• Did you fall in love with the story from the first page?

  • How is the pace of the story?

  • Was there some aspect of the book that you found to be particularly tedious?

  • Were the characters believable to you?

  • Were you satisfied with the level of character development?

  • Which character was your favorite?

  • Was the conclusion unexpected, or did you see that coming?

You can only ask a few questions to a reader. A strong beta reader will provide you with truthful reviews from which you will decide whether or not to act. If you can get various perspectives from the people who read your manuscript, you can determine whether any improvements are necessary.