EXCERPT from "The Teaching Writer" by Lawrence C. Connolly in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction:
You’ve finished your first novel. Now what?
The conventional wisdom is simple enough: start writing your second. That’s how you build a career. Write every day. Submit work when it’s finished. Keep submitting your finished work until it’s accepted. Unfortunately, none of these career-building steps are going to pay the rent. Indeed, even after acceptance, you’ll have to wait awhile for that first advance. Contracts will need to be vetted, signed, and returned. Checks will need to be cut (and if that sounds like a quick operation, just you wait). And if you’ve employed the services of an agent, you’ll have to wait for the publisher’s check to clear the agent’s bank before another check can be cut and mailed to you.
Lawrence C. Connolly's fiction has appeared in many of the major genre magazines, among them Amazing Stories, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cemetery Dance Magazine, and Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine. His work can also be found in a number of best-of collections, among them Year's Best Horror, Best of Borderlands, and Best of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction from Audible.com. One of his short stories, “Echoes,” has been made into two films. His supernatural thrillers Veins and Vipers are published by Fantasist Enterprises.