New entry Dec 07
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]
Critters is 22!
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
A Guide to BarsoomThe ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.
The Critters Queue
Submission files themselves are here.
Queue of manuscripts out or to be sent (dates are estimated, depending on number of mss. sent out, which depends on number of members; probabalistically, the end of the queue is usually about a month away): Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 14-Feb-2018 (Crits due 21-Feb-2018): F By Many Names, Chapter 1, no Prologue included [mpc] Michelle Jelley -#27437 F Come Join the Dance! Russell Adams -#27438 F Rescue Darla Jackson -#27439 F Monster Mark Suplinskas -#27440 SF Apocalypse Betty Trevor L B Porter -#27441 F The Way of the One God Sandor Kovacs -#27442 H The Bridge _Version 3_ Matthew Duerst -#27443 F Drunk and Disorderly Clark Sodersten -#27444 SF Owen Morey Amit Gupta -#27445 SF The 4th Planet Problem Mike Mullen -#27446 F A Girl Of Steel Ronald Charles Kienzle -#27447 SF Elizabeth, Chapter 1 Chelsea McKenna -#27448 F The Elf and the Amulet - Description + Chapter 1 Chris Africa -#27449 SF Seven Seconds of Sunlight Brian Palermo -#27450 SF Blue Walls Adela Laczynski -#27451 SF Harry's Numbers John Michael Trent -#27452 SF Jane of the Spiders [@] Edward Muller -#27453 Week of 21-Feb-2018 (Crits due 28-Feb-2018): SF Bliss [@] Chet Gottfried F Do you bet on sand or stars? Renan Bernardo F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 19 & 20 Eric Wilson F Mark O'Malley and the Little Ball of Anxiety Emily Randall SF Olympus Neal Williams H The Interview Mark Keane SF The Sixth World Larry Rachman H Tea for Two Blazej Szpakowicz SF The Brain Mechanic v3.1 Robert Harpold SF Ascendancy - Renegade Troy McLaughlan F Fur & Feathers, Chapters 1-2 Joy Schultz SF Speculative Envoy Michael Andre-Driussi F Sky Piercer, Chapter 3 Jorge Rodriguez F Ghosts of Our Fire Jesse Caedington SF I Got Dem Ol' Apocalypse Blues Again Jon Adcock F Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Cornmill Jay Gabriel Week of 28-Feb-2018 (Crits due 7-Mar-2018): SF A Breakthrough Elena Zimmerman SF Truth, Lies and Testimony, Chapters 3-5 Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Cozy Inn Ray N. Franklin H Return to Methuselah Matthew Rettino SF Second Mind Incorporated, Chapters 1-2 Susan Meyer SF Twilight of the God Forden F The Unpromised, the Unkissed Mary Makarova SF The Same River Twice Peter T. Donahue SF The Gray Out Christopher Allen-Poole F The Lay of the Origin of Swords Carl R. Cole III SF Sanctuary's Seed- Chapter 1- How it Makes You a Weapon Stephen Brown F Kill the King Carl Alves SF The Dim Zone Chris Turner F Forsaken: Chapters 1 and 2 Erin Rodriguez F Women Made of Flowers April Weeks Week of 7-Mar-2018 (Crits due 14-Mar-2018): SF Dawn of Benatron Paul Bentham F Rebirth of the Elven Empire: Dawn of prophecy Robert Niemczak H The Spider Keir Puplett H Skinner, Prologue-Chapter 3 Juandré Fourie F Morning Glory, Chapter 1 Sandra Saylor Seaman F Sirith Chapters 1-4 RIcky Nix SF To Sleep, To Dream Carolyn Hoffert F In Dreams We Hunt Ciro Izarra SF Bibi, Chapters 14-17 Lisa Clark H Whoever Hunts Monsters EDWARD G. KRATZ SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2 Jeff Naylor SF Breaking In The New Grad Student N. R. M. Roshak SF The New Century Adoption Clinic Eliot Bush F Basco, Chapter 1 Haneen Babbitt SF Poor Memories Lee P. Melling F A Kingdom Comes James Fields IV F The Longest Game _v02_ Juan Hernandez F Working Title Aries & Araiya Chapters 1-5 T.M. Stewart F Abby Normal, Chapter 3 Sam Fraser F Healer's Sacrifice Janell Robisch Week of 14-Mar-2018 (Crits due 21-Mar-2018): F The Waning Road Pierce Skinner SF Atlas of the Confederacy Douglas Kolacki H Welcome Dave Nilsson H Wax Joel Schroeder SF My New House Mike Clarke ====================================================================== (Note, if the last week above looks abnormally large, it probably needs me to add a new week, a task I do manually when I get around to it. Future critique dates are approximate and subject to change.) Symbols: [@] - Pro [SFWA/HWA] author [*] - Extra week(s) for holidays/aburt-out-of-town. [mpc] - Most Product Critter Award winner [!] - Special non-Wednesday dates because Critter Captain will be out of town [ERROR!] - This means there is a problem and your manuscript will NOT be sent out - Contact the Critter Captain ASAP if you see this by your name. Waiting to enter Queue (Will enter at end of queue on "[date]"): SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] SF Bibi, Chapter 18 Lisa Clark [14-Mar-2018] SF Bibi, Chapters 21-24 Lisa Clark [?] F Overlord MARK L SUPLINSKAS [21-Feb-2018] SF Bibi, Chapters 25-26 Lisa Clark [?] SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor [14-Mar-2018] SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo [28-Feb-2018] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21 Eric Wilson [28-Feb-2018] F The Hag's Riddle April Weeks [7-Mar-2018] F Sirith Chapter 1-4 Ricky Nix [14-Mar-2018] F The Skillful Hand v2 April Weeks [?] SF Go Get It Adela Laczynski [21-Feb-2018] F The Cockroach at the End of the World Blazej Szpakowicz [28-Feb-2018] F Morning Glory, Chapters 2 and 3 Sandra Seaman [14-Mar-2018] SF Life as We Know it. Mark Suplinskas [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Mind recreated Dore [10-Jan-2018] F The Parallel Andrea Franco Cook [10-Jan-2018] F Enid and Ondu, Chapters 1-2 Ali Saleh [17-Jan-2018] SF Empty, Chapter 1 Riley Lebowicz [17-Jan-2018] SF The Identity of Jonathon Blank Shawn Pendley [24-Jan-2018] F The Flower in the Rain, Chapters 1-2 Sanober Shamim [24-Jan-2018] SF Kilroy Was Here Edward L. Clary [24-Jan-2018] SF Characterizer Anil Erol [07-Feb-2018] SF The Extraction Grace Madison [07-Feb-2018] SF Dear Diary Garrett Menning [07-Feb-2018] F Mond Kiarah Griffiths [07-Feb-2018] H The Intelligence by Baumann Powers Baumann Powers [14-Feb-2018] ::: >> Note 1: Held manuscripts are removed after four weeks on hold and >> must be resubmitted. >> Note 2: It is the *author's* responsibility to notify Aburt when >> they have brought up their critique count and want their ms. sent out.