Literary Agent Blog – By a Former Literary Agency President
This literary agent blog by former NY Times bestselling book agent Mark Malatesta reveals everything you want and need to know about literary agents, and everything you wouldn’t know to ask.
The categories on this literary agent blog are named and organized in a way that makes it easy for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Scroll below to browse the latest posts on our publishing agent blog, or use the category links in the sidebar on the right!
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Literary Agent Blog – Welcome
This literary agent blog has information about literary agents, literary agencies, writing, getting published, and book marketing. You’ll even find a section on our book agent blog where you can submit your questions to a former book agent.
It’s called Ask a Literary Agent.
Many authors find this part of our literary agent blog as valuable as the articles. They appreciate the thoughtful answers to their questions, posted by former NY Times bestselling book agent–and AAR member–Mark Malatesta. But they also find themselves learning a great deal by reading other authors’ questions (and answers) on our literary agent blog.
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Recent Posts on Our Literary Agent Blog
Sometimes wisdom comes from unexpected places. For example… A few weeks ago, one of my two Siamese cats (Fudge) taught me a lesson. It was completely unexpected, and that made the experience much more impactful. Now I’m sharing what happened, as I hope it will have a...read more
A former literary agent answers questions for children's book authors - find out how to improve your chance of getting a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal. This new section of my website is for children’s book authors and illustrators who want to get the...read more
This article about literary agents and managers for writing with cinematic appeal is part two of a series. It reveals how writers and authors can get their work picked up for stage, TV, or feature film. It also explores important differences between the publishing and...read more
I wrote this article about authors behaving badly to help you avoid becoming one. It’s about several writers whose unusual antics got them into hot (make that boiling) water with the publishing industry (including literary agents), the media, and their fans. Even if...read more
Every author needs to read this post. It contains six important updates about our websites, other people’s websites, and your website (if you’re thinking about creating one, or already have one). Make sure you read all six (6) notifications below. At least TWO of...read more
What happens after you get a literary agent? This question is important for two reasons: 1) If you don’t have an agent yet, this article will help you understand why it’s important to query The Best Literary Agents working at The Top Literary Agencies, and 2) If you...read more
This is the first time I’ve talked about writers and mental illness—or, writers and the various mental traps that can get in the way of publishing success and happiness. It doesn’t matter how smart or successful you are in other parts of your life. If your writing is...read more
What’s the difference between a literary lawyer, a literary attorney, or a literary agent who might be one of the Best Literary Agents working at one of the Top Literary Agencies? Should authors ever hire a literary attorney or literary lawyer? And, if so, what are...read more
Crystal Duffy Success Story Interview with Mark Malatesta - During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Crystal Duffy, author of the memoir Twin to Twin shares advice for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote their books....read more
The story in this post will inspire or depress you—maybe both. You decide. I’m sure you’ve heard the colloquialism, “It ain't over till the fat lady sings.” This popular expression is frequently used as encouragement to remain hopeful, even when it seems like there’s...read more
Michael Sanicola Success Story Interview with Mark Malatesta - During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Michael Sanicola, author of the not-yet-published memoir The Pot Preacher shares advice for authors of all genres about how to write, publish,...read more
This article about book editors for hire explains the various types of freelance book editors, what they do, and whether you should consider hiring one. The information in this article is based on my time as a literary agent helping authors get book deals with...read more
I wrote this article about 14 of the best electronic gifts for writers in case: 1) you didn't get any presents during the holidays, 2) you didn't get the gift you wanted, 3) you didn't get enough gifts, or 4) you want to give another writer a gift (now, or later)....read more
What's the best time to submit to literary agents? Are some days better than others? Is there a best time of year? 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...read more
Some literary agents (and authors) are overly negative. They let their frustrations dribble (and sometimes spew) onto innocent and unsuspecting passersby. This article is meant to be an antidote… It contains good news. It clears up important misconceptions. And, it’s...read more
Brad Harper Success Story Interview with Mark Malatesta - During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Brad Harper, author of the novel A Knife in the Fog shares advice for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote their books....read more
This guest post by author Martin Cohen, Ph.D., who's sold more than 250,000 books, delves into the philosophy of writing--what to say and how to say it--to make your book worthy of literary agents. Guest Post by Martin Cohen There's a passage in Plato, one that is as...read more
Do positive thinking authors have an advantage over authors who are negative, skeptical, or less hopeful? The answer might surprise you. Obviously, being positive can't hurt. In fact, it can help. Positive thinking authors who are confident about their writing, their...read more
Finding the right literary agent is just as important as finding a literary agent and getting signed in the first place. It might seem far-fetched to think about two or more agents wanting to represent you—especially if you’re a new author—but it can happen (for...read more
How important is social media for authors seeking literary agents and publishers? As a former literary agent turned author coach, authors often ask me: What is an "author platform?" How important is social media to literary agents and publishers? How...read more