I've been writing for 30+ years and had some small success with traditional publishing. It didn't feed me like I thought it would, and it didn't really give me the confidence I have now. The years, many stories, and interactions with writers and readers did that.
I learned early that what I like to write is not highly marketable, so I had to decide what is most important to me.
Erotic fiction/erotica is the most difficult genre to write, and I will die on this hill. If you're putting yourself out there in this market, you are brave in a way many bestselling authors are not.
My problem with writing is a lot of irons in the fire and only 24 hours in a day. I moved all my writing to Medium, shut down my websites, and abandoned any thought of Amazon, so I can give maximum time to creating vs administration.
All the genres I write include LGBTQ erotic fiction and already this week I've put in time on: a series of fantasy shorts with art for each episode (at Tantalizing Tales), a dark fantasy sequel for Halloween, a transgressive sci-fi short, posting chapters of a M/M historical fiction novel, an epic fantasy webseries. And I'm still trying to squeeze minutes from everywhere in my life, which means painting on my iPad while at my job (😉 don't tell)