My writing journey is a fairly common tale of girl meets story. Girl meets story. They spend late nights together and have many beautiful moments. Girl daydreams about story while she should be working, cleaning, keeping son from climbing up bookcase, etc. But girl and story also fight frequently and break up a few times. Girl feels that story refuses to commit to a genre. Then finally after years of the swooning and heartache roller coaster, girl and story finally understand each other and love each other for who they are. Now the girl is ready to introduce the story to her parents (aka agents)....but what will they say?
Girl fears that they will say story isn't a practical choice. Possibly handsome and charming, but not marketable. Impossible to shelve. But after years of trying to change story to make him more appealing to the masses, girl decides to love him for who he is and damn all else.
The moral of the story is that although you should do everything within your power to understand your market and define your genre, the most important thing is making your story the best version of itself. Understand what your story is supposed to be, be able to articulate it to others, and love the hell out of it. Then have a little faith.
Hopefully one day girl and story will get married (publishing contract) and have babies (a series). :)