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Fiction Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Scroll below to see Mark Malatesta Reviews provided by fiction authors who worked 1-on-1 with Mark as an author coach to secure book deals with publishers such as Random House, Ballantine, Penguin, etc. Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta is 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.


Reviews of Mark Malatesta by Fiction Authors

Fiction Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta.

– Jim Brown
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“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 right here to see Jim’s complete testimonial]

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Jim Brown

Author of the suspense thriller 24/7 and Black Valley (Random House/Ballantine)

– Dayna Dunbar
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

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 this link to see Dayna’s complete review]

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Dayna Dunbar

Author of The Saints and Sinners of Okay County & The Wings That Fly Us Home (Ballantine)

– Nathaniel Lande
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

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 [named the ‘fastest growing small publisher in America’ by Publishers Weekly]. 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 this link to see Nathaniel’s full review]

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Nathaniel Lande

Author of eleven fiction and nonfiction books including The 10 Best of Everything (National Geographic), Dispatches from the Front (Henry Holt and Oxford University Press), Cricket (New American Library), The Life and Times of Homer Sincere (Peter Mayer/Overlook Press), Mindstyles–Lifestyles (Price Stern Sloan), Blueprinting (Harper Collins), Self Health, The Life Long Fitness Book (Holt, Rinehardt, Winston), The Cigar Connoisseur (Clarkson Potter), and Spinning History: Politics and Propaganda in World War II (Skyhorse Publishing)

– Laura Wolfe
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I just spoke to Helen Zimmermann and she offered to represent my book! Yay!!! I’m so happy, I’m crying. I initially felt a little bit intimidated at the thought of working with you, before I spoke to you, but you’re really relatable and easy to talk to. Not just knowledgeable. So, I would encourage other people to get over it if they’re nervous and give you a chance. There’s so much that authors don’t know about how all this works, and all those things could take years, forever, or never to figure out.” [click this link to see Laura’s full review]

Laura Wolfe

Author of the novel Top Producer

– Kerry Cox
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“I just got offers from two top literary agents, Richard Curtis and Victoria Skurnick. The last time I tried to get an agent, for a different book, I didn’t ask for help and I endured a Chinese water torture of drip-drip-drip rejections that came in at roughly the same slow rate that I was querying. It was really demoralizing, and I didn’t get any requests. Working with you made me feel like I was part of a team—and my teammate brought to the game a wealth of inside knowledge, insights, and experience. Just what I needed to avoid the lengthy, painful process of trial-and-error I’d fought through before on my own.[click this link to see Kerry’s full review]

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Kerry Cox

Author of the novel Money Bear and co-author of Successful Scriptwriting (Writer’s Digest Books) which has sold 65,000+ copies

– Siobhan Cunningham
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Writing a great book is one thing. Writing about you and your book in glowing terms is quite another. Mark turns coal into diamonds. After I sent out my new query letter, I got requests from many top literary agents for more material. One of those agencies had already rejected my novel three different times during the last two years. That just goes to prove that Mark’s query letter opened the door.” [click this link to see Siobhan’s full review]

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Siobhan Cunningham

Author of the thriller series The David Trilogy

– Joseph Sidari
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Before I worked with Mark I bought books on how to query agents, took online courses, and worked 1-on-1 with a coach at Writer’s Digest. I didn’t get any requests for my complete manuscript. I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. Mark helped me get twelve literary agencies interested in my novel, including well-known agencies such as Writer’s House. I signed with Christine Cohen of the Virginia Kidd Agency who specializes in my genre and was very enthusiastic about my writing.” [click here now to read Joseph’s complete review]

Joseph Sidari

Author of the sci-fi novel Little Green Men

– Tonya Mitchell
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Felicia Eth is now my agent—Woo-hoo! It was definitely one of the better days of my life, and I’m not being overly dramatic. It was life-affirming, the biggest indication from someone who wasn’t a family member, didn’t love me, or I hadn’t hired, that I had what it takes as an author. The hardest part of being a writer is believing in yourself. It’s an isolating thing. You write by yourself and you hope that you’re good enough. If I was in your zip code, Mark, I’d kiss you! This will have to do. :)*[click this link to see Tonya’s full review]

Tonya Mitchell

Author of the novel A Feigned Madness

– P.S. Darley
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Mark is an honest and ethical coach. He only takes on authors whom he truly believes stand a chance of securing a literary agent and book deal. I engaged Mark’s expertise because I wrote a mainstream thriller that took an inordinate amount of liberties. I know it was going to be troublesome to sell, and it was, but now I have a publisher! Mark will hang in there with you for as long as it takes. I am proud to have him as a friend.” [click this link to see P.S. Darley’s full review]

