Looking to submit your book proposal to Bethany Jett of the C.Y.L.E. agency? Give your work the best chance of being looked at by following the guidelines below.

Learn more: Bethany’s Publisher Marketplace page

 

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.

Acquiring:

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 in these areas:
YA Fantasy (urban, low, magical realism), Literary, MG

I’m only looking for picture book projects by referral, from people that I’ve requested to see a proposal, or from those who pitched or met me at a conference.

Not acquiring:

Poetry, Sci-Fi, High Fantasy, Horror, Erotica, Adult Fiction, Memoir

Proposal Guidelines

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.

Proposal Requirements:

For nonfiction, see the proposal sample outline here: Nonfiction Proposal Sample Outline 

For fiction, submit the proposal and the first five pages (although manuscript should be complete, edited, and polished).

Proposal must include:

  • One-Sentence Hook
  • Back cover copy
  • Genre and Word Count
  • Completion Date
  • Bio
  • Marketing Plan
  • Comps
  • Detailed Synopsis
  • First ten pages

Submission Guidelines

There are two ways to submit to me.

1. Via Query Manager:

QueryManager.com/bethanyjett

2. Via email:

Include your query in the body of the email and attach the proposal as a Word document or PDF to the email. Do not paste the proposal into the body of the email.

Use the industry standard formatting for your first five pages:
Times New Roman, 12pt font, double-spaced

Follow the guidelines for proposals as shared above.

Send query and proposal to: submissions@cyleyoung.com.

Format the subject line as: Query Bethany Jett | Genre
ex: Query Bethany Jett | YA urban fantasy

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be automatically rejected.

 

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?

No.

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!).