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Publish Your Nonfiction Book (Writer's Digest Books) by Sharlene Martin with Anthony Flacco
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lit manager/producer :
Martin Literary & Media Management
Sharlene Martin

Sharlene began working in television in 1993 as a partner in Martin/ Walker-Lampley Productions, a company formed with Bree Walker, a prominent CBS news anchor. Sharlene later spent time as a reality television developer for Media Savvy, and as an Associate Casting Director with Joy Todd. Her most challenging casting project for film was the movie "Gods and Generals," with 156 speaking roles.

In 2002, Sharlene took her passion for great stories and their authors, to form Martin Literary & Media Management. Her agency has experienced extraordinary success in sales and alliances. In the seventeen years since that time, her remarkable rise in the publishing industry is demonstrated by a rapidly growing list of non-fiction sales to such renowned major publishers as Random House, Harper Collins, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Putnam, Hachette, Simon and Schuster, as well as to a host of boutique publishers for specialized genre books.

She has represented numerous New York Times bestselling nonfiction books, including: Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Anthony Flacco; Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story by Shanna Hogan; Notes Left Behind by Keith & Brooke Desserich; Raffaele Sollecito’s book, Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox; HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell's memoir, I Want; Suzanne Hansen’s You’ll Never Nanny in this Town Again; MaryJo Buttafuocco's Getting It Through My Thick Skull; and The Goldman family’s If I Did It, based on the OJ Simpson murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson. MLM's most recent NYT Bestseller is the children's picture book RESCUE AND JESSICA from Candlewick which debuted on the list.

Many of Sharlene's authors have had their books boosted as serial reprints in prestigious publications such as Readers' Digest, People Magazine, WHO, and the London Times. Other client appearances include 60 Minutes, The TODAY Show, The View, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, The Early Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, Discovery Channel, Inside Edition, The 700 Club, ET, The Insider, ABC Nightline, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, HLN, Discovery ID and Fox News and TLC.

She is actively doing business with a host of film and TV companies for adaptations of her clients' books and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. Hallmark Hall of Fame's acclaimed TV movie in December, 2008 was based on her client’s book, Front of the Class. She was Executive Producer of Lifetime’s 2012 movie, The Pregnancy Project, which garnered the two top Imagen Awards in 2012 for Best Primetime Movie/Special and Best Actress (Alexa Vega). She was Co- Creator/Producer of the true crime series, DEADLY SINS for Discovery ID, which ran for six seasons. She was the Co-EP with Nancy Glass Productions for the 2015-16 season of specials, EPIC MYSTERIES, for Discovery ID. She also served as Executive Producer for an A&E documentary, OJ: Guilty in Vegas which was based on her client, Andy Caldwell's book, Room 1203 which aired fall, 2017.

She serves as Executive Producer on the Paramount TV/ Anonymous Content HOME BEFORE DARK series sold to Apple TV+ with director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) inspired by the Hilde Cracks the Case Scholastic book series, which debuted April 3, 2020 to great acclaim. The series has been picked up for a second season as well. She is also Executive Producer on THE ASSASSINATION OF GERALD FORD, with screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan(Chappaquiddick). She recently optioned Shanna Hogan's true crime book Secrets of a Marine's Wife (St. Martin's Press)with Sony Television for Lifetime. And she also recently optioned Brad Cohen's FRONT OF THE CLASS to Alibaba in China for a feature film which she will Exec Produce. Sharlene is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

She is the co-author with Anthony Flacco of Publish Your Nonfiction Book (Writer's Digest Books). In it, Sharlene shares many of the secrets of success that she uses to counsel her own clients on their road to authorship. She is also the co-author of the new book, Literary Fails: Totally (sic)! -- a selection of the worst 101 Query letters received by MLM in the past ten years with original artwork and snarky comments by Sharlene in response. Everything a writer should NOT do is in this little book!

Publishers, editors and writers who deal with her consistently express their joy in working with someone who is such an avid fan of good writing, as well as an enthusiastic guardian and representative of her clients' work. She employs this personal touch to all of her business relationships and credits it with her proven record of success.

Sharlene resides in a suburb of Seattle, WA having relocated from Los Angeles ten years ago. She is originally from Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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We are a "green agency" so all queries should be made using email--no hard copies. We prefer e-mail queries in the body of the email-no unsolicited attachments please. I do NOT represent FICTION.

We do NOT represent poetry,screenplays/scripts, or short stories.

Please see our website for details on preferences and submission policies.

