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Nonfiction Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Scroll below to see Reviews About Mark Malatesta provided by nonfiction authors who worked 1-on-1 with Mark as an author coach to secure book deals with publishers such as Berkley Books, Penguin Books, Random House, 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 Nonfiction Authors

Nonfiction Author Reviews of Mark Malatesta.

– Amy Jo Goddard

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“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 this link to see Amy Jo’s complete testimonial]

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Amy Jo Goddard

Author of the self-help book Woman on Fire (Penguin Books)

– Somraj Pokras and Jeffre TallTrees, Ph.D.

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

“Before we found you, Mark, we sent out query letters but only got rejections. When we found out Jeff Herman was going to be our agent, it was exhilarating. He offered to represent us the day after we sent him our ‘enchanting’ proposal. His word, by the way, which he said he rarely uses. It’s been a whirlwind and Jeff is exactly what we were hoping for: an enthusiastic, experienced, committed agent. Like so many others, we have to say that we really couldn’t have done this without you![click this link to see the full review by Somraj and Jeffre]

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Somraj Pokras and Jeffre TallTrees Ph.D.

Authors of Female Ejaculation and Tantric Pathways to Supernatural Sex (published by Llewellyn, the world's oldest and largest independent publisher of books for body, mind, and spirit)

– Jeannie Reed

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“I’m writing to let you know I signed a contract with Llewellyn Publishing for my book, The Language of Tarot. Llewellyn said they want it to be the “go-to” book in its category. When I got the contract, I said, ‘Okay, I can have a glass of wine.” Nothing’s real ‘til it’s real.’ You’re very knowledgeable, practical, and helpful, Mark. You’re also very thoughtful—willing to invest sweat equity in the future of your clients. Thanks for your support.” [click this link to see Jeannie’s complete testimonial]

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Jeannie Reed

Author of The Language of Tarot (Llewellyn Publishing)

– Mary Tomzack

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“When I decided to work with you, Mark, I didn’t realize what a good query or full-fledged proposal entailed. The pitch materials you helped me create were very strong. I sent out about fifty queries and a lot of agents asked me for more material. When I got the news that a top agent in New York City wanted to represent me, I was very, very happy! My agent is somewhat formal, very polite, and very British. I like her. And I can truthfully say, that without your help and guidance in putting together the book proposal, I would not have succeeded so well.” [click this link to see Mary’s full review]

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Mary Tomzack

Author of The Tips and Traps of Buying a Franchise (McGraw-Hill/Sourcebooks) and a new, upcoming nonfiction book (title to be determined)

– Nicholas Stuller

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Sometimes, when I’ve hired consultants, nothing has happened. Except for one thing. I’ve written a lot of checks and they’ve all been cashed. But after working with Mark, in the second day of sending out queries, an agent asked me to send him a proposal. Then, more than a dozen more agents asked for more material. It wasn’t much later that I received multiple offers for representation. One agent said, ‘This is the best proposal I’ve ever read.’[click this link to see Nicholas’ full review]

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Nicholas Stuller

Author of the hardcover nonfiction book The Truth Shall Set Your Wallet Free (Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster)

– Michelle Marchildon

Mark Malatesta Review

Within just a few hours of sending out the query letter Mark helped me with, I had top literary agents calling me. The agent I signed with told me that she had just had to dig into my proposal. ‘It’s marvelous,’ she said. My previous query letter and proposal was embarrassing, as though I had showed up to the prom in my underwear. Although I used a popular book to try and figure out what a query or a book proposal was supposed to look like, I had no idea.” [click this link to see Michelle’s full review]

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Michelle Marchildon

Author of Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga (Hohm Press) and Theme Weaver: Connect the Power Of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga (Wildhorse Ventures)

– Bill Ballester

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

When I got the news that I had an agent to represent me, I wasn’t surprised. I had no question it was going to happen with Mark’s coaching and encouragement – and our preparation. It was just a matter of time. I’m excited, and I’m real clear none of this would have happened if Mark hadn’t helped me through the process. It’s no accident. Whatever you need, Mark will give it to you. If the carrot isn’t working, then you can expect a push – a kick in the pants.[click this link to see Bill’s full review]

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Bill Ballester

Author of The Nine Principles of Winning: In Sports, In Business, and In Life (Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster)

