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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

5 “Stupid” Things That Literary Agents Say and Do

5 “Stupid” Things That Literary Agents Say and Do

A couple weeks ago an author on my mailing list, trying to stay afloat in a flood of rejection letters, shared an article with me that he'd written. It talked about the stupid things literary agents say and do when rejecting authors. He made some good points. One of...

You Can’t Say That!

You Can’t Say That!

Have you ever wondered what’s “legal” to include in a book? What can you say, or not say? It doesn’t matter if you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, some things are okay—others will get you in trouble. And the last thing you want is to get rejected by literary agents...

Your Book Isn’t Dead

Your Book Isn’t Dead

It takes a lot to challenge me. That’s because I’ve been in the publishing industry for more than two decades: as a writer, a literary agency owner and president, the Marketing and Licensing Manager for a well-known publisher, and now as an author coach and...

Sometimes “Bestseller” Is a Bad Word

Sometimes “Bestseller” Is a Bad Word

By Rick Killian (Guest Post) Bestseller: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Romeo famously asked, “What’s in a name?” By the end of the play, he got his answer—apparently quite a lot! I wish the same could be said for the word...

How to Find the Perfect Home for Your Book

How to Find the Perfect Home for Your Book

Finding the perfect place to live is a lot like finding the perfect literary agent and publisher. It’s usually an emotional roller coaster ride, a major source of stress, and a massive time suck... even if you go into it with the right expectations and a good plan....

What’s Your Decision?

What’s Your Decision?

When Ingrid and I move to California at the end of this April it’s going to be a catalyst for you, in one way or another. So I thought I’d explain what we’re doing (and why), and tell you how it’s going to affect you. For those of you who’ve followed The Bestselling...

Are You Looking for “Signs” to Help You Reach Your Goals?

Are You Looking for “Signs” to Help You Reach Your Goals?

What signs, situations, and people do you look to, to see if you’re doing the “right” thing? My experience says there’s a good chance you’re looking in the wrong places. You’re looking at the wrong things. And you’re listening to the wrong people. You’re not doing it...

Oh, I Swear! – Guest Post by Becca Besser

Oh, I Swear! – Guest Post by Becca Besser

By Becca Besser (Guest Post) Recently, in a group I’m in on Facebook, someone brought up the topic of personal religious beliefs and swearing in writing based on a person’s moral standards. Being a Christian myself, I chimed in on the discussion, explaining the only...

Book Contests – The Best and the Worst

Book Contests – The Best and the Worst

Book contests are often to unpublished authors what casinos are to people with gambling problems. They can be a whole lot of fun (and they can pay off big time), but there are also serious risks you need to know about. The upside of book contests is easy to imagine...

Yes or No… What Do You Think?

Yes or No… What Do You Think?

What’s the most important key to reaching your goals as an author? Here's a hint: It has nothing to do with your work ethic, concept, content, craft, style, or platform. Instead, it has everything to do with what you’re writing…in your head. Now, this article isn’t...

Tax Deductions for Writers

Tax Deductions for Writers

Tax Deductions for Writers – If you’re a writer or author (or aspiring author), you’re probably paying more than necessary each year in taxes, without realizing it. This article about freelance writer taxes explains. It's part of our article library for authors who...

How to Become a Bestselling Author – For Any Book Genre

How to Become a Bestselling Author – For Any Book Genre

How to Become a Bestselling Author – As a former literary agency owner (now an author coach and consultant) I know that most authors spend plenty of time writing, and thinking about How to Get a Literary Agent. This article is about something else, and it's arguably...

How to Copyright a Book – Book Copyright FAQ for Authors

How to Copyright a Book – Book Copyright FAQ for Authors

How to Copyright a Book – As a former literary agent turned author consultant, I get a lot of questions about book copyright. What is copyright? Do I need to copyright my book before I try to get a literary agent? What are the copyright laws for books that I need to...

Interactive Q&A Chat Session – How to Become a Bestselling Author

Interactive Q&A Chat Session – How to Become a Bestselling Author

Listen Here or Download the File This recording is for authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books), at all stages of development. Authors who participated in the live event asked Mark and Ingrid questions about how to write, publish and/or market...

Happy Holiday Weekend!!!

Hi Everyone, It's Mark Malatesta here with The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover. If you're new to my community, you might not be familiar with my sense of humor... yet. I like providing lots of valuable information (and inspiration) on my websites, but...

Literary Agent Biographies – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Literary Agent Biographies – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Literary Agent Biographies - Are you making a common mistake when reading the bios of literary agents online or in books? This article shows that there are probably a lot more publishing agents than you realize, that might be interested in you and your book. But you...

Literary Agents Q&A Chat Sessions

Literary Agents Q&A Chat Sessions

Listen Now to the Literary Agents Q&A Chat Replays Host: Former NY Times Bestselling Literary Agent Mark Malatesta These two calls on our book agent blog were an opportunity for authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books), at all stages of...

Literary Agent Blogs By Popular Book Agents

Literary Agent Blogs - Which ones are best? Take a look at our short list below to find out which book agent blogs are getting the most attention... based on the quality of their content, the frequency of their posts, and the personalities of their authors. Just make...

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