Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents?

Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents?

What are the best (and worst) times of the year to submit your work to literary agents? Are some days of the week better than others? And, is there a best time of day to submit queries?

Before I answer those questions, I should probably explain the timing of this article (even though it might be obvious to you already). It’s simple, really. Thanksgiving is coming quickly. Soon after that it will be Christmas. And then New Year’s Day.


Is now a good time to
submit your work?

Can you get an agent
before Christmas?

Or, would it
be better to wait?

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
Timing is Everything

My answers to the questions
above might surprise you.

submit to literary agents

Here’s the thing…

If you simply listen to your gut as an author, or follow what you feel is “common sense,” there will be many times when you’ll hurt (or destroy) your chances of getting an agent, publisher, and book deal.

This is one of those times.

Another reason I’m sharing this article with you is because of all of the myths and misconceptions about this topic. Ironically, many of them are caused by well-intending publishing professionals (including literary agents that don’t know better). I’ll explain why that happens in another article in the near future.

For now, let me stay on topic.

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
The Good News

Let’s start with the good news…

You’re not totally hosed if you submit your query to a literary agent on a big holiday like Thanksgiving. Or, if you unwittingly send a query to your dream agent during her honeymoon or summer vacation when she’s away for a few days, weeks, or even months.

Literary agents don’t automatically delete emails that arrive when they’re out of the office. And they don’t throw away mail and packages that arrive while they’re away.


Do you?

Of course not.

So, don’t press the panic button.

That said, timing is important.


Good timing gives you more leverage.

In other words, you have a much better chance of getting an agent (and I mean a top agent) when you have many agents considering your work at the same time. That means you shouldn’t submit your work to literary agents during “off times.”

Case in point…

Let’s say you send out a batch of 40 queries to agents on Tuesday during Thanksgiving week. Two agents respond within 48 hours. One asks for sample chapters and the other asks for the complete manuscript. A few days after Thanksgiving you get a rejection letter from the first agent. The next day, the other agent calls you to offer you a contract.



That agent seems distracted and disorganized, even though she has an impressive track record of sales. When you ask her a couple questions about your work, she gives you a long list of things she’d like you to change about it—some of them you don’t agree with at all. Plus, the changes would take a long time to implement.

What would you do?

Well, I can tell you (based on my experience working with hundreds of authors), that you’d probably do a bit of soul-searching (and grumbling).

And then sign the contract.


Because a literary agent in the hand is better than the agent that hasn’t gotten back to you yet. You know, the one that might never get back to you.

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Here’s a very different scenario…

Instead of sending your 40 queries out two days before a major national holiday, you wait until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (when most literary agents are back at work). As a result you get 5 requests (instead of 2), within 48 hours, for sample chapters or your complete manuscript (because more agents read your email at approximately the same time).


A few days later, the first literary agent rejects you (same as the previous scenario). And, the following day, the second agent calls you to offer you a contract (same as the previous scenario—and, yes, it’s the same distracted and disorganized agent).

However, in this scenario
you have leverage.

So you stall the agent
offering you the contract…

Then you contact the other three literary agents who are still reading your sample chapters and/or manuscript. You let them know about the first offer for representation and use it as leverage to get them reading your material faster. You even give them a deadline for when they need to get back to you and tell you whether they’re interested in representing you.

On the day of your deadline, one of the three remaining agents doesn’t get back to you. But the others do. The first one sends you a very thoughtful and detailed rejection letter. However, the final remaining agent offers to represent you.

Now you have TWO agents
offering you a contract.

You have leverage.

You have
a choice.


When you get on the phone with the second agent, you fall in love. He’s just as established as the other agent that offered you a contract, but he’s more passionate about your work. He also understands and respects your vision. Plus he tells you that he’d like to start shopping your book immediately… and try to get you a deal before the end of the year (the other agent mumbled something about not having time to shop your book until spring).

This isn’t a fairytale.

This is a true story that just happened
to one of my coaching clients.

And it could just as easily
happen to you.

I know it might be hard for you to imagine. For most authors, getting one agent interested seems like a long shot. That’s part of the problem. You have to think bigger.

Multiple agents offering
you representation.

This is the scenario that
you want to create.

Because this is you
in a position of power.

Get a Top Literary Agent

That’s why it’s critical for you
to be smart about timing.

So, here’s what you
need to know…

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
The Best Time of Year

Don’t send out queries during the week of a major national holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas… or a day or two after those holidays… or during the middle of the summer when lots of agents are taking vacations.



I hear what you’re thinking.


