Thanks for popping in!
As a traditionally published nonfiction author, I know firsthand the weight of “platform-platform-platform.” And yet, while here I am on the agent side, still saying, “Platform. Platform Platform.”
That said, I am looking for career-driven individuals who are living out their message and not waiting for the book to jumpstart their marketing efforts.
To that end, I’m looking for writers who are self-motivated go-getters with either large platforms or micro-influencers with high engagement rates. I represent books in both the ABA and CBA markets.
Nonfiction in these areas:
Narrative, How-to, Lifestyle, Business, Leadership, Self-help, Cooking, History, Politics/Current Affairs, Christian Living, Inspirational/Gift, Devotionals, Bible studies, Advice, Relationships, YA & MG
Fiction & Picture Books:
I’m open to submissions from people that I’ve requested to see a proposal, who have pitched me or met me at a conference, or by referral.
Poetry, Sci-Fi, High Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Adult Fiction, Memoir. I am not interested in books filled with vulgarity, erotica, or horror.
I am accepting queries via Query Manager: QueryManager.com/bethanyjett
Query Letter: This is your first impression, so make it count. Many manuscripts are rejected because the writer cannot craft a professional query letter.
More info on writing a great query letter can be found here.
For nonfiction, see the proposal sample outline here: Nonfiction Proposal Sample Outline
Proposal must include:
- One-Sentence Hook
- Back cover copy
- Genre and Word Count
- Completion Date
- Marketing Plan
- Detailed Synopsis
- First three chapters
For fiction, submit the proposal and the first ten pages (although the manuscript should be complete, edited, and polished).
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I expect a response?
If Bethany is interested in representing your work, she will be in touch. However, if you haven’t heard back within 60 days, consider the submission rejected.
I haven’t heard back and would like to “nudge.” Should I?
What is an R&R request?
An R&R means that you’ve been invited to revise and resubmit. This doesn’t mean your resubmission moves to the top of the inbox, but it does give you the opportunity for a second chance.
Can I submit or remind Bethany about a query in Facebook Messenger, Twitter or Instagram DMs, or by texting her?
This is your quickest way to guarantee a rejection.
Does Bethany accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but be sure to include that information in the query letter. However, if you’ve submitted to someone else within the C.Y.L.E. Agency, do not submit to Bethany.
Why does it take so long to hear back if the website says an agent is open for submissions?
An agent’s first priority is to her clients, which means a lot of time is spent with their work, shopping the manuscripts, contract negotiations, and the business side of agenting. While agents who are open to submissions are willing to add new clients to their list, they must make sure they’re managing their time well (which is something you want your agent to do for you!).