If 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 out.
Inside, veteran agent, Donald Maass brings together the most innovative and practical information from his workshops and previous books to lead you through every aspect of setting your novel apart from the rest. Maass shares examples from contemporary writers across all genres to equip you with the strategies great writers use to craft great fiction—from core fiction-writing elements like character, setting, description, and plot, to more advanced techniques including point of view, voice, and suspense. Plus, you'll find over 70 practical exercises to help you move your writing from blah to breakout.
You'll also learn from Maass' experiences over more than three decades in the publishing industry. Get straight talk from an insider about agents, contracts, how the industry is changing, and how to be the kind of author who builds a successful career book after book.
Get the best of Maass' expertise and instruction in one easy-to-use reference.
Editorial Review Quotes
"There is much that is new, fresh and inspiring in The Breakout Novelist. It does not sugar-coat the truth for all writers: being an author is very hard work. Yet you'll be motivated to polish your novel and explore the way to make your work stand out, through your perspective and your distinctive personality." -- Salon.com
"Maass does an excellent job of delivering well-written comprehensive chapters that you get the feeling that you are attending 3-5 day workshops that throw in everything but the kitchen sink concerning the breakout novel." -- Book Pleasures
"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" --The Life and Lies of an Inanimate-Flying Object
"The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers is filled with writing samples, some short anecdotes, and information geared to anyone trying to make a living through writing. It's the book to keep at your writing area, for a quick cup of help or to allay some anxiety of the next stages." – Suite 101
"Maass does an excellent job of delivering well-written comprehensive chapters that you get the feeling that you are attending 3-5 day workshops that throw in everything but the kitchen sink concerning the breakout novel. In addition, if you are serious about making your fiction vibrant, engaging, and marketable, this book will definitely compel you to reconsider a whole range of situations concerning your writing skills." - bizymoms
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