Who’s the handsome fella? No. Not the one on the left. That’s me. I’m far from handsome. I’m talking about the guy on the right. Well, it’s Donald Maass. If you’re not sure who he is, then do some Googling.
You’ll probably find out that he’s one of the premier literary agents in New York City, and perhaps in the English-speaking world. His client list is the cream of the crop, and his agency represents many of the top writers in the world.
What you might not find out is this. He’s a superb human being! As writers, we tend to put agents high up on a pedestal and admire them from far down below in the depths of our creations. I know I’m guilty of doing that. Well, if you get a chance to spend a few hours with an agent, any agent, treat them like a person. That’s what they are first and foremost. Donald happens to be one of the best people (inside and outside of writing/publishing) I’ve ever met in person. He’s kind, compassionate, generous, intelligent, humble, giving, supportive, and so many more positive things that we haven’t created words for yet.
I really enjoyed my time at PPWC 2012. Meeting Donald Maass and having dinner with him is one event I’ll never forget.
PS: If it sounds like I’m brown-nosing in order to land a author/agent contract with his agency, that’s not the case. I’m being totally open and honest here.
PPS: I just took a closer look at the photo. Yeah. I’m a little star struck and nervous in that pose. Ah, well.