hey guys, yeah im about to get my first work published!!! it's a short story that i've entered in a contest from my school, and as i got third place in districts (after winning first place in county) out of seventy-seven people it will be put into a booklet (aka: anthology) that will be traditionally published. I am extremely excited about this and though i don't think i will get any royalties out of it, I will go along with it to get it published to get my name out there. the only problem is... have any of you been in this situation and felt just a little bit scared that your work might end up completely trashed? i mean i know im gonna get published but im scared of public opinion as i am "sending my baby out of the nest". I really don't know what to think.