My submission policy

I accept queries for the Lifestyle genre and everything under the Christian umbrella—children’s, young adult, adult, fiction and nonfiction, including memoir.

Please send your queries to Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com

I am currently interested in developing a Christian client base, as well as a Lifestyle client base. I am looking for work featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives.

I am looking for Lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements.

For Christian fiction queries, please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. Also, please include a link to your Twitter account, if you have one.

For Christian nonfiction queries, please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. Indicate whether you have a proposal prepared.

For Lifestyle queries, please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. Include links to social media accounts and indicate whether you have a proposal prepared.

Why dream scenes don’t work

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I went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how much I dislike reading dream scenes.

I understand that dream scenes are supposed to give you insight into the character’s psyche, but they read as heavy-handed and make the writing feel lazy.

If a character has a fear of their father, for example, I don’t want to read about a dream the character has in which their father is represented by a giant stomping around their neighborhood, yelling in a booming voice and then transforming into a herd of spiders. Okay, in hindsight that actually sounds kind of awesome, but I still would much rather read about a childhood memory that shows why the character is afraid of their father.

Show me a moment from the protagonist’s childhood– that moment in the grocery store where the father kicked a display of cereal boxes and caused the entire mountain of boxes to come toppling down on top of the protagonist. Describe to me the sharp edges of the cereal boxes digging into your character’s arm. Tell me about the grocery store manager trying to calm the father down. Show me something like that.

Dream scenes are almost never enjoyable to read, anyway. They’re confusing and weird and it’s not much different from your spouse or your coworker telling you about the dream they had last night. Dreams are interesting when you experience them, but so boring to hear about.

Cut the dream scene out of your manuscript. Don’t take the easy way out. Your story will thank you, your characters will thank you, and your future readers will thank you.

What I’m looking for

My wish list:

PICTURE BOOKS:

  1. Picture book that features a foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
  2. Picture book that features a Muslim child/family
  3. Picture book that features a refugee family
  4. Picture book about a lesser-known Christian tradition from a non-western country/culture
  5. Picture book dealing with a mental health issue
  6. Picture book about a glow worm
  7. Picture book biography of a lesser-known woman in history (particularly a WOC)
  8. Picture book about a lesser-known woman in the Bible
  9. Picture book about a young black girl navigating a natural hair routine— maybe a mother + daughter story
  10. Any picture book that tells a story from history’s footnotes

YOUNG ADULT:

  1. Young adult novel about a teenager with a personal project or mission
  2. Young adult novel about a Black Lives Matter advocate
  3. Young adult novel about a teenager passionate about social justice

LIFESTYLE:

  1. Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
  2. Guidebook/workbook for self-care
  3. Quirky gift books
  4. Adult coloring book

CHRISTIAN LIVING/DEVOTIONALS:

  1. Christian Living book with a social justice focus
  2. Christian Living book that unpacks the goat + lamb parable in Matthew 25:31-46.
  3. Devotional for dating couples
  4. Devotional for women
  5. Devotional for creatives—perhaps with a focus on the artists, poets, musicians, and other creatives of the Bible
  6. Devotional for someone with anxiety + depression (Important to note I see these as mental health issues, not sin issues.)
  7. Devotional with a social justice focus
  8. Devotional coloring book

OTHER:

  1. Adult fiction fictionalized account of Aileen Wuornos’ life, in the vein of Emma Cline’s The Girls