most readers want more of the same, which drives the market
building a readership takes time
only burn career credits if you have them to spare
bestsellers, or long seller?
transgressions across genre rules may be fun, but you can piss a reader off, and then it’s over
narrator doesn’t have to be you, but you still must KNOW them
only spec fic will allow you to play with genre like this
never hoard your silver bullet! – send in the best thing you have, always
although… some ideas can be bigger than your ability, at the time, to right it. Wait until you have the chops.
the more impact you make with your first novel, the better