"It only takes one”—one agent to believe in you, one publisher to share your vision and partner with you. I have been so fortunate that the “one” for me is Delia Berrigan, as my literary manager. Her industry expertise and connections opened the right doors for me and my mystery series—to Woodhall Press for print and Dreamscape for audio. And I’m thrilled to be represented by Martin Literary & Media Management, with its expertise and broad network. I’ve found my home."
The Secrets of Ohnita Harbor, May 2022, Woodhall Press
"I am absolutely in awe with Lindsay Guzzardo's passion and skill as a literary agent. From the very first phone call, I could sense her enthusiasm for my manuscript and her desire to get it in the best hands possible. And much sooner than I ever anticipated, she delivered! A wonderful agent that will root for the writer through the entire process. Thank you Lindsay and Martin Literary for taking a chance on this little debut author!"
The Wartime Girls, Alcove Press
"As a first-time author, I didn't know what to expect from an agent. I hit the jackpot. Delia Berrigan is pure joy – a knowledgeable pro who has made the process feel easy. She swooped in and promptly had a vision for my book that I hadn’t seen. She offered insightful editorial feedback and continues to be responsive and patient with my questions. In moments of artistic doubt, I can count on Delia for encouragement swaddled in realistic expectations. She’s an instinctive negotiator and someone you want on your team."
RIPPLE: CLUES FROM THE DEAD AND WISDOM FOR THE LIVING IN THE SEARCH FOR FRANK MCGONIGLE'S KILLER, Steerforth, Spring 2022
“With me being a new author, I appreciate having Sharlene as my literary manager because she’s treated me as if I’m her only client even though she has many others. Sharlene is responsive and follows through with her promises. For example, when she agreed to represent me, she told me about her timelines to review and edit my proposal, and her “plan of attack” for queries/submissions. Sharlene followed through and gave me regular updates about which publishers she submitted the proposal to. Even after we had a publisher, Sharlene continued to share her wisdom on how I could have a successful book launch. Her knowledge and experience of the literary industry is valuable and I am grateful to have her as my champion throughout the publication process.”
- Nhi Aronheim, Author of SOLES of a SURVIVOR (Skyhorse Publishing, May 2021)
“Sharlene provided me with something of immense value: honest and helpful feedback. After reading my manuscript she told me point blank that the writing wasn’t up to publishers’ standards. She then provided excellent suggestions on how to improve it. And it paid off. Taking her notes to heart I did a rewrite which she was then able to sell. Without her help my book most likely wouldn’t have found a willing publisher. Sharlene knows what sells.”
- Bryan Johnston, Deep in the Woods: The 1935 Kidnapping of Nine-Year-Old George Weyerhaeuser, Heir to America’s Mightiest Timber Dynasty Paperback
– September 14, 2021, Post Hill Press
"Sharlene has been my agent for a decade, and I don't think she's stopped working hard on my career for a minute in all that time. Despite a full complement of authors under her wing, she has always given me the impression that I'm her most important client. I'll be forever grateful to her for believing in my first book, and in me beyond that. Her guidance is first-rate and personal--that's why I call her my Sensei!"
The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, Pegasus Books Ltd, November, 2020
"My experience with Sharlene Martin and her firm has been outstanding. Sharlene is an experienced agent with extensive contacts. Her expert guidance improved the content, look, and positioning of my proposal before we sent it out. Then when she took it to the market, she moved decisively and kept me well informed. With skill and savvy, Sharlene guided me through negotiations with several houses. We landed my memoir with the Editor-In-Chief, at the right Big Five publisher, for a solid fiscal deal. I couldn’t be happier with Sharlene and Martin Literary Management!"
-Jim Davidson – Speaker & New York Times bestselling author
The Next Everest (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)
“Adria is the shining star sent to me in response to my prayers. I couldn't have asked for more of a brilliant, kind and professional agent to walk by my side in this amazing journey. Thanks to her talent and expertise, she has turned my dream into reality in less than six months. From transparency to honesty, to the care she's investing in my work, she is truly an amazing human being. I look forward to many more years together.”
- Valeria Wicker, Author of The Ugly Doodles, 2020 (JIMMY Patterson Books)
"There is nothing more pivotal to an author's career than an effective agent, who works as a genuine partner and advocate. From the start, our proposal and dreams were in expert hands with Sharlene Martin and her savvy team. Sharlene only accepts projects that she is genuinely passionate about, and takes great care to fully develop, polish an air tight proposal, before finding the perfect publisher/editor from her robust list of contacts. Her advice is always thoughtfully offered and right on point, while always respecting the integrity of the writing. Working with Sharlene is a wonderful and enriching experience. In one word, she is magic."
-Katherine Holstein and Shaker Jeffery
Shadow on the Mountain, Hachette, March 2020
“Adria Goetz is the type of agent you dream of partnering with. She's driven, savvy, professional, and kind. Her attention to detail, timely and transparent communication, and persistence build a foundation of trust that's critical in an agent-author relationship. She is both approachable and professional and is a fierce advocate for her clients and their work. My book would not be in the world today if it weren't for Adria. She is a gift to the literary community.”