– Salam Al-Marayati

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

“Every time Mark told me something was going to happen, it actually happened. If I hadn’t worked with him, I think it would have taken me years to find an agent. But within 48 hours of contacting AAR literary agent Andy Ross with the query letter and book proposal Mark helped me create, Andy offered to represent me. Now I consider Mark more than just a coach or consultant–he’s a trusted partner.” [click now to see Salam’s complete testimonial]

Salam Al-Marayati

Author of the nonfiction book American Muslims

– Diane Perlman, PhD

Mark Malatesta Reviews

I was just offered representation by Bill Gladstone with Waterside Productions. He’s personally placed more than 5,000 titles with dozens of publishers. Your help was life-changing, and my agent said my proposal is solid. He didn’t ask me to change anything in the proposal except add some additional writing samples. That wouldn’t have happened without your advice. You know what you’re talking about, but you also care about your clients. You seem like a mature, loving person. I’m going to acknowledge you in my book, and I’m deeply grateful for your guidance.” [click here for Diane’s entire success story]

Diane Perlman, PhD

Author of a nonfiction book about policies on uses of power to reverse cycles of violence

– Dr. Stone Kraushaar

Mark Malatesta Reviews

I just got a top NYC literary agent, and I want to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with you. The entire package of what you do and who you are blows me away. You’re like a heart surgeon, cutting exactly what needs to be cut in a way that makes all the difference between a successful operation and one that doesn’t work out. You’re also candid and radically transparent, and we’ve had great communication. There were a couple times when I felt daunted by the process, but you helped me through it. Sending you hugs.” [click here for Stone’s entire success story]

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Dr. Stone Kraushaar

Author of Hug Therapy (Mango Publishing, one of the fastest-growing independent publishers in the United States)

– M. Cohen, PhD

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

I got a top agent with Trident Media Group, and it took less than six weeks after that to get a book deal. There’s a bit of a myth amongst writers that you shouldn’t need any training. You should just be able to write and sell well, off the top of your head. It’s convenient and simpler to think that way, but it’s also shortsighted and inaccurate. Your writing, your pitch materials, and your platform can all get better if you let other people contribute. I am quite happy, and it’s been really nice working with you.[click now to see Martin’s complete testimonial]

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Martin Cohen, PhD

Author of many nonfiction books including Philosophy for Dummies, The Doomsday Machine, I Think Therefore I Eat, 101 Philosophy Problems, and 101 Ethical Dilemmas, which has sold 250,000+ copies

– Natalie N.

Mark Malatesta Reviews

Do you remember that commercial for Toyota with the cheer where people are jumping up and down? That’s what I did after I sent out my first round of queries and a top literary agent called to say he wanted to represent me. Before working with Mark, I followed someone else’s template for a query and book proposal but didn’t get anywhere. It’s hard finding a literary agent and getting published, but if you follow Mark’s process and believe in the work, it can be amazing.” [click here to see the complete review]

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Natalie Neelan

Author of Rebel At Work: How to Innovate and Drive Results When You Aren't the Boss (Diversion Books)

– Robert Sternberg

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“Mark, it felt very good to know that Kathryn Green, a respected and successful agent, took my work seriously and was moved enough to take me on. I have credentials and write quality material for a niche market, but I was completely inexperienced about how to market myself. My favorite part of working with you was not being alone in figuring out what to do next or how to do it. Nothing is more alienating than having to do everything yourself and not knowing if what you’re doing is going to have an effect.” [click this link to see Robert Sternberg’s complete testimonial]

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Robert Sternberg

Author of Yiddish Cuisine (Jason Aronson, Inc.), The Sephardic Kitchen (Harper Collins), and an upcoming Jewish family cookbook and storybook

– Francesca de Bardin

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Within an hour of sending Paul Levine my query, he sent me an email that said, ‘Please call me.’ We chatted and he said, ‘I love this idea and I want to sell your book.’ He said that based on JUST the query letter. I’ve been a business owner and CEO all my adult life. So, I’ve hired all types of consultants. But I’ve never had a consultant as good as you. You’ve been so professional and competent, with a level of integrity and responsiveness that’s rare. You’ve been superb, absolutely superb. I could never have gone through this without your expertise. Ever, ever, ever.[click now to see Francesca’s complete testimonial]

