People are asking what type/style of novel should I write? Perhaps a better question would be, should I write a novel?
I have written two novellas -- one an award winner -- and as yet neither has sold more than half a dozen copies.
I admit Chronicles of Mark Johnson wasn't main stream, it was likened to H.P. Lovecraft, which meant the book was doomed from the start -- I accepted the fact -- but I enjoyed writing the stories.
The second book -- A Sailor's Love -- while staying in the paranormal field, I thought might have had a chance as it is a ghost romance. There was a lot of interest while I was writing the story. Many people asked to be told when it came out -- which I did -- and despite their claims to want a copy, only one has been sold in three months.
I am re-editing book 2 in the Chronicles series for friends, but it won't be coming out. There is little point in getting book 2, you need to have book 1 to understand how the plot links and two years after the award nobody has bought a copy of book 1.
I have more stories which I could turn into novels, but if they come out they will be short stories. One of my concerns from the beginning about writing a novel was what would happen if I invested all that time in one book and nothing happened?
I have my answer, the rejection of ASL took me months to get over and all but killed a life long passion for writing -- fourteen months work -- and only one sale and that was to a close friend.
In a way, I am to blame, I had a feeling the new novella wouldn't sell. The only sales have come from short stories, which confirms the findings of a 2012 US study which stated readers prefer short stories. The problem was I got so involved in character development, the story kept growing from a 1,500 word short to over 35,000 words. All I can say is I'm glad I ended when I did, my original plan was for another fifteen pages.