Our Submission Process
Thank you for your interest in Martin Literary Management. We are a full service literary and media management agency representing adult fiction and nonfiction, children's books, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry, short stories or screenplays.
Please keep in mind the following guidelines when you send a query:
We are a green agency and only accept email submissions
In the "Subject" line of your email, please write "QUERY" followed by the title of your work.
In your email, provide the text of your query letter (pitch/synopsis + short bio).
Kindly query only ONE of our representatives at MLM that you feel best suits your work.
Once you receive a response, you are welcome to query a different MLM agent.
Your query letter should include publisher submission history and previous publishing credits, if applicable. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately.
We make every effort to review every query in a timely manner. If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will reach out to you.
Sharlene Martin accepts Adult Nonfiction queries only.
Please send your queries to
Sharlene is interested in acquiring highly commercial nonfiction including true crime and pop culture. She also likes breaking news, issue-oriented, and celebrity-driven books. She is particularly interested in works that are adaptable to the screen. Please do not include your manuscript or proposal in your nonfiction query. Sharlene will request those items from you if she is interested.
Adria Goetz accepts queries for picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, adult fiction (specifically thrillers/suspense and women’s fiction), quirky gift books, lifestyle books, cookbooks, and devotionals. She represents books both for the general market and the Christian market.
Adria is temporarily closed to submissions effective May 5, 2021
To get a better sense of what Adria is looking for, you can read her wish list at www.AdriaGoetz.com.
For picture book queries, please include your query letter and the text of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. If you are an author/illustrator, please attach your dummy to your email as a PDF, or send a link to your dummy, and please also include a link to your portfolio.
For novel submissions, please include your query letter in the body of your email, and attach the first chapter of your manuscript as a Word document or PDF. Please also attach a one-page synopsis.
For graphic novel submissions, please include your query letter in the body of your email, and attach the first ten pages of your script as a Word document or PDF. Please also attach any sample pages, art, or character designs you have.
For nonfiction queries, please include your query letter in the body of your email and the proposal attached as a PDF or Word document.
Please include a link to your Twitter account, if you have one.
Please send your queries to She looks forward to reviewing your work!
Lindsay Guzzardo handles Adult Fiction.
She will consider any adult fiction with a clear, marketable, compelling hook, and strong voice. Her personal tastes align with the following wish list, but she would never shut herself off to The Next Big Thing!
Lindsay is also interested in working with proven genre writers (i.e. previously published, award-winning/nominated, placement in contests, strong platform, etc.) from the elevator pitch onward. Bring her your pitches and she will help direct you which one to pursue, or she can provide you with one to flesh out into a proposal.
She has an immediate need for:
Fiction that elevates diverse/marginalized voices
Retellings of classic stories (either modern retellings or classic stories told from a different character’s perspective)
Fiction exploring family dynamics and relationships (particularly mothers/daughters and sisters)
Cozy, charming, small-town romance/fiction
She also loves:
Rich, evocative historical fiction
Fiction featuring historical figures
European-set fiction, any era and tone
Dark psychological and domestic suspense
Family dramas that interweave past and present
Gorgeous, lyrical literary fiction
Wholesome, clean fiction and romance
When submitting, please send a query letter and the first three chapters to Lindsay@MartinLit.com
Delia is most interested in representing Adult Nonfiction in the areas of:
History and Current Affairs
Religion and Spirituality
Delia wants to hear from subject matter experts, leaders, and underrepresented voices. If you have a distinct voice, a handle of the craft, and something unique to share with the world, send her a query. Please do not include your manuscript or proposal in your nonfiction query. Delia will request those items from you if she is interested.
Other areas of interest include literary and commercial fiction, mysteries, young adult, and children’s picture books. Delia is particularly drawn to up-market women’s fiction, cozy mysteries, writers of color, stories that explore both universal and uncomfortable truths, and joy. Please do not include your manuscript, bio, or synopsis in your fiction queries. Delia will request those items from you if she is interested.
Sera Rivers is currently open for unsolicited queries for middle grade and young adult fiction, graphic novels, and the occasional picture book. To get a better sense of what Sera is looking for, you can read her Manuscript Wish List (MSWL).
Please send your queries via email at Sera@MartinLit.com with the following format of the subject line: “Query: [GENRE, e.g., YA Graphic Novel], [FIRST LAST NAME],” or use this link via Query Manager. She’ll do her very best to reply to queries within thirty days.
For novel submissions, please include your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of your email.
For graphic novel submissions, please include your query letter and the first ten pages of your script in the body of your email. Please attach any sample pages of art or character designs that you have, or send a link of sample pages; please also send a link to your portfolio.