Sharlene Martin, President
Sharlene Martin, Literary Manager/Producer
In 2003, Sharlene took her passion for great stories and their authors and her years in the entertainment industry, to form Martin Literary & Media Management. Her agency has experienced extraordinary success in sales and alliances. In the 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 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.
Representing adult nonfiction, she has numerous New York Times bestsellers and high profile 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. 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, and numerous clients have appeared on Oprah. 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.
She is actively doing business with a host of film and TV companies for adaptations of her clients' books. 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 reality series, DEADLY SINS for Discovery ID, which ran for six seasons. She was the Co-EP with Nancy Glass Productions for the season of specials, EPIC MYSTERIES for Discovery ID. She served as Executive Producer with Outpost Entertainment for A&E’s documentary, OJ: Guilty in Vegas. She served as Executive Producer for Apple TV+ straight to series one-hour scripted mystery, HOME BEFORE DARK, directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), based on her client, Hilde Lysiak, a 13-year-old crime reporter and publisher of the Orange Street News, and author of the Scholastic Branches six book series, Hilde Cracks the Case. She Executive Produced for Secrets of a Marine’s Wife for Sony Television on Lifetime. She has numerous projects in development with such Amazon, Netflix and Atomic and Mammoth Screen in the UK. Sharlene is a member of the Producers Guild of America and full credits can be seen at www.IMDB.com.
Additionally, she is also the co-author, with Anthony Flacco, of Publish Your Nonfiction Book (Writer's Digest Books) and Literary Fails: Totally (sic)!.
Publishers, editors, writers and entertainment execs 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 her business relationships and credits it with her proven record of success.
Sharlene only represents nonfiction and does not represent screenwriters.
Follow Sharlene on Twitter: @MartinLitMgmt
Delia Berrigan Fakis, Senior Literary Manager - Adult Nonfiction
I can still remember when I was a little girl, sitting on my daddy’s lap in our wicker rocking chair, listening to him read The Monster at the End of This Book, and somehow magically doing Grover’s voice all the way through.
Now, I don’t know if that’s at the root of why I became obsessed with books. My dad also indoctrinated me at a young age with a love of poetry and we’ve both gone through many frayed editions of Oscar Williams’s Immortal Poems of the English Language. It was perfectly normal to hear me quoting Keats, Auden, Houseman, Dickinson, and Shakespeare at high school and college parties.
I grew up in Washington, DC, earned my BA in English from Drew University in Madison, NJ and my MS in Publishing from New York University in New York City. I spent the first 15 years of my career at John Wiley & Sons, the Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, and was subsequently recruited to Hallmark Cards, Inc. headquarters in Kansas City to help lead the book division.
Now I’m thrilled to have joined a team of brilliant women at Martin Literary Management while also pursuing my J.D. with a concentration on intellectual property.
I’m most interested in representing Adult Nonfiction in the areas of:
History and Current Affairs
Religion and Spirituality
If you’re a leader in your field and know how to reach your audience, I want to hear from you! If you have a distinct voice, a handle of the craft, and something unique to share with the world, send me a query.
I will also take on select projects that strike my personal interest the areas in literary and commercial fiction, mysteries, and children’s picture books.
Submit query letters to Delia@MartinLit.com
Follow me on Twitter @primarilyprose
Sera Rivers, Senior Literary Manager
Sera Rivers is a Senior Literary Manager, currently accepting queries for middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels, as well as the occasional picture book.
In 2007, Sera joined SCBWI when her best friend insisted that Sera belonged in the kidlit world. She now attends SCBWI conferences and workshops every year. She’s volunteered for the New England chapter since 2012, co-directing NESCBWI’s 2017 and 2018 annual spring conferences. In 2009, after immersing herself in the kidlit community, she decided to pursue her passion—a career in the children’s book industry. She went back to college, earning her bachelor of arts degree in Creative Writing and Journalism Studies from the University of Massachusetts and her master of fine arts degree in Writing for Children, with a concentration in young adult novels, from Simmons University. Her young adult memoir THE WICKED ONES won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award.
Sera worked in educational publishing for seven years and launched Avenue A Books, a children’s graphic novel imprint at Center for Responsive Schools. As Avenue A’s acquiring and managing editor, she worked with new and established children’s book writers and illustrators to create picture books and middle grade novels. She loved helping writers and illustrators hone their craft to produce their best work. Now, as an agent, Sera provides editorial feedback to help clients get their manuscripts submission ready.
