Ask a Literary Agent – Submit Your Question About Book Agents

Ask a Literary AgentAsk a literary agent your question here (any question) about getting a literary agency to represent you, so you can get a traditional publisher and book deal. Scroll below to get started. Just make sure you also check out our home page to see all the other info available on this Literary Agents website.

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Submit Your Question Below

What question would you ask a literary agent
if you had one all tied up?

Well, this is your opportunity because…

Ask a Literary Agent a Question About Anything

I’m a former book agent.

There’s a form below where you can submit your question.

And I actually want you to ask a literary agent
(this literary agent) your question.

You see…

I like it when authors ask me questions.

It makes me feel smart.

I like talking about publishing.

Ask a Literary Agent Your Question

And I like…

Helping other authors.

In fact, I like it so much that I didn’t get upset when one author
decided he would ask a literary agent (guess who) a question
in the men’s room at a writer’s conference.

Not while I was washing or drying my hands.

No…

I was literally…
using the restroom.

Ask a literary agent in the restroom

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Ask a Literary Agent a Question
(but not in the bathroom)

It might sound crazy, the fact that I didn’t get upset,
but think of it this way…

How do you feel when someone asks you a question
about something you’re passionate about?

Like (maybe), your writing?

I get excited.

So, don’t hesitate to…

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Ask a Literary Agent (Me) a Question
(the one that’s keeping you awake at night)

Question, ask a literary agent

No question is too big or too small.

And no question is silly.

Really.

I’d be honored to help you.

I went undercover as a literary agent for five years
just to find out how get my own books published.

Now I’m having a blast sharing my secrets…
because I know what it’s like out there.

Oh…

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One More Reason to Submit Your Question

Ask a Literary Agent Your Question

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Each time you ask a literary agent a question (or leave a comment) using the form below (or anywhere else on this website), you’ll have a chance to win a $20 Gift Card from Amazon.

Every week I select a winner (from those who left a question or comment the previous week). You can leave as many questions or comments as you want (that will simply increase your chances of winning), but you only need to comment or ask a question once to be eligible.

Winners are chosen randomly, so flattery will get you everywhere (I mean nowhere). In other words, you can win more than once (multiple weeks) if you consistently ask questions or leave comments. Just make sure your questions and/or comments are thoughtful, and not just obvious attempts to win more gift cards!

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Why Am I Giving Away Gift Cards?

Two reasons:

1) I’m a nice guy

2) I want my online community to be an interactive place so I can be of better service to you. The only way I can do that is to get you engaged (in other words… telling me what you like, don’t like, want, and need).

So, don’t forget to scroll down and ask a literary agent a question below (or simply leave a comment).

Not sure what to say?

Ask me anything about literary agencies, publishing, or writing. Tell me (and everyone else) why you like this column or blog. Or, simply reply to someone else’s question or comment.

That’s it.

I look forward to seeing your thoughts below,

Mark Malatesta

Your “Undercover” Agent

P.S. – Your question/comment will be posted and responded to on my blog ASAP!

2,034 Comments

  1. I am an author-illustrator and don’t have the skills to submit the required query letter, 550 word-count ms, illustrated dummy, and 3 PDF’s of art samples. I have Windows 7 and Email. Most agents discourage post mail.
    This my dilemma.

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  2. Mr. Mark Malatesta, Hello! Yes I would like to know the cost of each service. The cost of finding an agent and or author coaching?

    Thank you.

    Reply
  3. Extremely frustrated here. I am attempting to follow each of the guidelines stated by a particular literary agency. What the heck is a “sales handle”? I understand the promo sentence, the back cover, etc… but this “sales handle” stipulation has me stumped. Is it like a hashtag? The example given on the website asks a question. Please help. This is the only item in my proposal keeping me from submission.

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Patricia,

      That could mean many things, unfortunately… including the two things you mentioned… depends on the agent… so just give them both. If/when they say things like that, they should explain it or give you an example, but they don’t always do that… I’m sorry to say.

      Also…

      If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.

      If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      Have a great week!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      http://markmalatesta.com
      The Bestselling Author
      https://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply
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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Jose,

      Are you trying to get an agent?

      I’m happy to help if possible… but I want to make sure you know that I’m a former literary agent turned author coach. Now I help authors get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals.

      If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.

      If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      Have a great week!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      http://markmalatesta.com
      The Bestselling Author
      https://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply
  5. I am a military veteran that has written a book and book proposal aimed at veterans and anyone else at a stage in their life needing to reconnect with their purpose and focus for their life’s. I would appreciate feedback or a direction to pursue the goal of publishing my book. Thank you, Geoff Blake

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Geoff,

      Sounds like a meaningful project… and I’m happy to help… but I want to make sure you know that I’m a former literary agent turned author coach. Now I help authors get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals.

      If you haven’t already done so, as a next step, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.

      If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      Have a great week!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      http://markmalatesta.com
      The Bestselling Author
      https://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply

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