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* Signature presentations
* Author case studies/success stories
* Sample coaching calls
* Publishing industry expert interviews
* Bestselling author interviews (coming soon)
* Q&A calls

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And remember, getting published
isn’t luck… it’s a decision.

– Mark

Mark Malatesta
The Bestselling Author, LLC

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Signature Presentations by Mark Malatesta

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Photo of Mark Malatesta7 Insider Secrets to Get a Top Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal (65 minutes)

Former NY Times bestselling literary agent
Mark Malatesta reveals:

* Why you need an agent and how they really work

* 3 types of agents and how to find the right one for you

* The most important thing agents and publishers think about when considering your work

* 5 writer scams that could cost you thousands of dollars

* The difference between good agents and great agents

* Why you have only 8 seconds to get an agent’s attention and what you can do about it

* Why most of the things you’ve learned about query letters are wrong

* And more

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the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”).

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of this audio program!

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Shockingly Stupid Mistakes that Normally Intelligent Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Make… When Writing a Nonfiction Book

Mark reveals how to choose the best book topic and structure; how to write a book most likely to become a legitimate NY Times Bestseller; how to get paid to write your book; how to avoid the stumbling blocks that keep authors from finishing their book; how to avoid unnecessary mistakes that result in wasted time and headaches; what a book can really do for your business; and more (74 minutes). Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”).

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Author Case Studies/Success Stories

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Interview with David Hamme – Author of
Customer Focused Process Innovation (McGraw-Hill) 

Photo of Dave HammeBook Cover for Customer Focused Process InnovationMark Malatesta interviews author David Hamme who worked with Mark to improve his book and pitch materials, resulting in offers from three major publishers: Amacom, Palgrave Macmillan, and Mc-Graw Hill who recently published David’s book in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 60 minutes.

Click here to view and/or
download a free PDF transcript
of this audio program!

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Interview with Amy Jo Goddard – Author of Woman on Fire
(Avery Books, an Imprint of Penguin Books) 

Book Cover for Woman on FirePhoto of Amy Jo GoddardMark Malatesta interviews author Amy Jo Goddard who worked with Mark to improve her book and pitch materials, resulting in multiple offers from top literary agents and a 6-figure book deal. Avery Books, an imprint of Penguin Books, recently published Amy Jo’s book in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 76 minutes.

Click here to view and/or
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Interview with Daniel Cohen – Author of Single Handed
(Berkley Books, a Division of the Penguin Random Group) 

Book Cover for Single Handed by Daniel CohenPhoto of Daniel CohenMark Malatesta interviews author Daniel Cohen who worked with Mark to improve his book and pitch materials, resulting in representation with Trident Media and a publishing contract with Berkley Books who recently published Daniel’s book in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 76 minutes.

Click here to view and/or
download a free PDF transcript
of this audio program!

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Interview with S.E. Smith – NY Times & USA Today
Bestselling Author (More Than a Million Books Sold)

Susan S.E. SmithBook Cover for River's RunMark Malatesta interviews NY Times & USA Today bestselling fiction author S.E. Smith about how she wrote and published more than 30 books in just a few years and sold more than a million copies… without the help of a traditional publisher like Random House. That’s right, she self-published. Who should seek a traditional publisher and who should self-publish? Find out during this interview.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 64 minutes.

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Interview with Mardell Hill – Author of
Intestinal Health (Rowman & Littlefield)

Photo of Mardell HillBook Cover for Intestinal HealthMark Malatesta interviews nonfiction author Mardell Hill who worked with Mark to improve her book and pitch materials, resulting in offers from two major publishers including Rowman & Littlefield who just published her book in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 64 minutes.

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Interview with Scott LeRette – Author of
The Unbreakable Boy (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson

Mark Malatesta interviews Scott LeRetteBook Cover for The Unbreakable BoyMark Malatesta interviews author Scott LeRette who worked with Mark to improve his book and pitch materials, resulting in a bidding war between publishers. Scott recently signed a publishing contract with Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson and his book The Unbreakable Boy is now available in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 60 minutes.

