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

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My wish list:

  1. A picture book that features a foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
  2. A picture book that features a Muslim child/family
  3. A picture book that features a refugee family
  4. A young adult novel about a teenager with a personal project or mission
  5. A young adult novel about a Black Lives Matter advocate
  6. A young adult novel about a teenager passionate about social justice
  7. A picture book dealing with a mental health issue
  8. A How to Love Your LGBTQ Neighbor guide in the vein/style of Jesus Feminist
  9. A back-to-the-earth lifestyle book
  10. A how-to-live-a-fair-trade-lifestyle book/guide
  11. A picture book about a lesser-known Christian tradition from a non-western country/culture
  12. A picture book about a glow worm
  13. A picture book biography of a lesser-known woman in history
  14. A picture book about a lesser-known woman in the Bible
  15. A devotional for dating couples
  16. An adult fiction fictionalized account of Aileen Wuornos’ life, in the vein of Emma Cline’s The Girls
  17. A self-care guide
  18. A picture book about a young black girl navigating a natural hair routine— maybe a mother + daughter story
  19. Any book that tells a story from history’s footnotes