PLEASE do not call and pitch your work. I can't tell how well you write by the sound of your voice!

years experience: 18
rates: 15%
Book Doctor, Line-editing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Writing, Ghost-writing
Juvenile fiction, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, African-American, Science, Contact us for recommendations of highly professional ghosts/editors, Sharlene specializes in high profile adult nonfiction and crime, Our other agents represent Children's books and Graphic Novels
Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco have used their considerable experience as a successful literary agent and widely published writer, respectively, to demystify the publishing process for nonfiction books in a way that any writer will find to be informative and enlightening. PUBLISH YOUR NONFICTION BOOK clearly explains the process unlike any other book that I know about. I’ll be recommending it to writers that I work with.
-William Shinker, Former President & Publisher, Gotham and Avery Books

PUBLISH YOUR NONFICTION BOOK is practical, straight-forward, helpful, and tells the truth about publishing! This is the perfect guide to go from dream to reality on your publishing journey. Highly recommended.
-Joel Fotinos, Former Publisher, Tarcher/Penguin

Having been in book publishing for almost forty years, I've always been surprised at the dearth of thoughtful, insightful, and informative books on the integral things a writer needs to know about publishing a nonfiction book. Well, now I've found what I think is the best book of its kind, and one that can make a tremendous difference in the lives of writers and writers-to-be. In PUBLISH YOUR NONFICTION BOOK, Martin and Flacco have used their years of experience and their insiders’ understanding to provide an easy-to-follow path to building a successful career in a volatile and competitive marketplace. It will become an invaluable classic on any writer's bookshelf.
-Roger Cooper, Former Vice-President, Publisher, Vanguard Press

If getting published is your plan, take note of a few things: Mere talent isn’t enough. Neither is tenacity. You need tools. In this insiders’ guide, Martin and Flacco open up their specialty kit of wrenches, calipers, and pneumatic nail guns. You’ll find all you need here to get started with building your literary career.
-Joel Miller, Vice President of Editorial & Acquisitions, Thomas Nelson

All our client testimonials can be viewed at our main website page.

Jane Blasio-Taken at Birth (TLC 6hr. documentary)Memoir sold to Revell/Baker Books

Shaker Jeffrey- Shadow on the Mountain (Hachette)

Jim Davidson-The Next Everest (St. Martin's Press)

Nicole Weisensee Egan, Former Senior Writer, PEOPLE Magazine--CHASING COSBY: The Downfall of America's Dad (Seal Press 4-23-19)

Chelsia Rose Marcius, Writer, NY Daily News/Author of WILD ESCAPE

Hilde Kate Lysiak- 12 year old PUBLISHER of Orange Street News--SOLD in 6 book deal HILDE CRACKS THE CASE to Scholastic and to Apple for tv series.

Rebekah Gregory-Boston Marathon Survivor--TAKING MY LIFE BACK--SOLD to Revell in a significant deal!

Nastia Liukin--Olympic Gold Medal Winner --Finding My SHINE

Jack Andraka -- Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World by Jack Andraka (Harper Collins)


RESCUE AND JESSICA: An Unlikely Friendship

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco

Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox by Raffaele Sollecito with Andrew Gumbel

Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story by Shanna Hogan

Notes Left Behind by Keith and Brooke Desserich

IWant by Jane Velez-Mitchell

You'll Never Nanny in this Town Again by Suzanne Hansen

If I Did It on behalf of the Goldman Family

Getting it Through My Thick Skull by MaryJo Buttafuoco

HOME BEFORE DARK (based on Hilde Lysiak's Hilde Cracks the Case Series) SOLD to Apple TV -scripted mystery series. Sharlene Martin Exec. Producer

Optioned for Lifetime: Secrets of a Marine's Wife by Shanna Hogan with Sony Television

Optioned to Sony Television: The Stranger She Loved by Shanna Hogan

Optioned for film: The Assassination of Gerald Ford adapted from Taking Aim at the President by Geri Spieler.

Optioned for Limited Series: VICTIM F: How We Fought the Police and Won -USA Network

Please go to our full website to see our best known books.

See our website for book titles
Contact Sharlene Martin for full Film/TV Catalogue or download catalogue on website.
Member of the Producers Guild of America.

Publish Your Nonfiction Book: Strategies for Learning the Industry, Selling Your Book, and Building a Successful Career by Sharlene Martin and Anthony Flacco (Paperback - Nov 25, 2009, Writer’s Digest)

Sharlene Martin is available for seminars, workshops and speaking engagements.

Taryn Fagerness Agency
All film inquiries directly to Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management
Film/TV Catalogue of projects available upon request and available on
Clelia Gore -- Vice President/Literary Manager
Head of Children & Y/A Division

Adria Goetz --Literary Manager
Children & Young Adult; Christian (Adult and Children)and Lifestyle books

Lindsay Guzzardo-Literary Manager
Adult Fiction

Anthony Flacco-Director of Editorial Development/Head of Adaptation for Film/TV

Anthony is also for hire as a Co-Author/Ghostwriter/Editor. Please email him directly if interested.

Electronic queries only; please see our website for Submission Guidelines.

Sharlene Martin is NONFICTION only (with just a few exceptions for existing clients).

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