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Interview with Erika Armstrong
Author of A Chick in the Cockpit (Random House)

Photo of Erika ArmstrongBook Cover for A Chick in the CockpitFind out how this new author wrote her book and got 6 literary agents to request her manuscript in a short amount of time. Within two weeks of her agent starting to pitch her book to publishers, Erika had an offer and a book deal.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). You can also click here for free instant access to our entire audio library.

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Interview with Lakshmi Subramani
Author of Lights Out (Random House)

lakshmi-subramaniBook Cover for Lights OutMark Malatesta interviews author Lakshmi Subramani who worked with Mark to improve his book and pitch materials, resulting in a bidding war between three major publishers. Lakshmi recently signed a publishing contract with Random House and his book Lights Out is now available around the world.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 73 minutes.

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Interview with JR Eason – Author of
Through the Back Porch Door (Black Rose)

Photo of J.R. EasonBook Cover for Through the Back Porch DoorMark Malatesta interviews author JR Eason who worked with Mark to improve her book and pitch materials, resulting in a publishing contract with Black Rose Publishing and her book Through the Back Porch Door is now available in hardcover.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 62 minutes.

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Interview with Jim Brown – Author of 24/7 and Black Valley (Ballantine Books)
Who Got Multiple Offers from Major Publishers (Including a 6-Figure Offer) 

jim-brown

Book Cover for 24/7Mark Malatesta interviews Jim Brown, Fox TV news anchor and author of the novels 24/7 and Black Valley (Ballantine). Discover how Jim got multiple offers from publishers (hint: he didn’t sleep with an editor), and how you can sell your own book (or book idea) to a major publisher.

Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This recording is 60 minutes.

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Become a Bestselling Author

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Sample Coaching Calls

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This Introductory Coaching Call with NONFICTION Author Scott LeRette Reveals
Some of the Important Steps He Took to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal

Mark Malatesta interviews Scott LeRetteDuring this insider audio recording (60 minutes) Mark Malatesta coaches author Scott LeRette during a one-hour introductory coaching session, helping him see how to improve his book and pitch materials. After this coaching call, Scott continued working with Mark, resulting in multiple agents being interested in his book. Scott then signed with Fine Print Lit in NYC who pitched his book to major publishers, created a bidding war, and got Scott (previously unpublished) a book deal with Thomas Nelson (a division of Harper Collins). Scott’s book The Unbreakable Boy is now available around the world. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). Make sure you also listen to Part 2 of this interview (above) to find out what else Scott did to get his deal.

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Introductory Coaching Call with a FICTION Author

Mark Malatesta Interviews Matson SewellDuring this insider audio recording (60 minutes) Mark Malatesta coaches author Matson Sewellduring a one-hour introductory coaching session, helping her see how to improve her book and pitch materials. This “case study” will help demystify the book development and pitching process. After this introductory session, Matson signed up to continue working with Mark in one of his longer-term coaching programs to get a literary agent. Stay tuned for updates (60 minutes). Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”).

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Bestselling Author Interviews

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Nelson DeMille – #1 NY Times Bestselling Author

Photo of Nelson DeMilleNelson DeMille is a #1 NY Times bestselling author. His novels include By the Rivers of Babylon, Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall, Wild Fire, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther, The Quest, and his new novel, Radiant Angel, the 7th novel in the popular John Corey series. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 30 minutes.

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Publishing Expert Interviews

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Susan Malone – Professional Freelance Book Editor

Photo of Susan MaloneFormer NY Times bestselling literary agent Mark Malatesta interviews Susan Malone, a professional book editor who shares everything you want (and need) to know about freelance book editors. In business since 1993, Susan’s clients have appeared on theNY Times Bestselling, been featured in Publishers Weekly, won numerous awards, and been made into movies. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 72 minutes.

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Rick Killian – Professional Ghostwriter

Photo of Rick KillianFormer NY Times bestselling literary agent Mark Malatesta interviews Rick Killian. Rick is a professional ghostwriter who (with the help of his wife and business partner, Melissa) has been helping authors and publishers create bestselling books since 1999. The Killians, founders of Killian Creative, have helped produce nearly 75 titles that, combined, have sold over 3 million copies, including 2 NYT’s bestsellers. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 79 minutes.

