The decision to submit a manuscript for publication is an important one. It requires significant investment in time as well as emotional and mental labour. Converting a thesis to a manuscript for either a book or a journal requires significant tailoring. It is imperative that you have a mentor to support you throughout the entire process, from writing to handling decisions. Given how competitive the peer review process is, you must adhere strictly to publishers recommendations and best practices. Crucially, you must remember to separate your personal identity from your submission. A rejection of your manuscript is not a rejection of you. Engage in self-care and adopt an open mind to learning from the experience.