We want a finished product, that's what I want. If it can be marketed, if it can promote the Citadel, that's a bonus.
But we need to do something good, something worthy of not just our time, but the time of those who read it. If we are just going to do a claptrap of randomness wedged into a single ePub it looks bad, it looks amateurish, and it reflects poorly on the Citadel. Whatever we do, whatever it is, it needs to be coherent.
The movie Heavy Metal followed a single dingus through multiple stories set to awesome animation and a killer soundtrack. Aside from a glowing green rock called the Loc-Nar, the stories had nothing to do with each other, but it was the dingus that pulled them together.
As for being able to write to a theme, I give you this look:
I'm not dusting off the Writing textbook and talking about writing bildungsroman stories, or dropping heavy lit criticals like the denouement or stories about ingenues.
If you can write genre fantasy, that's enough.
That's what people want.
Serials are cool. Yes.
As for Pre-Industrial Dwarf Murder Mysteries...