Don’t send out queries
on Christmas day.

It doesn’t take a genius
to figure that out.


But I bet you
didn’t know this…

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
The Best Day of the Week

It doesn’t matter what day of the week you send out queries.

I know, now you’re thinking what I used to think. Mondays are no good because everyone is slammed with emails after the weekend. They’ll delete their emails faster because they have so many to go through.




One of my clients has sent out hundreds of queries over the last two years (for several different manuscripts), and he’s tracked his response rate. He swears that Monday is the best day to submit queries. He’s gotten more positive replies on Monday than any other day of the week.

Go figure.

And yes, that author has gotten agents seriously interested in him and his work. He actually has an agent helping him edit one of his manuscripts.


What about sending queries out late on a Friday afternoon? That must be bad because agents are thinking about the weekend, right?


Wrong again.


I’ve had many clients submit queries on Friday afternoon and have success. On more than one occasion, literary agents have requested the complete manuscript within the hour… saying they’re going to take it home with them to read over the weekend.

What about Sundays?

Yep, those are good too.

I’ve had lots of my clients get requests for sample chapters or complete manuscripts on Sundays. Lots of agents work on the weekend or, at the very least, they check their emails Sunday night to get an early start on the workweek.

The bottom line?

Any day is a good day
to send out queries.

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
The Best Time of Day

Here’s something else that’s counterintuitive.

You probably think the best time to submit queries is during business hours, right?

Not necessarily.

One of my best success stories is about one of my author coaching clients who lives in India. He submitted a query by email at 12:34 AM (yes, a little past midnight) to the most successful agent in his country.


That agent responded in less than 5 minutes,
requesting more material.

About 30 days later, that same agent secured offers from Random House, Harper Collins, and Penguin who ended up publishing my client’s book (click here to read all about it and hear an interview I recorded with the author, Lakshmi Subramani).

How cool is that?

If you’re really smart and read between the lines here, I’m telling you that you can get a literary agent representing YOU by Christmas.


Send out 40 kick-a** queries to well-targeted
agents the week or two after Thanksgiving…

And you might find a literary agent
in your Christmas stocking.

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Submit Your Work to Literary Agents
The Bottom Line

As long as you’re not sending out queries a couple days before (or after) a major holiday, you’ll be fine. Don’t make yourself crazy trying to figure out the best day or time. The best day or time is the moment your pitch is polished… and ready to go. Don’t wait three days because it’s Mercury Retrograde or because your psychic or best friend tells you to wait.

Make your publishing decisions based on
hard data from a reputable source.

In this case, me. 😉

And, if you haven’t already done so, sign up here now to work with me 1-on-1 through the process. You can schedule a low-cost, no-risk call with me (money back guarantee). And then decide if you want to do more.

Think of it as a Christmas gift to yourself.


Okay, I’m hearing your thoughts again…

Right now you might not think an hour with me is as valuable as the other things you might get this holiday season. But, if I actually help you get an agent, I bet you’ll invite me to your house for Christmas dinner. Just be warned that I only have time to do this for a FEW people (not dinner, but getting authors agents). That’s because I already have a busy schedule; and, because no matter how much you pay me (or sweet talk me), I’m not going to work on Thanksgiving.

Because nobody else is, either!

– Mark
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  1. Josh Luukkonen /

    Is it better to look for an agent while you are still editing a manuscript, or better to look for one when you’ve polished the book as much as you “think” you can (knowing it will/might need more work once they’ve seen it)? Thanks, and hope your Thanksgiving was good. Also, awesome article!

    • Josh Luukkonen /

      Sorry–I kept looking around on your site (because it’s so awesome), and I found the answer I was looking for. Thanks!

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Josh, just responded to your other comment. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. And thanks again for the kind words. They’re much appreciated. Mark

  2. sandra Moran /


    I’m a subscriber of yours. Interesting reads!

    Question:Red flags with agent?

    Agent offers my husband representation, has read the MS, & “loves it!” Her previous clients are famous, & we just the lottery! She’s talked on sending to publishers. We did all the changes, recommended by her. Yet 2 months later she hasn’t sent it to publishers. We’re having communication problems, always blowing us off, excuses. Do we pull the plug or keep hoping she’ll pull through. Very nervous now!! help!