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P.S. Darley

Author of the thriller Hold On! (Soul Mate Publishing)

– Elaine Slater
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“I’m 91 years old and the most valuable part of working with Mark was knowing that whenever I had a question he was there to advise me. Several years ago I tried to get an agent, but nothing came of it. This time, with Mark’s help, I got many requests for my manuscript or partial manuscript–and now I have an agent!” [click this link to see Elaine’s full review]

Elaine Slater

Author of the novel Into Another Bed

– Christopher Bowron
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“I remember thinking, ‘Do agents even exist?’ They seemed mystical, and it was like sending letters to superheroes or Santa Claus. Then I sent out your query and an agent responded with interest within twenty minutes. When I heard that I had an offer for representation, there were about five different agents looking at my stuff. Thank you, Mark. This is fun, the beginning of my second career, something I really wanted to do.[click this link to see Christopher’s full review]

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Christopher Bowron

Author of the novels Devil in the Grass and The Body Thieves

– Rita Baker
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Hoorah for happy endings!! Thanks to Mark—who’s been very gentle, understanding, and patient—I’m finally getting published. Not one book, but TWO. I’m 85 years old and this is a dream come true that I never thought would happen. That’s not a line, it’s how I truly feel. It’s wonderful. After querying agents for months and months, I began to fear it was hopeless and I was on the verge of giving up. Mark refused to let me despair. He gave me hope and courage, and he pushed me. Rightly so, because he knows what it takes, and, lo and behold, here I am, where I’ve longed to be for as long as I can remember. When I got the publishing offer, my feet were on the ground, but my head was in the clouds.” [click this link to see Rita’s full review]

Rita Baker

Author of the novels Born of Love and Of Breeding and Birth

– Doug Bean
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Nikki Terpilowski with Holloway Literary emailed me an offer letter and I sat there in dumbfounded silence. Then I started jumping up and down and screaming. Thank you, Mark, for sticking with me and staying positive. I’m pretty darn excited and you were a huge part in getting me here. It must be nice knowing that what you do for a living makes such a lasting, positive impact on people’s lives.[click this link to see Doug’s full review]

Doug Bean

Author of the novel Code Name: Goliath

– Judy Carlough
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I got offers from two agents! I’m very self-sufficient and independent, but I go to experts when I need something important done. Sending out lots of queries is like doing weight training and sit-ups in the gym. Nobody wants to hear about it, but you have to do it. I don’t regret the struggling I had to go through before we met. It made me smart enough to know you were the one who could help me struggle less. Many writers can probably identify with that. We want to work smarter, not harder. I believe in hard work, but, honestly, you need that smart part of the equation to make it all come together.[click this link to see Judy’s full review]

Judy Carlough

Author of the novel Delicious Delights

– Alton Fletcher
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

As you’ve often said, Mark, getting published and becoming a bestselling author is not about luck. It’s a decision. My experience in finding just the right agent to represent my books proves that point. First, let me tell you that I finally had a great chat with literary agent Gina Panettieri with Talcott Notch Literary. She gets my novel, she sent me good ideas about revisions, and she sent me a contract. I’m excited. Thank you for your tremendous support. You’ve kept me on track all along the way and prevented me from wasting time and making several serious mistakes.” [click this link to see Alton’s full review]

Alton Fletcher

Author of the novel Southern Transit

– Jenny Pivor
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I was having lunch with a friend when my phone rang, and it was a number I didn’t recognize. A woman was on the other end of the line, and she said she wanted to represent me. I was speechless. I’m glad I trusted your process enough to try it, and I’m glad I trusted it enough to follow through once I was in it. I think of trying to get an agent as playing the lottery. You have to play the lottery, to win the lottery. You can also increase your chances of winning by having a better query and someone who knows how to ‘game’ the system. Thank you, Mark, for all your help and support.[click this link to see Jenny’s full review]

Jenny Pivor

Author of the novel OMG

– N. Jennings
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

It was surreal the day I signed a contract. Jennifer Lyons represents the Martin Luther King estate, as well as authors who’ve won the: Nobel Prize, Pulitzer, National Book Award, PEN Literary Award, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, National Jewish Book Award, Koret Award, Lambda award, and more. Finally signing the contract was a wonderful experience. I’m feeling really good and I couldn’t have done this without you, Mark. Thank you so much for everything.” [click now to see Norma’s complete success story]

