The Writer

FIRING UP FICTION

Probably every querying novelist knows the name Donald Maass, just like most every basketball fan knows the name LeBron James. The Donald Maass Literary Agency (DMLA) has been representing authors since 1980 and now sells 200 titles a year.

Maass has taken author mentorship to the next level by publishing books on the craft of fiction and leading writing workshops around the country. He injects energy into the writing thought processes of his students, who praise his teaching skills. “When leading a workshop, Maass is a dynamic force and totally engaged in the moment. But he’s also friendly and humble, frequently sharing tidbits about his chef-wife and adopted children,” praises past workshop participant Anne Eliot Feldman. “His editing language is alive for me, hip and happening and engaged.”

Recently, picked his brain about the query process and etiquette, platform building, the craft of fiction, and trends in the publishing

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