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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.

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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!

Interviewed!

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.

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

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]

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Extra Credits

A Critter member suggested that, to increase participation in the new workshops, it would be helpful if some of the credit counted from one workshop to another.

Now, bear in mind that my goal with the credit system is to get people to do critiques, since that's a large part of what helps you improve your craft. So I'm a bit hesitant to allow credit sharing, on general principle. For example, if someone does a bunch of Mystery writing critiques, that doesn't help them improve the singing in the Music workshop. But I see the point, that when the workshops are new, it would help get submissions in the Music workshop if Mystery writing critiques were allowed, and it might thus encourage members to try — and thus do critiques in — other workshops they're interested in. So, I'll give this a try.

This is an idea on a one year trial basis, until the end of 2011.

Here's how Extra Credits work:

If you are above par in one workshop (i.e. > 75% ratio or 25% for pros), then a fraction of the critique credits above your requirement may be counted as credit in other workshops.

Credits between writing workshops count as 2/3 of a credit. Credits where one or both workshops are not writing related, the extra credits count as 1/2 of a credit. (Not a full credit, to encourage you to critique in the workshop, not borrow credits, since critiques from other workshops aren't teaching you as much about the topic at hand. And 1/2 for non-writing workshops since writing-related credits are even less useful, craft-wise — which is to say, there's more benefit to your writing from other writing-related critiques than from, say, photography critiques; and vice versa).

These extra credits only count in another workshop if you've done at least one critique within six weeks in the workshop you're submitting to; unless you have 10 or more extra credits, in which there's no such requirement. (Though it's still a good idea... if you want to improve your music, you should want to do critiques in the Music workshop. Just sayin'...) :)

Extra credits are calculated when you check your ratio. (Note that if you're above par already in that workshop it won't bother checking for extras.)

They get added into your credit count to compute your effective ratio for that workshop.

Example... Suppose you've been a member of the Mystery writing workshop for 12 weeks, and you have 15 critique credits in it. (So you have a respectable 125% ratio in the Mystery workshop.) Suppose you want to submit a song you wrote to the Music workshop, but you've only done one critique there, and been a member for four weeks. (A 25% ratio — not high enough to have your submission sent out.)

So, the system checks for extra credit: It finds your minimum threshold in Mystery would be 9 credits (9 credits / 12 weeks = 75%), so you have (15-9) six extra credits. Those are worth 1/2 value in the Music workshop, or three credits. (Though they'd be worth 2/3, or four credits, in another writing workshop.) So the system says, you've earned one credit in Music, plus 3 EC, that's four credits, divided by four weeks of Music workshop membership = 100% ratio, and your song can go out.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know here.

Enjoy! (And: Critique!)

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