"Call me Ishmael" was rated in 2011 as the most recognizable opening line in Western literature.
The printed three thousand copies of Moby-Dick did not all sell during Herman Melville's lifetime. Today Moby-Dick is considered an iconoclastic piece of great American literature.
There is no guaranteed success in being a writer, but to even have a chance you must continue to expand your body of work. It's difficult for many artists to accept. It's not enough to have a passion, you have to be willing to put the work in and even then, success isn't guaranteed. There's a whole lot of luck involved.
You'll discover when eyeing the book sale stats of a few best sellers that sometimes talent isn't even required. When my morale is down and I wonder what the hell I'm doing with my time I repeat the mantra, be passionate and enjoy what you do. It's not enough to have talent, you have to work hard at it.
On a side note. I will be visiting The San Francisco Art Institute tomorrow in search of an artist to design the cover of Lavaliere Fatale. I'll post details on how that goes tomorrow evening.