This might be a TL:DR - But read it, if you are into writing! :)
All I can say, Dan and I am sorry if I offend you, sir! To put it lightly, your looks onto the artistic world is way too corporate. You say you want to earn money and build a future on your works, but that is not what art/writing etc. is about.
Yeah, you can earn money off of those, but writing is about giving out a message to the generation - It is about spreading the beautiful work and inspire people to do what you do.
I inspired to write poetry from "Ojars Vacietis" a Latvian poet who wrote about patriotism. I learned from another story writer that using proto-types as your book character can make it better and more alive. And a female writer "Aspazija" showed me that poetry about war and modern life should be about telling people what is going on in an artistic and beautiful way.
All of these writers never wrote for money, they didn't force copy-right. Almost all of them actually wanted people to adjust, work off what they've done! Write stories about them or their work.
That is what writing/art is about. Spreading a message, showing an example! I myself actually live pretty shitty - I don't even have a good camera to take any photos, all I do is write. I do it to make people forget about the harsh real-life and sink into a fantasy land (Fantasy is my favorite genre).