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Julie Schoerke – Founder Of A Top Book Publicity Firm

Mark Malatesta interviews Julie SchoerkeFormer NY Times bestselling literary agent Mark Malatesta interviews Julie Schoerke, founder of JKSCommunications, specializing in book publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. Julie has more than 25 years experience in publicity and her company has represented authors with publishers like Harper Collins, Random House, and Thomas Nelson. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 60 minutes.

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Beth Barany – Author Blogging & “Blog Tour” Expert 

Photo of Beth BaranyFormer NY Times bestselling literary agent Mark Malatesta interviews Beth Barany, blogging expert and creator of “How To Run A Successful Blog Tour for Authors Video Course”. Over 100 students have taken Beth’s course and it has an average 5-star review rating! Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 65 minutes.

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Special Presentations by
Mark Malatesta with Ingrid Elfver

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Your “Best Year Ever” – Mark Malatesta with Ingrid Elfver

Mark Malatesta with Ingrid ElfverIt doesn’t matter if you’re already good at setting goals (or you don’t know where to start). This audio training has all the tools you need to create a plan to guide you and guarantee your success. If you’ve tried it your way in the past and you haven’t achieved all your goals, why not try something new? We promise you that this 12-month plan to reach your goals isn’t something you’re going to drop after a few months and forget about. It’s going to make you more successful than you’ve ever been before. Join us on this special 2-hour recording and create your most “Best Year Ever.”

Part 1 – Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”).

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Part 2 – Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”).

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The Power of “Mastermind” – Mark Malatesta with Ingrid Elfver

Mark Malatesta with Ingrid ElfverImagine what it would be like to be part of a small group of like-minded authors, meeting once a month to help each other achieve their goals. I’m not talking about a support group or therapy session. But a group where people gather to focus on the “business” of writing, publishing, and promoting their work. Would you be interested? If you don’t know what a “Mastermind Group” is, you’re not sure, or if you already think you know, listen to this special audio training that explains “The Secret Power of Mastermind.” It reveals: what a mastermind group really is, what it isn’t, and what it can do for you; how different mastermind groups are structured and set up, along with the pros and cons of each way of doing it; where the idea of mastermind groups came from (it’s not Napoleon Hill); how to find the best mastermind group for you; some of our best (and worst) experiences with mastermind groups we’ve participated in (and others from groups we’ve actually run); tips to help you get more out of your time in a mastermind group; information about our new upcoming mastermind groups. Press the play button below now to listen or click here to download the file (left-click or right-click the link, then select “Save Link As”). This audio recording is 60 minutes.

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Q&A Calls

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Mark Malatesta with Ingrid ElfverThese interactive calls take place every month. They are for authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books), at all stages of development. Authors all around the world participate every month by phone and the Internet. During each show you can ask Mark Malatesta (and sometimes his wife and business partner, Ingrid Elfver, who frequently co-hosts the show) questions about how to write, publish, and/or market your books. Click here now to find out when our next episode of the Bestselling Author Radio Show is going to air. Save the date. And then listen to our radio show archives below.

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8.9.15 (79 minutes)

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1.31.15 (56 minutes)

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12.20.14 (60 minutes)

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5.10.14 (90 minutes)

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5.7.14 (90 minutes)

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  1. Mark,
    Limited words here so I’ll be quick. Disabled VET waiting for a kidney transplant, no income, love your site. Have book completed in the Fantasy genre. Similar to Tolkien, Terry Brooks and RA Salvatore. Have been told for years I should write a book. Great imagination, prolific story teller, so they think it’s a natural fit. This book would appeal to fantasy gamer’s. Is purposely written to be a continuing story. I wish I could afford your help. Any suggestion on where to begin?
    Philip

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Philip,

      I’m happy to help if possible… but I want to make sure you know that I’m a former literary agent turned author coach. Now I help authors get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals.

