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literary-agents-listLiterary Agents List – What’s the most important thing you need to know before you start using any literary agent directory or list of literary agents? Read this free 2-part training guide by a former NY Times bestselling literary agent to find out. This one insider secret is often the difference between authors getting no book deal, a good book deal, and a great book deal.

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But first…

Literary Agents List – The Goal

It’s not your fault, but you’ve probably been trying to get published the wrong way. You see, many authors don’t fail to get a literary agent because they’re untalented writers or don’t have publishable books. They fail because they’re “shooting at the wrong target.” The best way for me to illustrate this point for you is to explain how top literary agents sell books to publishers (because that’s the process you need to model).

Here’s how it works…

Top literary agents don’t try to find a publisher for a book. They try to find multiple publishers. As many as they can. Top literary agents make simultaneous submissions to publishers with well-planned and well-coordinated “attacks” that cause excitement, create maximum leverage, start bidding wars, and get the best terms for their authors. You can do the same thing. I’ll explain how you can do that in just a moment, but first you need to understand the disadvantages of trying to find a literary agent any other way.

What most authors do is dribble out a few queries at a time. Then they say “Yes!” too quickly… to any agent that requests an exclusive look at sample chapters, a book proposal, and/or a complete manuscript. That gives the agent all the power. It makes you vulnerable. And it makes it much more likely that you’ll also end up saying “Yes!” to the first agent who asks to represent you. The problem is… the first agent might not be the best agent to represent you.

So, I’m suggesting
you do something different…

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Literary Agents List – Stop Looking for An Agent

Instead of looking for a literary agent like every other author (because they don’t know better), it’s time for you to do something different. It’s time for you to start approaching the task of getting a literary agent… the same way that literary agents approach the task of getting publishers. If you do, you can  enjoy the following benefits:

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Stop looking for a book agent multipleGet More Agents Interested: If you you stop looking for a literary agent and start looking for lots of literary agents, you’ll start thinking bigger. That will motivate you to send out more queries in less time. And that will lead to you getting more positive responses in less time, which will then lead to everything below.

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Stop looking for a book agent fastGet Agents Responding Faster: If you have multiple agents reviewing your material at one time (and they know it), you’ll get faster responses. Agents don’t like to “compete” for the chance to represent you, but they will. That means agents will respond quickly so they won’t miss out on the chance to work with you. No one wants to be the literary agent that let the next Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Fifty Shades of Grey… get away.

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Stop looking for a book agent chooseChoose the Best Agent: Although you tell agents this, your ultimate goal should be to find as many agents as possible (at one time) who’d like to represent you… so you can then “interview” them and choose the best one. You get to decide which agent best understands your vision, has the most experience and influence, is the best fit for your personality, and will do the best job for you.

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Stop looking for a book agent contractGet Better Terms: There’s usually at least one thing that an author wants to change about their author/agent contract. For example, your prospective agent might want you to commit to a 18- or 24-month term when you’d prefer a 12-month term. Or, your prospective agent might want you to do a major rewrite on your book, while you just want to implement some changes. If you have more than one agent interested, you’ll have more leverage to get what you want.

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Stop looking for a book agent relationshipHave a Better Author/Agent Relationship: If you have more than one agent interested in your book, you’re more likely to have a respectful relationship with the agent you sign with. Because agents get so many submissions, and rarely have competition (because authors don’t know how to do it) it’s easy for agents to treat you as though you’re lucky to be working with them. If your agent knows that you had other agents that wanted you, you’ll get better treatment.

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Literary Agents List – The Directory of Literary Agents

If you’re a talented author AND you use a quality literary agent list, your goal should be to get several literary agencies offering you representation. Don’t be cocky, but don’t feel too lucky either if a literary agent expresses interest in your book. The agent is just as lucky to have you. So, stop looking for a literary agent and start looking for lots of literary agents that might be a good fit… using our Literary Agent Directory.

But first…

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50 Top Literary Agencies.



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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/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: 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: 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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"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: 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: 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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"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]

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]

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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