Literary Agent Undercover
Literary Agent Undercover is an author consulting company helping authors get top literary agents and book deals with publishers like Random House. Founded by a former literary agency owner and President, Literary Agent Undercover has already helped dozens of authors (in the United States and abroad) get the attention of literary agents and/or get book deals with major publishing houses. Click here to see some of our success stories.
To help authors achieve their goals, Literary Agent Undercover offers a free weekly newsletter, insider articles, audio and video training (including interviews with top literary agents), onlineDirectory of Literary Agents, an interactive “Ask a Literary Agent” area on the website, and 1-on-1 consulting. Click here to learn about the 3 different ways that you can get 1-on-1 help from Mark Malatesta personally (free to fee), as your book marketing coach.
Literary Agent Undercover – Who Is It For?
Literary Agent Undercover is for authors around the world, writing in any genre, that fit into one of the following three categories:
- Unpublished authors that are just starting to write (or pitch) their book(s).
- Self-published authors who now want to find a real (traditional) publisher like Random House.
- Previously published authors who’ve lost their agent and/or publisher and want to find a new one.
Literary Agent Undercover is built upon the idea that it’s almost always best to try and get a literary agent and traditional publisher (like Random House), before you ever think about self-publishing or working with a vanity press. That’s because traditional publishing offers far more benefits: no financial risk because someone else is paying for the privilege of publishing your book; a higher quality product thanks to a top-notch editor and cover designer; more profit due to better sales, distribution, and publicity; greater subsidiary rights opportunities like merchandising, translations, TV, feature film, etc; increased credibility and more book reviews; and the ability to spend more time writing, promoting, and doing what you love. As a result, I believe that 99% of authors should first try to get a literary agent and publisher (preferably with the help of a professional like myself). If that fails, you should then submit your book directly to the small number of traditional publishers that accept submissions for unagented authors.
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Literary Agent Undercover – Founder
Literary Agent Undercover was founded in August 2011 by Mark Malatesta, a former literary agency owner and President of New Brand Agency. Authors that Mark Malatesta has gotten published include NY Times bestselling author Harry Harrison, Jr. and many others. During his short career as a literary agent, Mark Malatesta secured book deals with publishers like Random House, Broadway, Sourcebooks, Andrews McMeel, NewPage, Renaissance, F&W, Workman, Prentice-Hall, Contemporary, Amacom, Entrepreneur, St. Martin’s, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster, Harcourt, Pocket Books, Scholastic, Hyperion, Peachtree, and Penguin.
What many people don’t know is that the main reasons Mark Malatesta became a book agent was to learn how to get his own books published. During his time “undercover” as an agent, Mark used the name “Mark Ryan” (his stepfather’s name); he’s now using his birth name “Mark Malatesta.” So, if you want to find more information about Mark Malatesta during his years with New Brand Agency, you’ll need to Google “New Brand Agency” and/or “Mark Ryan.”
Mark Malatesta is proud to say that he was a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) from 2002-05. That’s because book agents have to meet several criteria to qualify for membership: 1) Sell ten book legitimate publishers within 18 months, 2) Get two members of the AAR to vouch for them, and 3) Follow a strict code of ethics. Less than 1/3 of all active book agents are members, and they are the best of the best. That’s why Literary Agent Undercover is an advocates for the AAR. However, please note (for legal reasons), the AAR is not affiliated with Literary Agent Undercover. The AAR does not sponsor, support or endorse Literary Agent Undercover in any way. Click here to learn more about the Association of Authors Representatives or AAR.
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