As I said (more than once) this thread was not about me. Maybe I should not have referred to my personal experience.
Thanks to all those of you who posted sensible responses.
By the way, for the more pedantic amongst you, I meant "there are plenty of others who LIKE me", not "who BOOK me", though I have been offered a few gigs for next year. True, it's tough to break into the gig circuit, but, as I said elsewhere, I'm taking it as it comes and enjoying the ride, not wishing and dreaming of becoming an overnight sensation.