N. Jennings

Author of the novel Marooned

– Brad Harper
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Jill Marr with Sandra Dijkstra & Associates Literary Agency, got multiple publishers interested in my novel, A Knife in the Fog, and I just signed a two-book deal with Seventh Street Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books. When it was confirmed I had an agent, I opened a bottle of wine, got some nice Irish cheddar cheese, and my wife and I celebrated. I had three bottles of wine set aside: one bottle for when I got the agent, one for when the book sells, and the third one for when the book is published. Life could not be better. Thank you for everything. We have come a long way, my friend. [click this link to see Brad’s full review]

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Brad Harper

Author of A Knife in the Fog (Prometheus Books/Seventh Street Books)

– Jane Jago
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

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 now to see Jane’s complete success story]

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Jane Jago

Author of the novel The Wrong Hand (Penguin/Michael Joseph)

– Bob Brink
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Not only did I get a publishing contract, my book now has more than 100 reviews and it was named an Amazon bestseller. Yippeee!!! Before I decided to work with you, I sent out queries, but didn’t get one request to read my manuscript. Within days of sending out my new query, two agents asked for a partial and a full. Your encouragement to persevere has been a boost for my confidence. You’re congenial and tactful, and you’re good at helping authors keep their morale up. Our conversations have been enlightening and enjoyable. I could talk with you all afternoon.[click this link to see Bob’s full review]

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Bob Brink

Author of the the novels Murder in Palm Beach (Precipice Press) and Blood on Their Hands (TouchPoint Press)

– Laurie McLean
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Your letter was, bar none, the absolute best I’ve ever received pitching an author’s work. Short and direct yet packed with information. I’d be a fool not to beg you for a look. Please mail it to my personal address so it won’t get mixed up with the hundreds of pieces of mail and packages we receive each week.”

Laurie McLean

Literary Agent with Fuse Literary (Previously with Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents)

– Louis Manzo
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I just got offers from two publishers and, following your advice, I was able to get them to expedite their review of my manuscript. If authors follow your instructions and they’re diligent, they can meet with success. Your process builds confidence. It helps authors believe in their work and stay enthused, instead of getting frustrated and confused, to the point where they want to say, ‘Ah, I’m giving up on this.’ I also like that you don’t work with authors if you think their work is garbage or their writing isn’t good enough. I’m glad I found you.[click this link to see Louis’ full review]

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Louis Manzo

Author of the novel An Irish Lullaby (Moonshine Cove) and the nonfiction book Ruthless Ambition (Trine Day) which has sold 10K+ copies

– Tanya Simmonds
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“It’s such a pity that Mark is happily married! He’s been a great friend to me for many years and his support and encouragement are ultimately what led to me becoming a writer—just not the kind he was expecting! I now have six steamy erotica novels in print after being headhunted and signed with four publishers. There were times when I doubted myself, but Mark’s steadfast support kept me writing. Mark, you’re a diamond!” [click this link to see Tanya’s full review]

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Tanya Simmonds

Author of The Paramount Rule and other erotic novels (Pink Flamingo Publications)

– Claude Brickell
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I am now represented by Al Longden!!! I sent out queries to literary agents before and hardly any of them replied. None of them were interested. Mark helped me present myself and word everything in my query in the best way. My comment to other writers reading this is that if you want to be a successful writer you have to know how to get noticed—and you need somebody like Mark who knows what you don’t know. It is an investment, but it’s nothing compared to reaching your goal.” [click this link to see Claude’s full review]

Claude Brickell

Author of the novels Blood Quest and Assassin’s Trail

– Virginia Tell
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I sent out hundreds of query letters over the course of several years before I found Mark. Have you read the Stephen King quote about him papering a wall of his house with rejection letters? That was me, except my apartment was papered two or three times over. Mark helped me get five agents offering to represent me. Everything is roses here now, and champagne. Mark has made a huge difference in my career, and my life.” [click this link to see Virginia’s full review]

Virginia Tell

Author of Faulkner-Wisdom Competition Finalist Life On Hold, Short-List Finalists George and Borne from the Cutoff, Semi-finalist Dinner at Houmas House, and ghostwriter of Chocolate Heals…Life is Sweet

– Ken Bush
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Before we worked together, Mark, I sent out 300 query letters, and received zero responses. Yeah, ZERO. Now I have an agent. When I got the contract, I was thrilled. Then there was this big sense of peace that came over me. My novel was still in the hands of other agents who had requested a portion and/or the entire MS, but the agent I signed with and I hit it off very well. I couldn’t have done this without you.[click this link to see Ken’s full review]