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Sandra, glad you’re enjoying everything. Unfortunately, the situation you’re describing is common. Agents, for the most part, disappear for many months at a time. They’re busy and/or trying to sell your book… and don’t see much point in small talk until they’ve done so. Or updates. Since no news means the book hasn’t sold yet. And it’s virtually impossible to get another agent for a book once you’ve already had one that couldn’t sell it. So… the moral of the story is keep following up and hope and pray that the agent really is committed. Even though you’re not getting many reasons to believe. Warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season, and best of luck. Mark

  3. Charmain /

    Happy to hear you are doing better. Like always thank you for all yhe good you have done in your article, I always learn something new. Have a great thanksgiving.

  4. Sabrena /

    PS…glad to know you are on the road to recovery.

  5. Sabrena /

    OMG Mark! You’re right on time. I was writing down agents information to whom I wanted to send queries to…lol yes, thanksgiving week :). Good you stopped me when you did. I’ll wait until next week.

  6. JEN Garrett /

    Perfect repeat for this time of year. I’m pulling my hair out trying not to submit at the wrong time, and then you remind me that worrying is just silly. The right time is when I’m ready, whether or not a bunch of other PiBoIdMo writers are doing the same. But I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving. :)

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Jen, glad to hear it. Yes, this is one of the few I get to recycle every year. 😉 Happy to learn you’re waiting until after Thanksgiving. Keep going and let me know when you start getting nibbles so we can celebrate with you. Mark

  7. Jenny Massey /

    Thanks for the advise. I’m sorry to hear about your surgery. Do take care and have a great Thanksgiving. Hopefully, I’ll have some good news to share before Christmas.

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Jenny, I’m doing much better… thank you for asking. Hopefully you got my emails but I think so. I just changed the way my web hosting is set up because I was having some email issues. Do keep me posted on your progress. In many ways, we’ve only just begun our work together… hopefully. Once you start getting agents interested is when it really gets interesting. 😉 Warm wishes. Mark

  8. Mona Lisa /

    The best helpful and needed information, ever… Finally completed my first MS, of a series! I look forward, for your assistance and expertise on Query and etc… Wishing you a happy holiday season.

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Mona, I love it… thank you. Congratulations on finishing your manuscript. Looking forward to working with you. Have a great week and talk soon! Mark

  9. Debbie Snow /

    Hi Mark, thanks for the article. Ive stopped sending queries because mine sucks so badly I get nothing but rejects. I actually did a major rewrite of my book, reduced by 30k words and wrote a happy ending since thats what my readers say that want. Tell Ingrid I have written her many times but it says I entered a wrong caption and and it won’t go through. Im sorry to hear you were hurt but I know Ingrid would be the best person in the world to have as your nurse! Have a great thanskgiving, deb

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Debbie, wow… that’s a major size reduction. Sorry to hear you haven’t gotten interest yet. At least you know it just takes one and that one could be just around the corner. I know it’s hard. And I will pass your comment along to Ingrid. Strange that you’re having an issue. I’ll have to look into it. And thank you for the healing wishes. I’m feeling much better now, yes, in part because of Ingrid’s attention and vibrant spirit. 😉 Be well, and happy Thanksgiving. Mark

  10. Fred Civish /

    Hey Mark,
    Loved the article. Currently it’s 2:39 and that should convince you how hard I’m working. I’ve Joined AA after getting drunk, running into the back of a parked cop car, walking away, and waking up in a hospital after I passed out.
    Changed the name of the book to My name is Fred — I’m Ancient Alcoholic. Might just take up an hour more of your time — I’ll let you know.


  11. Sasha Woloshenko /

    Thank you for the opportunity to contact you.
    As much as I would like to work with you, unfortunately I cannotdue to finance.
    Kept up with all your activities and believe that what you are saying is correct, authors need agents to represent them.I had sent my manuscript to a London publisher and he automatically sent me a contract to sign, however I am not happy signing it. Instead wrote to two agents with my review and now waiting for a reply.Sorry no more room to write. Love to write to you

    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Sasha, you can still ask me questions here online. There is no charge for that. I’m glad you’re getting interest in your work but not settling for substandard terms. Keep using the resources on my different websites listed here: Keep believing. And keep submitting your work. All my best. Mark

  12. david williams /

    I have used your directory of literary agents before but I can’t find out now how to get back onto it. Please direct me there.

    Thank you,

    David Williams

  13. Caroline /

    Hi Mark
    Since joining this site I have now started my own blog (a work in progress) and though I haven’t yet sent out one query letter I’ve had a major publishing house phone me. I need to do more research because I know that even divisions of well established publishing companies also have “self publishing departments” and that is neither what I want nor can afford. I was excited at first but didn’t take it too seriously until I polish up my blog and research agents who publish my genre. Thanks | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents?

