How well each next story turns out is out of your control. You write it, post it, and see what happens. But looking forward and setting a goal for next novel helps.
My first novel was a lovable mess that I started with the only goal in mind to hit 50K words. It still holds the most reads out of all my stories, but I feel that the Trapped by the Mafia, my latest, might bypass it eventually.
My personally most beloved story, She Kills, made me some awesome friends... and my attachment to it is probably holding me back.
the first story on which I used 15 plot beats, Winners Don’t Have Bad Days, won a Watty, but the story I felt was the funniest and has the best plot, How to a marry a Dragon, didn’t do well in any way.
With Lone Werewolf, I ended up writing a story that combines things I don’t like into a story that is personally significant, because it’s my first openly Russian main.
Each story gives me something special, but none of them, not the first, not the latest is The Book. Right now, The Book for me is something that explodes and gives me an easy 50K reads in a few months.