Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You must download this

I was recently listing what I think are the four must-read books for fiction writers, and observed that agent Donald Maass wrote two of them. One is the amazing Writing the Breakout Novel, and the other is the best book on being a commercial-fiction writer ever written: The Career Novelist.

And now, Don has made that book available for free as a PDF download. Grab it here, read it, and follow its advice.

(The other two must-have books for SF writers are both by Orson Scott Card: Characters & Viewpoint, and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, both from Writer's Digest Books.)

Many thanks to my friend Virginia O'Dine of Bundoran Press for making this download known to me.

(And you can see both Don and me later this month at this year's Surrey International Writers Conference.)

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