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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 whitewitch123
Jul 12, 2018 9:57 am

I actually have been repped by several agents, depending upon my genre flipping (so I had a New Yorker darling, then one of the most widely known commercial agents (semi-retired now), and a boutique literary agent). All of them were supportive throughout the process, offering feedback and updates. My books have been published with one of the "big five" houses.

Then, there is this. Mark said we were going to go under a pen name, given the genre difference and sales of my last literary novel, then never subbed that way. He told me he'd send the list of editors before sending, but never did. I didn't hear from him once without asking for an update (and I only did that once a month, which is hardly pestering). He heard from only a few editors, didn't get a word back from most, then promptly dumped me when I asked about the next round of submissions. I signed with him before all this stuff was posted here...had I known in advance, I would have gone with another agent who was taking a bit longer with her reading of my work.

I have a fair amount of experience with (truly top-tier) agents and was duped, too. This is definitely not an agent invested in the long-term anything. EVERYTHING people have said here is accurate and speaks of a telling pattern. I have a pretty thick skin so will recover. I would be mortified if this was my first agent. Heads up, with the warning.

PS (added): If you are a respectable but not "best-selling" author, it's really not unusual for an agent to rep you without some signed contract. Trust me, if an agent is reading your work and giving you feedback and taking genuine time with you, they WANT to sell your work. Additionally, there is no agent on the planet who will insist you stay together (contract-wise) if you want to part ways and do something different. So the idea of a contract is mostly something to put a writer's mind at ease. My 2 cents.
from Zooks3
Jul 06, 2018 11:41 am

5/9/18 Online form - Archimedes - Humor
7/6/18: CNR
from NobodyEverSeesItComing
Jun 29, 2018 9:51 pm

Mark “repp’d” me, such as it was, for about six agonizing months. He told me things bordering on hyperbole that no agent should and I, stupidly, agreed to his representation WITHOUT ANY KIND OF WRITTEN CONTRACT. BEWARE! This guy’s MO is to scoop up promising manuscripts and to blast them out to editors without asking for rewrites, and the he sees what “sticks”. If you are lucky enough to get a deal you feel like he’s the greatest agent in the world, “a rockstar” as some of his clients put it. If your work, like mine, ( and at least half a dozen others to my knowledge) does not “click” with an editor, then you are SOL and no recourse, because of the lack of CONTRACT! I received no information about the submissions packages he claimed to be sending (a dozen of them), no updates on the submission process, no word whatsoever from him for SIX MONTHS. When I finally contacted him he just said that we should part ways, because “ no editors showed interest” in my manuscript. STAY AWAY, FAR AWAY. My book, that I labored over for almost a decade is dead, and Mark Gottlieb killed it!
from mlwalther
Jun 08, 2018 2:21 pm

Queried him a 70K urban fantasy on 03/21/18. Glad he never responded now that I've seen these comments!
from BibiBelford
May 24, 2018 11:52 am

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who reviewed this agent in order to advise those of us new to the process.
from BlessedNow
May 23, 2018 10:47 pm

Marked "repped" me for several months. My experience was terrible in so many ways - could never reach him either. I find some consolation in reading the other authors' horror stories, and coming to understand why things went the way they did. Thank you to everyone who posted their reviews so others will know what to expect. I worked on my manuscript for almost 5 years, and to have all that work destroyed by an agent's unprofessionalism is very devastating indeed. It took me awhile to pick up all the shattered pieces and resurface out of the ashes.
from JerryMack
May 15, 2018 8:52 am

EQ 5/15
FR 5/15
from imjjang
May 14, 2018 11:35 am

EQ 4/20 based on a #MSWL tweet
FR 4/20
Sent same day
ER 4/21 "in the end not for me"

YA Romance/Drama 87K
As several other people have stated here, I am glad he rejected mine as well after reading others' experiences!
from apac123
May 12, 2018 4:58 am

I don't know this guy at all but I just want to say - THANK YOU to all who submitted their honest feedback / experience with this agent. Newbies like me really need the help figuring out those who are going to be a good fit and those who won't.
from Dryadwriter
May 11, 2018 6:13 pm

Do some research on this guy... That’s all I will say.
from redpandabear
May 08, 2018 11:07 pm

FQ: 5/8/18

YA Fantasy 91k
from QuillandParchment
Apr 26, 2018 8:44 pm

I was represented by Mark for about half a year. I can only hope my experience serves to warn others. On the bright side, there are enough of us to form a pretty solid support group. We should get shirts or something.

Here we go:

-Mark never recommended any edits or revisions to my MS.
-When I asked what the submission process would look like, he never responded to my e-mail.
-Without telling me, or even consulting me, he sent my MS to over 35 editors all in one round. It was a SPAM type e-mail, no personalization.
-Mark did not forward me any of the editors' responses. I only got them when I pressed him much, much later for them.
-Most of the editors just never responded. Not sure how many of them actually bothered opening his e-mail.
-Mark did not bother keeping my updated on any of this.
-When I asked Mark for advice on another MS, he ignored my question.

I would normally feel pretty stupid about all this, but at the time I accepted, there were NO warnings anywhere. Nothing but those fabulous interviews of him giving advice to querying authors. I was young, naive, and I trusted his (then) stellar online presence. How could I have known?

My only comfort is that I received excellent advice from some of the others on here. Please feel free to reach out to me if you're a former client of his and are feeling, like I was, nauseated and lost. It was a terrible thing to have happened to so many of us.
from Voltjut
Apr 26, 2018 9:16 am

4/21-EQ (form)
4/22-ER - “Thanks for this but not for me in the end”

Couldn’t find him on this site when I first looked, but now that I have and have read the comments, I’m actually thankful that he rejected my MS.
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.

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