pour them into your
Donald Maass heads the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City, which represents more than 150 novelists and sells more than 150 novels every year to pubishers in America and overseas. He is the author of several books for fiction writers including The Career Novelist, Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook, The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose, and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great, and The Breakout Novelist.
Interview conducted by Melissa Wuske.
you received over the
course of your career has
had the biggest impact on
It was some advice I gave myself: Stop fuming over the mistakes fiction writers make, get out there and show them how to be successful. So I started writing books and teaching workshops.
yourself repeating over and
over to writers?
What will make you successful isn’t your publisher, agent, deals, promo or blog. It’s your stories, period.
mistake that new writers,
freelancers, or book authors
Weak line-by-line tension in their manuscripts. What makes any type of novel a gripping read is microtension that doesn’t let up.
can’t live without in your
The adrenaline jolt of reading great fiction is what inspires me to keep going.
thing about publishing,
what would it be?
Contracts should have built into them not just a revision framework, but time to play and explore. So many published novels achieve less than they could. Consequently, readers aren’t as engrossed as they could be.
biggest change you’ve seen
in publishing in the past
That would be the devastating impact of the economic downturn. It’s made our industry fearful and