I am working on my book and have been toying with how to get others to read and give me honest feedback on it. Basically I just want to know if I am on the right track with it and if the story is good and just requires some touch ups as far as grammar and maybe a few places I need to beef up the story or shorten or if the whole concept is boring and I need to reconsider the entire work. My initial idea is to give it to three people who I think this work would appeal to (my sister, and two friends). If they like it then I have a friend who is writing their own book so I would then give it to her and then if I still am getting a good feeling on the actual concept and I want to really finish it up and work out all the issues, then I have a respected teacher that has published many times that I will like to get some "expert" advice from her. And then go from there. I plan on telling my friend who is also writing a book that the work is mine and I plan on telling the teacher too, but I am playing around with not telling my sister and two other friends the truth. Mainly this is due to the feeling that they will not tell me the truth on if it is any good or not. I plan on presenting it to my sister and friends as another friend's piece and that she has given it to me to distribute to people who will give her honest feedback who do not know her. I would then ask if they would mind doing that for my friend. All three are avid readers and I think would jump at the chance. Is this a bad idea? I know that there is one or two parts that I might have to change for one friend, basically just a phrase or two, because I took them from my friend's vocabulary and I think that she would immediately pick up that its my work. I liked adding these phrases in the book because they actually work well and I feel like its a little shout out to my best friend. Thoughts?