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      I love that you’re getting your blog going. And I’m happy to know you’re remaining CAUTIOUSLY optimistic about the publisher that contacted you. It very well might just be a vanity press trying to get you to invest in their services. Mark | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents?

  14. sawlian cheah /

    Hi Mark

    Really useful information. I’ll keep that in mind when I send out my query letters. I’m now editing the final draft of my memoir so I hope I can send out my letter before Thanksgiving next year. By the way, is Doris Michaels Literary Agency one of the top NY agencies? Do you know anything about the authors they represent?

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi SawLian, I’m happy to know you’re continuing to make progress. I’m going to celebrate with you when you finally get your book out! I don’t know anything about Doris Michaels, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean anything. Since there are more than 1,000 agents here in the US, it’s hard to know them all. Anyway, have a great weekend! Mark

  15. Jan O'Kane /

    Hi Mark,

    Your recent article on timing was most beneficial. I would have stayed with the “corporate world” standards, possibly losing out to more assertive and informed writers. My career of over 20 years was in the banking industry, so the corporate world was my decree. Thank you for the new perspective.

    I trust you and Ingrid will enjoy a great Thanksgiving

    As Always,

  16. Hi Mark,
    You always amaze me how much you have your finger on the pulse. I wondered the same thing recently when I asked the director of a manuscript assessment service I use, would it be better to wait after Christmas, even February. He said yes. Of course, since then, I’ve had a one-on-one coaching with you and I have more work to do before I’m ready to submit. But it’s good to know there’s no need to worry about which day of the week – ha ha.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Matilda, I’m just happy you’re enjoying my posts. Thank you for saying so! Made me day, even though I’m late responding to you. The holidays have set me back a bit. Here’s to your publishing success and a happy holiday season. Warm wishes and see you again soon I hope. Mark

  17. Mark,

    You certainly do have a way with words and with developing interest in the topic. I was very surprised by your conclusions. Thanks again for sharing this information with those who are not even your coaching clients. You may just get this in time for Thanksgiving so I hope its a very happy time for your and your family.

    By the way, I don’t need a reply to this. You are far too generous with your time already.


  18. Rinda Payne /

    Very timely topic. I have some queries to send out and was debating whether to send them this week or wait until after Thanksgiving. I just had the opportunity to read your Nov. 22 post. And there was the answer!

  19. Mark,

    Thanks so much for the info! I know timing is everything and hope that I fall into that “just right timing” when I submit my work.

    Thanks again.

    J Ford

  20. Insider information. This kind is the best information, in my opinion. To have you looking out for us is like us having a personal spy inside the literary agent world. And then the spy comes back & reports information that can help us to assess the situation & figure out where to go from there. Thank you! Also, thank you for randomly picking me in your drawing for the Amazon card! What a blessing! I do SO much shopping on Amazon–it’s ridiculous. Have a great Thanksgiving, & God bless you

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi KW, I like the spy imagery… makes me feel all James Bond like. And don’t mention the gift card. You’re the one who keeps posting comments. You were bound to get chosen. 😉 Here’s to insider information and Amazon! Love and light to you and yours. Mark

  21. Patrick Brower /

    Hey Mark,
    I have a 10-year anniversary for the main event of my book coming up in June.
    Am I too late?
    Great info, as usual.
    Patrick Brower

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hey Patrick, I’m late in responding to comments because of the holiday weekend last weekend. Now I know what you were talking about yesterday. 😉 We’ll make it work. An anniversary doesn’t make a bad book good. But it can make a great book (like yours) even better. Can’t wait to launch this project. I can only imagine how YOU feel. Happy day! Mark

  22. Marilyn Marsh /

    Hi Mark,
    I loved what Harold Tomas had to say. Many times I have wanted to say, “screw it” and send out what I have only to let it sit for a few days and then read it again. Every time I was glad I waited because I found some major stuff to either add or delete. So yes, I do experience paralysis. So far the only solution to it has been to let it sit and go back to it later. My instinct is to send it to you and let you sort it out! Not very nice am I?

