"Sharlene is professional, sharp, hardworking, focused and determined. When she's your agent she's also the best advocate your book could ever have. When Jeff Matovic and I set out to get our upcoming book, "Ticked" sold to a high-quality company we didn't know a thing about the publishing world. But with Sharlene's steady hand, gentle guidance and dogged determination we were able to make our dreams come true and land a fantastic deal with a very prestigious literary publisher."
- Jim Fussell, co-author of Ticked
"Sharlene really has her finger on the pulse of the book industry and a real understanding of the needs of aspiring authors."
- Kathleen Thorne, Adult Programming Coordinator, Kitsap Regional Library
¨I feel incredibly lucky to have Martin Literary Management and Clelia as my agent. From revising my initial manuscript to pitching my story to dozens of publishers and finally inking a contract this past summer, Clelia has been there every step of the way. Her commitment and work ethic is unmatched. I feel like I have an agent and agency that is working to bring my story to the world with my voice, without compromise. We should all be so fortunate to have someone like Clelia working on our behalf.¨
- William Meyer, author of the Horace j. Edwards and the Timekeepers series
“I feel so fortunate to have landed Adria as an agent. She's knowledgeable, resourceful, and responsive—everything you hope for in an agent. With her help and encouragement, I signed a two-book deal with an award-winning publishing house. When I think about what I would have settled for on my own and what Adria negotiated on my behalf... well, let's just say I'm thrilled she's on my team!”
- Ellie Peterson, Author of It’s a Round, Round World, 2019 (Kane Press/StarBerry)
"After several frustrating months, my co-author and I teamed-up with Sharlene Martin. It was such a relief to have Sharlene take over and guide us through the confusing publishing process. And most importantly, she sold our book!"
- Hilary Williams, author of Sign of Life: A Story of Family, Tragedy, Music and Healing
"As a first-time author, I had little understanding of what to expect from a literary agent outside of the stereotypes one reads about or sees on television. Sharlene Martin turned out to be anything but that stereotype. She is remarkably helpful, returns calls and e-mails almost immediately, and meant it when she said she would keep me informed throughout the process. Sharlene also put my interests before an easy sell. She cares, and she's trustworthy, informed, and armed with great advice."
- Anthony Amore, author of The Art of the Con and Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists
"I was a first time author without representation. Five days after signing with Sharlene she called to tell me she had received an offer from a top publisher! But Sharlene didn't stop there. She ended up receiving multiple offers and secured a major book deal through St. Martin's Press! None of this would have been possible without Sharlene's passion, dedication and tenacity."
- Shanna Hogan, author of Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story and The Stranger She Loved: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder.
“It always amazes me how God orchestrates people and events to coincide in your life. From meeting Adria Goetz at a Christian writers’ conference, to Him leading Adria to the perfect publisher for my upcoming book, Knit, Pray, Share. Not only did Adria believe in me and my vision but she also went above and beyond to assist in the entire process. I can’t thank her enough for for taking a chance on me and this book. She has been a joy to work with on this journey. She kept me informed on manuscript submissions and encouraged me that we would find the right publisher. The end result is better than I could have ever imagined. Thanks to Adria’s tenacity, it all fell into place.”
- Lisa Hennessy, author of Knit, Pray Share: Over 50 Creative Projects You Can Make to Bless Others (Harvest House, 2019).
"My experience with Clelia Gore and Martin Literary Management has been everything I hoped for and more. Clelia's contacts and experienced editorial input have been invaluable. Her knowledge of the children's book market is expansive. A strong legal background gives her a leg up in negotiations. She's hungry, professional, timely (a rarity) and more importantly, she believes in a transparent process, providing feedback from editors and discussing strategies. In short, if you have the opportunity to work with her, take it!"
- Cheryl Lawton Malone, author of Dario and the Whale
"In working with Sharlene as part of her ghostwriting "stable," I've discovered her to be one of the few agents who gives authors what they so desperately need: a clear, honest view of the publishing business and their prospects. She doesn't pull punches, gives authors the straight scoop, and is very selective about who she takes on. When she does take authors on, she goes to the mat for them and works to help them become the best they can be. She's tough-minded, shrewd, and skeptical, which are huge assets in this business. In an industry filled with spin and empty promises, Sharlene is a breath of fresh air."
- Tim Vandehey, Ghostwriter
"I can't say enough about what Sharlene Martin has meant to me professionally and personally. In a little over two years Sharlene has been able to sell four of my books, exceeding all of my expectations and helping me to fulfill my dream of becoming a working author. Not only is Sharlene a constant cheerleader and source of support for my efforts, but she is a tenacious businesswoman who always has her clients' best interests at heart and is willing to go to bat for them. She is also someone with a keen understanding of the marketplace who will give you honest feedback about what she thinks will sell, and as hard as it is sometimes to hear, what will not sell. I appreciate her candor and her hard work on my behalf."
- Amanda Lamb, author of Love Lies, Deadly Dose, Evil Next Door, Smotherhood, and I Love You to God and Back
“I’m so glad God brought Adria into my path. She’s the perfect fit for me. I love that she’s a Christian, likes picture books and books for older readers, plus stories about people from around the world. Adria is a go-getter and keeps me informed of the submission process. It’s only been a year and three months, and she’s already sold three picture books for me. She’s an editorial agent and is flexible with communication as I’m living on the other side of the globe. Sometimes I think Adria understands my writing better than I do. This last sale is a picture book idea she conceived and asked me to write. I’m so glad I got to meet her in person at a writing conference in 2017. I’m so thankful for an awesome agent and look forward to future books with her.”
- Tina Cho, Author of Rice From Heaven, 2018 (Little Bee Books), Korean Celebrations (Tuttle, 2018)
"Sharlene understands her clients more than any other literary agent I've worked with. For us it was all about trust. Publishing a book inspired by my daughters, there was nothing more personal than my children's legacies. Sharlene not only helped us advance our cancer research charity, through wide publication of the book, but also became a trusted friend in guiding us through the turbulent waters of mass market publication."
- Keith Desserich, Notes Left Behind
"Sharlene Martin is the perfect literary agent. Sharlene offered me crucial guidance and encouragement, while simultaneously pushing my project aggressively to those who count. When revisions were requested, Sharlene guided me through the process and wouldn't rest until she saw the result we both wanted-a book sale. Also, she's just a lot of fun to hang out with."
- Jane Velez Mitchell, author of iWant and Addict Nation
"When I carpet-bombed literary agents, asking if any of them would be interested in my true crime manuscript, none of them could be bothered to respond to the email of a no-name no-credit writer. But Sharlene Martin saw something that those other agents couldn't see:
a successful book."
- Kevin Flynn, author of Wicked Intentions, Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead and Dark Heart
"Sharlene Martin is a supreme professional, a pleasure to work with, and a very tough negotiator - a good thing if she's on your team."
- Pablo F. Fenjves, Bestselling Ghostwriter and Screenwriter (WGA)
"MLM’s logline is 'Considerate Literary Management For The 21st Century'. Personally, I think it's a short-sell. This is the most indefatigable, no nonsense, two-fisted literary agency in the business today."
- Jeffrey Buckner Ford, River of No Return: Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Woman He Loved