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Literary Agent Blog – By a Former Literary Agency President

Literary Agent Blog - Author AdviceThis 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

Carol Plum-Ucci Success Story Interview – Body of Christopher Creed

Carol Plum-Ucci Success Story Interview – Body of Christopher Creed

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...

How to Overcome, Interpret, and Avoid Literary Agent Rejections

How to Overcome, Interpret, and Avoid Literary Agent Rejections

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...

Erika Armstrong Success Story Interview – A Chick in the Cockpit

Erika Armstrong Success Story Interview – A Chick in the Cockpit

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...

Are Literary Agents and Publishers Prejudiced?

Are Literary Agents and Publishers Prejudiced?

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...

Too Good to Be True? – An Important Message for Aspiring Authors

Too Good to Be True? – An Important Message for Aspiring Authors

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...

How to Write a Bestseller that Attracts Literary Agents

How to Write a Bestseller that Attracts Literary Agents

Want to know how to write a bestseller and top the charts in any genre -- or simply become a more successful author? This article will show you how. A former literary agent and former AAR member shares seven secrets for authors of fiction, nonfiction, and children's...

Laura Moe Success Story Interview – Author of Breakfast with Neruda

Laura Moe Success Story Interview – Author of Breakfast with Neruda

During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Laura Moe (author of the young adult novel Breakfast with Neruda, published by Adams Media/F+W/Merit Press), shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Laura also...

The Best Way to Submit Query Letters to Literary Agents

The Best Way to Submit Query Letters to Literary Agents

One of the main reasons that talented authors don’t get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals is that they don’t understand the best strategy to use when coordinating their submissions to literary agents. As a result, those authors often get confused and...

Jane Jago Success Story Interview – Author of The Wrong Hand

Jane Jago Success Story Interview – Author of The Wrong Hand

During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Jane Jago (author of the crime novel The Wrong Hand published by Penguin Books), shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Jane also talks about how Mark...

Rebecca Besser Success Story Interview – Author of Nurse Blood

Rebecca Besser Success Story Interview – Author of Nurse Blood

During this insider interview on our literary agent blog, Rebecca Besser (author of the novel Nurse Blood) shares tips for authors of all genres about how to write, publish, and/or promote a book. Becca also talks about how Mark Malatesta (a former literary agent and...

Commercial, Mainstream, General, or Literary Fiction?

Commercial, Mainstream, General, or Literary Fiction?

If you’re a novelist, it doesn’t matter how compelling your story is or how clean your writing is. You won’t get a literary agent to represent you unless you categorize your book correctly. Label your novel with the wrong book genre(s) in your query letter and you run...

Pick It, Bump It, Drill It – The Best Query Letter Hook

Pick It, Bump It, Drill It – The Best Query Letter Hook

What can you learn about getting a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal by getting locked out of your house? A lot. Here’s what happened… A few weeks ago, my wife and business partner, Ingrid Elfver, and I arrived home from a relaxing Friday night dinner out....

It’s Not What You Say…

It’s Not What You Say…

This article will help you do a better job promoting your book(s) to literary agents (as well as to publishers, the media, and the general reading public). Here’s the secret... What you say always matters, but when you say it also matters. In other words, if you say...

SEO for Authors – Get More Exposure, Improve Your Platform

SEO for Authors – Get More Exposure, Improve Your Platform

There are lots of ways you can have more impact as an author--but I can’t think of a faster and easier one than having a website that gets a lot of visitors. In fact, having a good website can help you get a book deal with a traditional publisher like Random House......

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Photo of Mark Malatesta - Former Literary Agent MARK MALATESTA is a former literary agent turned author coach. Mark now helps authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books) get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals through his company Literary Agent Undercover and The Bestselling Author. Mark's authors have gotten six-figure book deals, been on the NYT bestseller list, and published with houses such as Random House, Scholastic, and Thomas Nelson. Click here to learn more about Mark Malatesta and click here for Reviews of Mark Malatesta.
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