Currently on submission with MONEY, MURDER AND MAYHEM: THE SOUTH CAROLINA MURDAUGH FAMILY by acclaimed investigative reporter Matthew Lysiak (NEWTOWN: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY/Gallery, S&S
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 18 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 Simpsom 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 Hilde Lysiak, of Hilde Cracks the Case Scholastic book series. She Exec Produced the Lifetime film, for Shanna Hogan's true crime. All of Sharlene's producing credits can be seen at www.IMDB.com.
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 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, WA having relocated from Los Angeles and is originally from Connecticut.
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