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Bethany Jett
C.Y.L.E.

Meet-and-Greet


After starting my writing career in 2012 at a writers conference, followed by an agency contract and traditional book deal three months later, I was smitten with the world of publishing. For the past several years, I’ve had several books traditionally published (including one under a pen name). After graduating with my MFA in Communications, I worked as a consultant with clients on book proposal creation and marketing strategy.

I’ve excited to work with clients and their proposals on this side of the industry so I can champion writers who are career-oriented and who are willing to put the work into their marketing strategy and execute those plans.

You can find more about me on ManuscriptWishList.com, AALA.org, and at my website BethanyJett.com.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR:

Nonfiction in these areas:
COOKBOOKS!!!!!
Narrative,  How-to, Lifestyle, Business, Leadership, Self-help, History, Politics/Current Affairs, Narrative, Christian Living, Inspirational/Gift, Devotionals, Bible studies, Advice, Relationships,  YA & MG

Specifically, nonfiction writers who are living the messages in their books. This is reflected in their platform (which is not solely dependent on social media numbers, although that plays a part). With regards to platform, engagement means more to me than the number of followers.

Fiction:
I'm interested in YA & MG low fantasy and magical realism with extremely deep POV. Extremely deep. For adult fiction, I'm looking exclusively for cozy mysteries.

Picture book projects:
I'm open to fiction PB with strong story arcs and I love nonfiction PBs with STEM back matter. For rhyming PB, I'm looking for true rhyme (not near rhyme) that follows correct meter beats.

Not Looking For:


I’m not interested in memoir, poems, or books filled with vulgarity, erotica, or horror. Manuscripts filled with the f-bomb are not my cup of tea.

Hoping this is Helpful


In an effort to help you see if we'll be a good fit, here are some bonus thoughts. My goal is to help navigate the subjective part by sharing (or over-sharing).

Although these books and authors are amazing, I'm not looking for books where the comps are LOTR, ACOTR, or anything by Rick Riordan. I loved The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black, but it's at the upper echelon of my comfortability level with teen "romance."

FUN FACTS

Some Fiction Faves
Kiera Cass’s Selection series; Caraval series; Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince series; anything and everything by Victoria Holt #nostalgia; Pride & Prejudice because #classic; V.E. Schwab’s City of Ghosts series; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

This book haunts and lingers:
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Nonfiction Faves
How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead changed my life, followed by Grit by Angela Duckworth; All of Gary Vaynerchuk’s books; You are a Brand! by Catherine Kaputa; Dancing on the Head a Pen by Robert Benson pulled me out of my one-and-only writer’s block slump.

Current obsessions
• Cookbooks, including one by my favorite grandma influencer “Brunch with Babs.”
• Narrative nonfiction and true crime books (and binge-watching documentaries and mini-series). Some faves: The Witness Wore Red; Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey; Inventing Anna; The Thing About Pam; The Tinder Swindler; The Dropout


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Travel, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, Children's books, Sports, African-American, Cozy mysteries, YA magical realism, YA low fantasy, MG magical realism, MG low fantasy, Picture books
LEADING CLIENTS
As a newer agent, I’m working with my clients on their upcoming books and do not take credit for their past publications. Here are a few of the clients I’m proud to represent for their next projects:

Stephanie Jones
Better known as Giving Gal, Stephanie Jones is a former police officer, daughter of a police officer, and is married to a police officer. She’s a successful author, speaker, and entrepreneur and I’m excited to be representing her nonfiction works.

In 2004, Stephanie was appointed Director of Victim Services for the state of Indiana and spent countless hours with victims and their families. She worked on legislation, was a founding member of the Latino Coalition Against Sexual Assault, was on the board for MADD, and spoke out at countless victim services conferences.

Stephanie has spent the last decade speaking to groups small and large, writing two best-selling and award-winning books, a prayer and gratitude journal, and launching a children’s book series. Her unique experiences put her in a position to be an advocate for police officers, and their families and share the "other side" of the story.

Liz K. Hensel
Liz Hensel is a Marine Corps Veteran and wounded warrior. After being injured in Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury she focuses on advocacy issues for veterans and military families. She has her own podcast called Latina She Served. She started and is the CEO Of Leave No Paws Behind USA, a nonprofit dedicated in advocating for military families and their pets. She is the co-founder of luxury picnic set ups in Cleveland; Ohio called Picnics by the lake. She is the wife of active-duty Marine Michael, mom of Sabela and Noalani and two rescue dogs Prince and Queenie. She loves to read and write and is just for fun is currently finishing a doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Antwan L. Houser, Sr.
Antwan, a Pastor and United States Navy Veteran, member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, member of the Indianapolis Urban League as well as a Member of the Indiana Rotary Club is married with three children. He is a college graduate whom has achieved five degrees, to include an Associates, two Bachelors and two Masters. Antwan was the 2015 recipient of the Mayor’s Community Service Award for the State of Indiana awarded by Mayor Greg Ballard, he was the recipient of a Letter of Appreciation for his community service and service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day awarded by Congressman Andre’ Carson. He one whom lives by his life scripture “to whom much is given, much is required”. Additionally, Antwan founded and is the president of UPLIFT (United Pastors & Leaders Influencing Future Transformations.

Jennifer Renee Watson
Jennifer is a blogger, speaker, youth minister, pastor's wife, and mom who has been featured on (in)courage, Guideposts, The Mighty, She Believes, For Every Mom, and more. She co-founded Broken Girl Ministries in 2011 to help women find the same healing she found in Jesus Christ. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children in Northwest Arkansas. Learn more at www.jenniferreneewatson.com.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
MFA in Communications, focusing on marketing and public relations.
Co-owner of Platinum Literary Services from 2017 - 2022 (retired this year) focusing on book proposals and marketing strategy.
Ghostwriter for two nonfiction books.
3x award winner for book marketing campaigns.
Multi-award winner for my traditionally published books and article writing.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
I’m looking for proposals with well-developed marketing plans, particularly for nonfiction projects.
Follow the submission guidelines on my website. Happy querying!