I think you hit on some interesting ideas here:
- How many stories have I written that I still love and are relevant today?
- How could I have marketed them better than just posting them on Medium and then forgetting about them?
- How many followers do I have that I could “encourage” to buy a book of my best work, like other Medium writers who have done?
If you can meet these three metrics, and could make enough money to buy something significant, like a box of donuts, would you graduate from dreck to some other literary title?