Bestselling Author Blog

Typewriter Bestselling Author Blog - Become a Bestselling AuthorThis bestselling author blog has answers to your questions about becoming a bestselling author. It also has answers to the questions you wouldn’t know to ask.

The information on this bestselling author blog was created by Mark Malatesta, a former publishing executive who’s now a Bestselling Author Coach™. Mark is former NY Times Bestselling literary agent, as well as the former Marketing & Licensing manager of a well-known publisher.

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Bestselling Author Blog Categories

For your convenience we’ve included short summaries for each of the bestselling author blog categories listed below, along with shortcut links. You can also scroll to the bottom of this webpage to see our most recent posts.

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How to Be a Bestselling Author

This section of our bestselling author blog has advice and tips to help you become a bestselling author. Click here to get answers to your questions and see articles about How to Be a Bestselling Author.

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Bestselling Author Interviews

This part of our author blog features interviews with bestselling authors who’ve been published successfully with traditional publishers like Random House or through self-publishing. Come back to this page soon and listen to our Bestselling Author Interviews.

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Bestselling Author Websites

This area of our bestselling author blog highlights bestselling author websites that you’ll want to know about. Come back to this page soon and see if we’ve included your favorite author in our Bestselling Author Websites section of our blog.

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Bestselling Author Blogs

This section of our bestselling author blog explores some of the most popular bestselling author blogs. Which authors have the most say, have the biggest following, and interact with their fans? Come back to this page soon and take a look at our profiles of the best Bestselling Author Blogs.

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Bestselling Author Success Stories

Too many people in publishing (especially publishing professionals) talk mostly about the negative or how hard it is to get published. That’s why we’re creating a special area on this bestselling author blog featuring Bestselling Author Success Stories. Come back to this page soon to see how your favorite bestselling authors broke out and made it onto a bestseller list.

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Bestselling Author Blog – Recent Posts

Scroll below to browse the most recent posts on our Bestselling Author Blog. And stay tuned. We’ll be adding new content soon, for all of the blog categories listed above.

The World’s Top-Earning Authors 2015

The World’s Top-Earning Authors 2015

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Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Business  
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"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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

David Hamme (Customer Focused Process Innovation, McGraw Hill)   
Author Success Story: Memoir  
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"I got the number one agent on my wish list thanks to Mark. He’s done more than 100 deals in just two year and has a long list of accolades, including being talked about in the New York Times. Within 4 minutes of sending out my revised query letter, my literary agent called me on the phone. Less than 30 days later I had three major publishers making offers. And, a few days after that, I signed a deal with Random House. Mark’s query letter did that." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Lakshmi Subramani (Lights Out, Random House)   
Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Self-Help  
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"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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Amy Jo Goddard (Woman on Fire, Penguin Random House)   
Author Success Story: Fiction  
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"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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Dayna Dunbar (The Wings That Fly Us Home, Ballantine)   
Author Success Story: Fiction/Young Adult  
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"When I got the phone call about my publishing offer with Harcourt, I was in my office with three other people. I slammed down the phone, ran into the secretary’s office, threw myself down on the floor and said, ‘I got a deal!’ They sat there and held my hand. I was speechless. I’ve never ever been that happy in my life. On my wedding day I wasn’t that happy! Getting married and having children are wonderful experiences, but I didn’t ‘work’ to get my children!" [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Carol Plum-Ucci (The Body of Christopher Creed, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)   
Author Success Story: Memoir/Christian  
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"Before I decided to work with Mark, I submitted my book to literary agents but didn’t get any interest. After I revised my query letter and book proposal, I got several agencies interested and decided to sign with Fine Print Lit, a top literary agency in New York. They got publishers bidding against each other and I ended up signing a contract with Thomas Nelson (an imprint of Harper Collins) for what I’ve been told by several people is a very large advance. What cloud is higher than 9?" [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Scott LeRette (The Unbreakable Boy, Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson)   
Author Success Story: Eleven Fiction and Nonfiction Titles  
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"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. 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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Nathaniel Lande (11 books with Harper Collins, National Geographic, etc.)   
Author Success Story: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller  
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"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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Jim Brown (24/7 and Black Valley, Random House/Ballantine)   
Author Success Story: Fiction  
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"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 here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Jane Jago (The Wrong Hand, Penguin Books/Michael Joseph)   
Author Success Story: Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction  
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"Berkley Books recently published my book in hardcover after Mark helped me get multiple agents interested in my work. I was able 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 Media and a short time later I had a publishing contract! Having Mark on your side is incredibly valuable." [Click here to see all Mark Malatesta reviews]

Daniel Cohen (Single Handed, Penguin Random House/Berkley Books)   

Who is Mark Malatesta?

MARK MALATESTA is a former literary agent turned author coach. Mark now helps authors of all genres (fiction, nonfiction, and children's books) get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals through his company Literary Agent Undercover and The Bestselling Author. Mark's authors have gotten six-figure book deals, been on the NYT bestseller list, and published with houses such as Random House, Scholastic, and Thomas Nelson. Click here to learn more about Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta and click here for Reviews of Mark Malatesta.