Friend: How goes the publishing process?
Writer: I’m afraid people will read my book.
Friend: But that’s good, right?
Writer. No. It’s bad. What if they don’t like it?
Friend: Well, don’t publish then. That’s okay.
Writer: That’s not okay! I want people to read it.
Friend: But you just said–
Writer: Oh! What if I publish it but no one reads it? Is that worse than not liking it?
Friend: Well, I–
Writer Surely someone will read it.
Friend: I’m sure they will like–
Writer: But then what if they don’t like it?
Friend. I’m confused.
Writer: Why? I’ll publish and people will like the book.
Friend: Glad to hear it.
Writer: So how’s your day been?