I wanted to write something very lengthy and intelligent in response to this post, but all I can say is: Thank you so much, Steve.
This post really 'came to me' at a time when I was feeling very down, confused and rather frustrated about the prospects of ever being able to live from my writing.
But you cleared up a lot of things for me and connected the last dots I needed to connect to understand what I was doing wrong. I have real faith that I will make progress now, and that is, as always, the real value of being privileged to benefit from the perspective and guidance from someone who has 'walked the path'.
Yeah, I know you probably get a zillion thank you's like this every week or so, and that you don't really hang around in the forums anymore. But if this message can add a little bit to your already excellent karma, to write this, then I wish it so!
Oh, and the next time you publish a product - like your awesome book, which I bought - and which can be enjoyed from a distance (i.e. if one lives outside the US) --- then I'll be the first in line to shop!
Don't want to be just a fan, y'know.