Tuesday, January 27, 2009

If you write fiction, here's a deal for you

If you've ever been fortunate enough to attend the Surrey International Writers' Conference, held every October in B.C., then no doubt you've had a chance to attend a workshop led by Donald Maass. He's a multi-talented agent and speaker, and I've been lucky enough to attend several of his packed-to-the-rafters sessions. If you are a fiction writer and you're serious about your craft or you just want to hang out with like-minded wingnuts, think about attending the conference. (see HERE.) It's truly one of the great ones, featuring the best of the best - writers, agents, editors. I promise, you'll come home inspired and ready to work with renewed energy. (Also exhausted and slightly hungover because if it's one thing writers like more than talking, it's talking while hanging out in the hotel bar until it closes.)

The next best thing to attending is to pick up a copy of Donald's book Writing the Breakout Novel. It's a must read for any fiction writer. And so is this:

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

It's now offered as a free download HERE.

From his website:

“Packed full of fine analysis, solid advice, and thoughtful reflection on the state of contemporary publishing. It’s further distinguished by more common sense than any book of its type that I have ever read. A treasure.” — Dean Koontz, author of Intensity

“...an indispensable volume for all libraries, and for anyone interested in learning about the world of publishing...” — Ed Gorman, Mystery Scene

Don't say I never give you nothin'.

Thanks, Donald.


Gerb said...

Oooh. Cool. Thanks for the heads up!

A Novel Woman said...

GERB!! Nice to 'see' you!

Love your books, btw. LOVE.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Pam, for the free download. I'll make good use of it.
Also, the dragonfly photo is great!
Kathleen (newbie to this blogging thing)

A Novel Woman said...

Thanks, Kathleen. Enjoy! And the blogging thing is easy. Just dive in and keep moving.