1. If you think you’re ready to submit, it means you’ve (hopefully) come a long way from your very first draft.
2. You can reward yourself for taking a big step by eating cake. CAKE!
3. While you’re anxiously waiting for a response, you can also ease your anxieties … with more cake!
4. The only way to truly fail is to never bother trying.
5. You wrote a thing! It must be important to you!
6. A rejection is not the end of the world.
7. Every time someone says “no,” you have the chance to learn something.
8. Haters gonna hate. Don’t be one of them!
9. Submitting is a major milestone, even if it doesn’t feel like one.
10. You’ll always wonder “what if” if you don’t.
11. Just because you’re worried it isn’t good does not mean it’s bad.
12. You have a story to tell and you should do everything you can to try sharing it.
13. You have nothing to lose.
14. You never know — someone might really like it.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.