Cyle Young

January 13, 2016

Just 18 Winters

Six degrees isn’t too cold to go tubing. People always talk about summer as the most opportune time for spending time together outside with your children. While I don’t disagree, let’s not forget about winter, especially those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon. Winter weather provides it own unique blend of family adventure opportunities, and nothing bonds a family better than freezing your […]
December 22, 2015

Happy “Early” New Year

Would you like to enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve without the late night and cranky children? Well you can, especially if you have young children. A couple of years ago my wife and I decided to embrace YouTube to create a unique New Year’s Eve tradition. We streamed videos of New Year’s Eve celebrations from all over the world with our children. We did this […]
December 2, 2015

Never Cross a Tyrasor!

Tyrasor, a creature from my novel, The First Bondson. Thoughts?
November 25, 2015

Introducing Fenrick the First – The Gobbin King

Concept art for Fenrick the First, main character in my short story, Unwanted Father, and main character in The Gobbin King. What do you think?
November 18, 2015

Concept Art – Gobbins – The Gobbin King

Concept art for a race of Gobbins in my fantasy project, The Gobbin King. Thoughts?
November 14, 2015

Happy Trees – Guest Post

Check out my monthly regular column on www.just18summers.com. http://just18summers.com/happy-trees/    
November 11, 2015

Olvish Concept Art – Torn Kingdom

Concept art for Namshalla Flameharker and Qiol Flameharker from my fantasy novel, Torn Kingdom. Thoughts?
November 4, 2015

Work In Progress Concept Art – Torn Kingdom

Here is a work in progress concept image for one of the main characters in my fantasy novel, Torn Kingdom. Namshalla Flameharker, is an olvish royal from the Kingdom of Yanolia. What do you think?
November 2, 2015

Author or Artist – Guest Post

Check out my post and decide whether you are an Author or an Artist. http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2015/10/is-writer-author-or-artist.html
October 29, 2015

Goodyear Blimp

I recently took my son to the University of Michigan to watch a college football game. The two of us made it a day trip. We drove six hours, round-trip, to experience Michigan football together. As a father, I was so excited to take my nine-year-old with me. He’s a burgeoning Michigan fan, and I want to encourage his desire to root for my alma […]
June 15, 2017

“Smell” Writing: 5 Senses

I don’t know about you, but every time I smell cinnamon rolls in the oven, I am transported back to 1980’s. My thoughts drift to waking up on Sunday morning to the sweet smell of breakfast baking in the kitchen. My stomach growls. My mouth salivates, and I can almost hear my mother rustling the dishes. What a great memory from my childhood. Smell has […]
March 19, 2017

Three “Hot” Amazon Subgenres or Trends?

As both an author and agent, people are always asking what are some “hot” Amazon subgenres or trends. This is always a loaded question and one that is very difficult to answer. I recently reviewed some interviews from some of the biggest traditional publishers on this topic. Most of them refused to give an answer, and those that didn’t dodged the question. Why is it […]
June 29, 2016

5 More Things I’ve Learned as a New Literary Agent… (Part 2)

Every day as a new literary agent, I have wonderful, exhilarating, and often very humorous interactions with people, editors, manuscripts, and prospective clients. These first few months at Hartline Literary Agency have provided me with an ever-growing wealth of insight that I hope will help aspiring authors on their journey to find publishing success. I am fortunate to represent clients across three continents and to […]
June 22, 2016

3 Things I’ve Learned As A New Literary Agent… (Part 1)

A couple of months ago, I began the new and exciting adventure of becoming a literary agent with Hartline Literary Agency. The last few months have brought a whirlwind of information, learning, emails, reading manuscript submissions, and signing clients. In just a matter of days, my inbox became flooded with submissions from authors seeking representation, and as I reviewed manuscript after manuscript and proposal after […]