We writers have a tendency to focus on the journey. I worked so hard on this book, we say. It took years to write. I had to write it and rewrite it and then my agent/editor/critique partner tore it apart and then I had to rewrite it some more. I sent one hundred and thirteen queries. It was rejected fifty-seven times.
But readers, for the most part, are primarily interested in the finished product.
Don’t tell me how long you were in labor, they say; show me the baby.