I have a few friends that are willing to read a few of my chapters to see if the first five pages draws them in as a hook. Did my first few chapters pass go on my plot making any sense. Would like some feedback on their perspective. At the same time how do I copyright my work for protection and have them sign a disclosure agreement? Not only for beta readers but agents, publishers etc. I recently had a other thread about finishing my 2nd draft which is a mile stone for me, having completed over 196k words. Now I'm starting the 3rd draft, smoothing it out. I read authors spend over $2k-4k to publish their book is that true? I talked to my friend, basically said finish the book best you can, but when the final draft is complete and send it to a publisher they would edit or tweak it for marketing purposes. I don't even know where to begin to find a agent even when I do finish my final draft for my book.