Sharlene began working
in television in 1993 as a partner in Martin/ Walker-Lampley
Productions, a company formed with Bree Walker, a CBS prominent
television news anchor in New York and Los Angeles. Sharlene also
spent time as a reality television developer for Media Savvy,
and as an Associate Casting Director with Joy Todd. Her most challenging
casting project for film was the movie "Gods and Generals,"
with 156 speaking roles.
In 2003, Sharlene began devoting herself full-time to her passion
for great stories and formed Martin Literary Management.
Her agency has experienced extraordinary success in sales and
alliances. A quick visit to the pages of the company website verifies
the well-rounded nature of her acquisitions as well as the extensive
sales success that her clients' books have enjoyed. In the nine
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
She has represented numerous New York Times bestselling nonfiction
books including Raffaele Sollecito's book, Honor Bound:
My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox, HLN's
Jane Velez-Mitchell's IWant, 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 murder of Ron Goldman
and Nicole Simpson. Additionally, she represented true crime reporter
Diane Dimond's investigative book into the "White House Gatecrashers"
entitled Cirque Du Salahi. She recently sold, in
a major deal, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan
and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six to Atria Books/Simon
and Schuster, May, 2013.
Many of her authors have had their books boosted as serial reprints
in publications as prestigious as Readers' Digest, People Magazine,
and the London Times and in the recent past, five of her clients
have appeared on Oprah. Other client appearances include The Today
Show, The View, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, The Early
Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, Discovery Channel, TruTV, Inside Edition,
The 700 Club, ET, The Insider, ABC Nightline, Dr. Phil, Anderson
Cooper 360, CNN and HLN and Fox News, to name a just a few.
successes have encouraged others to work with her, and she is
actively doing business with a host of film and TV companies for
the adaptation of her clients' books into screenplay form. Hallmark
Hall of Fame's acclaimed TV movie in December, 2008 was based
on "Front of the Class." She was Executive Producer
of Lifetime's 2012 movie, The Pregnancy Project,
which garnered the 2012 Imagen Awards for Best Primetime
Movie/Special and Best Actress (Alexa Vega). She is Co-Creator/Producer
of the reality series, DEADLY SINS for Discovery
ID, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions which is currently
entering its third season. She has a multitude of scripted and
unscripted projects in development with the top production companies
and is often sought out for books for adaptation.
editors and writers who deal with her consistently express their
joy in working with someone who is such an avid fan of good writing
AND 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.
is the co-author with Anthony Flacco of Publish
Your Nonfiction Book (Writer's Digest Books). In it, Sharlene
shares many of the secrets of success that she uses to counsel
her own clients on their road to authorship.
She is also the co-author of the new book, Literary
Fails: Totally (sic)! -- a selection of the worst 101 Query
letters received by MLM in the past ten years with original artwork
and snarky comments by Sharlene in response. Everything a writer
should NOT do is in this little book!
Sharlene divides her time between Southern California and Mercer
Island (Seattle, Washington) with her mate of 18 years, Anthony
Flacco, an international bestselling author and screenwriter.
For more see: www.MartinLiteraryManagement.com
*Sharlene Martin, as Manager, is attached as a Producer
to all of her clients' projects per contractual agreement with
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Cat/Media Bistro March 26,2010
Island Review, June 18, 2008
Publishers Weekly, April 28, 2008
Writer’s Digest Magazine, Nov.-Dec., 2007