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Literary Agent ListLiterary Agent List – Don’t hurt your chances of getting a book agent by using an inaccurate and/or outdated literary agent directory. Before you use any list of literary agents or agencies, read this free 2-part training guide by a former NY Times bestselling literary agent. It can save you a lot of time,  headaches, and money. It might also be the difference between you being an unpublished author, a published author, or a bestselling author.

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Literary Agent List – Warning

If you’ve studied the publishing industry, you know how hard it can be to get a literary agency interested in your book. So, the easiest way to give yourself an advantage is to target the right agents. In other words, literary agents that are interested in your type of book who are also a good fit for your personality and complement your desires (and possibly weaknesses) as an author.

The problem is that every literary agent list on the market right now is flawed. Yes, all of them. In fact, the most popular literary agents lists and directories have so many mistakes that we created our own. It happened in 2012 after repeated complaints from our 1-on-1 coaching clients, who kept telling us that the information in the other literary agent lists on the market was unreliable.

More specifically:

  • One literary agent list (print) only has profiles for 200-300 book agents, but there are over 1,000 active literary agents in the United States alone. This particular literary agent list doesn’t have an index, either, so it’s hard to find what you’re looking for.
  • Another popular literary agent list (print) contains profiles for virtually every literary agency in business today, but it doesn’t tell you very much about the agents. It’s hard to get a sense of the agents’ backgrounds and personalities.
  • The worst thing about using a print (book form) literary agent list is that the information is 6 months old (at least) by the time you get it. That’s how long it takes to collect the information and get into a book for distribution in bookstores.
  • If you use a literary agent list online, you’re no better off. Those literary agent lists contain incomplete and/or outdated information: dead literary agents; retired literary agents; literary agents who’ve moved and are now listed with the wrong literary agencies; and literary agents with the wrong book category preferences, websites, email addresses, postal addresses, and more. Why do these literary agent lists have so many mistakes? Because most literary agents don’t submit their information to these sites and maintain it! When I was running my own literary agency, we were included on many literary agents list websites like that. Every once in a while we’d be reminded of it when an author would send us a book that wasn’t a good fit for us, and cite information they’d gotten from the site.

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Literary Agent List – What Can Go Wrong?

It might not seem like a big deal that most literary agent lists aren’t completely accurate. But using unreliable directories can hurt you in many ways, without you realizing it.

For example:

  • You might not get author representation because you don’t have enough active literary agencies on your literary agent list.
  • You might not get an agent because many of the literary agencies you’re submitting to aren’t really interested in your type of book (even though the literary agent list you used says otherwise).
  • You might end up settling for a mediocre literary agency when you could have gotten a top tier literary agency–if that happens, it’s more likely you’ll remain unpublished and/or hurt your writing career.
  • Lastly, if you have a bad literary agent list, you might end up with an unethical literary agent and not realize it until it’s too late (after you’ve wasted lots of valuable time and maybe lots of money).

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Literary Agent List – The Good News

Now that I’ve told you the bad news about your typical literary agent list, here’s the good news. There’s only one literary agent list you need to know about. It’s call the Directory of Literary Agents™ and you’re about to get get free unlimited access. But before you do…

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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

About Mark Malatesta

Photo of Mark Malatesta - Former Literary Agent 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 Mark Malatesta and click here for Reviews of Mark Malatesta.
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