"The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers," by Donald Maass.

Published in 2010 by Writers Digest Books.

This book is seriously amazing - and I’ve only read the introduction. But really, if you want to make a career of your fiction writing, no matter what stage it’s in, check out Maass’ book on how to write the best fiction pieces and market them successfully.

The book discusses premise, stakes, time and place, characters, plot, subplot, pace, and endings, theme, protagonists, antagonists, tension, pitching, agents, the market, contracts, and even the future of the publishing world.

Author Donald Maass is a well known editor whose experience is invaluable to beginning writers like me.

Just the introduction taught me tons about building tension and maintaining it in every sentence of every paragraph to keep readers hooked. It also talked about finding the right agent, one that really knows the market you’re aiming your fiction at.

Can’t wait to keep reading! And, since yesterday was the last day of finals, I have a whole month to study this book.