Larry: It’s a good question, better put to people who write prose than poets. Poets don’t expect to make money. TS Eliot was a bank clerk. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive. WC Williams was a country doctor.
But prose writers deserve better. They labor longer and harder. Not that poets don’t work hard, but a thoughtful, organized, sustained piece of prose is a time consuming labor, even setting aside the creative aspect. Being expected to do it for free is just wrong.
My two cents.