If you write and succeed in being published, you know that it isn’t for the money. You’ll likely need an agent to ensure that you ever make any money at all, not just that coveted position in the stores or seller’s lists.
Because it’s the achievement, the recognition, that we’re in it for. And that image is what we see, not the numbers or bills.
Writing is not a choice career for those relying on it for a dependable, steady income. Not that it cannot provide one, it’s just highly unlikely and very, very hard work.
Many writers actually end up spending money on their craft. Workshops, classes, books, writing implements, and, if you’re lucky, an agent. And copies of your published success for your closest friends and family.
So, when do you get paid for your work? When you do. For now, just roll around in that which money cannot buy: happiness.