Critters News & Notices
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
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.
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]
My ebook publishing company, ReAnimus Press, now has an Affiliate program, where you earn 12% for sales you refer. Since the authors earn more from direct web site sales we want to share. :)
I wholeheartedly think you'll like this book ("Biff America" - humor) and want to recommend it to you.
I've got five review copies of my newest ebook, A PRIVATE MUTINY and of the Vonnegut/Catch22-esque SIDE EFFECTS available for those who'd like one.
Please take the Ebook reader poll - have you tried one recently? (and tell others)
Congrats to the Critter Nebula winners!
Major congratulations to Rachel Swirsky and Eric James Stone for winning in the Novella and Novelette categories! How awesome is that?
$fri1 Freebie Friday!
Free ebooks on Fridays... $fri2 :) [More]
Ebook Loading Tutorial
Don't be shy in the Critters Store! It's easy to load ebooks onto your reader.
Spammers, oh spammers
Been getting reports of a spammer who joined the site, so do ignore any oddball "agent" solicitation you get in place of a critique. I'm just back from out of town, and then had a death in the family, so I'm catching up on things as rapidly as I can. Sorry for any delayed reply from me!
New— Critters Members' Store!
Buy ebooks and music from other members — and sell yours — with a share to the fund drive: Visit the Critters Members' Store
Making an Ebook for Kindles and iPads and Nooks, Oh My!
Just wrote a little "how-to" guide to help.
How much are authors earning on book deals? Share your data.
New RSS Feed
For your enjoyment: RSS
Help Build A Diplomacy Database
New feature — help revise undiplomatic phrasings.
While few, the most common theme in complaints I get in Critters relate to undiplomatically phrased critiques. Usually there's a nugget of meaningful information in there, but phrased poorly.
So what I'm trying as an experiment — y'all know I like experiments — is asking authors to give more data about undiplomatic critiques when they fill out the critique ratings form (a link at the bottom of each critique) and help me build a database of these, by sharing problems they found and rephrasing them so they'd share the same content but phrased more diplomatically.
Check out the ratings form when you get a critique and let me know what you think. Thanks!
What Can Publishers Do For Authors in a Mostly-ebook World?
Credit Sharing Between Workshops
It's now possible to share credits!
Woohoo! To celebrate the site's 15th anniversary, I've opened up the rest of the workshops — there's one for everything! Please check them out and especially please announce them around.
Tried an ebook reader?
Check out the new Critter Captain's Blog. Thoughts on Critters, publishing, and life in general.
For books, magazines, and many other can't-live-withouts, check out the new Critters Store...
Random Character Generator
Drop by the random character generator if you need some ideas.
New Workshops & Forums!
Woohoo! First new workshop is open for beta testing. Survey says your #1 wish is a... (drum roll) Literary & Mainstream Fiction workshop. Try it, let me know of any bugs.
Uh, DeKalb, not Waukegan
Oops, I was told wrong... looking for someone near DeKalb. :) Do any of you out there in Critterland live ner DeKalb?
Help request — I need a graphic image...
I've long planned to offer workshopping in more genres, both writing and in other creative areas. But there are lots of options how to do that... Please share your thoughts here, so I can keep them in one place. Thanks!
NEW: What new genres should I add first? Survey here...
I'm working on the site, so let me know if you encounter anything that isn't working right (broken links, forms, etc.). Helpful if you send me the URL as well. Thanks!
So, lookie, I've moved the notices over here because of popular demand. Hope you like. Don't forget to look at them though!
Free Ads for Your Stuff
Many Critterfolk have asked if they could advertise their books, stories, etc. on Critters. I know how important it is to get the word out — and how hard that is — so I decided heck, let's try it as a benefit of active membership. Read more...
The State of The Future?
What are your thoughts about the future (as in, "The Future")? Is the future healthy or are people burned out on it? Share your thoughts...
The e-book pricing survey results are in! Read more...
As a result I'm doing an experiment to test the variable pricing, "Pay As You Like It" model. Read more...
Vote for Your Favorites!
I've launched a poll / reading list for your all-time favorite books, short stories, poems, poets, & authors, in each genre. Please vote and share the link. The more votes the better the scoring gets. Vote here...
Wishes for the Future
What do you want the future to hold? World peace? Self-driving cars? Share your dreams of the future, big or small, on the Wishes for the Future forum. What would you love to see? (It's part of my critique.org/forums site. Meant to be fun, and it's anonymous, so don't be shy!) Self-driving cars? World peace? What else?
Nicer Manuscript Formatting
Make italics and bold "real" instead of _this_, & other features for easier reading and critiquing. Read more...
Babel Story - Collaboration
I've restarted the "Babel Story Collaborative Fiction" project (fun, "wiki"-like project where members work together to create stories)
Visit the "Story Idea Seed Garden" to share or get ideas for stories.
Take our Survey...
Please take our survey on reading and writing habits for information and fun... It's open to the public, so please spread the word so we can collect the most accurate data.