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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!

1,998 Comments

  1. I’ve just polished off my first novel, but I’m dyslexic so some of my mistakes are impossible to find. I’ve read through it a few times, but for an agent too many mistakes are a problem. Do I have to pay to have it edited and when querying an agent do I mention I’m dyslexic or will that be an automatic read flag?

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  2. I have an agent (I’ve had her for a while), and according to her, she’s been pitching two of my books for a while now to a long list of editors. Long story short – I’m having a “trust” issue with her – I’ve seen emails back from editors via my agent but not many. She told me she’s been making phone calls instead. I’ve been told a new agent won’t look at my books since they’ve gone out to all these editors – but I don’t even know if they have! What do I do?

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Dana,

      I can answer more general questions here, but your question is too complex/complicated. I’d need a lot more information and ned to speak with you… as there are many variables you’ll want/need to consider. If you want to do that, you can/should set up a coaching call with me (info about that below). However, you can also make another attempt to create more trust with your agent, by seeing if you can have a conversation with her… but you’ll want to make sure your expectations are reasonable first. Authors often don’t understand the publishing industry well enough, how it works, and that can sometimes create issues.

      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 hope everything works out.

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

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  3. I wrote story about a middle age, mentally ill homeless man and his imaginary life with an imaginary British woman. To get feedback, i posted on Craigs list in the romance section. The target audience is love starved middle age women, and I got a lot replies offering to read my book. To date I have 54 readers with 47 likes to 7 dislikes. The feedback was great, and I made use of it to make changes to improve my story. I do worry there might be unseen consequences doing this. See any?

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  4. I’m fed up with Microsoft word 2016 on Windows 10…so buggy. Is it a MUST for submissions? Or can I try some other more reliable word processor? (Word used to be great, but no more.)

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  5. Hello my name is Joanie Boney. I write childrens books from ages 2-6. My books are diverse, multicultural and multiracial. My website is http://www.joanieboneybooks.com My books range from alot of different subjects. I want a publisher mainly because I find it very difficult to market my books successfully. I am in need of an agent. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Joanie,

      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, as a next step, make sure you 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 more 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

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  6. Mark,
    My first book, “The Declaration of Dependence, a betrayal of the American dream” was self-publishing (out of ignorance on my part)in 2015. It was professionally edited and was ready for finding a publisher. I have a social media platform for the book http://www.thedeclarationofdependence.net and do public speaking engagements (disappointing). All 5 star reviews on Amazon. The genre is History/politics/current affairs. Since I own the book, can a self published book be republished traditionally?

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  7. I am seeking a literary agent to help get my book published. I have published two non-fiction books through POD publishers. This book is about a man who after over 30 years as an engineer in the utility business helped his family obtain a Shale Oil and Gas lease that made him and his family wealthy. The book is the story of how it happened called, “Ancestors and Angels, The Story of a Wealthy Man”.

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Jack!

      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, make sure you 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
  8. I met an agent at a conference that I really like, who requested a full MS (YA) after critiquing 10 pages that he was very positive about and interested in. So I sent it but I think this agent is very slow at responding and actually told me to “keep bugging until I get a response.” My question is should I keep submitting other work, that I know this agent also represents, to other agents while I am waiting on a response. If so what do I do if there is interest from another agent in a submission?

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