A ten-year tenure
Well, I was told it made take ten years to see any progress and here I am in the tenth year as a writer, progess is usually a forward motion, mine is backwards.
I could get paid in Feruary for sales of my e-books going as far back as October, that is how long it has taken me to earn my $10 on http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Alan%20Place%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall
A note to the younger Alan, from the older Alan:-
Take up guitar lessons, you'll earn far more busking than as a writer.