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Mr. Cyle Young

Hartline Literary Agency

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Cyle Young

Hartline Literary Agency

123 Queenston Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Middle Grade
Picture Book
Science Fiction
Young Adult


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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
04/20/2023 06:06 PM
Bad communication--didn't even respond to my email (and follow-up emails) about terminating our contract (which would've been moot anyway since Hartline closed and he never told me he'd started a new agency, where he pulled most of his clients over to.) He will not read your books or give you feedback once you're a client and seems to invest more time into being a gamer.

I tried to check in with him every couple of months but heard from him *maybe* once a year. He never told me where he sent my proposals and never sent me updates on anything even though his "Welcome" email told me he would keep me apprised of all submissions. He expects you to grow your platform to ridiculous numbers but doesn't uphold what he says you can expect of him.

Great guy, not a great agent. Don't submit or sign with him.
Patrick (Admin)
09/01/2022 03:55 PM
Thanks NightSky. He's been doing both for quite some time now.
09/01/2022 03:37 PM
@Patrick - I think he started a new agency? It's called Cyle Young Literary Elite or C.Y.L.E.
03/04/2022 05:47 PM
ok, so I'm starting to think he's some sort of scammer . . . I came across him at a writer's conference and it wasn't until after attending one of his classes that I decided to add him to my pitch list. He seemed wickedly smart and a go-getter. I had previously pawed through his stats before the conference, so I did have some background on him. And honestly, i TRUSTED the writer's conference to VET their speakers before they agree to let them IN . . .

Anyway, I managed to hook all 3 of my agents I pitched to. I had spent years building my social media platform and building an audience for my book . . .

AKA, you can blame ME for everything.

Before he'd met me in early spring 2020, he was your fairly normal agent (whatever normal is). When I told him of my years of labor to build my own audience to market my writing to, and how i planned to sell everything, his eyes lit up (along with the other agents).

he was the first to reply back on my submitted work, and I had already decided that whichever agent came back with an answer first would be the one I'd pick. he signed me on, saying he had a publisher right off the batt for one of my works. I explained my long term marketing plans, and how i made money on social media.

(for the record, I wrote a book that agents kept telling me there was no market for, so I started a YouTube channel on it to test the waters. I was able to both show the market AND gain a prospective audience. That's the ONLY reason I started it.) I grew to over 60,000 followers.

I never heard from him again.

It was covid era, so i figured he was dealing with stuff backing up. I decided to take the time to work more on my manuscript and let him do his job. A bit over a year later, I saw an opportunity for one of my books, and sent it to him again telling him we need to jump on this. But I had a bad feeling in my stomach. . . . the contract stated he would contact me NO LESS than 4 times a year . . . he hadn't even ONCE!

So I did some digging. Turns out that summer he began plotting, and in the fall of 2020 started his own YouTube channel . . . seems like a conflict of interests, but as long as he's marketing my work I don't care.

BUT, I still have not heard from him. I might just end up terminating my contract. It will be his MAJOR loss. You see, my book is a children's book that deals with war . . . it's one of those rare jewels of a book. One that must be marketed at just the right moment, but will sell hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. He will find out soon enough that social media as a job is a rabbit hole he does NOT want to go down. I do encourage everyone to have the start of something in social media. Either a blog or Facebook or Instagram. Not to build and amass a massive following, but to simply stay connected to your audience.

Editing youtube videos has given me insight into both my audience, and how to better edit my work.
-- WTFarm Girl
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
07/15/2021 07:59 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks ashmore_brad
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