I think I will die from anxiety before the beta reader returns the manuscript to me with her comments. People have read my work before, but never an entire novel from start to finish without interruption. I've gotten mostly positive feedback (which is GREAT!), but I can never be sure if people are being 100% honest. This particular beta reader does not know me and is not a friend, so I hope they will give me lots of constructive feedback. I really want to query TAINTED FROST next year, which means that I might have to deal with some negative feedback if I want to make it the best it can be. *gnaws fingers* I think I can handle it though. I used to work at a magazine, and whenever the editor asked me to make some changes I always liked that better than when they said it was perfect. I think criticism can only make you a better writer as long as you don't let yourself take it TOO seriously.
Anyway, this whole journey has been so exciting, and I can't wait to see what happens the rest of the year.