- Emily Kilgore, The Whatifs (Little Bee, 2020)
"I was thrilled when Sharlene Martin first took me on as a client. After seeing how well she represented my former New York Daily News colleague Matthew Lysiak with his book Newtown: An American Tragedy, I knew I only wanted to work with her. Since I signed on with MLM she has guided me through each phase of the publishing process, which has led us to my first book deal. Sharlene's extensive knowledge of this complicated and competitive market as well as her thick rolodex of contacts in the world of publishing and in the realm of television and film is beyond impressive. She is straight shooter who is warm and sincere, a rare combination of traits that makes her the perfect advocate for any author. I feel fortunate to know Sharlene and have her on my side. There simply is no one better."
-Chelsia Rose Marcius, Reporter, New York Daily News
Author of Wild Escape, Feb. 2018
"My book will be out on shelves April 4, 2017 because Sharlene Martin believed in my story. From the beginning, I quickly realized that I was not only getting a literary agent, but a personal advocate as well. Sharlene is someone you want to have in your corner. She has one of the most brilliant minds of anyone I have ever come across, and knows how to get things done! There is never a task too big for her to handle and she has always made me feel like her top priority, no matter how busy her day is. Sharlene is simply extraordinary. What she has done for me has truly been life changing, and having her on my team is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Words fall short of how incredible this lady really is."
- Rebekah Gregory, author of Taking My Life Back (Revell)
"Sharlene is a great agent. She works hard and is smart. She is a lot of fun too. While I was at swim camp Sharlene got me a six book deal with Scholastic! I feel lucky to have Sharlene Martin as my agent."
- Hilde Kate Lysiak, Hilde Cracks the Case, Scholastic Books Branches Series, 2017
“As a writer whose manuscript showcased an unusual slice of life, Adria Goetz was a continuous source of support and reassurance throughout the agenting process. She replied quickly, was authentic in her evaluations, and calmed my second-guessing. One of her greatest strengths as a literary agent is her perfect mixture of clever, tempered with humility. I am indebted to Adria for her passion, tenacity, and strong ethics.”
- Elizabeth Fournier, Author of The Green Burial Guidebook, 2018 (New World Library)
"When we got the green light to produce a series of specials based on books about murders for Discovery ID, Sharlene was our first call. She is a literary manager who thinks like a television producer. She instinctively knows what will work on television. She is smart, experienced and everything you could want in a production partner. The time and attention she gave these specials is remarkable in light of how busy she is. Sharlene is a starmaker and, a star!"
- Nancy Glass, CEO/Executive Producer
"The Martin Literary staff was invaluable in my journey to publish a book. From meeting with top book houses to explaining the entire process, Martin Literary was there every step of the way to make sure things ran flawlessly. By far the best possible literary agents out there!"
- Jack Andraka, Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World
"Choosing to go with MLM has been one of the best decisions of my life. Literally. Yes, Sharlene and Clelia are brilliant, know all the right people, and are tenacious, but what really sets them apart are the personal relationships they form with their clients. In making the transition from newspapers to books, Sharlene and Clelia have taken the time to carefully walk me through every step of the process. Whether it is by answering emails, picking up the phone for late night conversations, or sending flowers at the birth of my child, MLM has always been there for me.I can’t testify enough on behalf of MLM. If you have the opportunity to work with Sharlene and Clelia, take it!"
- Matthew Lysiak, author of Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World, and Newtown: An American Tragedy
"Sharlene helped me make my dream of writing a book become a reality. I had never written a book and didn't know where to start but Sharlene guided me through the whole process. Sharlene helped me find a co-writer, a publisher, and helped to promote my book. Sharlene was quick to answer any questions or concerns I had. I could not ask for a better agent."
- Shyima Hall, author Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
"When we contacted Sharlene at the beginning of this very exciting journey, we had no idea the level of commitment and creativity she would bring to this project. Her knowledge of the literary business and her ability to sense the direction in which we should go, took all the stress and doubt away from us as we pursued this life changing opportunity.
Not only did Sharlene sell our story in record breaking time, but as she was doing so, she did not treat us as just one of her many clients- she prioritized us and made us feel so comfortable and at ease- every conversation, all our collaboration on the proposal, was such a pleasant experience. She gave us such undivided and personalized attention- making sure we were well informed, and empowered us to make the decisions that were best for us. We will always be so grateful to her for her endless optimism, constant encouragement and tireless work to help us reach our goal."
- Jessica Buchanan & Erik Landemalm, authors of Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by Seal Team Six
“From our first conversation on the phone, I could tell that Adria Goetz was a true industry professional. Her communication style is clear and concise, and her critique is honest and kind. I feel very fortunate to have an agent who represents both the Christian and general market since I write for both. Adria negotiated a 7-house auction for my debut picture book, TASTE YOUR WORDS, and we are actively working on other projects. I trust her expertise in this ever-changing industry, her advice has been invaluable in navigating potential publishers and contracts. She keeps me up-to-date as things progress and is quick to respond to any questions I have along the way. Her passion for the industry and concern for her clients make Adria a highly sought after “dream agent”. Luckily for me, my dream came true and I found a champion for my work. I look forward to a successful writing career with Adria in my corner.”
