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Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta

Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta

Mark Malatesta - Former Literary AgentMark Malatesta is a former literary agent who now helps authors write, publish, and promote their books as an author coach and consultant. Click here to see reviews about Mark Malatesta. Mark is founder of The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover, designed to help writers of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books) reach as many people as possible with their books. Mark primarily helps authors get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals, but he also coaches and consults a small number of authors about developing and growing their brands.


Mark Malatesta – Former Literary Agent Biography 

Former Literary Agent Mark MalatestaFormer Book Agent Mark Malatesta Photo (also known as Mark “Ryan”, his stepfather’s last name) is a former book agent and former AAR member. Mark became a literary agent with New Brand Agency Group to figure out how to get his own books published. As a result, he knows exactly what aspiring authors go through—and he knows exactly what they want (and need) to hear. When Mark was an agent, he always encouraged authors, and he focused primarily on books with bestseller or high commercial potential. Most of the authors Mark represented were previously unpublished, and most of the book deals Mark secured for his clients were with major publishers. Mark’s former clients include thriller/suspense author Jim Brown (24/7 and Black Valley, Ballantine/Random House), award-winning young adult author Carol Plum-Ucci (The Body of Christopher Creed and many other YA novels with Harcourt), nonfiction self-help author Aggie Jordan (The Marriage Plan, Doubleday-Broadway/Random House), and bestselling gift book author Harry Harrison (Father to Daughter, Workman).

Other books and authors that Mark worked with (partial list) as a literary agent include: The Finnegan Zwake Mystery Series by Michael Dahl (Pocket/Scholastic); multiple Young Adult Novels by Susan Rottman (Peachtree/Penguin); The Husband Book by Harry Harrison Jr. (Andrews McMeel); Creative Selling by Dave Donelson (Entrepreneur); The Women’s Guide to Legal Issues by Nancy Jones (Renaissance); Say Yes to Change by George and Sedena Cappanelli (F&W); The Misfits, Inc. Mystery Series by Mark Delaney (Peachtree); Eat Or Be Eaten by Phil Porter (Prentice-Hall); Soul Sex: Tantra For Two by Pala Copeland and Al Link (NewPage); The Crisis Counselor by Jeff Caponigro (Contemporary); Get Weird! by John Putzier (Amacom);  The Dog’s Drugstore by Richard Redding & Myrna Papurt (St. Martin’s); multiple novels by Rae Foley (Simon & Schuster); and Money-Tree Marketing by Patrick & Jennifer Bishop (Amacom).

Publishing houses that former book agent Mark Malatesta secured contracts with during his time with New Brand Agency Group include: Random House, Harcourt, Thomas Nelson, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s, Hyperion, Prentice-Hall, Workman, Andrews-McMeel, Entrepreneur, Barron’s, Amacom, and many more. Mark’s short career as a literary agent resulted in millions of books sold, as well as works being picked up for audio book editions, TV, stage, and feature film (with companies like Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks). Authors that Mark Malatesta worked with as a literary agent have gotten 6-figure advances, been on the New York Times bestseller list, been licensed and/or translated in more than 30 countries, and won countless national and international awards and honors.

Mark Malatesta has given more than one hundred keynote addresses, seminars, and workshops at prominent events throughout the U.S. and abroad including: C-Span TV, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Missouri Writers Conference, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference, Pike’s Peak Writers Conference, Surrey International Writers Conference, Willamette Writers Conference, SleuthFest, Marjorie Kinnans Rawlings Workshop, Wild Acres Writers Conference and Retreat, Wrangling With Writing, Panama City Storytellers, Detroit Writers Guild Annual Conference, Columbus Writers Conference, Georgia Writers Conference, Houston Writers Conference, Space Coast Writers Conference, Intl Symposium on Religion & Art, Utah Writers Conference, Minneapolis Writers Workshop, and the National Writers Association South Florida Writers Conference.


Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta – The Early Years

Mark Malatesta became a literary agent just a few years after he graduated Ambassador University where he studied Psychology and Communications (and wrote love poetry when he wasn’t studying). In the late 1990s, Mark met Eric Alterman, founder of New Brand Agency, also known as New Brand Agency Group, a boutique literary agency that was based in South Florida. Eric is an attorney who graduated from Tufts University and the Washington College of Law as a member of the Law Review. Eric mentored Mark for a short time, but he had other opportunities that led to Mark eventually taking over the agency. Although Mark uses his father’s name now, “Malatesta”, he used his stepfather’s name “Ryan” when he was a literary agent. When Mark was 16 years old his mother remarried and asked him to take his stepfather’s name. In 2007 Mark changed his last name back to “Malatesta”.

Mark is proud that he was a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR). That’s because literary agents have to meet several criteria to qualify for membership. They have to sell ten books to legitimate publishers within an eighteen-month period. They must be sponsored or endorsed by two other members of the AAR in good standing. And they have to abide by the AAR Canon of Ethics. Because of these strict requirements, less than one third of all literary agents are members and they’re considered the best of the best. That’s why Mark will always be an advocate of the AAR. However, please note (for legal reasons), the AAR is not affiliated with Mark Malatesta in any way. In other words, the AAR doesn’t support, endorse, or sponsor Mark Malatesta–and he isn’t paid or compensated in any way to promote the AAR. Click here to learn more about the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

When Mark Malatesta was a literary agent he wrote feature articles for publications such as The Guide to Literary Agents and a column for He also served as the Marketing & Licensing Manager for Blue Mountain Arts, the gift and book publisher that invented e-greetings and sold their e-card division for close to $1 billion. Other jobs that Mark has had include: Behavior Specialist & Trainer for various social services institutions serving developmentally delayed adults; the homeless; and disadvantaged youth (including jailed offenders). One of Mark’s first jobs was pulling weeds and cutting grass for his neighbors. Mark was also: a bag-boy in a grocery store, prep cook, aircraft parts painter, telemarketer, door-to-door salesman, tree crew/logging foreman, aircraft parts painter, and assistant chemist/metallurgist for a laboratory.

Lastly, in case you’re wondering, when former literary agent Mark Malatesta stopped agenting and closed New Brand Agency, he didn’t just “drop” his clients. Instead, he made personal referrals to other literary agents that knew so his clients wouldn’t get “orphaned.” And (this is important), Mark Malatesta is no longer a literary agent. He only works with authors in a coaching and consulting capacity. If you want to find out how you can schedule a 1-on-1 coaching session, click here now to learn more about Author Coaching with Mark Malatesta. And click here for instant access (FREE) to all of the Free Resources provided by Mark Malatesta to help you become a bestselling author.

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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

About Mark Malatesta

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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