The Bestselling Author™ helps authors write, publish, and market their books. We work with authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books), around the world, at all stages of development.
“Not every author can make the NY Times bestseller list” says Founder & CEO Mark Malatesta, “but every talented author deserves to reach as many people as possible, whether it’s with a traditional publisher like Random House or through self-publishing supported by smart book marketing. That’s what The Bestselling Author is all about.
To help authors achieve these goals, The Bestselling Author™ offers a free weekly newsletter, insider articles, audio and video training (including interviews with best-selling authors and top publishing executives), an online Directory of Literary Agents, an interactive “Ask the Experts” area on this website, 1-on-1 coaching, live events, and educational products.
If you’re an aspiring author, click here now to get FREE INSTANT ACCESS to interviews with tips from bestselling authors and Mark’s signature talk: 7 Insider Secrets to Becoming a Bestselling Author.
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Literary Agent Undercover
Literary Agent Undercover is a division of The Bestselling Author™ that helps authors get top literary agents and book deals with traditional publishers like Simon & Schuster. Literary Agent Undercover is built upon the idea that it’s almost always better to “get paid to publish” instead of “pay to publish” and waste years of your life (and possibly thousands – or tens of thousands – of dollars) self-publishing or working with vanity presses. Established in 2011, Literary Agent Undercover serves: A) Unpublished authors just getting started, B) Self-published authors who now want to find a tradtional publisher, and C) Previously published authors that need a new literary agent and/or publisher.
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Founder – The Bestselling Author™
The Bestselling Author™ was founded by Mark Malatesta, after he went “undercover” as literary agent for five years to learn how to get his own books published. While Mark Malatesta was an agent (President/Owner of New Brand Agency Group) he used the pseudonym “Mark Ryan”. During that time, Mark became a NY Times bestselling literary agent (something that took him by surprise).
As an agent, Mark secured contracts with publishers like Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s, Hyperion, Prentice-Hall, Workman, Andrews-McMeel, Entrepreneur, Barron’s, Amacom, and many more… resulting in millions of books being sold, as well as works being picked up for TV, stage, and feature film (with companies like Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks). Mark’s authors have gotten 6-figure advances, been on the NY Times bestseller list, been licensed in more than 30 countries, and won national and international awards and honors.
Mark also spent several years as the Marketing & Licensing Manager for Blue Mountain Arts, the publisher that invented egreetings and later sold their card division for close to one billion dollars.
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History – The Bestselling Author™
The Bestselling Author™ has already helped hundreds of authors (in the United States and abroad) write, publish, and/or market their books. Many of those author have gotten the attention of literary agents and/or secured significant book deals with major publishing houses like Random House and Thomas Nelson. During the early launch period (first 12 months) of his new author coaching business, Mark spent a great deal of time creating all of the valuable information that you see here on this website, and on his Literary Agent Undercover website (including his extensive Directory of Literary Agents). Now that The Bestselling Author™ is more established, Mark is looking forward to working with more 1-on-1 coaching clients, as well as speaking at more events. Mark often travels with his wife Ingrid Elfver who is a special adviser to The Bestselling Author™ and consults some of Mark’s high profile clients.
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