Veteran agent Donald Maass has put together another valuable book for writers I m not surprised If you ve read any of his writing books then you know it s some serious stuff for serious writers A must have for fiction writers of all The Necromancer Amber Lee levelsIf you re determined toearn how to be a breakout novelist this is the book for you This comprehensive writing reference can help whether you re ready to submit or are just now The Sexual Adventures of an Invisible Man learning the craft Donald s words of wisdom willead you
Every Step Of The step of the spiral bound formatting allows for trouble free access and the practical tools section shows you how to add Invisibles. larger thanife ualities an excellent guide to apply toward a work in progress or a completed manuscriptThe Breakout Novelist includes three parts Mastering Breakout Basics Achieving Breakout Greatness Building a Breakout Career You Hidden Away KGI llearn about setting description plot character agents contracts and much The The Runaway list is endlessThe book contains invaluable material from four of his bestselling books Writing the Breakout Novel Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook The Fire in Fiction and The Career Novelist plus updated contentHow awesome is thatTop New Yorkiterary agent Donald Maass has than thirty years experience in the publishing industry This is one easy To Use Reference You use reference you not want to miss GuaranteedDonald Maass is president of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York which he founded in 1980 He represents than 100 fiction writers in the SF fantasy crime mystery romance and thriller categories He sells than 100 novels per year to top publishers in America and overseas Recently he has obtained six and seven figure advances from publishers such as Warner Ballantine GP Putnam s Sons Harcourt Brace Penguin Canada and others for authors LaTour and the Humanities like mystery writer Anne Perry thriller writer Gregg Keizer historical novelist Jack Whyte and science fiction writers Diane Duane and Todd McCaffreyHe the author of than 16 novels Some of his writing books include The Career Novelist Heineman 1996 Writing the Breakout Novel Writers Digest Books 2001 The Breakout Novel Workbook Writer s Digest Books 2004 and The Fire in Fiction Writer s Digest Books 2009 He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives Inc AAR MrMaass speaks at writer s conferences throughout the country andives in New York CityReviewed by Martha Ramirez of Bookpleasures A man who s not a writer tells people how to write What could go wrongI found this book extremely content thin I Big Ideas for Little Philosophers Box Set ll sum up the experience You need high stakes Here are some examples of high stakes You need vibrant descriptions Here are a ton of examples You need strong characters Here are examples Et cetera Maass does to his credit somewhat vaguely define what a strong character is though I find his taste cheesy and makes a useful distinction between public and private stakes But it s all just categories of things you should have in a story Maass knows what heikes but not how to write itHonestly I skimmed Something about Maass style is grating It might be that he writes this weak tea which is iterally a best of book from his previous work one wonders what he cut and talks in the intro about how writers have his other books at their bedsides for uick access I could have given this another star it s not thoughtless there are a few nuggets and you never expect much from these kinds of books but did I mention how disorganized it is Some sections are eerily similar to previous ones but with examplesI didn t read much of the section on the writing ifestyle which may ironically be closest to Maass expertise because I m skeptical that there s any particularly timeless advice beyond practice and perseverance I also skipped the exercises provided for each chapter not my thing so The all inclusive guide for novel writersIf you're serious about making your fiction vibrant engaging and marketable you've found the right book The Breakout Novelist gives you the craft and business know how you need to make your book stand outInside veteran agent Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to ead yo. ,
Hey may be useful But again it s not Offshore like this guy used any of them himself This may be one of the best non fiction books on writingauthorship that I ve ever read Don Maass not only addresses a number of craft issues that explain breakout novel successes but also discussesong term strategies that have helped or hurt authors hoping to build Five Brave Explorers long term careers One of my favorite uotesIn bothife and fiction when people act in ways that are unusual unexpected dramatic decisive full of conseuence and irreversible we remember them and talk about them for yearsTWO TYPES OF AUTHORSHe also argues that authors fall into one of two
categories those who write from a desire to tell stories storytellers and thosethose who write from a desire to tell stories storytellers and those do it for fame and recognition status seekers I worry a bit about how I d be classified by this method since I pay attention to things ike trends and marketing in the publishing industry But hey that s my own demon THE BOTTOM LINEIt s a great book and I highly recommend it to authors at any stage in the game I ve been reading writing books since I started writing Some of them are really helpful they have helped me improve my craft fix a couple of recurring flaws adjectives show verses tell that sort of thing After you ve read thirty plus writing craft books they all kind of start to feel derivative Actually you start to skim Not with this book It s insightful relevant and offers the greatesr example of craft pieces done well Not only does it stop there it talks about the business of writing of making a career And this I found most helpful I m currently uerying agents for my novel and it s
given meafresh perspective to take to my uerying process I m not only a stronger writer becausemeafresh perspective to take to my uerying process I m not only a stronger writer because it but savvy too Thanks Donald The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass published by Writers Digest is about the factors that make a book become a best sellerIt s mostly about what characteristics a book or story needs to have to move beyond mediocre or good to really greatDonald Maass is a well known agenteditor who has helped several famous authors toward breakout success He s seen ots of books and knows what makes them greatI really enjoyed the chapters in this book that deal with writing helpHow to create characters that matter Making the impossible seem real and the role of co incidence and connections between characters Mr Maass used real world examples of well known books some of which he s edited To me this was the most helpful seeing practical examples of what he s referring toThe book also includes practical writing exercises and uestions It is a workbook about how to create a breakout novel It caused me to consider how my own first novel attempts are fitting into the mold of the breakout novelThe third section of the book deals with the realities of the publishing industry Even though some of the information is dated now copyright 2010 it is still helpfulAn over riding premise of the book is that authors should worry The Substitute Bride The Gladiator less about the publishing politics and marketing machinations and focus on producing a great story More than anything else a breakout novel is the most important marketing factorThe Breakout Novelist is highly recommended for any author hoping to write a novel that will be enjoyed by many Rating 45 The Breakout Novelist is a fantastic handbook that should be on every writer s desk It should be marked up highlighted paper clipped and sticky noted if that s a word Let s pretend it is There is so much great advice and information in here it would take weeks and multiple readings to really get it all but it s not meant to be read through from start to finish It s a handbook workbook dictionary type tool There are many categories such as plot theme characters chapters on voice and hyper reality protagonists vs U through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to euip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction from core fiction writing elementsike character setting description and plot to advanced techniues including point of view voice and suspense Plus you'll find over 70 practical exerci.