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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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from Patrick (admin)
Jul 15, 2021 7:59 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks ashmore_brad
from ashmore_brad
Jul 15, 2021 7:51 pm


July 15, 2021. Closed to submissions. See https://cyleyoung.com/submissions/
from Claxton
Apr 09, 2021 12:50 pm


I submitted to this guy once when I was really new to querying. Looking over his track record, I'd never do it again. He makes himself out to be this super special agent worth going through a YouTube maze to have the privilege of querying, only for most of his sales to be to a single small agency that accepts author submissions.

Don't query this guy.
from jdruffin
Apr 06, 2021 8:41 am


EQ: 4/6/21

Fantasy 78k
from TinaHendricks
Oct 31, 2020 2:08 pm


adult com fantasy-mag realism, 88k 10/31/20
from wreaditor
Oct 29, 2020 9:19 am


Was formerly represented by him. Would not recommend.
from leftyfelix2
Oct 27, 2020 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.

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


Beware of this agent:

https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?337606-C-Y-L-E-(Cyle-Young-Literary-Elites)
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.

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