It comes in trickles, but when it does come, I am eager to take it in. I am talking, of course, about beta reader feedback!
My betas have given me some great feedback, the most important that I need to stop worrying about word count and start worrying about the story. I've been cutting and editing so much that I'm starting to lose some of the connecting threads. So far, no one seems to mind the length, and several are asking for more details that my older drafts had in them.
So... I guess I'm going to polish it as best I can and hope that the content, not the size, will dictate whether agents want to pick up my story. I really, really want to see this story published and I think my desire to please agents and publishers may have overtaken my desire to tell the story properly.
None of the betas seem to mind the length, so I've decided I need to dive back in and flesh out the parts that are a little bare bone.
Also, I got the best compliment so far from one. I was told the series might make a good anime. Or even a video game. My life is nearly complete.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.