Sign In
Literary Agents

Mr. Cyle Young

Hartline Literary Agency

123 Queenston Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15235

E-Mail: To protect agents from spam, email addresses are hidden except to logged-in members. Join Now



AAR Member: No

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

Learn more about this agent, including:

  • Genres of Interest
  • Typical Response Times
  • Best Query Methods

Become a QueryTracker Member (Free)

Query Guidelines

Place “WEBSITE SUBMISSION – (Your Genre)” in the Subject line

Leave comments about your experiences with this literary agent, or read what other authors have to say.

from leftyfelix2
Yesterday 7:19 pm

DO NOT SUBMIT TO AGENCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After sending them a proposal I worked on for 2 hours (not worth it, trust me), they rejected it within an hour.
Claim #1 - I had no social media links ANYWHERE when they were in the signature of the query letter email.
Claim #2 - Very uninteresting.
Very cruel & rude, I found. A literary agent should be looking over your proposal, taken proper time that is needed in order to do so, and reading over your chapters instead of rejecting just by one quick look. He even said that he's "getting away from the Christian genre because it doesn't sell as much anymore" where, on the bio of the Hartline website, it actually says otherwise.
from Twinlet2
Sep 29, 2020 10:29 am

I have a few friends who are agented under him. I do not recommend him as an agent.
from Claxton
Sep 28, 2020 12:17 pm

His entire twitter activity for the past few months is just links to his gaming streams and other random BS. Weird.
from EricaEditor
Mar 14, 2020 7:31 pm

Wow. His whole agency (C.Y.L.E) is sketchy. I checked PM and all his junior agents sold to the same (digital) publishing house (INtense), which may even be a side project of his.
from greyowlstudio
Dec 17, 2019 10:04 am

This guy just wants everything to be as easy for him as possible. In part, it's an agent's job to give their authors a following. Building it on Twitter, FB, or through a blog takes an immense amount of time and it's very difficult to gain traction. Gaining thousands of followers on Twitter takes relentless tweets and retweets and most people don't have the time to do that and write.

Having a major publishing deal accelerates the process immensely. That's why people want an agent and a publishing deal because otherwise they're spinning their wheels trying to get people to read their books and blogs. But he wants authors to do all the heavy lifting ahead of time.

He comes across as a bit of a used car salesman/multi-level marketing type with dashes of con artist thrown in. I don't want to totally disparage the guy; maybe he's totally on the level once you get past his requirements, but I still get warning signals from his videos.
from Nadler369
Oct 15, 2019 2:38 pm

To submit, you must watch 3 indulgent, arrogant videos on his website to get a secret code. Even then, he's looking more at social media following than anything else. Not going to bother with him. The videos alone are exhausting to sit through.
from FloridanAspieWriter
Sep 30, 2019 2:59 pm

Thank you for the clarification. We had a chance to dive in. We love the
descriptions, but are having a harder time connecting with the voice.
Unfortunately, since we don't take on as much fiction, we're not the
best fit. But thank you so much for thinking of us.

The CYLE Team
from writing4life
Sep 25, 2019 9:32 pm

Beware of this agent:
from PHCrockett
Jul 30, 2019 11:45 am

I'm trying to submit to this agent, but the second of the three videos he wants me to watch isn't loading correctly. Based on the comments below about platform, it looks like he might not be a good fit for me anyway.
from KristenH
Jul 21, 2019 1:05 pm

I queried Cyle last year with all 3 mss before he was listed here on Querytracker. Here are my stats for them:

EQ 2/19/18 (Venom)--same day rejection (Passed--mentioned I need to edit it more and work on show vs tell)

EQ 8/28/18 (Requery Venom)
ER 9/28/18 (Passed--not a good fit)

EQ 3/26/18 (Chain Reaction)
ER 4/29/18 (Platform rejection--need 10K followers.) I might requery him this summer since I've hit 10K followers in a year.

EQ 9/28/18 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 3/24/19 (Passed--same platform rejection.)
from PSbookish
Apr 29, 2019 3:48 am

Wow I wish I read the comments before I submitted a query. If I get a response asking about social media I think I will just be honest and tell him that I have none. Submitted on 4/10/2019. Can't take it back I guess. Will update this when I get a response.

Genre: Dark Fantasy(I'm just going to put this because there is lots of death)
Word Count: 66,000
from Elysia
Apr 09, 2019 10:12 pm

Was planning to query him, but based on the comments below, I've taken him off of my list. Really weird that he's so into social media numbers for genres like YA Fantasy.
from KarolSevilla
Sep 06, 2018 7:35 pm

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

Are you submitting nonfiction or fiction?

To read more comments about this agent, or to leave comments of your own, become a QueryTracker member.

Agent Reports.

QueryTracker Members can view the data gathered by all other members, organized into reports showing...

  • The Number of Queries Sent and Their Replies
  • Query Response Times
  • Most Popular Manuscript Word-Counts
  • Most Popular Genres
  • Historic Trends
  • And Much More