No, you're not crazy to chase that brass ring if it's what you want but you are spending a lot of time in a part of the forum that is devoted to "alternative publishing" telling people how stupid they are and that they can't possibly succeed. Out of all the people who chase a brass ring, a few will catch it, a very few. But there is also, now, another viable route.
OK, first off, i HAVE NEVER said anyone is stupid for self-publishing. NOR WILL I EVER. I have a lot of friends who self publish, some successfully, some not, so please don't come in here and put words in my mouth that are blatantly untrue.
Second, i didn't realize only self-published people are allowed to talk about self-publishing. Foolish me to think this was an open and supportive community that welcomes everyone's opinions regardless of whether or not they agree with them.
I am an indie author. That is the most widely accepted term for an author who choses to publish without a publishing company.
I would disagree with this. Indie publishing has come to mean those published by a small publishing house. A quick google search agrees with my statement, as does wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_press