The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers

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by Donald Maass
     
 

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The all-inclusive guide for novel writers

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

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The all-inclusive guide for novel writers

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.

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Donald Maass' The Breakout Novelist is an all-inclusive guide, spiral-bound for ease of reference while working. Maass, an experienced author and literary agent, presents strategies that generations of authors have applied to craft sublime fiction, from core elements (character-building, plot navigation, etc.) to advanced techniques involving point of view, suspense, and the application of voice. Exercises for practicing these techniques round out this excellent resource. —Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582979908
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
03/14/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
751,985
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Donald Maass heads the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City, which represents more than 150 novelists and sells more than 100 novels every year to publishers in America and overseas. He is a past president of the Association of Authors Representatives, Inc., and is the author of several books.

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Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for all writers....any age, any genre. Recommend it! Ten stars!
LindsayAFranklin More than 1 year ago
Donald Maass has some serious industry credentials. So when Writer's Digest contacted me to review his latest book, The Breakout Novelist, I was thrilled. Unfortunately, the final verdict for me was more mixed than I would have liked. The Good: Maass knows what he's talking about. He's guided best-selling careers for decades, and that's the subject matter of this book (as opposed to simply writing a great novel, he's discussing having a great novel-writing career). The last two sections of the book, titled "Achieving Breakout Greatness" and "Building a Breakout Career," are great. The practical tools after parts one and two are worth the price of admission alone. While these tools are available for free download (and Maass tweets them weekly on Twitter), you really need to read the rest of the book to know how to best use them. There is a wealth of valuable information contained here. The Bad: The first third of the book was hard to get through. Maybe it was that the information was all stale (as were many of the examples), but I found myself slogging through it, rather than enjoying the experience. I didn't "subtract stars" for this, but I should mention this book drops the f-bomb a few times. I know I'm in the minority here, but I hate that. So not necessary, especially in a writing craft book. The Ugly: I hate to say this, as I generally really enjoy Writer's Digest books, but I can't write an honest review without going here. The editing in this book is bad. While it's not uncommon to find a few typos in published work, this book is riddled with them, not only in the main sections of text, but also in excerpts from example novels. Perhaps worst of all is the fact that the chapter title at the bottom of the page throughout the whole chapter "Making the Impossible Real" is mislabeled as "A Singular Voice," which is the title of the previous chapter. These errors are just too egregious to be overlooked, in my opinion. I hope the publisher will correct these flubs in future editions. They were quite distracting. Bottom Line: Would I recommend this book to authors? Yes, but with some qualifiers. To get anything out of it, you have to be willing to overlook its faults (and a little swearing). You have to push through that first section to get to some better content. I know I will be referencing this book again in the future, if nothing else then simply to use the exercises for manuscript improvement. If you're thinking of clicking that "Add to Cart" button, then proceed. With caution. Note: Writer's Digest provided me with a copy of The Breakout Novelist for reviewing purposes.
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