Would you like a fear of failure with that?

Whether you’re interested in the writing and publishing world or you’re just looking for a bit of helpful life advice, this “Robert the Publisher’s Gem of the Day” post on Editorial Ass is actually applicable to pretty much anyone.

The Robert the Publisher posts are usually short and entertaining, but this is a little longer (more than 200 words), entertaining and – bonus – super insightful. Here’s a little teaser for you.

Late last night, Robert and I were both still at work. He called me into his office and told me to sit, then gestured to the little black single-serving coffee maker by his phone. “Want a cup?” he asked.

“Um, ok,” I said. I’m not the kind of person who should be drinking coffee after 10 am but I was already pretty nervous about what he wanted to talk about and didn’t think declining was a good idea.

“Do you take milk?”

“Yes,” I said apprehensively. Was he keeping milk under his desk? If so, how long had it been there? But then I saw the non-dairy creamer on the bookshelf and relaxed–a little.

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