New entry Nov 01
Critters is 21!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
ReAnimus Acquires Advent!
ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!
Network speeding up
I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.
Preditors & Editors Changeover
With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.
is Dying has been Replaced
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
Advertising and CrittersThis page describes both critter members advertising their work on the site and Critter members advertising for Critters on their own sites.
Advertising on Critters
Critter members in good standing may now advertise their own work on the site. This is a free service, to help Critter members get the word out about their new stories, products of interest, etc.
To have an ad on the site, you must be a member in good standing (75% participation ratio) and must have been an active member for at least eight weeks (from time of joining or last ratio reset). Aburt reserves the right to deny any ad content he feels inappropriate. Visit the ad server page to add or manage your ads.
You can also put your digital products directly in the Critter Members' Store, in which case we all win. (You could even point the link for your free ad to your item in the store :) but you don't have to. To get the store link for your product, /c/store/uplaod.cgi add it to the store, then click on your item in the store, which will give you a URL for your page. It'll be something like http://critique.org/c/store/?item=25741 , with your item# in there.)
Advertising anything inside critiques is strictly prohibited. Likewise for soliciting members to do something (visit a site, etc.). A generic one-line (80 byte) "product" reference in your email signature (not the body of the email, only the signature) is permitted if and only if the critique is long enough for full critique credit (200+ words of , non-quoted critique material, unique to that manuscript — nothing generic or copy&pasted). This is to prevent people from doing short non-creditworthy critiques just to spam members, as has occurred in the past.
I'm trying to help members by allowing reasonable promotion without spamming and without making advertising the purpose of anyone's membership in Critters (the purpose being, first, foremost, and always about improving your writing), and I think the above exceeds what most sites allow, so please don't push the envelope. In other words, violating these ad guidelines is grounds for immediate removal from the workshop.
Advertise for Critters
If you'd like to advertise for Critters, we'd appreciate it. We have the following ads you can use.
For conventions: a flyer you can print copies of to distribute. (There's usually a table for flyers. Also helpful for panels on writing, critiquing, etc.)
For your web site, Facebook, etc.: Below are several web ads in various sizes. (Some may be below the sidebar so scroll down.)
Please have the images link to http://Critique.org.
The URL for the image itself is below each ad, and HTML you can copy&paste. Please change the YOURSITENAME to the name of your site so I can know where the traffic is coming from.
If you need other sizes please contact me.