Children’s Book Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Scroll below to see Reviews of Mark Malatesta provided by children’s book authors who worked 1-on-1 with Mark as an author coach to secure book deals with publishers such as Scholastic, Harcourt, etc. Mark Malatesta is a former literary agent and founder and president of The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover. He works with authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books), primarily to help them improve their writing projects and pitch materials to get the attention of top literary agents.

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Reviews of Mark Malatesta by Children’s Book Authors

Children's Book Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta.

– Darlene Dihel
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I’m 80 years old and didn’t want to mess around wasting time trying to get a literary agent for my children’s picture book. Not long after I sent out the query letter Mark wrote for me, I got an email from a literary agent who said she loved my book and wanted to represent me! There were times when my work with Mark was overwhelming, but then I’d stop and do something else and come back the next time and think, okay, I can do it. And I did!” [click here to see the complete review]

Darlene Dihel

Author of the upcoming children's picture book Pandamonium

– Jeri-Anne Agee
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“After you helped me get an agent with Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, they got me a contract with Sky Horse Publishing. Publishers Weekly recently called Sky Horse the fastest-growing small publisher in America. They have 41 New York Times bestsellers! I can’t stress enough, honestly, how working with you was 100% the only reason this happened…” [click this link for the complete success story]

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Jeri-Anne Agee

Author of the upcoming chapter book The Life and Times of Birdie May Hayes (Sky Horse Publishing)

– Ken Derby
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I was skeptical when I first learned about Mark’s services. Now I know that he is a nice honest guy who really knows what he’s doing. After I sent out my new query letter, I had six top agents request more material. Some literary agents replied in just a few hours and one of them responded in just 15 minutes. Mark does everything well and seemed genuinely interested in me, not just the idea of filling his wallet with my money…” [click here to see Ken’s complete review]

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Ken Derby

Author of several book for younger readers including the middle grade novel The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of School (Holiday House/Scholastic)

– John McCormack
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“I just got an agent, Amy Jameson with A+B Works! I hit the ceiling when I saw that she was interested. I had other agents interested as well, but Amy was prompt and the right agent for me. Not everybody has a lot of money to spend on their writing, but if you’re trying to be a successful author, you have to invest some money in yourself. Mark’s fees are a reasonable investment for what he gives his clients, and his time, energy, and expertise are really worth a lot. I’m very happy…” [click here for the full testimonial]

John McCormack

Author of the upcoming YA novel Jamaal’s Journey

– Patricia Faithfull
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Holy @#%! Four minutes after I queried Rosemary Stimola—my dream agent who represents my idol Suzanne Collins, author of THE HUNGER GAMES—she asked to read my manuscript. I’m shaking. OMG! I’m a writer and I don’t know what to say. I literally can’t speak. I’m going to cry because I’m freaking out, but I’m really happy. Mark, your system is brilliant, I love you!!! I almost fell off my chair. FOUR MINUTES! That is the power of your query.” [click here to see Patricia’s full review]

Patricia Faithfull

Author of the medieval middle grade novel Talia the Lionhearted: High Treason

– Carol Plum-Ucci
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“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 right here to see the entire review]

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Carol Plum-Ucci

Award-winning author of The Body of Christopher Creed and many other novels for young adults (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

– Paul Stawski
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

If you think you can get a literary agent on your own, don’t. Mark helped me get more than a dozen agents reading my manuscript, including some who had already passed on my work in the past. Other agents who asked for my manuscript were supposedly ‘closed’ to submissions. My literary agent was one of them! She said, ‘I’m not accepting queries right now, but I’ll read your novel—and I’ll read it fast.’ Three days later she offered me representation!” [click this link to see Paul’s full review]

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Paul Stawski

Author of the upcoming young adult novels Both Sides and Taking Sides

– Libby Kiszner
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“For a long time I had the vision that my book would be published, but it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t invested in myself. Before I met Mark, I sent out queries with no requests for more material. I didn’t know what I was doing—it was like shooting darts in the air. Mark helped me get an offer for representation from Regina Ryan, who runs a successful Manhattan-based literary agency. If you have a dream to be published, it won’t quiet down until you try!” [click this link to see Libby’s entire review]

Libby Kiszner

Author of the upcoming book for young readers Dear Libby, Will You Answer My Questions About Friendship?

– Miri Leshem-Pelly
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Mark helped me get three offers for representation from top literary agents! A short time later I signed a publishing contract with Kane Miller (a division of EDC publishing). They distribute books to all major retail outlets including bookstores, gift stores, museums, etc. They also have a direct sales division made up of nearly 18,000 independent sales consultants that sell their books to schools and libraries, and at home parties, fundraising events and school book fairs. AHHH! OMG, it happened!” [click this link to see Miri’s full review]

Scribble and Author by Miri Leshem-Pelly

Miri Leshem-Pelly

Author/Illustrator of Scribble & Author (Kane Miller) and many other children’s picture books

– Laura Moe
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Before I worked with Mark, I sent out my own horribly written query letters and got only rejections. Now my book is being published in hardcover with Merit Press, an imprint of Adams Media and F+W. Mark actually helped me with multiple projects and, when I sent out my first revised query, I was only able to send it to five agents before I started getting multiple requests. One of them arrived in just a few hours!” [click now here to see the full review]

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Laura Moe

Author of the YA Novel Breakfast with Neruda (Adams Media/F+W/Merit Press)

– C. Lee McKenzie
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I tried to get an agent before I worked with Mark, but it’s devilishly hard to get representation. I don’t know if it was a mystical hand or what that led me to Mark’s website, but I’m grateful. The day I found his website I was ready to quit. Now Italia Gandolfo with Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management represents me. After I signed the contract, I emailed the other agents reading my manuscript to thank them and let them know I’d accepted another offer. Two of them apologized for their delay and asked me to consider them for future novels!” [click here to see the complete review]

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C. Lee McKenzie

Author of many Young Adult and Middle Grade novels including The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Alligators Overhead, and The Great Timelock Disaster

– Carl Watson
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“If I hadn’t found Mark, I’d probably still be where I was before I contacted him. In other words, I wouldn’t be anywhere. Mark helped me get half a dozen agents to request a partial manuscript and another half a dozen or to request my full manuscript. Now I have an agent. I am really surprised and really pleased!” [click this link to read the full review]

Carl Waston

Author of the upcoming novel for young readers Kid Clay

– Ally Nathaniel
Children’s Book Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“The work that you do with authors is really worth it. In a short time you can get so much that will take you to the next level. Coaching with you has been a very pleasant experience. You’re supportive and get right to the point, but I also feel safe and open when I talk to you and you weren’t pushy. I got what I expected, and more. Thank you so much.” [click this link to read the detailed review]

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Ally Nathaniel

Author of Sparkly Me and The Playful Kitchen

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