Francesca de Bardin

Author of the nonfiction book It’s a Woman’s World

– Dr. Malcolm Conway

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

Mark can’t write your book for you but he’ll do everything in his power to position you and your work in the best way possible. I sent out query letters for my book before I worked with Mark, but I never heard back from anyone. The query letter Mark wrote for me was obviously a hell of a lot better. I just signed a contract with an AAR literary agent.” [click here to see the complete review]

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Dr. Malcolm Conway

Author of the nonfiction book Raising the Elite Athlete

– Carolyn Miller

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

I was out of ideas and frankly bewildered, at a very low point, when I found Mark’s websites. They came up everywhere so I decided to give him a chance, and I’m very glad I did. Now the president of a New York literary agency with many bestsellers and award-winning titles represents me! I was glad to put myself in the hands of someone like Mark who knew what to do. Mark is smart and honest and knows what he’s talking about.” [click right here to see Carolyn’s complete success story]

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Carolyn Miller

Author of the nonfiction books Creating Miracles: A Practical Guide to Divine Intervention (H J Kramer Inc/New World Library), Soulmates: Following Inner Guidance to the Relationship of Your Dreams (H J Kramer Inc/New World Library, Novato), Creating Miracles: Understanding the Experience of Divine Intervention (C.G. Miller, H J Kramer Inc, Tiburon)

– Catherine Weiss

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

I knew that I didn’t know how to get the attention of top literary agents, but Mark did. After I sent out my revised query letter, I got multiple requests for my manuscript AND multiple requests for representation. I chose David Nelson. He’s the literary agent for Stephen King, Terry McMillan, and Garrison Keillor. He also represents Bill Maher, tons of other bestselling authors, and three Nobel Laureates![click now to see Catherine’s complete testimonial]

Catherine Weiss

Author of the nonfiction book The Present Mother

– Harold Thomas

Mark Malatesta Reviews

When Mark said on his website that he helps authors get top literary agents, I thought it was promotional fluff. Now I’m really impressed. Mark helped me get several agents seriously interested, and I had the opportunity to speak with multiple agents about my book before signing a contract with The Steve Laube Agency. I’d gotten hundreds of rejections prior to that, so when I opened the email I was expecting another rejection. I was shocked that it wasn’t.” [click this link to see Harold’s full review]

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Harold Thomas

Author of the nonfiction books A Bit Political and Governing Ourselves

– Marni Battista

Mark Malatesta Reviews

I just signed a contract with literary agent Harvey Klinger, the long time representative of Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D. who was married to John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Mark takes time to get to know his clients and their work. He’ll care about your dream as much as you do, and that’s hard to find.” [click here for Marni’s entire success story]

Marni Battista

Author of the relationship book How to Affair-Proof Your Man and founder of Dating with Dignity

– Soo Peer

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“Jeff Herman offered me representation, and I signed a contract with Red Wheel/Weiser this afternoon! My husband and I just got back from celebrating in Mexico. Without you, there’s no way I would have gotten representation. Not even close. When I started, I was wondering if I was just an amateur who needed to forget my belief that my story might be shared in our divisive world. I’m so grateful you held my hand. It’s been an amazing process, and it’s been an honor getting to know you. I’m looking forward to staying in touch as we go forward. Thank you and thank you!!” [click here for Soo’s entire success story]

Soo Peer

Author of The Essential Diversity Mindset Handbook (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2021)

– Mardell Hill

Mark Malatesta Reviews

Holy smokes, I just signed a book deal!!!!!!! Mark’s support and guidance have been invaluable. Two well-known agents offered to represent me and one of them responded to my query in less than four minutes!! Then THREE publishers expressed interest and started talking about making offers. The publisher I chose was perfect because they produce titles for the trade, educational, and scientific markets. And they published my book in hardcover!!!” [click now to see the complete testimonial]

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Mardell Hill

Author of the medical nonfiction book Intestinal Health (Rowman & Littlefield)

– David Hamme

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“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 now to see Dave’s full review]

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David Hamme

Author of the business book Customer Focused Process Innovation (McGraw Hill)

– Karen Aberle

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

I just had a super call with my agent, who said, ‘I think your proposal is outstanding! I haven’t read anything that made me say “WOW” so many times in a quite a while.’ That’s saying a lot, considering books she’s represented have been featured on Oprah, NPR, The Today Show and too many more to mention here. It was a pain in the ass, your process, but it was worth it. Before I talked to you, I had written a query based on what I’d seen in books and what other people had told me. And no one whatsoever asked to look at more material. I admire the machine you’ve created. Thanks very much.” [click this link to see Karen’s complete comments]

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Karen Aberle

Author of the nonfiction book Love’s Invisible Dance: The 7 keys to authentic, joyful, and lasting relationship (Edgefield Press)

– Daniel Boone Ph.D.