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Ken Bush

Author of several novels including The Phantasm and Werewolves Rising

– Suzanne Adams
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Before I found Mark, I tried to send queries and that didn’t go well. That’s when I magically found Mark. I knew that working with him would be a perfect fit—and it was. After getting offers from three literary agencies, I’m now represented by The Seymour Agency. I have a great agent who’s also a great editor. She’s helping me clean up the entire manuscript. I am really happy!” [click this link to see Suzanne’s full review]

Suzanne Adams

Author of the novel Girl Awakened

– Thomas Nielsen
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Before working with you, Mark, I’d been trying to get my book out there for a year or more – but I was just dabbling. Working with you gave me the focus and encouragement I needed. You also honed in on the right things in my query and made it more appealing. I had been waiting and waiting and waiting – and waiting – before I finally got an email from an AAR agent who believes in me offering to represent me. It was a long time coming, but we finally made it. Thank you!!![click this link to see Thomas’ full review]

Thomas Nielsen

Author of the novel Asklepion

– Karen Welsh
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Aaaaaaaaa!!! I’m so excited!! I have an agent! Before we started working together, Mark, I’d attended conferences and had critiques. I’d also sent stories to editors, but my queries were very bad and the process was taking forever. If I was asked to compare my previous query letter to the one that you helped me write, it was like getting an ‘F’ on a writing assignment and then getting an ‘A’. I couldn’t have done it without you![click this link to see Karen’s full review]

Karen Welsh

Author of the novel Second Chances

– J. Verlenden
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I’m a very serious writer, so I was only interested in top agents. I’d been looking at agents for a long time, and I’d always seen the Sandra Dijkstra’s Agency at the top of the list. I had sent a query to them about my novel before, but it didn’t light a fire. So, when I got an offer from them, this time, with your help, I was tremendously excited. I appreciate your knowledge and support, and I’ve enjoyed my time with you. I’ve won prizes for my writing and had creative writing teachers say, ‘You’re a phenomenon waiting to happen.’ You helped me MAKE it happen.” [click this link to see the full review]

J. Verlenden

Author of the novels Three Women of Tahrir and The 800

– Roxanne von Andrian, PhD
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I received an offer, I’m really lucky! Actually, I got two offers. But the second agent wanted me to turn my novel into a memoir. I wasn’t interested in that. You’re a very nice person and my victory is your victory. It’s also my family’s victory, because they were all with me in this. But you’re the one who brought me to this point. Every time I had questions, you had answers. And, after you rewrote my query, about eight agents wanted more material. The way you phrased everything was effective but light, just the right balance, and it gave agents more confidence in my ability as a writer.[click this link to see Roxanne’s full review]

Roxanne von Andrian, PhD

Author of the novel The Final Take

– Ed Ford
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Your program might not work for everyone, but it worked for me. I just signed a publishing contract. When I looked at the cost of your coaching, I started thinking about what I’d done with other people. It suddenly dawned on me that your program was something I needed to take advantage of, instead of wasting time and money on other things less likely to pay off. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it. I can’t believe you do everything you do for what you charge. If I were you, I’d charge more money. I appreciate all you’ve done for me.” [click this link to see Ed’s full review]

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Ed Ford

Author of the novel The Civil War Assassin

– Paulla Schreiner
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“From wallflower to prom queen—two agents offered to represent me! WooHoo!!! There had been a whole string of days where I didn’t hear from any agents. Then literary agent Bob Diforio forwarded a note to me from one his readers that said, ‘I read the first half of the book on my way to the UK, and I read the second half on my way back. It was un-putdownable. This is a great project.’ Bob then said, ‘I’d like to represent you,’ and he asked if we could set up a call. My heart stopped. I thought I misread the email! Your system works. I didn’t have any problem shutting up and doing what you said. Well, maybe a bit in the beginning…but I got over it, and I’m glad I did.[click this link to see Paulla’s full review]

Paulla Schreiner

Author of the novel Rough Ride

– Alex Lasker
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Without your help, guidance, and expertise there’s no way I would have been able to land an agent. Even having worked in the film business for thirty years, I was out of my realm and overwhelmed. Working with you was expensive but worth it. In fact, it was so expensive, I didn’t tell my wife how much it cost. But now I can, and she would understand the value. I was helpless and needed a Sherpa. To other authors reading this, if you try and climb the mountain by yourself, you’re more than likely going to get stuck or fall. Get the help you need to make it and make the journey more enjoyable.” [click this link to see Alex’s full review]

