The thing about releasing a new piece of your work to the world, is you have no idea how people are going to react. You don’t know how your dearest friend will react. You don’t know how a distant acquaintance will react. All you can do is let the work speak for itself. Listen carefully to the critics. Be open with your opinion. Appreciate that everyone has a point of view.
You may not like everyone’s point of view. You may abjectly disagree with what they think. But each person is entitled to their own point of view. You, of course, are entitled to your own. You don’t have to let their opinion influence yours. But if you wanted something to be released, you must understand that not everyone will love it.
Hopefully it speaks to some people. Hopefully you can strike a chord with a person, and that chord resonates long past when you would expect. That is the dream, I suppose. To have your work resonate with the largest number of people possible.
But that number may be smaller than you hope. It probably will be. So remember to stand by your work. Love your own work. Own your own work. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most.