Manuscript Wish List
Sera believes that words have the power to change lives, and she’s looking to represent authors and illustrators who want to make the world a more inclusive, welcoming place for us all. Sera seeks stories that grab her attention from the first page and take her on a wild ride of emotions; stories that move and inspire readers to evaluate their own selves and strive for something more. Her most favorite books make her laugh, cry, and feel so connected to the characters that her heart aches for them when she reads the last page.
Sera is not looking for:
• adult fiction or nonfiction
• author-only graphic novels
• demonic possessions
• historical fiction
• high fantasy
• rhyming picture books
In 2022, Sera is excited to sign:
Sera is especially interested in inclusive narratives and authentic representation. She welcomes queries by children’s authors and illustrators who identify as BIPOC, LQBTQIA+ and other underrepresented and marginalized identities and cultures.
Sera is specifically looking for:
Young Adult: Sera loves fast-paced, compelling, and mind-bending stories with unreliable narrators. She enjoys stories that incorporate setting as a character (such as Stolen by Lucy Christopher) and twisting plots with endings that are surprising yet inevitable (such as They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera; Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy). She would love to see contemporary stories that tackle tough topics, especially if they incorporate a magical element to them (such as We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson); horror (no demonic possessions); psychological thrillers; and speculative fiction, including magical realism, ghost stories, and fantastical worlds (no high fantasy). Sera is also interested in novels in verse. Some of her favorite YA authors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Shaun David Hutchinson, Walter Dean Myers, Amy Reed, Adam Silvera, Courtney Summers, Aiden Thomas, Renée Watson, and Nancy Werlin.
Middle Grade: Sera is seeking voice-driven contemporary fiction; stories that tackle tough topics (such as From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks; Melissa’s Story by Alex Gino); adventure stories; horror (no demonic possession); speculative fiction, including magical realism, ghost stories, and fantastical worlds (no high fantasy). Sera is also interested in novels in verse. Some of Sera’s favorite MG authors include Kwame Alexander, Katherine Applegate, Erin Dionne, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rebecca Stead, and Jacqueline Woodson.
Graphic Novels (author/illustrator only): As an experienced graphic novel publishing professional, Sera would love to represent more graphic stories in all genres of the children’s market, especially stories with a parallel imaginative or magical world to them (such as Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani). Some of Sera’s favorite graphic novelists include Cece Bell, Jerry Craft, Victoria Jameson, David Small, and Gene Luen Yang.
Select Picture Books: Sera is only looking for specific picture books in the following categories: tough topics (such as Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty and Bryan Collier; The Breaking News by Sarah Reul); horror—author-illustrator only for horror (such as Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown; Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann); and authentic stories about historically excluded identities, communities, and histories. Some of Sera’s favorite picture book authors and illustrators include Deborah Freedman, Ezra Jack Keats, Jon Klassen, Larissa Marantz, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, Raul the Third, Dan Santat, Allen Say, and David Weisner.
Regina A. Bernard-Carreno , Literary Manager
Regina is a literary manager currently accepting queries for true crime, memoirs, picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, cookbooks, and lifestyle artisan books.
Regina joined Martin Literary Management in 2021. She holds a PhD in Education from the Graduate and University Center at the City University of New York, and graduate degrees in African American Studies from Columbia University and Philosophy from the Graduate Center (CUNY). She holds other degrees in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Alongside writing and teaching, Regina facilitates Reader Discussion Groups, Private Reading groups and has served as a reader and sometimes editor for both literary and academic journals. She has published widely in academia as well as in trade magazines. The work she hopes to accomplish as a literary manager is to help writers, as well as author-illustrators, think through their projects, see multiple opportunities where perhaps they don't readily exist and help shape their work into successful books. Ultimately, she looks forward to championing great ideas.
Non-Fiction: In non-fiction, she’s open to seeing true crime projects (No crimes against children or graphic gore against women/children) as well as memoir. Regina also loves cookbooks that help the reader travel to new places. She wants to see cookbooks that have personal narratives tied to them, whether that's a personal story woven throughout, cultural traditions and practices, and/or dishes that tie together cultural memories. She is also accepting submissions for artisanal projects such as crafting (think knitting, sewing, crafting, home-gardening/homesteading, apothecary/healing, and alternative health practices).
