When I published my first short story in Redbook after winning a prize, I thought my career was set. I was my MFA program’s star (that year, anyway); I’d made a lot of money for a graduate student through the prize and the magazine; I was getting fan mail and queries from agents. But even though I’d spent over two years in the program, nobody told me what my career could be like. When I got my degree I was completely ignorant of key aspects of the writing life, with no idea what was ahead of me. I learned five key things the hard way.
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