Sharlene Martin, President
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 Random House, Rodale, 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 bestsellers and high profile books, including: Chasing Cosby by Nicole Weisensee Egan; 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 five of her 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 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 reality series, DEADLY SINS for Discovery ID, which recently concluded six seasons. She was the Co-EP with Nancy Glass Productions for the 2015-16 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 will also serve as the Executive Producer of Taking Aim at the President, being adapted by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, screenwriter/producers of the film, Chappaquiddick. She will serve as co-executive producer on Superfail for the Disney Channel and most recently announced, Apple TV has ordered straight to series a one-hour scripted mystery, HOME BEFORE DARK, in which Sharlene is an Executive Producer, based on her client, Hilde Lysiak, a 12 year old crime reporter and publisher of the Orange Street News which will debut in Spring 2020 and has already been ordered for season two. Hilde is the author of the Scholastic Branches book series, HILDE CRACKS THE CASE. She is also in development as an Executive Producer with Gotham Group for the NYT Bestselling book, IMPOSSIBLE ODDS.
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 divides her time between her home near Seattle, Washington and Los Angeles.
Sharlene tweets @MartinLitMgmt
Sharlene is a member of the Producers Guild of America. You can view her film/tv credits at: www.imdb.com.
Clelia Gore, Vice President and Literary Manager
It was when Clelia first read Charlotte’s Web in the first grade that she got hooked by the magic of books. Her love of children’s books carried through adulthood and she is delighted to dedicate her life to bringing quality books and stories to young (and whimsical adult!) readers.
Clelia is originally from the suburbs of New York City. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston College. She received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and practiced law as a corporate litigator in New York City.
In 2011, she decided to dedicate her career to books and reentered graduate school at Emerson College, where she received a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. While she was studying publishing and taking creative writing courses at Emerson, Clelia gained firsthand experience in the publishing industry working in the children’s book division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and in academic books at Oxford University Press. She also taught academic writing and research courses to freshman students as a graduate student faculty member at Emerson College.
Clelia attends writing and publishing conferences. She also sits on the board of directors for Poetry Northwest magazine. In 2017, she was named one of Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch honorees.
Clelia acquires picture book, middle grade and young adult books. She is particularly interested in developing her nonfiction clientele. With apologies, Clelia is no longer accepting new adult fiction queries at this time.
Adria Goetz, Literary Manager
Adria Goetz is a Literary Manager, currently accepting queries for picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, quirky gift books, lifestyle books, cookbooks, adult nonfiction, Christian Living, and devotionals. She represents books both for the general market, and the Christian market.
Adria is a 2016 graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis. Adria worked for the Pierce County Library System for two years. Prior to becoming a Literary Manager, Adria fostered her knack for developing creative work during her three years as an intern and assistant at Martin Literary & Media Management.
If you’re not sure if your project is right for Adria, she hopes you send in a query anyway because she would love to take a look at your labor of love! She is specifically looking for:
Picture books: Adria loves magical stories like The Night Gardener, stories which feature everyday moments contemporary families experience, like Hair Love or My Papi Has a Motorcycle. She is also looking for funny commercial picture books.
Middle grade: In middle grade, Adria is looking for voice-y Own Voices stories like Front Desk, historical fiction, magical adventures like Circus Mirandus, hook-y high concept stories like Confessions of an Imaginary Friend, and graphic novels.
Young Adult: Graphic novels are at the top of Adria’s YA wishlist. Adria looks for a strong hook, and loves an atmospheric setting-driven book where the author draws the reader into the rich world they’ve built—whether that world is the bakery down the street, or an island in the sky. She would love to find something as gripping as Patron Saints of Nothing, a YA Romance like When Dimple Met Rishi or Don’t Date Rosa Santos. She would also love to find a lush, atmospheric mystery like Truly Devious, a thriller like One of Us is Lying, and magical realism in the vein of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Also: mermaids.
Graphic Novels: Adria is looking for more MG and YA graphic novels. Some recent favorites of hers include: Pashmina, Making Friends, and Pumpkinheads. She would also love to work with someone who has a hybrid format similar to Brian Selznick's works.