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Beyond Rangoon


Alex Lasker

Author of the novel The Memory of an Elephant, and the screenwriter who wrote Tears of the Sun starring Bruce Willis (Columbia Pictures), Beyond Rangoon starring Patricia Arquette (Castle Rock Entertainment), and Firefox starring Clint Eastwood (Warner Brothers)

– Rebecca “Becca” Besser
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“After getting many requests for my thriller / horror novel, Nurse Blood, I now have an agent and a book deal! One of my short stories was also recently published in the short story anthology, Anything But Zombies, published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Working with Mark is totally worth it, and a pleasure!” [click here to see Becca’s complete review]

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Rebecca "Becca" Besser

Author of the novel Nurse Blood and many short stories including one recently published in the Anything But Zombies anthology (Simon and Schuster/Atria Books)

– Ron Cutler
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Having lost my long-term agent to retirement, I was frustrated. I hired Mark and sent out a query he wrote for me, and I got wonderful replies, including an offer from Susan Schulman, a NY agent who’s very well-known. It made me feel fantastic, not only getting the agent, but knowing everything I did with Mark was actually successful. He provided me with the tools to do this, and, without it, I wouldn’t have even attempted it, because it was just too difficult. If you’re an author who wants to get an agent, Mark can help you find your way.” [click this link to see Ron’s full review]

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Ron Cutler

Author of ten novels (some using a pseudonym) with Doubleday, Dell, Berkley, Dial, Avon, Fawcett, Jove, Signet/NAL, and Pinnacle/Kensington

– Nwanganga Shields
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Two days after I told you that I was giving up on literary agents, I got an envelope in the post from Richard Lawrence with Eaton Literary Agency. I couldn’t believe it! Mark, I have dealt with a lot of people, both on the Internet and in the real world, but I’ve never had somebody care so much about my success as you. Even though I have never met you, I feel that you really care about me and wanted me to succeed. I’d recommend you to anybody.” [click this link to see Nwanganga’s entire review]

Nwanganga Shields

Author of the novel Coming Home

– Matt Levine
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“For a long time, I saw myself as a writer and wanted this to be my life and career. I had tried to get an agent and book deal before on my own, but nothing came through. So I was surprised when Bill Contardi, a top agent with Brandt & Hochman, wanted to represent me so soon after I started working with Mark. Bill was one of the very first agents I queried, and he wasn’t the only agent who asked for more material. I got many requests, and one of them came in just 15 minutes!” [click this link to see Matt’s complete review]

Matt Levine

Author of the thriller Hollow

– P. Segal
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I spent years trying to find a literary agent and get my work published on my own, but never sold anything. Now that I’ve worked with Mark, I see the difference. I’m Twitterpated!!!!! After sending out my new query, I immediately got two positive responses from top literary agents. The first request came within two minutes! I’ve really enjoyed being privy to Mark’s wealth of knowledge and I hope more authors sign up for his services and take his advice.” [click this link to see P. Segal’s entire review]

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P. Segal

Author of the novel The Flood, Editor of Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society (Last Gasp)

– Lakshmi Raj Sharma
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Mark is very helpful to authors struggling to get representation. He taught me how to write the best query and he helped me to see light on the other side of the tunnel when I was not in an enviable situation. He also helped put in perspective my course of action towards getting an agent. And I must not forget that he has continued to help me develop confidence in myself. Now I have an agent. I shall always remain grateful for all the help Mark gave me.” [click this link to see Lakshmi’s full review]

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Lakshmi Raj Sharma

Author of the novel The Tailor’s Needle (Penguin)

– Ruth Finnegan
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Budding writers, follow Mark Malatesta’s advice. It might be the final push you need to get your book published. It’s worth its weight in gold. Thanks to Mark’s help with my story and pitch materials, my book is now available in bookstores and online. Mark is a miracle worker and my publisher described my book as ‘Powerful Magic’! Hiring Mark was the best-spent money of my life apart (possibly) from my wedding ring.” [click this link to see Ruth’s full review]

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Professor Ruth Finnegan FBA

Author of the fantasy novel The Black Inked Pearl (Garn Press)

– Robert Bickford
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

It was pretty remarkable when I signed with an agent because I’d been marketing my book for a while and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get representation. I was discouraged and hadn’t written in over a year. I was doing other things and looking for a job. Mark followed up with me and spurred me to contact the agents about my outstanding submissions even though it had been nearly a year since I submitted my manuscripts. It was longer than I’d hoped, but, even though my contract with Mark was only for a year, he didn’t let me down.[click this link to see Robert’s full review]

