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Mark Malatesta – Literary Agent Undercover

Photo of Mark Malatesta - Former Literary AgentMark Malatesta is an author who went “undercover” as a literary agent for five years to find out how to get his own books published. During that time, Mark became a NY Times bestselling literary agent (something that took him a bit by surprise). Now Mark Malatesta is a well-known author consultant and speaker who loves sharing his insider secrets with other authors.

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Mark Malatesta – Founder of Literary Agent Undercover

As the Founder and CEO of Literary Agent Undercover, Mark Malatesta is helping authors around the world, writing in all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books), get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals.

Literary Agent Undercover is built upon the simple idea that it’s much better to “get paid to publish” instead of “pay to publish” and waste years of your life (and possibly thousands – or tens of thousands – of dollars self-publishing or working with vanity presses. Established in 2011, Literary Agent Undercover serves: 1) Unpublished authors just getting started, 2) Self-published authors who now want to find a real publisher, and 3) Previously published authors that have lost their agent and/or publisher.

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Former NY Times Bestselling Literary Agent – Mark Malatesta

A former literary agent (President & Owner of “New Brand Agency Group”), Mark Malatesta has helped countless writers launch their publishing careers. At the time Mark was working with New Brand Agency, he used the name “Mark Ryan” (his stepfather’s name). So if you’re trying to find info on Google about those years, make sure you search for “New Brand Agency” and/or “Mark Ryan.”

Authors that Mark Malatesta has gotten published include thriller author Jim Brown (24/7, Random House), award-winning young adult author Carol Plum-Ucci (The Body of Christopher Creed, Harcourt), nonfiction self-help author Aggie Jordan (The Marriage Plan, Doubleday-Broadway), and best-selling gift book author Harry Harrison (Father to Daughter, Workman).

Other publishing houses that Mark Malatesta has secured contracts with include Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s, Hyperion, Prentice-Hall, Workman, Andrews-McMeel, Entrepreneur, Barron’s, Amacom, and many more… resulting in millions of books being sold, as well as works being picked up for TV, stage, and feature film (with companies like Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks). Authors that Mark Malatesta has worked with have gotten 6-figure advances, been on the NY Times bestseller list, been licensed in more than 30 countries, and won countless national and international awards and honors.

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Former AAR Member – Mark Malatesta

Mark Malatesta is particularly proud of the fact that he was also a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (2002-05). That’s because book agents have to meet several criteria to qualify for membership: 1) Sell ten book legitimate publishers within 18 months, 2) Get two members of the AAR to vouch for them, and 3) Follow  a strict code of ethics. Less than one third of all active publishing agents are members, and they are the best of the best. That’s why Literary Agent Undercover will always be an advocate of the AAR. However, please note (for legal reasons), the AAR is not affiliated with Literary Agent Undercover. The AAR does not sponsor, support or endorse Literary Agent Undercover in any way. Click here to learn more about the Association of Authors’ Representatives or AAR.

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Former Marketing & Licensing Manager – Mark Malatesta

During his short but successful publishing career, Mark Malatesta also spent several years as Marketing & Licensing Manager of Blue Mountain Arts (the book and gift publisher that invented e-greetings, then sold their e-card division for close to $1 billion at the height of the dot com bubble). Mark Malatesta scouted for new talent, helped develop new products, and negotiated distribution and licensing deals at events like Book Expo America (BEA), the London Book Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Speaker – Mark Malatesta

A writer at heart (the reason he became a literary agent in the first place), Mark is one of the few publishing professionals that actually understands (and genuinely loves) writers. Publishing is an industry filled with jaded cynics that are too quick to tell authors why they can’t be successful, instead of simply showing them how to increase their odds. As a result, Mark loves sharing his insider secrets in a way that authors call inspiring and empowering. Mark thrives on helping authors see how to give their work greater commercial potential and position themselves in the best way possible.

Due to his unique blend of passion and expertise, Mark Malatesta has been invited to write feature articles for publications like The Guide to Literary Agents, a column for, and he’s delivered keynote addresses and seminars at some of the most prominent writers’ conferences in the United States and abroad. If you’d like Mark Malatesta to speak to your group, check his availability by calling (888) 623-7638 or use the contact button below.

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