      If you haven’t already done so, make sure you click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal. If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Have a good Friday!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply
  2. Greetings Mark,
    I appreciate the detailed content you offer free and have learnt many things. It is most probable I will become an 1-on-1 Author Coaching Session client within the next few days and am trusting your professionalism will allow you to answer 2 questions. What percentage of your (inspiring and enticing) Reviewers have continued on to purchase and learn from your Coaching Programs? Are any of the Reviews from the work completed in only in the 1-on-1 Session skype consultation? Thnx.

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Kara, thank you for that… and I’m happy to help if possible. Not sure what you mean by your question but I’ll do my best. Most of the reviews you see on my websites by people talking about their experience coaching with me… are from people who did more with me after their introductory coaching call. I think that’s what you’re asking. There are also a couple/few from people who did just one call with me and went on to have success. There are also some… I know because they tell me once in a while… who have simply used the content on my websites… without any coaching… and had success getting agents. Obviously… the more support you get… the more likely it is you’re going to get what you want… but not everyone has the same resources… so whatever works for you… I’m happy… and if we’re a good fit to do a call… I’ll give you everything I’ve got. 🙂

      Here’s the link to register for an introductory coaching call if/when you’re ready: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/.

      Have a fabulous Friday!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

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  3. You certainly write convincing marketing blogs to sign up for a consult.
    Testimonials are very nice: If an author writes a terrific book, of course he or she will get published. What if the manuscript is less than terrific?!

    I realize the initial consult is a hook for more intense coaching but I have not found anything on your site that mentions the next levels and their prices.

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Thank you Gayle, and they’re only convincing because I’ve been in the industry a long time and know how to help authors improve their chances! Regarding the initial consult, I don’t do more with most of the people I speak with on those calls, so I’m going at making them productive and valuable for people… whether they do more with me or not. And, the investment to do more with me varies depending on the author. That’s why you won’t find anything on my sites about it.

      When it comes to the quality of your manuscript… I’m a big fan of getting editing support, but it’s not always necessary. You might be further along than you realize, so it could be worthwhile to have someone look briefly at your work before investing the time and money that working with a decent editor will require. Good agents will give you some feedback about how to improve your work. And sometimes that’s all you need.

      If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. You can also (if you haven’t done so already) get access (no cost) to all the valuable resources in our private, members-only area here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. And, as you know, you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here if/when you’re ready for that: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      Have a great day,

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

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  4. I have written an approximately 2,500 work childrens book. I was not intending to make it a chapter book, but given my word count, it seems to be wise thing to consider.
    Do you agree?
    Also, It is maybe a 4th or 5th grade level reading level book. How do I determine that?
    Finally, once I determine the reading level, I would think this would also help dicate whether or not to lengthen, shorten, or stay with the length that I currently have. Do you agree and is their good resource to aid me?

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  5. Mark I heard an interview you did with Susan Malone and you gave her e-mail address. I was interested in her services, however the address didn’t work. I would like to contact her but was unable to find the interview again. May I have her address? Thanks. Some day I will continue on with your services, after doing the perfect query and proposal, (with your help.)

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  6. my book is complete I have started on another one loves to write. I am a retired LPN don’t have no money to publish so I write for fun even though Dorrance was going to publish at a price they did like the book it is called Trick in the Woods a little horror and mystery now how can you help me with no money thank-you

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Ellen,

      Just use the (no cost) resources on our websites. The first thing you should do (if you haven’t already) is click here to access to all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.

      That will get you going in the right direction.

      Have a great week!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply
  7. I have written a creative nonfiction based on 2 years of ethnographic field research. Instead of describing audiences, I thought it would be more encompassing to delineate hash tags, such as “Mexican Border,” “Exorcism,” “Folk culture,” “Anthropology,” “Shamanism.” There are 20 such tags because of the academic nature of the research. However, the book is propelled by tensioned desire (romance).

    Are hash tags a good option for describing possible audiences?

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  8. I. Listen. To the. Audio. Where. Do. I go from. Here. Sign. I. Have. A. Book. Out. Already. Out. What. Can. I. Do. Next. Thanks. Alot. Be. Blessed.