Mark Malatesta Reviews

“Mark, I was very fortunate when I got the news Rowman & Littlefield was offering me a publishing contract. I got an email saying they were interested just two days after they got the proposal I developed with you. I am favorably impressed with your system, how closely you work with the authors you select to work with, the effort you put into everything, and your always prompt replies. To you, I hold out a thankful hand.” [click this link to see Daniel’s complete testimonial]

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Daniel Boone Ph.D.

Author of The Voice and Voice Therapy (Pearson Education, 9th Ed.), Human Communication and Its Disorders (Prentice Hall), Is Your Voice Telling on You? (Singular), and Trouble Talking (Rowman & Littlefield)

– Stella Waterhouse

Mark Malatesta Review

If you want a better query letter, proposal, or book I suggest you sign up for a coaching call with Mark. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the fact that Mark is a former literary agent made everything fall into place. After I started sending out requests I began receiving requests from top literary agents! You really need someone who knows the business. Mark is very supportive and helpful. He listens and asks questions if he doesn’t understand something, instead of just pretending to understand.” [click here to see Stella’s complete review]

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Stella Waterhouse

Author of the nonfiction book The Autism Code and A Positive Approach to Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

– Jon Biemer

Mark Malatesta Reviews

When my wife and I looked at the investment to work with you, we said, ‘Okay. It costs less than a PhD, and it’s a teaching tailored to what I wanted to do.’ You offered a customized curriculum…and you only accept authors for coaching if you see they have real potential for success. Your coaching program is essentially a tough ‘school’ that prepares writers for a tough business. The reason I say that is to put your fee in context. I can say it more brazenly than you to other authors: ‘Do you want to publish a mainstream book, or just say you tried?’ Thank you, from my heart.” [click here for Jon’s entire success story]

Jon Biemer

Author of the nonfiction book Healing Our Planet

– Joy K.

Mark Malatesta Review

Before speaking with Mark I didn’t know what a literary agent was, why I needed one, or how to find one. It took me a while to even come up with the right questions to ask, but he handled it very nicely. Now Routledge is publishing my book. Mark gave me the scope and perspective that I needed and it was a great advantage because he’s actually been a literary agent. It’s so comforting once you have an agent, knowing that you’re in very good hands.” [click this link to see Joy’s full review]

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Joy K.

Co-Author of Geometric Computation Foundations for Design (Routledge)

– Brian Madigan

Mark Malatesta Reviews

To be honest, I had no idea what I was getting into when I met you. I just had a chunk of a book and no query or book proposal. I didn’t know what those things were! But I got an agent after sending out just two rounds of submissions. It was surreal. Too many people give up, right at the moment where they’re about to be successful. It’s easy to stop because of a lack of belief in yourself, or something else, and go find another goal. But, with my book, I had so much wrapped up in it, I didn’t feel like I could give up. Thank you for everything.” [click here for Brian’s entire success story]

Brian Madigan

Author of the nonfiction book Get Naked: The Gay Man’s Guide to Happiness

– Birgit Langhammer

Mark Malatesta Reviews

I can’t tell you exactly how many query letters I sent out before I worked with Mark, but it was a lot. Not one person asked to look at my book proposal though and, since I had high expectations, it wasn’t easy dealing with the rejections. My old pitch was vague, without a clear point but the new query and book proposal that Mark helped me create were perfect. I just signed a contract with a top literary agent and film producer who represents many bestselling authors!” [click this link to see Birgit’s full review]

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Birgit Langhammer

Author of the nonfiction book Your Life is Art: Make Every Day a Masterpiece

– Dr. Yannick Pauli

Reviews of Mark Malatesta

After I decided to work with Mark, I signed a contract with a top literary agency, Dupree/Miller & Associates. I got my first five requests from agents almost immediately. It didn’t happen in less than four minutes like it has for some of Mark’s clients, but it was fast! If you’re an aspiring author, working with Mark is definitely worth the investment. He will pull the best out of you, make your intangibles concrete, and give you a process that will move you forward fast.” [click this link to see Yannick’s complete comments]

Dr. Yannick Pauli

Author of the nonfiction book The Unritalin Solution

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