That is the length of time I've been told by friends that it would take me to get recognition as a writer.
Could I have gone all the way?
No, I'm entering the fifth year, and in my opinion I should be seeing some hope for the future. I am not seeing anything, other than a series of e-books that failed to sell.
My reputation has changed.
This year, my reputation has taken a new direction. I am no longer - in my opinion - respected as a writer, I am respected as a ghostwriter.
At one time, this situation would have galled me but it doesn't any more. If I can't get appreciated as a writer, appreciation for being a ghostwriter will have to be an accepted substitution.