Over at SFNovelists.com, Jim C. Hines makes a graph of his advances to show how they’ve grown. I say good for him that they have grown, especially in this difficult economy; the man must be doing something right.
And it reminded me of a section in one of Donald Maass’s books (this one, I believe, which he’s offering online for free) in which he goes through his own client list to see which writers are earning six-figure incomes. This was back in the nineties (and the numbers need to be updated) but to make six figures through royalties on their backlist, one of the things the writers had to do was be writing for at least ten years already.
Instead of an overnight success, it’s an overdecade success.