Submission Instructions

As an agent for Cyle Young Literary Elite, I represent both authors and illustrators and am always looking to broaden my reach in the secular and Christian markets. Instructions for submitting to my agency are detailed under the “submissions” tab at www.cyleyoung.com. Pay careful attention to these! If you’d like your query to reach specifically me and not the entire agency, send it to kenzi@cyleyoung.com. Before you submit, read through my Manuscript Wish List below, where you’ll find the things I’m accepting and also the things I’m closed to at the moment. This changes, so check back regularly!

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For Authors and Illustrators

Illustrators

If you’re an illustrator looking to work in picture books, graphic novels, or cover design, I’d love to see your work! I especially love animation, watercolor, and unique styles and mediums, but I’m open to looking at anything! Send a bio, portfolio link, and art samples to kenzi@cyleyoung.com.

Status: Open.

Children’s

In picture books I love fairy tell re-tellings, mythology, and anything with a whimsical, magical air or dealing with real-world problems. Both at once, if possible! I believe it’s important to allow children a place at the table in the important discussions of our world, so bring me all your age-appropriate books about current issues! I’m especially interested in anything involving plant life or environmentalism, and books (both fiction and nonfiction) that include a focus on STEM-related topics. If you can teach me something I didn’t know and do it in a non-condescending way, I want to talk to you!

Status: Closed. I’m full on picture books at the moment, but check back soon!

YA and MG

Fairy tale-retellings and anything mythology related (especially Norse) are my absolute favorite things! I’m a magic realism (especially with a little history mixed in) and urban fantasy junkie, but I also love creative magic, high, low, or mid-fantasy, and anything with a whimsical air or lyrical voice. Bonus points if your book discusses current or important issues without losing that mystical aspect of escapism, and without pounding me over the head with a message. I like romantic elements, but I’m not a huge romance novel person, so I’d prefer not to receive anything with romance as the primary plot line. ALSO, graphic novels! I’m always looking for these. If you have one, send me two or three full spreads and the first fifty pages of the script.

Did I mention Viking-inspired books? Because I LOVE them.

Some of my favorites: Sky in the Deep, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, Percy Jackson, Peter and the Starcatchers, The Raven Cycle, and the Inkheart Trilogy. 

Status: Open.