Readers and Revision

Somehow I have managed to finish a first draft of my second YA novel tentatively titled Go West.  One mistake I think I made with my first YA novel was not letting other people read it early enough in the process.  I did most of my revision without getting outside input and I think I could have stream-lined my revision process by getting input earlier.  Who knows?

This time I’ve asked two English teacher friends to read the first draft and give me some really general feedback.  What works?  What doesn’t?  What are the most exciting parts of the story?  Where does it drag?  What do they want/need to know more about?

When do you first get feedback on your works in progress?  Who do you trust/burden with this task 🙂 ?