It's an all too familiar scenario. The squeeze on mid-list authors has been a big story in publishing for years now. It's impossible even to keep track of which authors have dropped off the radar. Publishers don't announce it, and the last thing most writers want to do is broadcast the fact they can no longer get published. Yet, it seems reasonable to estimate that dozens (maybe hundreds) are disappearing every year – judging by persistent industry chatter,
I suspect there was never an easier time to write novels (the growth of technology, and the ready availabilty of advice and information on the internet offer options barely imaginable thrity years ago), but never a harder one to get--and stay--published.