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  9. About the interview with Amy Jo Goddard… do meetings and negotiations for offers in the 6 figures often take place over the phone??? Like, how common is that?

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    • And I just love Amy Jo and her journey. That was a wonderful interview; thanks for that! 🙂

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      • Well, she was saying something about how she had a phone interview with the publishers and their editor, but she thought the editor was a weirdo and they didn’t click. And that’s why she didn’t take their offer. Then she met up with her later and understood her. I was thinking, “Well, isn’t that how it should’ve gone in the first place?” If someone is placing money that big on the table, I want to be there to have the whole experience and a larger presence, ya know?

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        • Mark Malatesta

          If you have a powerful agent and/or you’re getting big offers, you can end up (like some of my coaching clients) having the opportunity to speak with and/or meet with different execs at the publishing houses. That’s why she was talking about some of those things. 😉 Mark

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  10. Site good, advice good, but WAY TOO LONG and no agents seen that deal with writers of historical fiction. My novel starts in 1584 during the reign of Elizabeth I . Thank YOU! It was nice to be able to write an opinion on your site. Hope to come back when I have more time.
    I need to know how to write a really catchy Query. All the good query examples I have seen are not the subject of my novel. Also I wrote a Synopsis on 25 chapters of my novel, most agents want 1-2. Dorothy

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  11. Here are a couple of my poems.
    CAN YOU SEE THE BEAUTY

    Can you see the beauty — in a kind humans soul
    See past outer shells — should be our goal
    Do you see the love — in acts of kindness
    If we don’t slow our lives down — it leads to blindness
    Can you see the birds dance — in the early morn
    Picked a rose for beauty — get bit by her thorn
    Did you notice the bee — as he kissed the flower
    Comforted a dying person — in their darkest hour
    Have you seen the sunrise — been filled with joy
    A smiling child’s face — opening a Christmas toy
    Do you see falling stars — streak across the sky
    Will you wipe teardrops — from a strangers eye
    Look for inner beauty — spread love all around
    As dewdrops touch flowers — then fall to the ground.

    ~ © Nov. 2015 by David M. Smith

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Dave, I just saw that you posted some of your poetry here… which was very thoughtful of you… and you have talent… but please only post questions and comments online because I’m able to answer general questions online (no cost), but I can’t read or give feedback on things like pitch materials, samples pages, websites/blogs, etc. unless someone signs up for a introductory coaching call with me. Otherwise I’d have everyone asking for that and no time for my coaching clients!

      I do wish you well though, and appreciate you sharing.

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

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  12. Good afternoon Mark.
    I, like you were, am currently a poet that primarily writes love poems. But, the problem is, (as you know) is that there is “NO MONEY” in poetry unless you are famous.
    But the FORTUNATE NEWS IS, that through studying and constantly thinking about love, birth, death, and happiness, I have DISCOVERED the purpose and meaning of life itself.
    I want to publish that and become a best seller, and I need your help to obtain the best agent in the country.
    Best Regards,
    Dave Smith

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    • Mark Malatesta

      Hi Dave,

      Are you talking about a book of poetry?

      It’s extremely difficult to get an agent or publisher for a collection of poetry… unless you’re already a well-published and/or award-winning poet. The good news, however, is that it’s not that hard to start getting your poetry published if you’re simply patient and persistent submitting your work to journals, anthologies, contests, etc. Poets, of course, often make wonderful essayists, short story writers, and novelists as well. That’s another way to get started and build your platform.

      If you’re not talking about a book of poetry, I might be able to help. The first thing you should do, in that case (if you haven’t already) is click here to access to all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.

      If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/.

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work. And my apologies for the slow response time. For some reason your comment went to my spam folder and I didn’t see it.

      Have a good night!

      – Mark

      Mark Malatesta
      The Bestselling Author
      http://thebestsellingauthor.com
      Literary Agent Undercover
      http://literary-agents.com

      Reply

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Coaching Success Stories

Photo of Nathaniel Lande“Mark, finding you has been both a treat and a treasure—I just signed a contract with my new literary agent!

