I have discovered why agents give samples of chapters to their children, if they have them. It is to solicit honest answers and opinions. I was brave enough to give one of my students (who is a fantastic writer and student) a sampling of the new novel that I have begun. She said she was giving it thought and was going to finish up the comments on it to get it back to me tomorrow. I LOVE IT! I don’t think I have been this nervous or afraid to receive comments back on a manuscript ever! I will have to write about the comments she gives me and what she thinks of the overall idea. I have just found my new way of honing my ideas and craft! So excited!