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Mr. Cyle Young

Hartline Literary Agency

123 Queenston Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15235



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Website: hartlineagency.com

Blog: cyleyoung.com

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E-Mail: Yes

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from KarolSevilla
Sep 06, 2018 7:35 pm


EQ.
This agent does not want just established authors because I am an established author and all what he did was asking for more information of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It seems a little bit gross. He just want "media authors", not established authors.
Something I hated is the fact that in his email, he was just asking me for media. He never said anything about the book; good or bad. :(
from slbynum3
Aug 27, 2018 6:26 pm


It's fiction, it was YA fantasy. It's ridiculous that he wants a huge following if you've written fiction. He just wants authors that are already established it seems.
from Tricord
Aug 27, 2018 8:05 am


@slbynum3
Are you submitting nonfiction or fiction?
from slbynum3
Aug 26, 2018 4:50 pm


UPDATE: I was rejected 8/26/18, and he says I can resubmit once I 'have increased followers on social media'. I have 1200 followers on twitter. So like SpinyFirx said, querying him is a waste of time unless you're already famous. I surely won't be querying this agency again.
from SpinyFirx
Aug 18, 2018 12:40 pm


May work for you . . . but take note before you waste time watching his super-secret videos: this agent ONLY wants people who are ALREADY movers and shakers on (read: obsessed with) social media, as in having hundreds, thousands of blog-subscribers or Twitter followers. Never mind that a first-time author who spends all their time on social media probably won't be able to write anything worth reading . . .

And if somebody already had that kind of following, why would they even need an agent?
from grondoval
Aug 15, 2018 5:25 pm


EQ: 8/6/18
ER: 8/13/18

84K Adult SF

Thank you for your submission. I must pass at this time. I will add you to the agency email list to provide you with information and resources for your writing journey.
from t_amcdonald
Aug 13, 2018 6:10 am


Most of us have life responsibilities outside of writing: full-time jobs, children, everyday matters to attend. Some of us don't have, or didn't think to have, a following on social media. Having a following on social media has never been top on my elongated list of "things to do." So, in all the chaos of life, along with my passion for writing, I have to have "numbers." In other words, writing a great book doesn't matter. It's only the "numbers" that matter. Makes perfect sense to me.

Oh, and he mentions in his video that he represents an author who is the age of eighty. I think that is what I heard. Tell me why someone who is eighty would have a following on social media unless they were already known for something else?
from slbynum3
Jul 20, 2018 9:09 am


EQ: 7/12/18
Proposal request: 7/19/18
77K YA fantasy romance

I just sent a regular query with the subject line he said from the videos, plus I added info about my twitter followers, etc. I got the same email as @brandonmc87 about him being interested in my book, and to send him a full book proposal. Guess I'll see what happens next, but I agree with everyone that asking for a proposal for a fiction book is weird.
from brandonmc87
Jun 11, 2018 8:10 am


ER 4/19/18
Proposal Request 6/11/18 (see email below... weird that he requests a proposal for fiction)

100k Adult Dark Fantasy

I’m interested in your book. Please send a full book proposal in accordance to Hartline submission guidelines, to [redacted] with the words “Submittable Request” in Subject line. Please include specific and detailed platform numbers (number of Social Media followers, speaking engagements, previous book sales etc.) in your book proposal. Please also remember to attach your proposal in a word document. I look forward to your email.
Cyle Young
from Dryadwriter
May 31, 2018 6:05 pm


I'm soooo confused. Watched his videos, but on the agency website they say they want a proposal in a certain way, but on his website he doesn't say that, and then I read somewhere on the website about the first three chapters only, so can somebody help me make sense of the confusing way they have this set up?
from willow
Apr 24, 2018 7:52 am


Watched the videos then submitted on 4-22-18.
Got this response on 4-23-18: I’m interested in your book.  Please send a full book proposal in accordance to Hartline submission guidelines, to [redacted]  with the words “Submittable Request” in Subject line.  Please include specific and detailed platform numbers (number of Social Media followers, speaking engagements, previous book sales etc.) in your book proposal. Please also remember to attach your proposal in a word document. I look forward to your email.
Cyle Young

Not sure about the proposal. I contacted a couple of editor friends and they said it's unusual and looks like I'd be in for a lot of the legwork throughout the process. Going to send what he wants and proceed with caution.
4-24-18 Proposal sent.
from brandonmc87
Apr 19, 2018 9:19 am


EQ 4/19/18 - Included only Platform info, Full Synopsis, and Chapter 1-3. Didn't include my normal query (sounded like he didn't want it). At the very least this guy motivated me to start a Youtube channel
from 22niel
Mar 10, 2018 2:09 pm


EQ: 02/08
ER: 03/10
from Mynamewastaken
Nov 27, 2017 9:26 am


EQ 11/26 after watching videos
FR 11/27
from Boreas
Nov 01, 2017 3:34 pm


EQ: 11/1/17

YA Action/Drama 107k

He seems like a very interesting, passionate agent. I enjoyed his submissions videos.

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