Sharlene Martin, Literary & Media Manager

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 & Media 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 ten 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 genre books.

She has represented numerous New York Times bestselling nonfiction books including Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Anthony Flacco, Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story by Shanna Hogan, 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 murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson.

Many of her authors have had their books boosted as serial reprints in publications as prestigious as Readers' Digest, People Magazine, WHO, and the London Times and five of her clients have appeared on Oprah. Other client appearances include 60 Minutes, 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, HLN, Discovery ID and Fox News, to name a just a few.

Her 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 her client's book, 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 will serve as Producer on the feature film, Sandstorm, with Ambitious Art Productions Limited, a U.K. based entertainment company. She will also serve as Executive Producer of Impossible Odds, as optioned by SONY Television Studios. She also has a one hour scripted series, INSECURITY, in partnership with Oasis Management and Shane Brennan (NCIS) in development with CBS Prod. and serves as an Exec. Producer. 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.

Publishers, 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.

She 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 Mercer Island (Seattle, Washington) and Los Angeles with her mate of 20 years, Anthony Flacco, an international and NY Times bestselling author, AFI alumni and screenwriter. For more see:

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Publishers Weekly, April 28, 2008

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