The "A-list" is an artifact of popularity. Popularity is the result of... being popular.... which is usually the result of hard work and merit.
We all have an equal opprotunity to do the hard work of writing well, and often. Just because they make it look easy, don't let that blind you to the skill and effort it takes. We all want equal opprotunity, not equal results.
Mike Warot - at #171,461 in Technorati's Long Tail as of now, and not whining about it.