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Waiting is good, as long it truly improves things. A lot of times we tinker and it doesn’t matter. The trick is knowing the difference. And I’m happy to help you sort it out when you’re ready and able. I enjoy making treasure out of people’s you-know-what. 😉 Mark

  23. Marilyn Marsh /

    Hi Mark,
    So good to hear from my oasis in the middle of my chaos. (Better than coffee this morning!) Good to know the when to submitting. Since I am writing a trilogy should I focus on just the first book at this time as far as submitting is concerned or wait until the whole thing is done and I have written a synopsis for each along with separate queries? Okay so that’s more than one question but….. I so very much want to work with you but I just got a broken windshield so there goes the $.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Marilyn. here’s to less chaos! It will be best, as you probably guessed, to have at least a short summary for the other books when you pitch. But you only need to have the first book done. And I don’t mind the questions, that’s why I’m here! Just know that a cracked windshield won’t stop you from getting published in the long run. 😉 Mark

  24. But what is the best day of the week to receive rejections? :)

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Damn, why didn’t I think of that? It would have been a wonderfully creative addition to my article. I guess that’s why YOU will be the one getting the sweet book deal soon. Seriously. You know I’m a fan, and I don’t say that to many people. Keep believing. Mark

  25. Rosemary L'Esprit /

    Love your voice of experience and insider information. And your enthusiasm. :)

  26. Always a wealth of information!

  27. Regina Buckley /

    Hey Mark,

    Great Article! Thank you. I understand completely regarding time-lines. Mark, you helped clear-up some concerns. However, I also believe that there are other things to dwell on and one thing is to make sure your material you are sending out is in flawless condition.

  28. Elizabeth Trombley /

    You’re a funny fella, Mark. Love your inspirational pep talks. And you make good sense of sometimes desperate situations. Growing up, I remember no one worked on the holidays. All the stores were closed, even food sores. Imagine that if you can!

    I never expect answers from agents for at least a week, yet some advise after four weeks if I have not heard from them, to move on. Sometimes they ask me to wait six to ten weeks. I delete those hucksters immediately. My time is just as valuable. Eliz.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Elizabeth! Can you tell I’m catching up with comments? Ha ha. I’m not complaining, I love it. Hearing from people is the best reminder that what I’m doing matters. Anyway, thanks for the continuous positive feedback. Little tip: 85% of agents respond within 2 weeks, even though their websites say otherwise. Go fast! And keep me posted on your progress. Mark

  29. Hi Mark, Great article! As someone who works too much and is limited in time not only to write, but sell my work, this is valuable news. Thank you very much for your insights and encouragement! Lynn

  30. Z Zoccolante /

    Yep. This is great advice: Not only helpful but motivational as well. It really helps to have someone that I trust and who has experience on my side. :) I can’t wait to see what agent turns up in my Christmas stocking.
    Thanks Mark. :)

  31. CHARMAIN /

    Mark, Love your writing as always. I actually look forward to them, Thank you for that. I’m been struggling to wow any agent so far. I’ve written 3-4 different queries and it still haven’t hit the spot with these agents. I plan to do another round of letters the Tuesday after Thanksgiving thanks to your advice. Wish me luck. Can’t wait until your next email. :)

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Charmain, okay… you know how to make a writer melt. Ha ha ha. Seriously though, I’m thrilled you look forward to my articles, makes my day. That’s half the fun, isn’t it. Not just the writing itself, but the feedback. Anyway, here’s to your success with agents. Keep me posted and good luck! Mark

  32. Rhymster /

    Valuable input, mark!…I was planning on sending out my first query next Tuesday, but now I’ll wait another week. I wanted to have it ready to submit on 11/01, but there’s been too many unavoidable conflicts. Now I’ll use this extra week to go over everything one more time. Thank you for sharing your inside knowledge that is so helpful to all of us. Happy Turkey Day to you, Ingrid and the kitties. Janet :>

  33. Hello Mark,

    I’m so glad I signed up for your emails. You have made agents human beings in my mind. Before, it seemed they were super-critical entities sitting on fluffy white clouds randomly dispensing judgment (mostly bad) on us authors. Thanks for demystifying the world of agents and publishers, and for the good information you share. Great web site, too.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Nancy, sorry I’m so slow to respond to this. Swamped with the holidays. I’m thrilled to know that I’ve been able to humanize agents a bit for you. Some of them are awful, but most aren’t! Here’s to you finding a good one. Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon. Mark

  34. Cheryl Holmes /

    Thanks for more great information. Something else I can erase off of my worrying plate.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Cheryl, glad to hear it and thank you. Yes, please put your worries in the fireplace and send them on up to heaven. You’ve got enough writing to do that you don’t need to worry, too. 😉 Have a great weekend and thanks for posting. Mark

  35. Just in Time! I was thinking about my book “The Super Scientific Notebook of Jay Adams” and thought, what if Jay was a girl? And what if the time traveling Mr. Paxton was actually Mrs. Paxton? Would my book be more marketable? I was going to make the change and send out some queries on Tuesday next week. Oops! I’m glad I read your article. Great info as always.

