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Mr. Mark Gottlieb

Trident Media Group, LLC

41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36

New York, NY 10010

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from jjadamson
Apr 04, 2018 8:39 am

More details from my experience: he refused to tell me who he sent the book to, and when he gave me a list, it didn't make sense. He (supposedly) submitted the book to two editors at the same small imprint who sit in the same office. He also submitted my psychological, spiritually-oriented and way-too-long fantasy novel to Baen, who publish fast-paced, pageturning science fiction. An agent should know a little more about the industry than the authors he represents, or what good is he?

Also he seemed computer-incompetent, asking me to send my manuscript multiple times, and unable to simply forward emails.

After hearing his reputation, I was really glad he was interested in my work, but after a few of these incidents I really began to wonder what was going on. It defied common sense.
from jjadamson
Apr 04, 2018 8:35 am

Mark Gottlieb "represented" me from February 2017 until October 2017. He never initiated contact, and furnished no proof that he actually submitted my manuscript to publishers. If he received any responses, he did not pass them on to me, despite saying early on that I would be "kept in the loop." In August 2017 Mr. Gottlieb rejected a manuscript that I'd worked on for eight months, saying it was not for him. I solicited his opinion on new project ideas (again initiating all communication). He promptly rejected the partial draft I sent him and said we should "part ways."

I quickly discovered this exact same pattern of miscommunication with at least three other authors represented by him. A successful colleague of mine said he behaved exactly the opposite of how a professional agent should act: he did nothing to promote or foster my work. Another agent said he scuttled the book I worked on for two years, and it can't be resubmitted by her.
from vickipage
Apr 03, 2018 11:56 am

Pretended to rep me when he didn't. And hearing from editors that they don't even open his submission emails now.
from Waybury
Apr 02, 2018 10:17 pm

In the end, I take solace that many here have had experiences similar to my own. But I also find it terrible he's treated so many writers with so little care. Mark repped me about half a year. He never told me when he was submitting my book, and his submissions to editors was a spam email: editors weren't addressed by name. Also his email was just my query letter but with some typos he (somehow) introduced into it. He wouldn't tell me what was going on with my book; he was reluctant to let me see my submissions list. This is, in part, because virtually no editors responded. I've since signed with someone else who says the list, moreover, has editors who don't work in my genre, editors who are not taking on books. Everyone reading this: seek out someone who cares about your work and knows how to represent your work well. He is sloppy and inattentive to good writing. And his reputation among editors isn't good.
from dearendugoo
Apr 02, 2018 3:43 pm

Mark's submission letter was my query letter but with things mashed together and a few typos. Namely he combined two comp titles into a single title and it made no sense. He also spammed the work, was inconsistent with who had replied and who hadn't, flat out lied a few times and was quick to throw in a "it's fine if you wish to part ways" at any time he was questioned about his methods or editor feedback.
from darkdinner
Apr 02, 2018 11:36 am

My experience was identical to those below. Repped me for around 6 months. parted ways after several months of unresponsive editors. Feel free to PM for details.
from mcmram
Apr 02, 2018 1:53 am

Gonna add my voice to this one. I was also repped by Mark. On the good side, he was extremely responsive and quick to read any work I sent/questions I had. He was always polite and seemed professional, however it felt as if he never really cared about the work, and it turns out that was correct. He spammed the submission off to a series of editors without checking to see if they repped my genre. Needless to say, most didn't even look at the submission, let alone give me a rejection or feedback. There were never any updates during all of this, and as far as I knew, he hadn't submitted anything at all.

Take from this what you will. From my experience, and that of others, it seems clear that Mark has a "Throw many darts and see which ones stick," approach, and he does have successful clients, so it must work for him at times, but going forward, I've now selected an agent who is just as excited about my work as I am.
from starbaker
Mar 29, 2018 9:04 am

My experience is almost identical to Bravebison. The only difference being I found out about the submission the day after because he responded to an email I sent about a different matter. Otherwise, I might not have known. My submission letter was sloppy too, and it was sent to a publisher who doesn't even publish my genre. I never thought to vet the other editors on my list, which I was lucky to get as some former clients never received a submissions list (I know because I asked them). It's quite possible editors are ignoring his submissions. If agents insist authors personalize queries, I can't imagine editors enjoy receiving blanket submissions with their names misspelled.

When I queried him, there was nothing online to suggest he was anything but professional and impressive. And former clients weren't exactly getting on the bullhorn to speak out against him, which is understandable. Nobody wants to tarnish someone's reputation. But authors need to be aware of his practices. There are so many other agents out there. Why risk your work?

In addition, I do not believe he follows his clients on Twitter unless they sell, nor does he add them to his client list on the Trident website unless they sell. What does that tell you?
from bravebison
Mar 28, 2018 1:08 pm

I issued a warning down below (Mark repped me for several months), and I've gotten SO MANY questions about it I just decided to post a generalized summary of my experience with him here. Unfortunately, I've heard from 10+ writers who experienced the exact same thing. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out, but here's my experience with Mark:

Mark was never nasty or rude to me, but he was very sloppy/disconnected. He initially told me he would be casting a "wide net" - sending to 10-14 editors for the first submission. Then, without any editorial work or revisions, and without telling me, he sent out the first pass. I didn't even know he sent it until we got a couple of rejections in, and at that point, I found out that he had mis-spelled the title of the book in the editorial query (among other errors). He also mis-spelled the names of several editors, and sent to editors who didn't represent the genre of my book. Then he went AWOL, except to forward me the few rejections we received (most editors didn't respond to his query at all).

Only several months later did he tell me that he didn't intend to do another round of submissions because he had actually sent out the first round to 38 editors, most of whom hadn't even responded. Parting ways with him was easy, because we didn't sign a contract - "common practice" at Trident, he said, which I've found to be true according to the experience of others. It makes it easier for Mark to send out quick, easy rounds, and if no editors bites, he can easily part ways with authors with no blemish on his record. If I were to give advice, I would say to move away from Mark and find an agent (perhaps even an agent at Trident) who cares about your work as much as you do - Mark has not demonstrated that to many of us.
from Waybury
Mar 22, 2018 11:44 pm

Mark repped me as well, and I echo these warnings.
from DocsLadie
Mar 20, 2018 2:26 pm

Mark repped me for several months. Ditto the warnings of others. PM me for more info.
from HuxleyElliott
Mar 14, 2018 1:56 pm

I'll add my voice to the others that have had Mr. Gottlieb's representation for a few months. PM me if anyone is curious.
from armstrong2700
Feb 24, 2018 3:50 pm

WARNING DO NOT SUBMIT—don’t AGREE TO TERMS AND SUBMIT. They are the only agency I’ve encountered that essentially asks you to give up your copyright without compensation to submit. Please see the following terms that you would be agreeing to so as to submit—from their website. Totally unethical: “I understand that Trident has access to materials and ideas that may be similar to my Material in theme, idea, plot or format. I understand that I will not be entitled to compensation because of the use of any such similar or identical material if such material is created independently by Trident or its clients.
5. I hereby release Trident from any and all liability for loss of, or damage to, any copies of my Material that I may submit to Trident.”
from brandonmc87
Jan 05, 2018 1:38 pm

EQ 11/7/17
CNR 1/5/18

99k Dark Fantasy
from penandquill18
Dec 22, 2017 12:05 am

EQ: 9/26/17
Full Request: 9/26/17
Offer of Representation: 9/30/17

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