The Bestselling Author
The Bestselling Author is an author coaching and consulting company for authors of all book genres. The founder, Former Literary Agent Mark Malatesta, has helped hundreds of authors get representation offers from literary agents. Mark is also the founder of Literary Agent Undercover and the creator of this guide about how to get a literary agent.
The Bestselling Author was established in 2011 to help authors get literary agents and book deals with traditional publishers–writers of all book genres and at all stages of development. The founder of The Bestselling Author is a former literary agent, former literary agency owner, former AAR member, and former Marketing & Licensing Manager for a well-known publisher.
How I Got My Book Agent
Thanks in part to your query letter, manuscript suggestions, and support prioritizing agents, I received multiple offers from agents. Within two weeks of sending out the first query, I knew who I was going to sign with. I value our friendship.
N E L S O N . J O H N S O N
NY Times bestselling author of Boardwalk Empire, produced by Martin Scorsese for HBO, and Darrow's Nightmare: The Forgotten Story of America's Most Famous Trial Lawyer
After following your advice, my book was acquired, the prestigious PW gave it a great review, and Time Magazine asked for an excerpt. Thank you for believing in my book, and for helping me share the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part!
L E S L I E . L E H R
Author of A Boob's Life: How America's Obsession Shaped Me―and You, published by Pegasus Books, distributed by Simon & Schuster and now in development for a TV series by Salma Hayek for HBO Max
Fine Print Lit got publishers bidding against each other [for my book]. 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?
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Author of The Unbreakable Boy (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), adapted to feature film with Lionsgate starring Zachary Levi, Amy Acker, and Patricia Heaton
AHHH! OMG, it happened! You helped me get three offers for representation from top literary agents! A short time later I signed a publishing contract. After that, my agent sold my next book. I’m in heaven!
M I R I . L E S H E M . P E L L Y
Author/illustrator of Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper (Penguin Books/Philomel), Scribble & Author (Kane Miller), and other children’s picture books
I just got an offer from Regnery Publishing! My agent has been great. I’m grateful for your advice, energy, talent, and kindness guiding me through this crazy maze. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
S I L V I A . F O T I
The Nazi’s Granddaughter, published by Regnery Publishing, with more than 50 books on the New York Times bestseller list, including numerous books at #1
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. Having Mark on your side is incredibly valuable.
D A N I E L . C O H E N
Single Handed (Penguin Random House/Berkley Books)
Woot!!! I’m so excited I could cry. I spent about three years sending out queries before I found you. Anyone who has the great fortune to work with you should consider themselves lucky. You were my compass. You didn’t walk for me, but you showed me how to get there. You’re an angel, thank you.
M E L I S S A . B O N D
Blood Orange Night (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books)
You’re a good teacher who’s smart and experienced, but you’re also generous and your heart is big. You launch people and their dreams, and you teach them how to fly. I’m happy to be one of your winged clients.
S A N D Y . G I N G R A S
Author of the novel Paradise Girls (St. Martin’s Press) and many gift books (more than 1,000,000 books sold) by publishers such as Andrews McMeel
I got the number one agent on my wish list thanks to Mark. 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.
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Lights Out (Random House)
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. Mark is smart and reliable and working with him has made all the difference.
D A Y N A . D U N B A R
The Saints and Sinners of Okay County and The Wings That Fly Us Home (Ballantine)
How I Got My Book Agent
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.
A M Y . J O . G O D D A R D
Woman on Fire (Penguin Books)
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