1. there's more money in children's books and especially YA fiction with vampires and zombies. the children could kill each other to show moral turpitude.

2. but comic books are pretty boring. zap! pow! the evil doctor fu manchu raises his evil baton! etc. except lynda barry!

3. there's more money in nonfiction. we could all write heartwarming sad books about learning to tie our shoes and overcome the sadness of barefootness in a world full of shoes.

4. but here we are trying to deliver something somehow new, somehow necessary. we don't know how (that's why it's fiction). SOMEHOW, that's how.