Mark Falkin has represented authors for four years, but has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for 18 years, representing hundreds of artists and entrepreneurs, Grammy® winners and a platinum seller among them. Mark is licensed in Texas and based in Austin. Mark is also the author of the near future suspense novel, Contract City, published by Baltimore indie Bancroft Press, which is in development with 8750 Films. His literary horror novel, The Late Bloomer, will be published next year by Rare Bird Books in Los Angeles. As an agent, he represents fiction and nonfiction, leaning toward literary thrillers like client Louisa Luna’s Two Girls Down (Knopf Doubleday) and Dana Cann’s The Ghosts of Bergen County (Tin House) and in nonfiction big idea books written by people with big ideas like client Christian Picciolini’s Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead (Hachette Books).
What I'm Looking For
Actively building my client list, I’m looking for fiction, namely, novels with a literary bent in these general categories (in no order of preference): suspense; thriller; horror; dystopian; offbeat and quirky; humorous; YA (literary; realism; smart horror); smart, upmarket commercial "women's fiction"; and the catchall, that ineffable one called Literary.
You get the idea: whip-smart, fresh, commercial genre fiction, literary fiction, genre-bending or genre-blending. Full-voiced, dark, captivating, laugh-out-loud, unapologetic, transgressive. I want kinetic stories that gratify the Wernicke’s Area.
If you’re, say, a Chuck Palahniuk, if you’re a Stephen King (or, hell, if you’re Joe Hill), if you’re Joyce Carol Oates, if you’re Stewart O’Nan, if you’re Daniel Woodrell, if you’re David Sedaris or Mamet, if you’re Bret Ellis, if you're Stephen Crane or Ambrose Bierce, if you're Douglas Coupland, if you’re later-day William Gibson, if you’re Annie Proulx, if you're Mark Danielewski, if you’re Ken Kesey, if you're Dave Eggers, if you're Junot Diaz, if you're Gillian Flynn, if you're a Katherine Dunn or a Karen Russell, if you're a Ben Fountain or a Merritt Tierce, well sir, you're just what I’m looking for.
I’m looking for compelling, well-plotted, well-paced stories first, gosh-wow blank verse belletristic prose second. I simply want, as any reader would, a great story well-told.
I'm keeping my eye out for more great stories written for men and boys. Where's the "important" accessible literary novel guys talk up to other guys because it's just that good?
Really wanting to see standout comedy fiction. Madcap, screwball, buddy, whatever. Election, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, The Complete Works of David Sedaris. Birdcage-as-novel. The Hangover-as-novel. The Big Lebowski-as-novel with woman-as-The Dude.
Really wanting to see horror like we've never seen that is so original and so well-written containing such narrative force that it changes the genre the way The Lottery did, the way Psycho did, the way Carrie did, the way Jaws did, the way Barker did, the way House of Leaves did.