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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]
I wanted to point you to a humor book I think you'd like. I'm not recommending it because I published it — I published it because I enjoy what he writes so much that I hunted him down and pummeled him with a nerf bat until he relented and let me publish it. (Or I should say republish it; it was published before but went out of print.) So now there's an ebook edition, and we're working on a print edition. (And hyperbole aside, yes, I did actually track him down and was persistent in trying to get him to republish it, because I really did want to see it available.)
I've read Biff America's column — nom de plume of Jeffrey Bergeron — for years in the local paper. In fact his column is the one thing I look most forward to each week. He's a cross between Andy Rooney and Garrison Keillor / Lake Wobegon. He's a successful standup comedian and a poignant, funny writer. He takes honest looks at the human condition, his own faults, he's a bit ribald, and always makes you think. His subjects range widely and most are really about the people and what it means to be human. (Similar in that regard to science fiction, so perhaps that's why I like it.) I think he's one of the best columnists out there and definitely not widely enough known (but as he says, he'd rather play than work; to quote the book, "no one ever looked up from their death bed and said, 'Damn, I wish I spent more time working.'"). :)
So, I want to highly recommend BIFF AMERICA: STEEP, DEEP, AND DYSLEXIC.
As John Nichols, author of the Milagro Beanfield War, writes in the introduction, "I found myself repeatedly moved, and moved deeply, by these poignant and funny stories." It's received great reviews from the likes of NBC, Saturday Night Live cast member Rachel Dratch, and some guy named Brad Pitt.
I really like Biff's work. It's cool that I get to publish it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! error_reporting (E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE); ?>