Amazing as it may sound, there is a real shortage of good writers and poets. Try telling that to thousands of writers and poets who get daily rejection slips.
As far as they are concerned, writing is virtually impossible to break into no matter how hard they seem to try.
There may be a number of reasons why they don't succeed:
Their writing is not up to standard - as far as particular publishers or editors are concerned;
They don't bother polishing their writing before submission;
They knock on wrong doors - sending materials on a random basis;
They have failed to do basic research;
The list goes on.
1000s of publishers
There are of course thousands of publishers, especially online, who are willing to publish anything that you send them. Such publishers don't pay writers or poets. They expect that writers and poets should be grateful just to get published. That is reward enough.
Professional writers on other hand command handsome fees. They make a good living out of writing.
Anyone can become a professional writer. You just need determination to succeed. If you don't have a natural gift, you can learn to write well. This can be by self-study, online, or at a college or school near you.
High quality professional writers demand anything from $1000 to $5000 per project - and best earn substantially more. A project may involve just one page or a few poems.
Why do most aspiring writers and aspiring poets fail?
In a recent survey conducted on behalf of http://www.WritingHolidays.com, it became apparent that most writers and poets were not willing to invest time or effort in training or acquiring necessary skills.