Writing the Breakout Novel: Winning Advice from a Top Agent and His Best-selling Client

Writing the Breakout Novel: Winning Advice from a Top Agent and His Best-selling Client


By (author) Donald Maass, Foreword by Anne Perry

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  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 24 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Ohio
  • ISBN 10: 158297182X
  • ISBN 13: 9781582971827
  • Edition: 1, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 22,501

Product description

Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists. Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace. You'll learn to: * establish a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place * weave subplots into the main action for a complex, engrossing story * create larger-than-life characters that step right off the page * explore universal themes that will interest a broad audience of readers * sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish * develop an inspired premise that sets your novel apart from the competition Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.

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Author information

Donald Maass is the author of 17 novels. He works as a literary agent, representing dozens of novelists in the fantasy, crime, mystery, romance, and thriller categories. He speaks at writer's conferences throughout the USA.