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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Ginger Kolbaba, Nonfiction Continuing Class and Manuscript Makeovers

Please give us a description of your Writing Nonfiction Continuing Class.

Writers write more nonfiction than anything else—and I see an awful lot of awful nonfiction writing! So in this class, we’ll sharpen our writing skills for all our nonfiction work—from articles, to blog posts, to memoirs and books. You can even make your recipe writing stronger! We’ll cover tips to write clearly and concisely, how to add description and why that’s essential, what to put in and what to leave out, how to research and capture great interviews, how to avoid common writing mistakes, and how to revise and polish your content.

Who should attend your class?
This class is for beginners and intermediate—although to be fair, it’s a great refresher for the “expert” writer too.

Anything you would like to add?
Sometimes we get this idea that we just sit and type and brilliance happens. But great writing is a lot of wrestling. When you know what you actually need to wrestle with, you have a greater chance at getting published. My class will help you with your wrestle mania training. 

Manuscript Makeovers:
I’m also leading the manuscript makeover class on Thursday night. We still have some openings. It’s a great opportunity to get more personal coaching—and it’s available for both fiction and nonfiction writing. []

Who should schedule an appointment with you?
I’m actively acquiring articles for parents of teens, tweens, adopted, and special needs children. Other than that, if you just want to hang out and ask questions about writing, editing, or favorite movies, I’m good with that too.

How can they best prepare for an appointment?
Breathe. I meet so many writers who are nervous during these appointments! No need to be. Come open to present an idea and then to listen and learn how to make it better.

Read more about Ginger Kolbaba.

June 14-17 in the Chicago area.