I'm new to this elite club but have been writing for over twenty years. Have 8 published works, 1 pending and working on #10. Writing and publishing has changed considerably over the years and I think we need to encourage each other to keep going and stay positive and optimistic. We should write for ourselves and personal satisfaction rather than profit. I know of someone who has written 10 books, given over 2000 copies away and is giving up because he has not had one review. We must not be defeated in this modern age. Promotion is the key factor and comes before profit. I see writing as a hobby and an expensive one. If I had to rely on it for survival I'd be living in a tent in a field by now. That's the way it is folks. Stay happy!