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You said some very good things in this. Thank you! So much of writing, especially for long haulers, is based on what worked and avoiding it, what didn’t work and taking full blame, and being mystified by the writing and publishing world in general. Seeing success with ideas that if you had had them they would have imploded on the launch pad.
So tricky but your observations were very encouraging. A light in the jungle.
Great reminder that writing and book publishing is hard, and it takes time. I've been frustrated lately and needed to hear that!