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2. A Published Author who wants to get
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Hi, my name is Mark Malatesta. I’ve worked at the highest levels in publishing, helping authors and publishers with my book marketing ideas and strategies. First, as a Marketing & Licensing manager for a large publisher…. and, second, as a NY Times bestselling literary agent. As a book agent, I 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.

My work in publishing has resulted in authors having their works picked up for TV, stage, and feature film (with companies like Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks). My authors have gotten 6-figure advances, appeared on the NY Times bestseller list, been licensed in more than 30 countries, and received dozens of national/international awards and honors.

I genuinely love coming up with free book marketing ideas to help authors promote and/or develop their books. That’s why I have this free book marketing area on my website. All you have to do is scroll below now to post a question. I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your book, and helping your achieve your publishing goals.

So post your questions below now,

Mark Malatesta
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353 Questions or Comments

  1. I have written several books, a whole series in fact, & would like to have it published. I was offered a publishing contract but they wanted me to pay close to $5,000 up front to get it published and there is no way I could have ever done that. I am a preschool teacher still paying off student loans and I have a son I need to care for. Real publishing companies keep telling me I need a literary agent to submit my book for me but I don’t know what to do or how to get one.

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Megan,

      You’ll see questions and answers on my FAQ page where you posted your question, that you will likely find helpful, regarding your situation. Just click on this link and then look carefully through the Frequently Asked Questions, which are organized in a way that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Also…

      If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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, again, you can post more questions for me online (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question there): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And, if/when you want to register for an introductory coaching call, you can do that here: http://markmalatesta.com/mark-malatesta-author-coaching/.

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work, and I hope you have a happy holiday weekend.

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  2. I’m writing on behalf of my husband, Patrick MIddleton, an incarcerated, published author who has just finished a manuscript & we’re researching publishers. Patrick has already self-published a few books. Now we want a better solution. OBSTACLES:He can’t do the legwork himself & I know next to nothing about the publishing industry.GOAL: get books into Libraries within the State Correctional Institutions. Can you help? Thanks!
    More info:https://authorpatmiddleton.wordpress.com
    http://www.amazon

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Marta,

      You’ll see questions and answers on my FAQ page where you posted your question, that you will likely find helpful, regarding your situation. Just click on this link and then look carefully through the Frequently Asked Questions, which are organized in a way that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Also…

      If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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, again, you can post more questions for me online (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question there): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And, if/when you want to register for an introductory coaching call, you can do that here: http://markmalatesta.com/mark-malatesta-author-coaching/.

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work, and I hope you have a happy holiday weekend.

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  3. hi Mark how are you?, i’m Ahmed from Morocco, i’ve emailed you previously. you know, it’s been a life treasure you are and treats for all those you helped got their books on the shelves, my question is how can i send you the samples of my story? and wonder if you could read them and see the style if it’s fitful to keep on with it.

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Ahmed, good to see you again and read everything below carefully to see how to get support.

      First, if you haven’t already done so, click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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.

      Second, look at the 50 most commonly questions that authors ask me (with my answers) on my FAQ page here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      And, third, you can post your question(s) for me on that same webpage (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question in the FAQ). Look there and you’ll see how can send me material.

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work, and I hope you have a good rest of your week!

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  4. Hi Mark,

    I found your webinar totally authentic and I really appreciate your sharing your expertise. I’ve written a book and not sure how to categorize it. It’s Christian for sure. However, it’s a compilation of my writings that took on different formats; from my dream sequences, poetry, story stories and commentaries from my life’s experiences. Is is fiction or non-fiction?

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Toni, thank you… your kindness isn’t wasted on me… you just made my morning… much appreciated. Now… regarding your question… if your short stories are 100% true stories… your book is creative nonfiction. If any part of any story is fictional… your book is a combination of fiction and nonfiction… and won’t fit neatly into any one genre. 😉

      All my best, and enjoy your day,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  5. hi mark. what should i do tp get my book published. ive finished writing it and reacjed out to literary agents but nobody seems interested. its a thriller novel amd i feel ot is a good story butthis is my first time attempting to get published.

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Curtis,

      I’m happy to help somehow if possible…

      As a next step…

      If you haven’t already done so, click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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.

      Second, look at the 50 questions authors ask me most (with my answers) on my FAQ page here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Third, you can post your question(s) for me on that same webpage (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question in the FAQ).

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  6. A new meditation technique with breath regulation in yoga exercises was developed by me for overcoming stress and improving my study. Graduated with 3 degrees Be, BSc & PhD. Potential business with the idea for students, seniors and sporting bodies. But could not get it published. Self-published in 2012. Now Trafford suggests Traditional publisher.
    Want to find a top agent and of course to take up your 1on1 1hr coach. Need to devise a plan to get a traditional publisher and a deal.
    Please help.

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  7. 1]I have had 29 poems and short stories published in US lit journals[18],UK mags[7] & Canadian anthologies.Now, I have written “CELEBRATING ROMANTIC LOVE IN MIDLIFE:A COLLECTION OF POEMS AND SHORT STORIES {22 PP OF POEMS;70PP IN 8 SHORT STORIES}.IS THAT SIZE BOOK PUBLISHABLE IN TRADITIONAL VENUES? HOW? 2]I’VE WRITTEN CHILDREN’S BOOKS[INCLUDING A CONTEST AWARD WINNER]. AGENT? HOW?////AGE 78;NO $. DAVID

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi David,

      That’s a tough sell due to the fact that most agents aren’t interested in poetry or short stories.

      But, here as some things that might help…

      First, if you haven’t already done so, click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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.

      Second, look at the 50 questions authors ask me most (with my answers) on my FAQ page here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Third, you can post your question(s) for me on that same webpage (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question in the FAQ).

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply
  8. Im writing now the fact-fiction story about the love between one famous person-musician and composer with ordinary person.I dont know about what I will write at that story at the next step and what themes I will present but it must be an interesting theme. And what I mostly wants for ending of that story its the best ending with happy lifetime situation. I must realise what themes I will took for that story , but my story its not published online , but at the cards at notes and wrote by hand.

    I want at future present my story at the blog , but its now on the process of writing. If it could be worth interesting for publish for future as book it would be nice. But now its only the prospect of simple book about romantic story. I know there are some writers in the world in young age like me. Possible that they will release their books if they want to write them.Some are realised their dreams and published fantasy books or something similar. But I must translate it at English language.

    The most important thing at every type of book is the text-if someone will like it,will be support to release the book with publisher and with sale at book shops or online shops. If text and story its not very interesting,anyone will not interesting by that. The romantic story must be exciting and took for the readers the feeling like all of them are feeling like a members of story,this couple who feel this love emotions and future perspectives at partnership.Everything must go exciting.

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    • Mark Malatesta (Admin)

      Hi Joanna,

      I’m glad you’re making progress with your project and I’m happy to help somehow if possible… but I want to make sure you know I’m a former literary agent… who now helps authors get top agents, publishers, and book deals as a coach/consultant.

      As a next step…

      If you haven’t already done so, click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://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.

      Second, look at the 50 questions authors ask me most (with my answers) on my FAQ page here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/.

      Third, you can post your question(s) for me on that same webpage (just make sure you look at all the Frequently Asked Questions first to make sure I haven’t already answered your question in the FAQ).

      I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.

      All my best,

      – Mark

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

      Reply

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