Author of Taste Your Words (Worthy Kids, 2020)
"Sharlene has been a beacon of light for me from the first day I reached out to her. She believed in me when no one else did. She is always there to answer my questions and guiding me thru every step with full certainty. Sharlene has amazing judgment and wisdom. She is very respected by her peers and is preceded by her amazing reputation for always being honest and delivering quality work."
- Lyssa Chapman, author of Walking on Eggshells
"Sharlene Martin is a wonderful literary agent. When my story was first released, reporters and everyone else who wanted a piece of my story immediately bombarded me. Being 17 at the time, I had no clue what I would have done not having her by my side. She took immediate charge and did not let anyone take advantage of me. Sharlene knows the publishing industry and works extremely hard for her clients."
- Gaby Rodriguez, author of The Pregnancy Project
"Sharlene did a wonderful job for me. She did the best job anyone could and figured out how to give me the chance to rebuild my life again with a positive outlook. Even though publishing is a business, this opportunity includes something more-- something much more valuable-- a second chance. "
- Raffaele Sollecito, author of Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox
“As a new author, I wasn't sure what to expect from the agent-client relationship, but I needn't have worried. Adria is positive and professional. She has responded quickly and thoroughly to any questions I’ve had, kept me informed of developments with submissions, and given honest and helpful insights on manuscripts and contracts. She has been wonderful to work with, and I’m so grateful to have her guiding me through the publication process. Without her dedication and industry connections, I wouldn’t be looking forward to my first book coming out in 2019!"
- Natalee Creech, Author of When Day is Done, 2019 (Beaming Books)
“If I had to make a list of the best phone calls I’ve ever received, my first phone call from Adria (an offer of representation!) would definitely be at the top of the list. I signed with her in September, and within six months we'd worked through an extensive wave of revisions and received an offer from the perfect publisher for my book. As an agent, Adria is highly communicative, detail-oriented, and approachable. My book is stronger because of her feedback, and I stand on a stronger platform as a debut author because of her guidance and support. She has been and continues to be the perfect champion for my book—any writer would be fortunate to have her fighting in their corner. “
- Naomi Stephens, Author of Shadow Among Sheaves, 2019 (Barbour Books)
“It may be cheesy and overly sentimental but it's true, so I'll just say it: Landing Adria Goetz was an answer to prayer. After nearly a year of searching (and praying!) for an agent who could represent my kidlit for both Christian and "secular" audiences, a simple retweet brought her into my orbit. I knew Adria was the agent for me the moment I read of her love of all things creepy. Our first phone call cemented it for me. I found Adria to be delightful, warm, professional, encouraging, with a willingness to say the hard things. Everything you want in an agent! And working with Adria has not disappointed. Adria has been invaluable in offering editorial feedback and encouragement, in prioritizing projects, and in landing some killer deals. I'm so thrilled to be working with Adria and part of Martin Literary.”
- Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Gritty and Graceful (Beaming Books, 2019) and the Helper Hounds series (Red Chair Press).
“Adria Goetz has been instrumental not just in selling my book, but in making it the best book it can be. Her care and support are invaluable all throughout the writing and submission process. She kept me updated, explained the process, and always checked in to make sure I was feeling good. Submission could have been one of the most nerve-racking periods of my life, but Adria made sure that I knew rejections were expected for all kinds of reasons, many - most! - of them unrelated to me secretly being a terrible writer with no business trying to publish. I’m eternally grateful for her support, especially because she managed to make this first-time author feel like she actually had something to say.”
- Melissa Brinks, Author of The Compendium of Magical Beasts, 2018 (Running Press)
“If you’re looking for a literary agent, you really can’t do better than Adria Goetz. She knows how to land and negotiate a deal, she’s a fantastic developmental editor, and she’s a passionate champion of books that matter. A couple years ago at a conference, a veteran agent warned me that everything in this industry takes time. Well, in less than six months after signing with her, Adria walked me through two rounds of edits, got my book in the hands of a great list of editors, and, thanks in large part to the book proposal she put together, landed me offers from three different publishers, including the fantastic three book (three book!) deal that we ended up accepting. Adria is truly a force of nature.”
- Jon Etter, Author of the Those Dreadful Fairy Books series (Amberjack)
“Adria is a straight-up superstar. I was with another agent for a few years with no luck getting published. Within a few weeks of signing with Adria, we had edited two books and had received valuable feedback from publishers. I could tell how respected and admired she was in the industry. A few months later, I had my first book deal and another shortly after—she’s a titan! I admire her greatly, she is friendly, confident, professional and very knowledgeable. Adria always keeps you updated and her experienced and savvy manner fills you with a sense of ease. I feel extremely lucky to have found her and I look forward to a long career with her by my side.”
- Kitty Moss, Author/Illustrator of Where Bone?, 2020 (Page Street Kids)