[PDF] Download ↠ The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success | by ✓ Donald Maass

By Donald Maass | Comments: ( 623 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

In this addition to Heinemann s growing list of good books for working writers, top New York literary agent Donald Maass provides help with the practical considerations of writing such as how a writer can effectively pitch his or her work the finer points of promoting one s own writing if, when, and how to collaborate the ins and outs of the publishing industry of todIn this addition to Heinemann s growing list of good books for working writers, top New York literary agent Donald Maass provides help with the practical considerations of writing such as how a writer can effectively pitch his or her work the finer points of promoting one s own writing if, when, and how to collaborate the ins and outs of the publishing industry of today Maass offers it all in a readable, upbeat format A copy of The Career Novelist is like having your own personal literary agent on your bookshelf Donald Maass is an independent New York literary agent who specializes in fiction He has written extensively for writers magazines on the business of publishing and lectures frequently at writers conferences.


  • Title: The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success
  • Author: Donald Maass
  • ISBN: 9780435086930
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Donald Maass

Donald Maass is the author of than 16 novels He now works as a literary agent, representing dozens of novelists in the SF, fantasy, crime, mystery, romance and thriller categories He speaks at writer s conferences throughout the country and lives in New York City.



Comments The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success

  • Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)

    An honest and forthright book, full of no-holds-barred reality-checks for the author (particularly the midlister), the edition I read has lost a lot of its relevance over the past couple of years. Nowadays this book is about 50% useful and about 50% obsolete, as the publishing industry continues to reinvent itself and change its standards and procedures seemingly monthly, and largely in response to the rapid progress of technology and social networking. The publishing world is, at present, a ver [...]


  • GONZA

    This handbook is not really up-to-date, but it offers good insights and information, but mostly you already have to have written your book, it's all about finding a good editor, agent and a good publisher, but the book has to be already there. Questo libro é abbastanza datato, ma offre dei buoni suggerimenti ed informazioni, ma il manoscritto deve giá essere pronto, perché qui ci sono spunti per trovare un buon editore, un agente ed una buona casa editrice, ma il libro deve essere giá stato [...]


  • John Hanson

    Much of this book is outdated, but much of it is also timeless. It is still worth reading for anyone with aspirations of being a published novelist.


  • Christina

    I'm generally not the type to read books on how to write, but this book was really informative. Maass made some really fascinating and fundamental points about the publishing world. I feel like it's been a REAL eye-opener in regards to how it all works: how to find an agent, how to actually get published, how advances and royalties work, how to make an actual career out of writing Getting into the nitty-gritty also frightened me; I definitely had one of those revelationary moments while reading [...]


  • Shaun Ryan

    Though outdated in spots (published in 1996), this book is one of the best and most valuable guides I've read, offering a realistic view of the publishing industry that, while it may crush a few million dollar pipe dreams, offers hope for the dedicated and serious new writer who wishes to someday earn their daily bread telling stories. Packed with information and insight into writing itself, genre, agent selection, querying, contracts, industry trends and how they work, advances, royalties, sub- [...]


  • Zen Cho

    Interesting, though obviously rather dated by now (LOLed at the discussion, in the electronic rights section, of CD-ROMs).Bits that stuck with me:"The number one mistake I have seen authors make over the years is going full-time too soon." This is most interesting because I can think of at least two authors I suspect that is true of. (I don't know them personally at all, so am merely speculating!)He mentions that when publishers start throwing around huge advances that don't seem justified, that [...]


  • Joan Reeves

    Required Reading for WritersWhy read this book? What makes it different from all the other books on writing? Donald Maass is a successful literary agent who knows writing and publishing. What he has to say about the importance of fiction echoes my own thoughts: that it's a way of understanding ourselves and the world around us and that the world needs storytellers. "In our world of dislocation, of declining institutions, it is imperative that the values that bind us together be reaffirmed." He a [...]