Adria lives in an old Victorian home in the Seattle area with her husband Alex and their two darling cats, Maple and Mulberry. To learn more about Adria and what she is (and isn’t) looking for, check out her wish list. She tweets at @AdriaMGoetz.
Britt Siess, Associate Literary Manager
Britt Siess has seen all aspects of the publishing industry. She is a former bookseller, has interned for the Taryn Fagerness Agency, Wales Literary Agency, and Martin Literary & Media Management. Prior to joining Martin Literary as an Associate Literary Manager, she was with the sales division of The Quarto Group where she worked in domestic and foreign book sales.
Britt represents everything under the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror umbrella. If it has to do with comic books, witches, ghosts, or magical realms, send it her way! She looks for stories that are character driven and full of strong, resonating themes. She’s interested in literature that completely immerses readers into new worlds and that is imaginative and diverse. She's passionate about bringing more #OwnVoices stories onto bookshelves, and so she's particularly drawn to literature that makes us reflect on our own society and confront the choices we’ve made. Britt is currently accepting MG, YA, and Adult submissions for manuscripts that fall under the Fantasy or Science Fiction umbrella, as well as MG and YA graphic novels. She is currently accepting Adult Fiction submissions in the Fantasy, and Horror/Thriller (women led) genres.
Britt is specifically looking for:
Middle grade: Britt would love to see manuscripts by #OwnVoices authors that are diverse, character focused, and feature an unforgettable adventure. Fantasy that’s rooted in the real world or children stumbling upon a magical world is a plus. Contemporary stories that take on tougher issues are also welcome!
Adult: In Adult fiction, Britt’s looking for Fantasy stories that are inspired by cultures that are traditionally underrepresented, and that keep her turning the pages. She loves rich worldbuilding and immersive storytelling. She’d also like to see female driven thrillers that explore a woman’s experience in the world. Give her complex women! At this time, Britt is NOT looking for Science Fiction.
Graphic Novels: Britt is particularly interested in graphic novels for young readers. As an avid comics and graphic novel reader herself, her tastes range from contemporary stories that take on tough topics, to epic adventures in other realms. She welcomes any genre here! Author/illustrator submissions only please.
Britt is a native of the Pacific North West but has never gotten used to the rain. She usually escapes the weather by popping into her local comic book shop or settling into a cafe with an extra-large coffee and a piece of cake.
Anthony Flacco, Editorial Director/Head of Adaptation Development
Anthony Flacco is the author of five nonfiction books and three 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 completed the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.
Anthony provides guidance to MLM clients who need additional editorial support in fine tuning their proposals and manuscripts. Learn more about Anthony at www.anthonyflacco.com.
Natalie Grazian, Associate Literary Manager CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS EFFECTIVE 5/21/19
Natalie is actively building her client list in adult fiction. She looks for the sweet spot between commercial and literary, where the writing is beautiful and the plot keeps the pages turning.
She gravitates toward sharp, stylish psychological thrillers, witty contemporary rom-coms, and historical fiction that explores an underrepresented perspective. Rather than solidly sci-fi or fantasy, she prefers speculative elements that allow the writer to dig deeply into some aspect of humanity (as in Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro).
Her thematic interests include complicated families, immigrant identity and experience, powerful character transformations, and questions of fate vs. free will. More than anything, she looks for assured prose, a strong sense of place, finely-tuned plots, and smart, distinctive characters who make the unrelatable relatable.
Natalie has a BA in English and Minor in Spanish from Santa Clara University. Upon graduating, she worked as a sales representative for W. W. Norton and interned for two literary agencies: Kimberley Cameron & Associates and Martin Literary Management. For two years, Natalie was the Fiction Editor of The Santa Clara Review, the oldest literary magazine on the West Coast.
She’s thrilled to join MLM and exercise her skill for bringing writers’ stories to print. She has a knack for collaborative manuscript development and an enduring drive to see her clients’ work in the bookstore.
Natalie is happiest outside, with (you guessed it) a book. She is distrustful of any purse that can’t fit a slim paperback.