Now I would like to thank the Lovely Wife Unit: draft two is a much better manuscript because of her tireless efforts. Out of all the corrections (and there were many!), she only made one mistake. She also convinced me to make some minor story revisions, and the manuscript tightened up because of her.
I did ask her point-blank; “You would tell me if my novel sucked, right?” and she said yes, she would. I believe her. Now if the novel does suck, you beta readers can send her flame mail for putting up with 375 pages of crap.
I love you LambChop!