New entry Dec 07
Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
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 TrilogyIf 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.
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 Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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]
Available Genre Types by Workshop
Use the follow codes when hand-crafting a submission block (that is, if you're not using the submission form):
SF - Science Fiction
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
L - Mainstream/Literary (written)
M - Mystery (written)
T - Thriller (written, fiction)
AC - Action / Adventure (written, fiction)
NP - Opinion, personal (blog entry, editorial, essay, politics, etc.)
NR - Review (product/service/movie review etc.)
NT - Technical, professional, reference (computers, Internet, how to's, training, manuals, etc.)
NE - Press release
NI - Business, finance, investing
NL - Legal forms, contracts (e.g. publishing contracts you offer — or have been offered), etc. (though not meant for legal advice)
NH - History, biography
NB - Health, mind, body
NF - Food, cooking, wine
NC - Crafts, hobbies
NM - Home, Garden
NA - Parenting, family
NN - Outdoors, nature, sports
NV - Travel
NG - Religion, spirituality
NU - Humor
NJ - Peer-reviewed journal/conference scholarly article
NS - Student school paper
NO - Other non-fiction (general, misc., anything not above)
SC - Script/Screenplay/Stageplay/etc.
YP - Picture Books (approx. ages 0-5)
YE - Early reader (approx. ages 5-7)
YS - Children 7-9 - e.g. shorter chapter books (approx. ages 7-9)
YL - Children 9-12 - longer chapter books (approx. ages 9-12)
YA - Young adult (approx. ages 13-18)
BK - Books written BY kids
CO - Comics (other, in general)
CM - Manga
CG - Graphic Novel
W - Western (written, fiction)
R - Romance (written)
XX - Erotica (written)
GL - GLBT (written)
VS - Short video / film / movie (fictional)
VL - Long video / film / movie (fictional)
VD - Documentary video / film (non-fictional)
MP - Pop, Rock
MC - Country
MJ - Jazz
ML - Classical
MO - Other music
AU - Audio (non-music; e.g. a podcast)
PH - Photograph
AN - Nature
AH - People
AI - Imaginary (science fictional, fantasy, horror)
AO - Other
AP - Apps
GM - Games
WW - Web Site
XM - Mystery (written)
XW - Western (written, fiction)
XS - Science Fiction
XF - Fantasy
XH - Horror