Maybe not. Perhaps the market expands to embrace all writers who have a good story. Let's hope so. But I think frantically reading How To blog posts can be a bad thing when it comes to writing a book. So much is down to a bloody good idea - which we don't all have, or the luck to select just the right agent and have your ms on her desk at just the right time on the day when she is aching for a good historical read, in a good mood and it's been some times since she last splurged on a saleable book.
Writing is a strange thing. Playing with words, trying to get ideas on paper in a way that is clear, concise, graceful and entertaining all at the same time. You need a decent plot with enough twists and turns to keep people reading, and has a dash of originality. I have heard that it isn't the basic plot that matters, but how you write it. I think I disagree with this. By the time I was 25 I'd read so many books on Mary Queen of Scots that I really can't face reading another. I either disagree with the author's theories of why she did what she did, or I find I'm reading the same old arguments, and the writing itself isn't going to encourage me to plod through stuff I already know. So why would I read the same basic plot over and over again?
An intriguing, well written book isn't something that can be pulled off in three months flat, though come to think of it I have heard some authors say they have a contract for four titles (75k words) a year. That seems like a bit like being the donkey on the treadmill to me. When do you live, with that hanging over your head? Maybe prolific and successful writers can do it, since we all agree that practice makes things easier. But after the 75th title I begin to doubt that the plots are not rehashes and mix n' matches of plots that have gone before.
Still, the love of writing must be there if they continue with the 76th book. (Or they love the fame, the money, the lifestyle! There I go, being cynical again!) Personally I like the idea of the writing room in the garden so there's perfect peace and concentration, with no outside worries to interfere with the process. By then, of course, I'd be as successful as some well known romance authors, and could hire people to cook for me, and clean the house and keep things shipshape while I swan in and out of my writing room and decide how to shape the next chapter. Yep, I like that idea.