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Winter Workout - edit at bottom

Some of you might remember that I had decided to do this, and then had to put it off back in December. Well, the new date is set, and that date is February 6th.

How it works:
Everyone who sends me a science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy novel between 10pm ET on February 4th, and 8am ET on February 6th will get at least one full chapter (up to fifty pages) read and critiqued by me. Many, will get theirs back the same day. To do this I will be reading for twenty four straight hours. My goal is to pass the mark i made last year which was 19 first chapters and critiques. To do this, if I am still reading after one chapter or fifty pages I will send the writer an email that says "Still Reading after one." or something similar.

Last time i picked up two clients out of this, and have one more resubmission in my inbox waiting to be read.

Writers should note that I use the same four part critique form for everyone. The sections are: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Rest.

Everyone should add my domain to their spam filters immediately. When you submit you will get an auto-response telling you it has been received. Anyone who does not follow the submission guidelines on my website will be rejected without being read. www.Onyxhawke.com

If i get the same size response or larger as last year, I will not get to everyone on that Wednesday. I will still read everything. Everyone who has submitted things to the regular submission inbox will be read between now and 2/6. My replies may start very soon after midnight as I read and type pretty quickly.

Most importantly: go spread the word, the more submissions i get, the happier I'll be.

Edit: the email address for submissions for the Winter Workout is: ww@Onyxhawke.com
Edit2: To all questions that equate to 'do you really mean X?" the answer is yes.


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Jan. 29th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Dumb question #1: Do you want full novels or just first chapters??
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
That's answered implicitly here and explicitly on my website.
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Sorry, was at work and couldn't access your website!
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Sorry, was at work and couldn't access your website! Got it now!
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
hhhmmm... how about the first six chapters? i'm mid rewrite. :D or i should i just submit like normal through channels. :::grins:: because i recall the first wave.
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
:: worships the ground Sartorias walks upon ::
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Dumb question#2

I'm not sure what this means:

List the minimum length for consideration of any major publisher as listed on the SFWA "Qualifying Novel Venues" at the bottom of your cover letter, with the name of the publisher. For example "Forsaken Future Books 95,000 words".

You want us to specify which publisher we 'think' the novel could be sent to?
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
No I want you to list one of the publishers on that site who has a minimum lenghth listed and put that in your email. Some people have a highly creative idea of what the word "novel" means to present day sf/f publishers.
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Right. Got you.

Thank you!
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Tor doesn't list a minimum length on their site. What shall I do?

Also, I can send this to you before Feb. 4th, correct?
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
There are several publishers on that list that do list a minimum length, pick one.

The dates for the WW submissions are pretty clear.
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Clear, they are! I found a pub. with a minimum so I'm good. See you on the 4th!
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
One query, for clarification: on your website you request that people use an American English spellchecker. As I'm British, I take it you would therefore prefer me to correct all British English spellings to American English spellings. Is this a correct assumption?
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
It would be best. The further I get into and deeper I stay in the "readers trance" the better for you. It might be to your advantage to download one of the free word processors and leave that set to American English and your usual one set to UK and just have to copies of your ms.
Jan. 29th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Done. And thanks. And can I just say that I *love* the tags...
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
So, that horrible zombie flick "Onyx Hawk and the Slush Pile o' Doom" made a sequel, eh?

Fun times lay ahead for our intrepid hero...
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Silly boy, _I_ was the zombie!
Jan. 29th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
The demons are ready and waiting. ;)
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Fire and sleet and candle-lighte...
My voice doesn't carry as far as sartorias', but I posted a notice on my blog. Good luck!
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Fire and sleet and candle-lighte...
:: bows ::
Jan. 30th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Say a guy submitted the last time around and there seemed to be more bad than good. Say he spent some time taking the homage to great spaghetti westerns to heart and intends to resubmit.

What're the chances you're going to remember the offering from before and how's that going to affect your reading (if at all?)

And will liberal bribes of Chopin or Grey Goose help a guy's chances?
Jan. 30th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Theres a reasonable chance i will remember it, but things will be judged by what i see on my screen, not what may have been there in the past...

Although if I see something glaring and its the same things i rejected it for last time...
Jan. 30th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Spreading the words and preparing my own. Thanks in advance for doing this again
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Since i _think_ i remember what you sent me... was it a UF with werewolves and vamps set in the northern plains states?
Jan. 30th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
yes it was. Thanks for remembering
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
I have a fantasy novel that I've been working on, but my current rewrite isn't totally complete. However, since you're not reading past the first 50 pages, and the book has at least 250 pages in its current form, would you be willing to look at it?
Jan. 31st, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Quick query, looking at submission information on your website; given what you say about wordcounts for the text, can you give a preferred wordcount equivalent for the maximum length for synopses ?
Feb. 1st, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
word count... not sure, 3- 5 pages is good with 12-Times and 1 inch margins
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)

Good luck again this time!
Feb. 4th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Questions on Submission
I'm sorry if this question has an obvious answer, but this is my first time submitting work. Do you prefer single or double spacing?
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions on Submission
Feb. 4th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hi, my one question/statement: I cannot find any explicit word count requirements for my sub-genre (YA sf). The house imprints I know handle it are all agented or (like Tor's Starscape) do not have an explicit policy. I guess the real question is: do you take YA sf if there is no explicit definition from the SFWA-listed markets?

Feb. 5th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Middle Grade Time Travel
Question 1: Do you accept/want any Middle Grade Time Travel. I know time travel falls under SF/F but I also know it's not what most people think of as standard SF/F.

Question 2: If you do accept Time Travel - No idea who to reference (SFWA Qualifying Novel Venues) for MIDDLE GRADE word count. Thanks.
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm an idiot who misread the 6th for the 10th as the deadline. It's been a little busy around here these days. I was looking forward to submitting my work to you. I'll keep an eye out should you decide to do this again. I would have liked the opportunity for some perspective.
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