I submitted my dissertation manuscript for publication today!! I am so excited, I plowed through my lathargy and worked all morning.
It's at the #3 journal in my field and I think it's a really good fit for that journal.
I was nervous to submit this paper in a way I have never been. First, it's my first sole authored paper so that's huge. Second, I have had a dry spell with pubs lately (so think good publishing thoughts for me).
Last it's the work I feel most attached to so letting outsiders review it critically is a little nerve wracking (mind you, I have a think skin and have never really be upset by even the harshest reviews I've received). And I presented it at a conference and it got a ton of attention and people seemed really excited about it so I do not logically have a good reason for the nerves.
I just hope I don't have to wait 6 months for a rejection like I did with the last paper I submitted to this journal.