Monday, May 29, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interviw: Cyle Young, Agent, Hartline Literary

Tell us about Hartline Literary.

Hartline is one of the most established literary agencies serving the Christian book market and now works in the general book market as well. Over the years this has allowed us to build valuable relationships with editors, which helps us guide your work to the appropriate market.

We work with many award-winning authors and seek to add both published and promising new authors to our list. Our core strength is representing inspirational fiction and non-fiction books for adults. We do not market poetry or magazine articles. We represent most genres in inspirational or commercial fiction. We are now also working with Amazon through the White Glove Program to help our clients with self-publishing.  For more information, please contact a Hartline agent. We are probably not the right agency to market your literary fiction, nor do we represent books that contain extraordinary violence, unnecessary profanity, or gratuitous sexuality.

What are you looking for during the appointments?

Be yourself. I DON’T want you to pitch me your book. I want to see your writing. I want to get to know your words, and if I fall in love with your writing… well, that’s a really good thing! The majority of my clients are people who I met at writing conferences… so relax. We can have a normal conversation, because in truth I’m an author just like you. I know the frustration, fears, and anxieties all too well. I will look at any genre in fiction or non-fiction from children’s picture books to adult novels for either the Christian or general markets.

Give us a snapshot of your classes.

Binge Writing: Write Faster, Smarter, and in Less Time

Discover the binge writer in you. For some, writing is a talent, a special gift they were naturally born with. But for most, writing is a craft, improved upon over time by intentional practice and repetition. Every writer has the potential to write thousands of words, but often our lifestyle, atmosphere, and/or low self-esteem holds us back.

In this workshop, you will learn how to unlock your subconscious, control your internal censor, harness your ideal writing time, capture ideas, set goals, and most importantly, get a lot of words down on paper.

Market Like a Pro

Are you tired of seeing other authors attracting readers to subpar books and bundles only because they know how to market and you don’t? We’ll, now you can learn to market like a pro. In this workshop you’ll discover the secrets that indie authors use to continue to draw sales month after month.

Writing Devotionals

Devotions don’t have to be super-serious or so chocked full of scripture that there’s no room for a personal story. Jesus himself utilized scripture based stories and parables to launch a movement that changed the face of the world.  You can too! In this class, you will learn how to recognize the teachable moments in your everyday life, and use those moments and stories to create riveting devotions that capture the reader’s thoughts and direct their heart to Christ.

Read more about Hartline Literary.

Cyle Young is a force-sensitive dragon rider trapped in the modern world. When he and his three muggle padawans aren’t racing chocobos, they search for a magical wardrobe or time stone that may help them return home before The Nothing, Skeletor, or Skynet takes over this dimension. Cyle credits his 20+ writing awards to his discovery of the One Ring to Rule Them All. He lives in the Midwest and when he is not shopping manuscripts for Hartline Literary Agency, he can be found pastoring a growing church or lounging in his hammock beside the tranquil Grand River. More at

Write-to-Publish meets June 14-17
in the Chicago area.

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