Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 18, 2009

Writing the Break-Out Novel

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 and his workshops get rave reviews.

bookIn today’s world, an author who doesn’t produce a breakout novel risks getting lost in the midlist of the publishing world. Maass, the author of 17 novels who now works as a literary agent representing such distinguished writers as Anne Perry and James Patterson, knows firsthand what makes a novel rise above its category in the already saturated book market. Using his own clients as case studies, Maass defines the most crucial elements of a breakout novel a powerful sense of time and place, larger-than-life characters, a high degree of tension, good subplots, and universal themes and shows the reader how to use these elements efficiently to write a novel that will generate interest and have the potential to hit the best sellers lists. Each section ends with checklists for review. Recommended for all public libraries serving communities with struggling writers.

Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI

Use this link to read a good review by Judi Silva http://www.helium.com/items/806147-book-reviews-writing-the-breakout-novel-by-donald-maass


Responses

  1. Thanks for putting up a link to my review Kathy!

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  2. My pleasure! Let me know when you have other articles I can suggest reading.

    Kathy

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  3. Here’s the link to my blog where you will find a list of most of the articles I have written. There are several reviews on writing books as well. Thanks again.

    Judi

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