Picture Books: Regina is looking for picture books that deal with a little magical realism, immigrant stories, bilingual picture books, and stories that deal with children and their relationship to animals, earth, and the environment. She’d love to see folktales from a wide variety of places reimagined, especially from authors-illustrators.
Middle Grade: Regina is seeking chapter books and middle-grade novels dealing especially with adventures, solving mysteries, and facing/overcoming hardships and developing friendships.
Graphic Novels: Regina is looking for Middle Grade, Young Adult, and adult graphic novels. She’d love to see more writers of color telling stories of MG & YA and has her eye out for BIPOC creators in this genre. For adult graphic novels, Regina is interested in projects in the vein of Marjane Satrapi’s work and projects in that spirit telling of immigrant stories.
Young Adults: Regina would love to receive rom coms of all kinds. Think Hallmark cards and movies geared towards young adults, complete with heartbreak, friendships, and triumph.
She tweets at @writereandmake
Anthony Flacco, Editorial Consultant for Film-TV Adaptations
Anthony Flacco is the author of five nonfiction books and five historical novels, including the New York Times bestseller Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six. His book, Tiny Dancer: The Incredible True Story of a Young Burn Victim’s Journey from Afghanistan is an international bestseller. Anthony holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He is a winner of the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.
2021-22 MLM College Interns
Emma Caplinger is an intern assisting president and literary manager/producer Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary and Media Management. She is currently a sophomore at Seattle University pursuing a double-major in English literature and psychology. Emma comes from a family of readers and, because of this, has always had a deep love for reading and writing.
As a child, Emma often woke up with her nose in a book after falling asleep while staying up too late reading. Now, she especially loves poetry and personal essays, but enjoys both reading and writing anything from journalistic articles to cheesy romance novels.
Joanna Buoniconti is an editorial intern, assisting senior literary manager, Sera Rivers, in the children’s book division of Martin Literary. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, where she studied English and Journalism, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Emerson College in Publishing and Writing. Prior to Martin Literary Management, Joanna was an intern at Lucky Jefferson’s literary magazine and was the Managing Editor at UMass’ journalism magazine, the Amherst Wire. Currently, she is an editorial intern at INCLUDAS Publishing and a monthly columnist at her local newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where she writes about issues surrounding the disabled community. As someone who was born with a physical disability, Joanna grew up never seeing characters who looked like her, and because of this, she is a fierce advocate for disability representation across all genres of books.
Joanna’s love for books began when she was a toddler and it is one of her life goals to have her own miniature library, one day. In her free time, she enjoys adding to her growing collection of books and reading poetry, contemporary young adult and adult fiction–particularly ones that fall within the romance specter.
Engel Williams is an editorial intern, assisting senior literary manager, Sera Rivers, in the children’s book division of Martin Literary. She is currently a junior, majoring in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
When she was a young girl, Engel learned that books did not in fact spontaneously appear on her bookshelf. Since then, she’s been writing speculative and dark fantasy stories. When not writing, she is a fervent collector of hardcover novels. Though her To-Be-Read pile is endless, she’s always interested in Young Adult and Adult Fantasy or Science Fiction books with impossible storylines.
Nick Friesen is an editorial intern assisting Literary Manager Lindsay Guzzardo. He is currently a junior at Seattle University, double-majoring in creative writing and film studies. Nick started reading at a very young age and has yet to stop! Throughout his youth, he spent hours upon hours reading and writing his own fantasy novels and short stories.
Today, that passion for the fantastic is still alive, but his tastes have changed slightly. He typically reads a wide range of nonfiction, poetry, and novels of all sorts.
Mara Cobb is an editorial intern assisting literary manager Delia Berrigan Fakis. She is a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in English. She also works as an ELA tutor and serves as the managing editor of her college's literary journal.
Mara enjoys writing YA fiction novels and poetry for fun. She also loves reading a variety of genres, particularly romance, Christian fiction, historical fiction, and any books that have unique plots and feature courageous and quirky protagonists.
Molly Riggs is an editorial intern assisting literary manager Regina A. Bernard-Carreno. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado and moved to New York in 2021 to pursue a career in publishing.
Her passion for the book creation process began on the third grade playground, where she and her friends spent recesses writing, editing, and eventually binding their own books. Honing her craft quite a bit since then, Molly published her debut novel in September 2021. With a particular affinity for dark and emotional literary fiction, Molly hopes to support other authors in achieving their dream of publication.