It happens a lot, I get a query, or even an email from a client, full of apologies. The email starts off with an explanation of why the author has broken the rules or is tired of the rules and explains in great detail how. Sometimes there’s an edge of defiance to the correspondence, other times just an apology. Or a tone of apology.
The first step to success is being proud of your work and letting it stand on its own. You will never get the opportunity to explain yourself to readers or reviewers (at least not before they read the work). You need to feel the confidence that whatever you’ve written and however you’ve written it is enough. Not just enough. Incredible. If you feel the need to explain yourself, your reasonings, or your writing you’re not ready.
When you put your work out there make sure you’re ready to put your work out there. Do it with a sense of nervousness of course (that’s natural), but also pride and confidence that what you’ve got is what we want.