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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 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 kciswriting
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.
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


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.

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