My career has spanned publishing, TV, and feature film. I’ve served as Creative Dir. for the Magazine Group, TIME Inc.; Dir. of Time World News Service, a Founding Dir. of TIME-Life Films; Exec. Prod. for both the CBS and NBC TV Networks; Prod./Dir.: Movies of the Week: CBS Cinema Center Films and Universal MCA.

Photo of The 10 Best of Everything In today’s publishing marketplace, agents come and go. They also very often seem to just want an easy pathway to make a buck. Many authors are let go by their agents because their last book didn’t do well enough and the agent doesn’t want to devote the time to help the author. That’s not what you’re about Mark. Even established authors need this type of support in today’s marketplace."

Nathaniel Lande
Author of ten fiction and nonfiction books

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Photo of Amy Jo Goddard “I’m psyched to have this be official. After getting five different offers for representation from top literary agents, I signed with Stephanie Tade who got me a 6-figure book deal with Penguin!

Photo of Woman on Fire Getting multiple agents interested in my work was really important to me. I’ve dealt with agents before and gotten screwed on things contractually so I wanted to do it differently this time. I wanted choices.

Having you help me create that, and navigate my options, was really helpful. I heard other authors talk about their great relationships with their agents and it made me want the same thing. Now I have that."

Amy Jo Goddard
Author of Woman on Fire (Penguin Books)

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Photo of Daniel Cohen “After sending out the query Mark revised for me, I had the opportunity 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 and, a short time later I had a publishing contract with Berkley Books, which recently published my book in hardcover.

Before that, I sent my query letter out on my own to 30 or 40 agents and got a lot of rejections. I then found Mark online while I was researching agents. I was surprised that he offered so much during his initial consultation—for a very modest amount of money.

Photo of Single Handed I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t worked with Mark. I can’t even imagine that now though, because of the grief and detours I experienced before we worked together. It was a time-consuming pain in the neck. If you want to get the attention of top literary agents and publishers, there is no substitute for working with an insider. You can’t beat experience. And having Mark on your side is incredibly valuable."

Daniel Cohen
Author of Single Handed (Berkley Books, a Division of Penguin Random House)

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Photo of Miri Leshem-Pelley “AHHH! OMG, it happened! I got three offers of representation for my children’s picture book in the United States, even though I live abroad! When I woke up and found the first offer for representation in my email in box, I wanted to scream. But my family was still asleep so I couldn’t. 🙂

Photo of Lon-Lon's Big Night Just 8 minutes after I sent a query letter to one of my favorite agents, she replied and asked to see my manuscript. A short time later we had a lovely conversation. She was interested in representing me and sounded very positive and enthusiastic about my book. Since I also got offers from two other agents, I had to turn two of them down. One of them was upset and it felt like I was breaking her heart, but you just have to do it. I kept reminding myself that this is a good problem to have!"

Miri Leshem-Pelley
Author/Illustrator of Lon-Lon’s Big Night and many other children’s books

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Photo of Dave Hamme “Mark, after you helped me land a top literary agent, I got publishing offers from THREE well-known publishers: Amacom, Palgrave Macmillan, and McGraw-Hill (they’re publishing my book in hardcover)!

I was at Disneyworld with my family, in the Haunted Mansion, when I got the call. I went outside and listened to the voicemail message from my agent. A huge smile came over my face. It was a fantastic feeling. For a moment I felt like life was perfect and the angels were singing.

Photo of Customer Focused Process Innovation You’re filling an important need so I’ll say this to every other author reading this testimonial. Mark showed me that getting a top literary agent is a science. If you’ve written a book, or you’re in the process, you’ve already invested a lot—a lot more than money. Don’t stop yourself from getting out there to fulfill your purpose and dreams. Thank you so, so much, Mark!!!"

Dave Hamme
Author of Customer Focused Process Innovation (McGraw Hill)

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Photo of Erika Armstrong “I got a book deal! After I started sending out my new query letter I had 6 literary agents request my manuscript in a short amount of time, which is awesome. Then, within 2 weeks of my agent starting to pitch my story to publishers, we had an offer. I signed a book contract yesterday. A little while later my agent told me that a TV co-producer asked for more info about my book.

