I’m lucky because I’ve got a few good readers who have consistently been reading my manuscript for the past – ahem – three years. But every manuscript needs a pair of fresh, critical eyes. I was lucky enough to have a good friend who has worked in publishing read my first three chapters – her feedback was immensely helpful. Most of us, however, are not that lucky. If you have a friend who is a good, critical reader and is willing to look at your manuscript, that’s a good place to start.