so far. My editor was thrilled with it.
But I've been working on this book for years now, first as a fun little novella I started on a whim and didn't finish, then one that I did, then one I re-wrote in its current novel-length form (which suits it far better). I've drafted, re-drafted, read, revised, and fixed it a whoooole lot of times. I'm familiar with the story. And while in this case familiarity doesn't breed contempt, it does breed... well, familiarity. I know the twists, the turns, the dialogue. It's a story I love and characters I adore, but there are no surprises left.
It's hard to see a book clearly when you've read it more than twenty times, you know?
So that's why I need these beta readers. While I can never read this story for the first time, they will. Their fresh eyes and sharp minds will see what I no longer can. Their reactions will guide me through the last phases of production, and they'll help me make sure this is the best damned book it can possibly be.
My readers. My heroes.
(I'm also almost ready to work on cover copy, teasers, and cover art, but that's a whoooooole other issue...)