Photo of A Chick in the Cockpit By the way, the acquiring editor that fell in love with the manuscript jumped in with both feet and we just worked out our timeline for publication. She’s as passionate about getting my book out as I am, and that means everything. She read the manuscript in two days and said she couldn’t put it down. And the book is going to be published as a hardcover!"

Erika Armstrong
Author of A Chick in the Cockpit (Behler Publications)

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Photo of Michael Thompson “Thank you Mark! After you helped me get a well-known agent with Hartline Literary Agency (for my previously self-published murder mystery), he got me a deal with an American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) approved publisher. I’m hard-pressed to find anything that I had an expectation for that you didn’t deliver on.

Photo of The Rector Before I worked with you I sent out queries, but no one ever requested my complete manuscript. Comparing your new version of my query to the one I wrote before, I can see a vast difference.

I’ve been in business for 35 years so I’m not just saying this… what you’re doing is phenomenal. There are other people offering similar services, but the difference is your success. Others might say they do similar things but, if you research them, they don’t have your background or track record."

Michael Thompson
Author of The Rector

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Photo of Ruth Finnegan “Mark, you’re a miracle worker. Thanks to your help with my book, query letter, and synopsis… I now have a legitimate publisher who described my book as ‘Powerful Magic’ and it’s now available in bookstores and online!

Photo of The Black Inked Pearl I’m a lifelong academic writer who one day found myself writing inspired short stories that came to me in dreams and I began thinking of them as novels. That’s when I had a momentous conversation, an introductory coaching call with Mark Malatesta, the American creative writing coach, or rather, to be precise, a how-to-sell-yourself-and-your-work adviser. It was the best-spent money of my life apart (possibly) for my wedding ring."

Professor Ruth Finnegan FBA
Author of The Black Inked Pearl

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Photo of Lakshmi Subramani “Within 4 minutes of sending out my query letter, a top literary called me on the phone (the #1 agent on my wish list). Less than 30 days later I had three major publishers making offers. A few days after that, I signed a deal with Random House. Mark, your query letter did that.

Photo of Lights Out My agent talked about the query letter you helped me create for a long, long time. When he first called me on the phone, he hadn’t seen any of my sample chapters. It was just the query letter that did it. Communicating the right thing is so important. You are a wonderful medium helping authors find their voice and elevate their writing from just a hobby to a real business… a source from which they can both learn and earn."

Lakshmi Subramani
Author of Lights Out (Random House) Bangalore, India

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Photo of Mardell Hill “MARK, MARK, MARK!!!!!!! Holy smokes… I just signed my book deal. First, two well-known literary agents asked to represent me. One of them responded to my query letter in less than 4 minutes!!

Photo of Intestinal Health Then THREE different publishers wanted my book and started talking about making offers. The publisher I chose is perfect for me because they produce titles for the trade, educational, and scientific markets. And they agreed to publish my book as a hardcover!!!

When I met you, Mark, it was a pivotal time. I was under the belief that I could self-publish my book with a vanity press and then seek a publisher. I didn’t know what a literary agent was, why I needed one, or how to get one. I was wandering in the dark. You guided me in the right direction and gave me a solid plan."

Mardell Hill
Author of Intestinal Health (Rowman & Littlefield)

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Photo of Scott LeRette “Boom!!! I just signed a contract with Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins for (what I’ve been told by several people) is a very large advance for a first-time author. Before working with Mark I submitted my book to agents but didn’t get any interest. This time around I got a top NY literary agency (Fine Print Lit). What cloud is higher than 9?

Photo of The Unbreakable Boy I had several agencies interested before deciding to go with Fine Print. And, to be honest, all of the attention didn’t surprise me. The query letter and proposal that Mark helped me develop were incredible. Agents actually said things to me like: ‘Scott, I read your proposal and I’m just blown away by it!' Mark is extremely talented at what he does. If you have the opportunity to work with him, take advantage of it."

Scott LeRette
Author of The Unbreakable Boy (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson)