Excellent thread and some wonderfully funny points (as well as serious ones) I laughed out loud several times. I think it is important to feel proud of the book you write, once you feel it is finished. Back in the 90s I self published two books. From time to time they get read (they were part of a library scheme) and people make comments. One of the books I published too early and I squirm when I hear the comments, because I know they are right. The other book isn’t Dante but I am proud of it still, so I feel fine about the comments, even the negative ones. And hey, even if it isn’t brilliant it is still something you created.