At last, a metaphor I can relate to!

"[Y]ou can think of a manuscript as a football; we score points by getting the ball over the goal line." http://andrewgelman.com/2017/03/06/hey-can-guess-3-goofy-tricks-new-journal-trying-improve-peer-review/

While the quote is about scientific peer-reviewed papers, the concept of manuscript as football is the same. You might throw a long pass and score on the first play, but more likely you’ll have to grind it out on the ground, one yard at a time. If you have to print this time, that’s okay, you’ll get the ball back. The important thing g is to focus on crossing into The End zone!

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