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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)

– 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)

– 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 upcoming sci-fi novel Little Green Men

– 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 upcoming thriller series The David Trilogy

– 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 upcoming novel Into Another Bed

– 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 upcoming novel Code Name: Goliath

– 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

– 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

– 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)

– 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)

– 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)

– 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)

– 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

– 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 upcoming novels Blood Quest and Assassin’s Trail

– 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 upcoming novel Girl Awakened

– 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]

Author Ken Bush - Werewolves Rising

Ken Bush

Author of several novels including The Phantasm and Werewolves Rising

– 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 upcoming novel Second Chances

– 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 upcoming novel Asklepion

– 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)

– 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)

– 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 upcoming dark thriller Hollow

– 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 upcoming novel Coming Home

– 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)

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

– 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 fantasy novel The Black Inked Pearl (Garn Press)

– 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

– Tonya Mitchell
Fiction Author Review of Mark Malatesta

“Felicia Eth is now my agent—Woohoo! 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 took 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 upcoming novel A Feigned Madness

– 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 upcoming novel Tea with Eleanor

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