Sharlene Martin (Sharlene@MartinLit.com)
Agency: Martin Literary Management
Home page: www.MartinLit.com
SHARLENE MARTIN, Literary Manager
Former development executive for television and independent producer for film, I have formed Martin Literary Management to reach out to new and published writers with the hope of providing them support and publishing opportunities.
I am especially receptive to great narrative non-fiction that is adaptable to film, fun pop culture subjects, meaningful memoirs, inspirational stories, some business, and self-help that\\\'s not too touchy-feely.
I welcome electronic queries of NON-FICTION ONLY in the form of a letter and synopsis. Please no attachments. I respond to all queries and will request material electronically to \\\"save the trees.\\\"
Writers should only submit their very best efforts and their query letter should be flawless.
Please see my website for more details about what I\\\'m interested in, what I\\\'ve sold, and what I look for in a query.
I am currently under contract to Writers Digest Books to write \\\"How to Get Published in Nonfiction\\\" for September, 2009 release.
BREE OGDEN, Associate Agent
Children\'s, YA, and graphic novels
Bree Ogden\'s life in the arts and training as an artist have combined to bring her to the new position she has just achieved as a literary agent for graphic novels and children\'s book with Martin Literary Management.
She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and spent much of her youth and teenage years intensely studying the performing arts. She attended Arizona School for the Arts and graduated with an emphasis on vocal performance and classical guitar.
At Chapman University she became a part of the Chapman University School of Music, under the direction of William Hall. It was after two years there that she felt her love of good writing pull her toward the art of journalism. The sensibilities developed by her life in the arts all came together for her when she moved on to Southern Virginia University and began to put her creative drive into writing.
Bree worked on SVU\'s newspaper, The Paladin, as both writer and editor for two years, and served as the editor-in-chief during her senior year. She devoted herself to the growth of the newspaper, eventually turning it into a newsmagazine that not only explored issues of concern to the school, but national and global issues as well. She was awarded Most Valuable Player and Editor of the Year by the paper, and in 2008, she was awarded SVU\'s Pioneer Award, an honor the University awards to two students each year.
After graduating from SVU with a bachelor\'s degree in philosophy, she entered the master\'s program in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. There she worked for the New England Press Association Bulletin, and also served as the features editor of the premier campus music magazine, Tastemakers Magazine.
She received her MA in Journalism with an emphasis in graphic design, photojournalism, and expository writing, then moved to the Seattle area where she entered the professional writing field at Martin Literary Management as an executive assistant to Sharlene Martin. In less than a year\'s time, Bree\'s strong work ethic and love of the writing process propelled her forward into a full agent\'s position with the company.
Bree is representing graphic novels at MLM because she is devoted to the genre as a passionate reader of all things graphic - and she credits her sixteen adorable nieces and nephews for inspiring her to also represent children\'s books.
She is thrilled to be working with Sharlene Martin and with the wonderful ghostwriting team and editorial staff of Martin Literary Management.
Contact her at Bree@MartinLiteraryManagement.com
Visit Bree\'s blog: www.agentbree.wordpress.com
Follow Bree on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/breeogden
KATE FOLKERS, Associate Agent
General adult fiction
After spending more than fifteen years in publishing in New York, Kate headed to Southern California and spent several years in the business there. She has recently moved to Seattle and is happy to be working as an Associate Literary Agent at Martin Literary Management.
Kate feels that getting out of Manhattan gives a fresh perspective to publishing and she loves working from the West Coast. Her publishing experience has encompassed working for Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harcourt Publishing, Abbeville Press and Harper. She has worked in Marketing, Sales, and Special Sales -- doing everything from being a sales rep to handling National Accounts like Borders and Barnes & Noble to marketing literary bestsellers to consumers.
She has worked with almost every imaginable type of book -– bestsellers, mysteries, journalism, foreign literature, children’s picture books, young adult literature, middle grade novels, photography and art books. She feels that having marketed and sold hundreds of books, nothing thrills her more than being involved in discovering new talent and working with writers to match their work with appropriate editors and publishing houses. It’s yet another dimension of helping books find the largest audience possible.
What Kate is Seeking:
The first step to getting that book published is finding an agent interested in the type of material that you write. With that in mind, she has listed the types of fiction books that as a Literary Agent she would find marketable.
What every good agent and editor knows above all else: plot sells! She is looking for wonderful storytelling, something that will keep her up at night turning pages. Fascinating characters in unpredictable situations. She is interested in all kinds of subjects and genres, including novels, mysteries/thrillers, historical fiction, women’s fiction, entertaining chick lit and urban fantasy. She enjoys humorous fiction when it’s well done.
What she is not interested in is when a writer says, “Vampire books are hot right now, here’s a vampire novel.” She finds that current trends in fiction tend to be crowded; only send to her if you really bring something new to an existing trend in fiction. Best not even to think in terms of “trends.” Don’t go chasing the audience—if you can tell a great story they’ll come find you.
Fiction Submission Process
Please see below for guidelines on what to include in your submission. If Kate is interested in seeing more, she will e-mail you back within 2-3 weeks.
What to include in your emailed submission package:
Fiction: Please send a query letter about what makes your book unique, a 2-3 page plot synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history, if you have one), and the first 30-50 pages of your manuscript.
•Let Kate know in your query letter if she is reading your work exclusively, in which case, she will give it top priority.
•Be sure to include all of your contact details (email address and phone number), so that she is able to reach you if she is interested in your project or if we have a question.
•If the book has been self-published or previously published, please let Kate know all the details – publisher, date, etc.
Listed in Jeff Herman's directory of agents: No
Reading fee: No