"Swati obviously impressed, or she wouldn't be listed. Her help filtering out the themes and characters in a difficult sci-fi dystopic mystery-type helped unravel exactly what I was trying to say, which was certainly stuck under a ton of lead for a fair while. You want honest and fair betas who don't beat around the bush, and whose advice is impartial and succinct - Swati delivered, and I'd use her again if i could get in her bulging diary!"
"Michael advertised as brutally honest feedback, so naturally I gravitated that way. He wasn't wrong, but, he wasn't an arse about it. You need honest and direct feedback if you want to know how your work is received by readers, and especially at the stage you haven't finished it, because that's the version you don't want out there!! Go to him if you're scared of feedback, because you need to thicken up your skin. Go there if you're not, because you give him a challenge."