  • E Anders

    Very informative book. It focuses mostly on what happens in your career after your published. Information about how contracts work and what to do if you publishing house go bankrupt, how to avoid a mid-career slump, and when you know you're ready to quit your job and be a full time writer. There's some stuff mixed in there for aspiring authors as well, but I think there are other books out there better suited for novelists still looking for an agent and their first break. Donald Maass has a few [...]


  • Diane Nagatomo

    Was a bit too dated, but some interesting and useful advice.


  • S.L. Saboviec

    This book was written in the 90's, so it's somewhat outdated around current trends; however, good advice on how to become a solid writer with a long-term career transcends momentary fads. Donald Maass has been doing this a long time, and he knows what he's talking about. The advice can be summed up by 1) be patient and 2) keep writing and improving your writing, but it's so much more than that.If you're serious about wanting to become a full-time writer, and you can handle a reality check, read [...]


  • Mark O'Bannon

    If you're planning on becoming a writer, this book is a must read.With great advice on how to find an agent, how to deal with contracts, and how to deal with your career as an author. Everyone serious about becoming an author should get it.The best part about this book is that it's currently FREE!Just go to his website and download it!Here's a link:2morrow.bc/documents/career_no


  • Annie

    Like all Donald Maass books, this one is full of information and advice given in a conversational tone. Though a bit dated (from the 90's), almost everything is still relevant. The chapter on electronic rights was entertaining to read-its historical perspective on the future of e-books was interesting. This book pre-dates the Breakout Novel ones, which further flesh-out the techniques and advice found in this one.


  • Amy Parker

    A bit outdated now, but still lots of good advice to be had about publishing and building a career writing fiction. I cringed at the points I know I've screwed up and felt validated about the ones I know I haven't. Perfect for those who are agented or close and are looking at how to approach novel writing for the long term and want practical tips on how to get their feet on more solid ground from the get go.


  • Lanko

    Like some people pointed out, some topics are a bit outdated, but I found them still pretty good to understand how the career was back then.But overall this book offers very solid advice. I just wished it had more examples or that the author invited other writers to comment throughout the book about what they passed through and the advices of Maass. That would have been perfect.


  • Shauna

    There are plenty of books for the beginning writer in the marketplace, but this is the only one I know of that is also oriented toward the midlist author. The focus is career management, with Maass giving advice on such topics as when to quit your day job and how to break out of the midlist (a topic he goes into more depth on in his Writing the Breakout Novel books).


  • Margaret Pinard

    Some of it was outdated, ashamed r kept referring to 'the Nineties,' but overall a great tone, some interesting history, and good solid advice about how the big publishing industry works. Helpful to have confirmed that 5 books is the line for being considered a truly committed writer.


  • Todd Croak-Falen

    One of the most informative--and most depressing--books I've ever read. It's better to know how your industry of choice works rather than being naively hopeful, but it can also be a very disappointing realization.


  • Cyne

    The career information was solid, but the rest is terribly outdated. I especially laughed while reading the electronic rights section about how CD-ROMS were the future--on my Kindle. If this had up-to-date information about the state of publishing today it might be five stars.


  • Vilmos Kondor

    Excellent and very useful book, I found it entertaining and filled with practical advices and it's a quite rare book in this regard: it tells you what to do, what not to do and how. Not many books in this topic offer useful practicalities. Highly recommended.


  • Laynie

    Helpful.


  • Lynne Stevie

    Not done with the book yet but it has good advise.


  • Timothy

    Excellent advice that still works in a rapidly-changing industry.


  • Claire Dawn

    This book was a good read- the most informative industry book I've read so far. Unfortunately a lot has changed since it was published, so some advice isn't as relevant.


  • Kevin Cole

    I have to give credit where credit is due: Without this little book, I never would have grown up as a writer. The advice contained is that good. I am indebted.


  • J.A. Campbell

    Good stuff this :)


  • Laura Whitcomb

    Excellent for learning how the publishing biz works and assisting you in your hunt for the right agent.


  • Neale Sourna

    Good information and insights but needs updating; was written at top of ebook possibilities.


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