  36. I was a business analyst in my past career. My job was to tear ideas apart and look at the angles to help customers solve their process and software problems.

    We have a term: “analysis paralysis.” It comes when you take so much time to research, tear apart, and think through a problem that you can’t come to a decision.

    Since getting a literary agent is mysterious to most authors, it’s easy for us to get superstitious and get into analysis paralysis.

    You say, don’t do it. Good advice.

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Harold, I don’t know how this comment snuck past me. Hmm. Thanksgiving probably had something to do with it! Anyway, here’s to avoiding analysis paralysis. Ingrid is a good cure for that. Not just with out clients, but with me too! Have a great weekend and I’ll shoot you an email soon about your popup when it’s done. Thanks for sending me the info! Mark

  37. Craig Seaton /

    It’s a mystery to me how anyone in the world has ever got agency representation without having Mark Malatesta on their team!

    Mark – You are so amazing. I’m so glad our paths crossed. I can’t wait to add my success story to your pile! (and I ain’t talkin’ Slush Pile!). :-)


    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Craig, I’d say you’re buttering me up… but you don’t need to so I know this is for real. So thanks for making my day with this fabulous plug. Slowly getting out of the weeds here from all things Thanksgiving, but I’m getting there. Love to you and yours and see you soon. Mark

  38. I’m soooo glad you’re not working Thanksgiving day. You need a break and your wife and family deserve to have 100% of all the greatness that is you!

    Also, the Monday thing is true!

    I think of it this way… I would clear out my inbox before I go away on a holiday, so I would think sending over a holiday would get you in when they’re inbox is empty and give you a good chance of getting a response, just because that’s how I would do things logically. But, that’s just me! LOL

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Again, can you tell I’m catching up on comments??? Then I get a break. Ingrid and I are going out to dinner and then I’m driving her to the dentist. I will be on the phone with you at some point I swear, almost there. Here’s to empty inboxes (not because no one loves us but because we’re all caught up)! Yeah, right. 😉 Mark

      • I’ve been scowling at my empty inbox all day! But, as you know, there was a little bit of action that was quickly taken care of. 😉

  39. OK, so mad-cow, (or in my case mad-mackerel perhaps) must be kicking in, as I just NOW received your newsletter – adorable picture of you two – and also re-signed up for them, as I did on Ingrid’s site as well. We’ll see if her’s comes in therefore, and maybe it was just a two week odd thing. Regardless, great stuff! And I like the newsletter better than logging on and checking your blog, as it comes with photos, success stories, and such fantastic fodder! Thank you! Good news later!!!

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Leah, I hope you’re getting my replies to your comments at least. I’m late with these because of Thanksgiving… throwing me off my game! Here’s to emails that work and a wonderful weekend filled with great food and friends and everything else fabulous! Mark

  40. Happy Friday Mark! I am still not receiving your newsletters, yet used to. (I do get your other e-mails & comment post alerts, but not the actual column anymore, nor Ingrid’s). So odd. Is it sent out now via a new system? Regardless, this was fabulous, as always! And it makes great sense! As a gal who wakes at 3. a.m, I tend so send things out at zany hours. But since today is a “Good Luck” day, (I am proclaiming it such), here’s to fantastic shared news very soon! You’ve taught me well! Cheers! | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Leah, that’s the thing. We haven’t changed anything when it comes to our newsletters. Regarding today being a good luck day, however, I’m feeling it too. It helps that I have a lot of great clients with many submissions working for them out on the literary dreamscape. So we’ll see. Maybe today is your day. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Have a great day and see you soon. Mark | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents

  41. “Timing is everything” is true in so many facets of life, be it finding love, $20 in your jeans right before they land in the washing machine, or a literary agent and then publisher. As a professional chef for 25 years, I can relate so well. You might think 30 seconds don’t matter, but you’ll just end up with burned nuts, so to speak. Your writing is precise without being pedantic, and I learn from every article so far. I guess you could could say that I discovered you at just the right time! | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents

    • Mark Malatesta, Literary Agent Undercover

      Hi Claudia, I love it. Funny thing is… you discovered this article “a day early”. For some reason I thought today was Thursday and published the article 24 hours early. I usually post them the night before I send a link with a teaser to my mailing list. But then again, since you found me tonight… you were supposed to read it tonight! Here’s to not burning nuts. And thank you for the wonderful compliment. You just made my day. Mark | Best Time to Submit to Literary Agents