The Unbearable Envy of the Published Author

From a New York Times guest essay by Lynn Steger Strong headlined “The Unbearable Envy of the Published Author”:

I’m a novelist with a book out this week. I’ve been lucky with this new book, but the lead-up is still terrible: nerves, anxiety, impossible hopes, a lot of fear. I joke with friends that I’m positivity Teflon: I don’t trust the good reviews; the bad reviews feel affirming in some strange, sick way. I’ve been through this twice before but this one’s different, easier somehow, and not just because I’m older and more well adjusted. It’s because of Kevin Wilson, a writer I’ve never spoken to.