Posts Tagged ‘submissions’

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 […]

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 […]

Thanks Stacey.

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 […]

Slush Wars

Posted: 6th November 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized

Well, the most recent run through the slush wasn’t really warlike, sadly it wasn’t terribly productive either. Only two or three died in one line, and several make it over five pages, which just means it took longer to get to some form of "no". I really do want to thank the person who gifted […]

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 […]


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.

Yesterday was fun, and all the set work was done by two so I relaxed a bit more the rest of the day. The morning panel The Agent Behind the Curtain was a bit more general than I expected, but probably what the audience needed. Joshua Bilmes did a fantastic job moderating, Eleanor Wood contributed […]

More Contenders

Posted: 20th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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MrMeval turns in proof that there is no need for the agent to actually open the book with a grammatic demolition derby: “As he thrust his quavering blade into the unyeilding flesh he felt a burning power and smote the foul beast. In it’s death throws the fare maiden fell and he catches her quickly. […]

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. […]

What takes so much time…

Posted: 18th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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On 6/23 I received a requested resubmission to my main business address. Since then I’ve sent and received about 500 messages from that address. This doesn’t count the email address that I receive slush to, most of which gets responded to there as well. It doesn’t count the email address that the comments on LiveJournal […]

“Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.” William Strunk


Posted: 7th July 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Write me a cover letter. Write me a really, really bad cover letter. Just make it plausible, and post it in a few days when I put up notice. Winner  as chosen by be (in the US and Canada only) will get a free paperback copy of any of Dave Freer’s books written solo or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Darwins Evolutions

Posted: 29th April 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Darwin Garrison of “Darwin’s Evolutions” is getting closer to launching the innovative ezine, as part of the run up, they have just launched their forums. Enjoy