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Our Submission Process

Thank you for your interest in Martin Literary Management. We are a full service literary and media management agency representing adult nonfiction and 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@MartinLit.com

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.  



Clelia Gore: Queries for Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction.

At this time, Clelia is considering queries for board books, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult--both fiction and nonfiction across all genres, as well as graphic novels for across all age ranges. To learn about her specific wish list, visit her website www.cleliagore.com or follow her on Twitter at @MadmoiselleClel

Clelia is no longer accepting queries via email. To query, use this link via Query Manager. Clelia will not be reviewing any unsolicited queries via email. 

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.

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 Adria@MartinLit.com  She looks forward to reviewing your work!

Britt Siess: Queries for Graphic Novels. 

At this time, Britt is seeking submissions for graphic novels for all ages.

For all queries, please include a query letter, a detailed synopsis of your story (this may be included in the pitch packet/proposal), the sample pages, and the script, if available. Please also include a link to your blog, website, Instagram, and/or Twitter account. 

Please send your queries to Britt@MartinLit.com