The Formal Bio
Literary Agent. Published Novelist.
Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program.
More than 500 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com. She writes about 250-300 articles a year.
She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column "Hope's Hacks," tips and tricks to avoid writer's block, reaches 6,000+ readers weekly in the Serious Writer newsletter.
Her modern-day Daniel, “Blaze,” (Illuminate YA) released in June, and they contracted the sequel “Den” for July 2020.
Her superhero romance she co-wrote with Alyssa Roat releases from INtense Publications in 2021.
Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on Instagram and Twitter @hopebolinger
The Informal Bio
The Informal Bio
Hi! My name is Hope, and I bet you probably can't come up with a Hope joke I haven't heard before.
I am Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt combined: the best combo of driven and nerdy. You'll find me accidentally editing entire books in a day or dressing up like Red Riding Hood in public for no reason.
I started writing books at 16, because my best friend wrote them, and I wanted something to talk about other than Doctor Who.
After querying agents as a teen, I learned that this industry is tough and gets tougher by the day.
So I studied professional writing at Taylor University, became a literary agent a year before I graduated, got 40+ book deals for various clients, and got book deals for 4 of my own books (and was included in 2 others), all before I reached the age of 23.
When I'm not accidentally writing a book in 9 days, I love to participate in local theater, do modeling gigs, sing in choir, and ring handbells at my church (the snazziest instrument since the lyre).
Please let me know how I can encourage you on your writing journey or pray for you on your spiritual walk.
This industry is tough, but you're tougher. Keep writing.
List of Traditionally Published Books
The Quiet and the Storm (2017, Taylor University Press)
Daily Strength for Men (Contributor, 2018, Broadstreet Publishing)
Blaze (2019, IlluminateYA)
Den (2020, IlluminateYA)
Dear Hero (2020, Intense Publications)
Dear Henchman (2021, Intense Publications)
Writing and Selling Christian Children's Books (Contributor, 2021, New Hope)