Blue Mountain Arts | Mark Malatesta

Mark Malatesta - BMA LogoIn addition to being a Former Literary Agent, Mark Malatesta worked with the well-known publishing house Blue Mountain Arts (also known as “BMA” and “SPS Studios”) as their Marketing & Licensing Manager, prior to founding The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover. Click here to see Comments and Reviews About Mark Malatesta. Established in 1971, BMA is one of the premier independent book and greeting card publishers in the world. They are also the company that invented e-greetings, and then sold their e-card division for close to $1 billion dollars as reported here by the Wall Street Journal and NY Times.

During his time with BMA as Marketing & Licensing Manager, Mark reported to the CEO and worked directly with the heads of the creative, editorial, sales, and warehouse departments. A former literary agent, Mark brought his knowledge of the book publishing industry to BMA, which, at the time, was extremely successful in the gift industry but not as knowledgeable about the book industry. Mark redesigned BMAs’ book catalog, took over genre (BISAC) classification of all book titles, and helped scout new talent and titles for acquisition.

Mark also met with book buyers from companies such as Books Are Fun and Anderson News, which was once one of the largest distributors and merchandisers in the United States. Mark also traveled to Costco national headquarters and successfully pitched various book titles for placement in their stores internationally. Mark was responsible for all of BMAs’ international sales, distribution, and licensing for the book division. Mark negotiated deals with top publishers from all around the world at international industry events such as Book Expo America (BEA), the London Book Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

When Mark Malatesta left BMA their cards, books, and other products had been sold or licensed in: Antigua & Barbuda Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

For more than forty years, BMA has been publishing inspirational products that help people communicate their thoughts and feelings about friendship, family, and living their dreams. BMA was founded by poet Susan Polis Schutz and physicist/illustrator Stephen Schutz. Susan and Stephen are known as the bestselling poet-artist team in the world. Susan’s book, To My Daughter with Love on the Important Things in Life, illustrated by Stephen, has sold more than 1.5 million copies.

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Author Success Story: Fiction  
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"Before I revised my query letter with Mark, I got no responses. When I sent out my new query, I got four requests for more material within 24 hours The support Mark provides is fantastic. His suggestions changed my original query significantly, but they also helped me see that I had something to offer. Now I have a top agent! Mark is smart and reliable and working with him has made all the difference." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Dayna Dunbar (The Wings That Fly Us Home, Ballantine)   
Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Self-Help  
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"Mark helped me get five different offers for representation from top literary agents. I signed with Stephanie Tade who got me a 6-figure book deal with Penguin Books, which published my book in hardcover! When Stephanie first contacted me, she was very excited and said, ‘I can’t get your book proposal out of my head. It’s brilliant – I mean, really, it’s fantastic. Editors should be salivating by the time they get to the chapter outline.’ Working with Mark was completely worth it." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Amy Jo Goddard (Woman on Fire, Penguin Random House)   
Author Success Story: Memoir/Christian  
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"Before I decided to work with Mark, I submitted my book to literary agents but didn’t get any interest. After I revised my query letter and book proposal, I got several agencies interested and decided to sign with Fine Print Lit, a top literary agency in New York. They got publishers bidding against each other and I ended up signing a contract with Thomas Nelson (an imprint of Harper Collins) for what I’ve been told by several people is a very large advance. What cloud is higher than 9?" [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Scott LeRette (The Unbreakable Boy, Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson)   
Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Business  
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"Not long after Mark helped me land a top literary agent, I got a call from my agent letting me know that I had three different publishing offers from well-known publishers: Amacom, Palgrave Macmillan, and McGraw-Hill who recently published my book in hardcover! It was a fantastic feeling and a huge smile came over my face. For a moment I felt like life was perfect and the angels were singing." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

David Hamme (Customer Focused Process Innovation, McGraw Hill)   
Author Success Story: Eleven Fiction and Nonfiction Titles  
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"Finding Mark has been both a treat and a treasure. I now have two different agents for my work, and a book deal with Sky Horse Publishing. I’ve served as Creative Director of the TIME Incorporated Magazine Group; Director of Time World News Service, a Founding Director of TIME-Life Films; Executive Producer for both the CBS and NBC Television Networks; and Producer/ Director: Movies of the Week: CBS Cinema Center Films and Universal MCA. You just can’t do it alone today as an author." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Nathaniel Lande (11 books with Harper Collins, National Geographic, etc.)   
Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction  
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"Berkley Books recently published my book in hardcover after Mark helped me get multiple agents interested in my work. I was able to speak with literary agents from top agencies such as Janklow & Nesbit, Trident Media, Anderson Lit, and Folio. I signed with Don Fehr at Trident Media and a short time later I had a publishing contract! Having Mark on your side is incredibly valuable." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Daniel Cohen (Single Handed, Penguin Random House/Berkley Books)   
Author Success Story: Fiction/Young Adult  
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"When I got the phone call about my publishing offer with Harcourt, I was in my office with three other people. I slammed down the phone, ran into the secretary’s office, threw myself down on the floor and said, ‘I got a deal!’ They sat there and held my hand. I was speechless. I’ve never ever been that happy in my life. On my wedding day I wasn’t that happy! Getting married and having children are wonderful experiences, but I didn’t ‘work’ to get my children!" [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Carol Plum-Ucci (The Body of Christopher Creed, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)   
Author Success Story: Memoir  
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"I got the number one agent on my wish list thanks to Mark. He’s done more than 100 deals in just two year and has a long list of accolades, including being talked about in the New York Times. Within 4 minutes of sending out my revised query letter, my literary agent called me on the phone. Less than 30 days later I had three major publishers making offers. And, a few days after that, I signed a deal with Random House. Mark’s query letter did that." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Lakshmi Subramani (Lights Out, Random House)   
Author Success Story: Fiction  
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"It has been an awfully long and bloody road towards publication but I’m finally on my way. Hard work, struggle, disappointments, and perseverance are important. So is following the advice of publishing industry experts like Mark. He helped me get a top literary agent and now my novel, The Wrong Hand is being published by Penguin Books and their prestigious Michael Joseph imprint, which is ‘principally interested in publishing Top Ten Bestsellers’. It’s hard not to be excited." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Jane Jago (The Wrong Hand, Penguin Books/Michael Joseph)   
Author Success Story: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller  
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"Ballantine Books published my first two novels in hardcover and paperback after Mark Malatesta helped create an auction and bidding war for my books, resulting in a six-figure offer. Mark is one of the rare and genuine good guys, but he also has incredible information (even his ideas have ideas). One of the most important keys to success as an author is good information and support." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Jim Brown (24/7 and Black Valley, Random House/Ballantine)   

About Mark Malatesta

MARK MALATESTA is a former literary agent and former AAR member who now serves authors as a coach. Mark helps authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books) get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals. Mark is founder of The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover. Click here to learn more about Former Book Agent Mark Malatesta and click here for Reviews of Mark Malatesta.