… a low-risk environment.
This was definitely true at first. This is what made it possible for me — without the low risk and a handful of kind readers it’s unlikely that I’d’ve started at all.
As things have grown and ‘important readers’ (i.e., people ‘in the business’ who want interviews, have connections, &c.) have shown up, the ‘risk level’ has increased dramatically.
I haven’t actually deleted any of my earlier work (yet!), but I have had to go back and rewrite/clean up weaker material using my (now) greater experience and stronger voice.
When one does hit critical mass, one probably ought go back and clean house.