Robert Bickford

Author of the novel Dislocation

– Wendy Fowler Nunes
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Finding the right agent takes perseverance, but, thanks to you, Mark, it was a good experience. After months of sending out submissions, there in my email inbox, buried among all the other stuff that comes in every day, I saw an email from an agent who wanted to represent me. I was very excited! I feel fortunate to have found you and I’ve been recommending you to other writers. If an author values the time they have invested in their project, I recommend they take advantage of someone like you evaluate it. Thank you![click this link to see Wendy’s full review]

Wendy Fowler Nunes

Author of the novel Tea with Eleanor

– Edward Correia
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Many thanks, Mark, for your help. It’s a really good feeling to have somebody believe in you enough to say, ‘I’ll be your agent.’ I sent out queries before I found you, but didn’t get anywhere. You helped me make the query more interesting and engaging, but you also helped me make the manuscript more marketable. You’re very knowledgeable, but you’re also congenial, personable, laid-back, and fun to talk to. Like my agent. What more could an author ask for?” [click this link to see Edward’s full review]

Edward Correia

Author of the historical novel The Girl Who Became a Goddess

– Ruth Hartman
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Mark, I have an agent, Cyle Young with Hartline Literary Agency! I had three other agents seriously interested at the time, but my agent is friendly and approachable. Honestly, Mark, if I hadn’t worked with you, I would have given up. I remember saying, ‘It ain’t going to happen!’ I was just ready to bag it. I’m so glad you told me to keep going. I appreciate all you’ve done. You’re supportive, friendly, encouraging, and uplifting.[click this link to see Ruth’s full review]

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Ruth Hartman

Author of two dozen novels including Love Birds of Regent's Park

– Lori Coffey
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“As I was writing to tell you I got an offer from an agent — she loves my novel — I got a phone call from ANOTHER agent. He said he could sell a series of non-fiction books for me! I really like my agent. She’s personable and easy to talk to, and she really likes my book. If someone reading this is thinking about working with you, I would tell them, ‘Don’t think about it, just do it. You have to invest in yourself at some point. Nobody else will. So, it might as well be you.’ Thank you, Mark, for getting me to this point.[click this link to see Lori’s full review]

Lori Coffey

Author of the novel Wilder

– Dick Manero
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I remember telling my secretary I was getting awful tired of querying, but I didn’t give up. Two days later, I had an offer. I was sitting at my desk at my office when, all of a sudden, an email popped up on my computer screen. It seemed to indicate somebody was doing something nobody else was doing — taking me seriously! I’m very pleased that I’ve got you and my agent in my corner…and I’m in debt to you for helping me find her.” [click this link to see Dick’s full review]

Dick Manero

Author of the novel Masques

– Cristina LePort, MD
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

Bob Diforio is now my agent. I tried to get an agent for three years before I worked with Mark. One year for my current manuscript and a couple years for another one. I got very little response, almost nothing. That’s when, having seen Mark’s advertisements pop up on different occasions, I figured maybe I should try one last thing before self-publishing. I figured, maybe there was something I could do better. After Mark revised and rearranged my query, all of a sudden I got ten requests from agents to read my manuscript. If I hadn’t worked with Mark, I probably wouldn’t have gotten an agent. Mark, you’re the best![click this link to see Cristina’s full review]

Cristina LePort, MD

Author of the novel Dissection

– Mary Lozano, PhD
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

I was surprised to receive an email from an agent expressing interest in my book. I thought it was another rejection. Instead, it was an agent saying she liked my story. Very much. The following week, she sent another email saying she wanted to represent me. It felt wonderful. You have a wealth of information but you’re also very approachable. You don’t give authors the feeling you’re going to judge or reprimand them, or that they need to be afraid of anything. It’s nice to have somebody you can talk to about your work and get feedback.[click this link to see Mary’s full review]

Mary Lozano, PhD

Author of the novel Virtually You

Fiction Authors – View More Reviews of Mark Malatesta

The reviews listed above by fiction authors are only some of the reviews about Mark Malatesta on this website. To see additional comments and reviews about Mark’s websites, author newsletter, articles, training, speaking, events, etc. click here to view General Reviews of Mark Malatesta. Also, if you want 1-on-1 support to help you get your novel published with a publisher like Random House, Ballantine, or Penguin, click here to access all of the Free Resources on our websites for authors. And click here to find out how you can Schedule an Introductory Coaching Call with Mark Malatesta.


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