"Listen. Extract from a book by Arnold Bennett called How to Become an Author.
'He should take care to produce books at regular short intervals. He may continue this process for years without any really striking result in fame or money, and he may pessimistically imagine that his prolonged labours are fruitless. And then newspapers will begin to refer to him as a known author, as an author the mention of whose name is sufficient to recall his productions, and he will discover that all the while the building of his reputation has been going on like a coral reef.
'Even mediocre talent, when combined with fixity of purpose and regular industry, will, infallibly, result in a gratifying success.
'But it must never be forgotten that while the reputation is being formed, the excellent and amiable public needs continuous diplomatic treatment. It must not be permitted to ignore his existence. At least once a year, and oftener if possible, a good solid well-made book should be flung into the libraries.' "
P.G. Wodehouse writing to his friend Bill Townend in 1936; Performing Flea.
Advice to writers - 1 is here.