"Male readers probably would not be interested"

Male readers would probably not be interested in a bunch of middle-aged academic women, and would find Harriet unattractive. I rather agreed with them, but thought there was one chance in a million that the thing might come off. In any case, I knew it was useless to try and write with a view to what the public might like: the only thing one can do is to write what one wants to write and hope for the best.
— Dorothy L. Sayers