It's great to meet ya!
If you've ever felt overwhelmed by what it takes to get your book published, you've come to the right place.There are so many options available to writers these days: traditional publishing, hybrid- or partner publishing, or the DIY self-publishing. Which is the right option for you? Which is the right option for your particular book? The writing and publishing industry is extremely subjective. It's a lot about who you know and perhaps more importantly, who knows you.
And who are we?
We are Cyle Young and Bethany Jett, two friends and authors who met at a writers conference. Both of us have ministry backgrounds: Bethany was a youth minister's wife in Florida for over a decade and Cyle is currently a full-time pastor in Michigan.Within the last few years, Cyle has become a literary agent for both the Christian market and the general market and Bethany has almost completed her master's degree in communications focusing on marketing and public relations. Both are published authors; Bethany released two books in 2019 with her co-author and Serious Writer Advisory Board Chairman Michelle Medlock Adams, and Cyle added representing illustrators to his client list. We share a love for college football (Go Big Blue & FSU!) and a desire to create a place where writers can learn the best practices for their craft, develop the marketing and PR skills they need to grow their platforms, and connect and network with agents, editors, and other writers.
2013 Selah Finalists
Cyle Young and Bethany Jett met for the first time at the Selah awards ceremony during the 2013 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Cyle Young and Bethany Jett set up displays before the North Carolina Christian Writers Conference.
2019 Serious Writer Awards
Cyle Young and Bethany Jett at the first annual Serious Writer Awards in NYC.
Board of Advisors
The Serious Writer, Inc. Board of Advisors is comprised of leading industry professionals.
Michelle Medlock Adams, Chairman of the Board
Bestselling author and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter
Bestselling novelist Pamela Clements
Publishing expert and former VP of a publishing house Steven James
National bestelling author
In 2012, Bethany Jett and Cyle Young attended their first writers conferences: Cyle at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Bethany at the Florida Christian Writers Conference.
Bethany was searching for purpose and Cyle was grieving the loss of his daughter. Both left their conference with an agency agreement and book deal.
Two years later their paths crossed at the Blue Ridge Conference where they were both finalists for a Selah Young Adult Nonfiction award. While neither of them took first place, who won second place is still up for debate!
In 2015, Cyle founded Almost An Author to give writers a platform and that same year Bethany started Serious Writer Academy to build a collection of online writing instruction.
In 2017 Bethany and Cyle merged their companies and formed Serious Writer, Inc., the parent company for Serious Writer Academy, Almost an Author, and Serious Writer Events.
Serious Writer’s mission is to set the industry standard for excellence for the clean and Christian writing markets through online courses, one-day boot camps, and writers conferences.
To date, they've hosted several conferences and one-day boot camps both in the United States and overseas. Additionally, Serious Writer partners with the Write-to-Publish Conference and Windsor International Writers Conference in Ontario.