Let's go back to some of my posts before Orlando. I kept screaming to authors to make sure you signed up for the right appointment with an editor or agent. Yet I saw many people not doing that. their decisions were based on their dreams and wishful thinking, not so much on the reality of their writing. Sure these writers pitched, and I am sure many of the editors and agents told them to send something, but in reality, nothing is going to happen. They simply chose poorly.
Now that Nationals are over, many writers are going home and will likely start making poor choices due to the at adreneline rush of the conference. You're excited and likely not thinking. You might have had a great project to work with prior to Orlando, but now, are getting ready to throw that idea out and dive into this "new project that you heard would be a hit." Again, a poor choice. Time and time again, professionals say to not follow trends, and yet, you all will.
Making the right decision isn't just a problem the unpublished and unagented authors have. Published authors decide to start new projects and new genres and all the while ignoring the following they have with their current work. Agented authors that might not be published yet, also tend to make poor decisions. I spoke to several agents this weekend making the same comments. "I have an author starting a new project even though I don't think it is right. I've told them not to, but..."
I think you get the idea. But fortunately, there is a solution that WILL work. Stop and think. Listen and don't be hasty.
Don't go and rush into new projects just because it is a trend.
Listen to what professionals are really saying. Don't try to find a way that your project is the "exception to the rule."
Stick to your goals, but make sure the goals are realistic and achievable.
Truthfully examine your own writing. Sometimes the problem stems from not having a realistic assessment of your own skills and styles.
In the end, the simple solution is to think.