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
You might already know the three things that will determine whether you get a literary agent: 1) The quality of your book, 2) The quality of your query letter (and book proposal, if you’re a nonfiction author), and 3) How you think about the publishing process. Here’s...read more
Jeri-Anne Agee Success Story Interview with Mark Malatesta - During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Jeri-Anne Agee, author of the children's chapter book series The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes shares advice for authors of all genres about...read more
Literary Agent Job Description – An author recently posted the following question for me: “What do literary agents do with their time? I know they send material to publishers and wait for them to respond, just like authors must wait for literary agents to respond....read more
Lakshmi Subramani Success Story Interview with Mark Malatesta – During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Laskhmi Subramani, author of the memoir Lights Out shares his best tips for authors of all genres (at all stages of development) about how to...read more
Famous Literary Agents – Who are they? Should you try to get one of the most successful literary agents? Or, are mid-level literary agents better? This article is part of a series of articles and other resources to help authors of all genres get Literary Agents. Click...read more
Literary Agents and Reading Fees, Processing Fees, and Other Paid Services – What are they and what do you need to know about them? Literary Agents and Reading Fees If you’ve been part of, or studied, the publishing industry for decades, like I have, you might already...read more
How Literary Agents Work - This article reveals how book agents work. Do they make decisions about which authors they represent, based, in part, on personal taste—or, based solely on whether the books they're considering are marketable? Scroll below to find out. You...read more
Literary Agent First Five Pages - One of the things that frustrates authors most, is literary agents who only let writers submit a few pages of a manuscript, and then reject it. How can agents decide if a book is worthy of representation based on so little material?...read more
This article puts a new twist on literary agent rejection letters. If you’re like most authors (including my coaching clients who work with me to find a literary agent), you probably already know it can be difficult to get an agent. Really difficult. So, I wrote this...read more
Updated 9/16/17: This post now includes the text transcript of Miri's interview. During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Miri Leshem-Pelly, author of the children's picture book Scribble and Author, shares her best tips for authors of all...read more
After I published last week's article about Authors Behaving Badly, an award-winning author (who asked to remain anonymous) sent me a moving response. It was so powerful (and insightful), I asked permission to share her letter with you. Her story (below) is...read more
What's your favorite writer's block quote? Read the quotes below to stay inspired and get rid of writer's block. And, click here to read my article about How to Stop Writer's Block. It reveals my definition of writer's block and my 35 best strategies regarding how to...read more
Want to know how to stop writer's block? This article shares the most complete and nuanced definition of writer's block you'll find online, along with my best tips about how to deal with writer's block. No matter what type of material you're writing, or how long...read more
During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Carol Plum-Ucci, author of more than half a dozen young adult novels published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in hardcover and paperback, including The Body of Christopher Creed, shares advice for authors of all...read more
Literary agent rejections can be difficult to interpret and overcome. This article will help you comprehend and cope with the often-cryptic and sometimes-insensitive missives of book agents. It was inspired by an author who recently posted the following comment on one...read more
This article has information about both "author platform" and literary agents seeking diversity. It's a follow-up article to one I published a couple weeks ago called, Are Literary Agents and Publishers Prejudiced? After I posted the original article, a lot of authors...read more
During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Erika Armstrong, author of the memoir A Chick in the Cockpit (Behler Publications) shares her best tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. During this special...read more
Are literary agents and publishers prejudiced? In other words, are books sometimes rejected because of an authors' gender, age, race, politics, religion, sexual orientation, relationship status, religious beliefs, etc.? Of course, but it's not as often as you might...read more
During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Karen Sargent (author of Waiting for Butterflies (Amphorae Publishing Group / Walrus Publishing) shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Karen also talks about...read more
Authors sometimes say interesting things when they visit my websites. That’s partly because I provide a lot of information to help writers get literary agents, publishers, and book deals. I also say things like, “Getting published isn’t luck, it’s a decision!” And, a...read more