Posts Tagged ‘slush’

FYI: Website Issues

Posted: 1st May 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Either I installed the wrong plugin here, or I annoyed someone (or several someones) with some hacking ability. Since the first of the year, my website has been hacked three or four times affecting everything from the contact form at to¬† email, and even this blog. There will be more updates later, but obviously […]

500 And Beyond

Posted: 16th September 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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According to one of the handy dandy stats built into the blog this is the 500ish th post. I’m still tweaking things here to get them to my liking. Some of you will note I’ve ditched Intense Debate for Disqus for managing comments. Most of the other changes are ones that face me and make […]


Posted: 20th August 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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For no apparent reason the urge to tackle the slush pile hit critical mass, and as I start writing, I'm just about two hours in, it is now 1:45 am. So far: Not one has made it past five pages, most have gone supernova in the first paragraph. I got a run of three submissions […]

Today’s slush

Posted: 16th May 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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This is the probably not in order list of reasons for rejections of slush today. No indicators of the number for each since its mostly irrelevant. Reasons listed here may or may not be worded exactly as listed in rejection letters. No ability to suspend disbelief. Curious application of language Lack of topical authority Didactic […]

Where’s the value?

Posted: 10th March 2010 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Seriously people, I can’t say I’m shocked at getting snarky replies to slush rejections. I keep the reading schedule as tight as life and other four letter words allow, but I just don’t see the value of it. Unless you are dead certain you will never need to work with someone in the future, the worth of […]

I’m really trying to attack the small e-mountain that is my submission backlog, but had an unhelpful thought foisted off on me by my occasional exo-brain Mo. What if i did a week of rejections using nothing but movie lines as the rejections. Then I realized that’d be opaque and make me look even crazier […]

Attacking the Slush Pile

Posted: 4th July 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Ah yes, another week of slush reading. Some of the more common reasons for rejection: Head hopping. Lack of emotional traction. Lurid and impossible description. Poor plot progression to description ratio. And apropos of nothing, I’m almost ready to believe I can tell how fast something will be rejected by what font is used.

Slush Wars!

Posted: 23rd April 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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From the things that have not gotten a yes lately, some of the reasons are: Too politically tinged Laundry Lists Lack of reason to care Poor description

Slush Slashing

Posted: 16th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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From the most recent several weeks of slush encountered, here are some random facts. Longest read before a no: 70 pages Shortest read: 3 paragraphs. Most common reason for rejection: lack of interest in the main character. Second most common reason for rejection: Unsupportable plotting quirks. And yes, I’m still bemused by people who send […]

It is your last chance to vote in the P&E polls.Dave Freer & Eric Flint are ahead in the Best SF/F Novel and Dave is currently near the top of the best Author ranks. Go vote! In the other categories, friends of mine that I’m told were nominated included Sarah Hoyt, James Enge (for a short), […]


Posted: 11th December 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Apparently i need to be more interesting if so many people are only commenting once, if at all.

Cover Letters: The Contenders

Posted: 18th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Ellen Denham had a nice example to work with It shows:Laziness: Dear Agent or Editor: (I know I’m one of the two, but does this fictitious waster of time know which, and what my name might be? Vagueness: I’m enclosing the first 500 pages of book one, in which the amazing story begins to unfold. […]

Abuse Stoppers

Posted: 25th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I think I’ve complained enough times about abuse of the written word that its time to recommend a couple things to Stop the Insanity!*. I know that a couple colleges use The Brief Penguin Handbook, of which their are several edition and some of them have some e-learning tools included. One college I know uses […]

Really, its true. One of the things many, many writers don’t grok about the business is that no agent, editor, or publisher that is not going to have you as the primary source of cash for a book is looking for a reason to publish your book. One more time. I am not,  neither are […]

Today – the boring stuff

Posted: 19th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Talked to a couple audio book publishers. Managed to get my LJ to feed to my account and my Facebook account. Failed hideously to do so with JournalSpace or MySpace. Anyone know anyplace else I can run the RSS/Atom Feeds off to so that I don’t have to maintain half a thousand blogs? And […]

Seven deadly words…

Posted: 18th June 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I found this over on and can’t believe I didn’t see it on my flist. It should be noted that a great many of the words and phrases mentioned in the article, and the comments are frequently seen in  query, synopsis, or cover letter.

The OnyxHawke Agency has sold the print and e-book rights for James Enge’s The Blood of Ambrose and a sequel to Pyr Books. Shorter works set in this world have appeared in Black Gate and Flashing Sword. James Enge was signed to the OnyxHawke Agency after the agencies Masochism Monday read and review event. The […]

Talk of sex, stereotypes, and worse truth below. I don’t get it. Really I don’t. I don’t give a damn about which character is sharing sheets and swapping fluids with whom. Gay, straight, interracial, interspecies, pansexual or autoerotic, but for the love of carnal acts can we please pour a bit of reality into the […]

Me, myself, and I

Posted: 28th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Verb conjugation is apparently a dying skill. I’ve had more than one manuscript in the past few dozen that seem to lack this basic skill. Maybe it is too much for me to expect that people who want to be published should be able to know what tense of a verb to use, if so […]

Heyla, A lot of agents and editors rail on and on about people who can’t seem to follow submissions guidelines. There is good reason for this, but that’s not what this is post is about. I just want to thank the people who have in the past and will in the future follow the submission […]