Whether you're querying agents or submitting short stories, whether you're releasing your first book or your fifteenth, whether you're going to a book signing or just sending your ms to a CP for a critique -- you can't help that fearful anticipation --
Will they like it? What if they don't?
Sometimes things just don't go your way. Rejections, bad reviews, negative critiques. These things happen.
I still get nervous every time I get a crit from a CP or a review on my book. I'm afraid to read it. But I do, and even if it's bad -- I survive. Yes, at the beginning, negative feedback was cause to scarf down a pint of ice cream and crawl into bed for a day or two. But the more I got, the more I realized life goes on. I learned. I did better the next time.
Don't let nerves or negativity get to you.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
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