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Ms. Sharlene Martin

Martin Literary Management

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Sharlene Martin

Martin Literary Management

Seattle, WA
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Current Affairs/Politics
General Non-Fiction
Pop Culture
True Adventure/Crime
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02/23/2023 07:48 PM
I received a personal reply within an hour of my query: "Tom: I’m not taking on any new clients at this time, but I’ve shared your query with my agents and if one is interested, they’ll email you for the materials. Thanks."

SHe's the boss, so I'll score that as a recommendation to her colleagues. Fingers crossed.
09/19/2022 05:27 PM
Sharlene Martin is an amazing agent and agency. She cares deeply for her clients and really "goes to the mat" for them. When she was actively, and successfully representing my book, it felt like she never slept. She did not stop looking for publishers until she found two: Grove Press and Macmillan. If you are fortunate to land this agency, you are in very good hands.
04/05/2022 01:16 PM
Thank you for your query and the opportunity to read your work. Unfortunately, I feel that your submission isn’t quite right for my list at this time, and I regret that I am unable to take you on as a client.

I review every submission personally and this decision was made based on a number of factors, including this submission’s fit with my current interests. While this may be disheartening, please remember that not every agent is a fit for every writer. I hope you continue your publishing pursuits, and I wish you the very best.
06/17/2021 03:05 PM
05/10/2021 07:18 AM
Sharlene referred my Query to Delia Berrigan who responded with a very gracious and kind rejection letter. This project did not fit their needs at this time.
11/17/2020 08:11 PM
Her website gives a different email to submit: Sharlene@MartinLit.com

EQ: 11/16/2020
ER: 11/17/2020
68K Memoir
At least she was fast. Form letter, and for what it's worth, her form has become a lot more polite than what people have reported in the past.
05/25/2020 07:15 AM
EQ 5/20/2020
ER 5/24/2020

Form Letter
03/25/2020 01:24 PM
EQ 2/25/2020
ER 2/25/2020
Form response
Memoir 94k words
02/10/2020 02:37 PM
EQ 2/10/20
ER 2/10/20
100k memoir - form letter. I appreciated the quick response.
08/24/2019 02:13 PM
Gave me her book and told me to write my query to her standard and resubmit. I did with 72 hours. Conveniently another of her client is writing the same book I am. Not sure if this process was for me to buy her book(?) or what. After I thanked her she was condescending.
02/09/2018 06:58 AM
Same thing just happened to me.
Great comment.
04/28/2017 10:53 AM
Really condescending form letter rejection, including this line: "It pains me to know that quite often writers, in their zest for publication, overlook some of the most obvious tips to catching an agent’s eye and getting one step closer to their dream." Wow. Lucky for me, I had an offer yesterday.
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