March 1st, 2006


Writing the breakout novel

A thread on rasfc prompted me to post some notes on Donald Maass's book Writing the Breakout Novel. I thought I might as well copy them here too so I have them as a handy reference.

Maass defines a breakout novel as one that suddenly leaps up in sales, compared to the author's previous books. In fact he says that the first novel a writer sells is very rarely a breakout novel, though it can happen. I would define anghara's Secrets of Jin Shei as an excellent example of a breakout novel. Collapse )