I will admit right here that I argued with her through the first two edits, just knowing she was wrong, irritated that she didn’t get the inside jokes and my homages to obscure things I loved as a child, but I was paying for this, so I took her advice. When it was time to send my novel off to beta readers, I sent my original story to half and my revised copy to the other half. My eyes sure were opened when the beta readers of my original story said some of the same things she did. I learned my lesson, and on the next two books, I sat back and really listened to her thoughts. And I found out that she did get the homages, she just wasn’t sure that everyone else would, and she was right.