Hey Jo Ann,
I saw that you read some of my articles on the role of luck. So you probably know by now that in my opinion it's entirely possible that nothing will ever happen, even if you keep writing and publishing.
It's the sad reality you and I and millions of other writers find ourselves in.
That being said, I really like this quote by Indi Samarajiva:
"I think the secret of a successful writer is just being unsuccessful for a really long time. Unfortunately, this strategy is indistinguishable from complete failure."