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Harry Potter Meets Indian Jones???

May 21, 2013

Tags: Books, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, J.K. Rowling

This is a fun one. You may have heard how author J.K. Rowling went from rock bottom to multi-millionaire or how her sixth book sold more copies in twenty-four hours than The Da Vinci Code sold in a year.

But do you know the connection between Harry Potter and Indiana Jones?

Or the secret of the authorís name? What about the connection between the author, the actor and the fictional character? And who turned down a key role in one of the Harry Potter films?

Fear not, fret not, and donít be afraid to smile as we go Behind the Books of Harry Porter. Just click on *more* and when you see the video hit play. (more…)

How to Get a Literary Agent and Publisher

April 26, 2013

Tags: how to get a literary agent

Mark Malatesta, Founder of Literary Agent Undercover Ė Special Interview Ė How to Get a Literary Agent and Publisher Ė A Former NY Times Bestselling Literary Agent Shares Insider Secrets

Whatís your philosophy on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?

Itís almost always better to try and get a literary agent first, before self-publishing, so you have a chance of getting a traditional publisher like Random House (those who want to learn more about agents can get my free Guide to Literary Agents). Traditional publishing offers more benefits: no financial risk because someone else is paying for the privilege of publishing your book; a higher quality product thanks to professional editors and cover designers; more profit due to better sales, distribution, and publicity; greater subsidiary rights opportunities like merchandising, translations, TV, feature film, etc; increased credibility and more book reviews; and the ability to spend more time writing, promoting, and doing what you love. 99% of authors would be better off trying to get a literary agent and traditional publisher (preferably with the help of a coach/consultant). (more…)

Stephen King and the Secret in the Box

October 22, 2011

Tags: Stephen King, The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, Jim Carey, Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Halloween, books

Stephen King has a secret. And itís kept in a box. Sort of.

But, you know I'm going to lift the lid and sneak a peak.

And, I hope you share my curiosity and will join me for this episode of Behind the Book.

Donít worry itís not real scary. Except for the parts Iím in :)

Just click on *more* then when you see the video hit play. (more…)

Why Bestselling author James Patterson is a little bit MAD

August 18, 2011

Tags: James Patterson, Alex Cross, Steve Urkel, Mad Men

Want to know a secret?

I hope so because I love sharing them. Hang on to your keyboard as we go BEHIND THE BOOK of a New York Times bestseller. Even if you havenít read one of his books you have likely seen at least one of the movies made from his books.

So want the inside scoop? Iím going to tell you and show you but you canít tell the author or he may get cross.

Just click on more then when you see the video hit play. (more…)

Mark Malatesta - Book Marketing Coach

July 15, 2011

Tags: mark malatesta, book marketing coach

Mark Malatesta - Book Marketing Coach

I recently put a post online about a former NY Times bestselling book agent (Mark Malatesta). Heís got a great new website for authors called Literary Agent Undercover. But I didnít tell you about his background.

Youíre going to love thisÖ

The only reason that Mark became an agent was to learn how to get his own books published. Thatís why he calls his author consulting company Literary Agent Undercover. As the former President & Owner of New Brand Agency Group, Mark helped many authors launch their publishing careers, including: thriller author Jim Brown (24/7, Random House), award-winning young adult author Carol Plum-Ucci (The Body of Christopher Creed, Harcourt), nonfiction self-help author Aggie Jordan (The Marriage Plan, Doubleday-Broadway), and best-selling gift book author Harry Harrison (Father to Daughter, Workman).

Other publishers Mark has secured contracts with include (more…)

"Dan Brown (that other writer named Brown) Sings"

June 15, 2011

Tags: Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, Angels & Demons, Tom Hanks


Did you know?

Iíve started a video series called "Behind the Book" where I pull back the curtain and reveal behind the scenes information about some of your favorite books and writers.

Did you know?

Those three little words cause my ears to perk up. I think itís because, of all the characters in ďThe Wizard of OzĒ, I identify with the dog, Toto. Iíve got this basic desire to pull back the curtain.

And it occurs to me you may feel the same Ė at least a little bit. So, first up (in this edition of "Behind the Book") you're going to see The Da Vinci Code's Dan Brown singing.

No. . . seriously. Youíve got to hear this. As always thanks for reading and thanks for watching. Be sure to say hello and leave a comment after you watch the video! (more…)

Literary Agent Undercover

June 14, 2011

Tags: literary agent undercover

Literary Agent Undercover

If you have a book (or book idea) that youíd like to see published by a traditional publisher (like Random House), I have something special for you today. I want to introduce you to a former NY Times bestselling literary agent.

His name is Mark Malatesta and heís now an author consultant/book marketing coach. Mark was responsible for the sale of my first two novels to Random House. He's a marketing genius (that's not an exaggeration) and one of my best and dearest friends.

Thatís why I told Mark Iíd be happy to share his website at Literary Agent Undercover

When you click on the link above youíll get instant access to Markís:

ē Complete article library (tons of great information and itís often entertaining)
ē Audio/mp3 library (make sure you listen to his main mp3 about 7 insider secrets)
ē Directory of Literary Agents (the best book agent directory anywhere)
ē Webpage where you can ask questions about literary agents and publishing


Happy Holidays

December 1, 2010

Tags: Thanksgiving, top ten, jim brown

Happy Holidayís

Forgive this belated Thanksgiving newsletter but Iím assuming you were crazy busy over the holidays, what with the family gatherings, turkey eating, Friday shopping and leftovers. Ummm . . . leftovers. I think I just drooled on my keyboard.

And although the carols have commenced, Iím hoping you and I can hold (more…)

The Possibility of the Impossible

September 25, 2010

How Does it Happen?
What happens when an intelligent man comes face to face with the impossible? Not the unlikely, not the unbelievable, but the truly brain-numbing, bowel-clenching, what-the-hell-is-that impossible? (more…)

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