Ian Rankin: "It took 14 years for my writing to pay" (via @telegraph)

I guess the lesson is to keep working at your craft... Also luck, luck helps.

It took a good 12-14 years, and many books, before the money became a happy factor of my writing career. If you think, my first novel was published back in 1986 and for that I had been given an advance of the grand sum of £200. I was pretty much 40 or in my early forties before I earned my first million.

Read it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/fameandfortune/10484908/Ian-Rankin-It-took-14-years-for-my-writing-to-pay.html