Donald Maass


Donald-Maass-photoDonald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas.  He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996),Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009) , The Breakout Novelist (2011) and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012).  He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.


To query Donald Maass, e-mail to

In addition to your pitch, please paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the body of your e-mail.  Please allow several weeks for query reply, more if a partial or full manuscript is requested.


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2017 Appearances & Workshops

January 13-15
Breaking Out Your Craft
SCBWI CenCal Writers’ Retreat 2017
Santa Barbra, California

March 6-18
Five Kinds of Shiny
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Online Workshop – Members Only

March 20-26
Breakout Novel Intensive Workshop 2.0
Hood River, Oregon

April 23
Writing the Breakout Novel – Full Day Workshop
Las Vegas Writers Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada

April 27
The Emotional Craft of Fiction – Full Day Workshop
Prequel Program – Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 11-14
Story Masters 2017
With Christopher Vogler and James Scott Bell
Toronto, Ontario

June 2-4
The Emotional Craft of Fiction – Three Day Workshop
Houston, Texas

September 15-17
The Emotional Craft of Fiction – Three Day Workshop
Seattle, Washington

October 19-22
Surrey International Writers Conference
Surrey, B.C.
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