I am not looking for sympathy. This is where I launch into career doubt and how it affects the writer.
Me to my wife BA: OMG do you think I made a huge mistake? I'm writing another contemporary, I have 18K already. What if they don't take it?
BA: Shut up. It did fine.
Me: But they hate it! What if it kills my sales on the next book and and and
BA: You have to write what you like. I wrote a YA lesbian softball story that no one but the publisher read
Me: But I wrote a historical menage femmedom as my next book. What's the market for that? Ahhhhh (much hair tearing and blinking commences)
BA: Shut up and write
Now, I could go into branding, and how for the last few years I've been doing mostly paranormal and mostly 20K and under and how expectation for a known author like my 4 star reviewed Elemental Ops stuff versus a new audience like I have with DSP does impact sales and reviews, but I thought y'all might like to see what the thought process really looks like O.O
Even those of us who have been around since the time of the dinos wonder if we've totally lost our minds sometimes.
But we still have to keep on swimming