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    OnyxHawke Agency (Mike Kabongo)

    Has anyone had any dealings with this agency? I just can't find much info on them on the web.
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    Link: http://www.onyxhawke.com/index.php

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    The OnyxHawke Agency has successfully concluded negotiations with Baen, and received payment for the sale of Dave Freer's fantasy novel "Dragon's Ring".
    Other than Dave Freer, though, I can't find a list of any other clients or sales.

    Another writer, Jenna Waterford, links to him in her blog, but I'm not clear if she's a client. I also saw a comment he made in one of Jonathan Lyon's blog posts, and he links to SFWA and Writer Beware.

    Other than that, I got nothin'.
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    The FAQ doesn't sound very professional, and the "About Me" section doesn't list any prior publishing experience. I'd tread carefully.
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    He rejected me once, and did comment on why he passed. Maybe he's not a bigshot, but I'd still be willing to take the chance with him, if only he didn't think my writing sucked. He seemed pretty decent to me, and I think he gets around to conventions and stuff like that quite a bit. Everyone has to start somewhere.

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    Dave Freer was already a Baen author. So OnyxHawke may have negotiated the contract, but I suspect it wasn't responsible for the sale.

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    Thanks for the info, folks. I think I'm going to withdraw my submission.
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    one of their agents,
    Mike Kabongo: $ A literary agent with The OnyxHawke Agency.
    http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pealm.htm
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    Strangely on the agency itself, no $
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    From what I understand, Mike Kabongo is the OnyxHawke Agency's proprietor and sole agent, and I can't find any evidence that he had any editing, agenting, or publishing experience prior to opening his agency. I've seen a few posts by him on various blogs etc and from that I've got the impression that he's rather unprofessional and uninformed. (My opinions only.)

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    His FAQs don't sound very professional. Granted, he may be being sarcastic in some of his answers but I expect a professional to be professional. I don't want to see something like sarcasm on what is essentially your 'business card' online.
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    I just stumbled on this agency. After some searching I found an interview he did... http://michaelaventrella.wordpress.c...-mike-kabongo/
    Last edited by 5bcarnies; 09-25-2009 at 02:25 PM. Reason: New info: Seems he also represents Jenna Waterford

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    I found this requirement for submissions (from agency website) to be puzzling:

    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".
    Huh?
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    Sounds like one of those "no brown M&M's" clauses. I.e., a check for whether you read his guidelines.
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    Really? Afraid I'm too old to jump through trick hoops. I've got enough legit hoops to get through.
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    Well, I just submitted because I figured why the hell not? Worse he could do was say no, or I don't like the terms and vamoose, right?

    So, I get an automated thank you email. Something about it made me scoff.

    Thank you for submitting to the OnyxHawke Agency. If you've followed
    the submission guidelines I'll be delighted to read your submission. I
    work as fast or faster than most other agents in the business and will
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    One of his clients, James Enge, has a book nominated for the World Fantasy Award this year. I'll try a little more research before I submit anything to Mike.

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    it all seems very hit or miss and get lucky and maybes if you play your cards right... I prefer to take the simple, literal guidelines with a straightforward easily explained approach and plan of action... but that just me.

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    Mike's livejournal is here: http://onyxhawke.livejournal.com/

    I'm warming to him.

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    Does anyone know if he's made any sales to major publishers for previously-unpublished authors?

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    Sold James Enge to Pyr

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    Quote Originally Posted by waylander View Post
    Sold James Enge to Pyr
    Pyr publishes lovely books. However, they're a smallish imprint of a smallish publisher that accepts unagented manuscripts.

    The question here is what value Mr. Kabongo added to Mr. Enge's submission--I would suggest that we can't actually estimate that. When Mr. Kabongo sells a new author to a large publisher that only considers agented manuscripts, that will be a more reliable test.


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    My bad, I thought James Enge was already an established author when Onyx took him on, similar to Dave Freer.

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    Does anyone know if PM has any sales for this agency in the past two years (aside from the two already mentioned here)?

    His website doesn't have any client information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamiekswriter View Post
    Does anyone know if PM has any sales for this agency in the past two years (aside from the two already mentioned here)?

    His website doesn't have any client information.
    There are no sales listed for either the agency or Mike on PM.
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    Does Mike have more than four clients? Between the dearth of information and the snark on his site, I'm not sure whether to submit anything to him. Sure, he's the one agent in hundreds who won't bother with a query letter -- but can he sell books to big markets?

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