WRITERS GUILD MEMBERS: Martin Literary & Media Management (pga member) supports the WGA strikers. If you have an idea in mind that you can't write now while on strike for film/tv, how about reverse engineering into a book? For nonfiction, you need a proposal and two chapters and ongoing outline. For fiction, you need a full manuscript. For graphic novels/illustrated children's books you should pair up with an illustrator. Check out our website at www.MartinLit.com and let us know if we can help you make chateaubriand out of meatloaf during this time!
We're hiring! Looking for an experienced person in publishing (preferably with agency experience) to join our team!
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF CONSIDERATE LITERARY MANAGEMENT! 2003-2023
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 Assistant Casting Director for famed Casting Director, Joy Todd. Her most challenging casting project for film was the movie "Gods and Generals," with 156 speaking roles.
In 2003, 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 20 years since that time, her remarkable rise in the publishing industry is demonstrated by a rapidly growing list of sales to such renowned major publishers as Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, St. Martin's Press, 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 Buttafuoco'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 and the children's picture book RESCUE AND JESSICA from Candlewick.
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 was based on her client’s book, Front of the Class. She was Executive Producer of Lifetime’s movie, The Pregnancy Project, which garnered the two top Imagen Awards 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 a 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.She served as Executive Producer on the Paramount TV/ Anonymous Content HOME BEFORE DARK series on Apple TV+ with director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) inspired by client Hilde Lysiak, of Hilde Cracks the Case Scholastic book series. She Exec Produced the Lifetime film Secrets of a Marines Wife. All of Sharlene's producing credits can be seen at www.IMDB.com. She is in active development with eight of her author's books for film and television/
She was commissioned by Writer's Digest to write Publish Your Nonfiction Book with her husband, Anthony Flacco a NYT & International Bestselling author and screenwriter. 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 book, Literary Fails: Totally (sic)! -- a selection of the worst 101 Query letters received by MLM 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 having relocated from 25 years in Los Angeles and is originally from Connecticut.
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Martin Literary is a "green agency" so all queries should be made using email/Query Tracker--no hard copies. We prefer e-mail queries in the body of the email-no unsolicited attachments please.
We do NOT represent poetry, screenplays/scripts, or short stories.
Please see our website www.MartinLit.com for details on preferences and submission policies with our amazing literary managers.
PLEASE do not call and pitch your work. I can't tell how well you write by the sound of your voice!