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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.

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 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.

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

My unscientific estimate is that members of Critters are around 10X more likely to make sales than non-critters (but cause and effect? who knows?). Regardless, this page is to celebrate our successes!

Critter Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the reports below and created a summary page of how many sales Critters have had. Fascinating, and astounding! Good going to you all.

If you have something to report, tell me immediately!

Then see the NewNewForum.com to read about and announce new projects (in writing, tech, or any other field). Free ads on the Critters site are also provided as a benefit of membership.

Congratulations to...

    Fred Obermeyer, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Words that Bite" is now out in the current issue of Silent Screams anthology. [Dec 2016]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "All the Souls Like Candle Flames" is now out in the current issue of Luna Station Quarterly. [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Marshall Ryan Maresca". {http://file770.com/?p=32126 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Sharon Joss". {http://file770.com/?p=32065 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on David Levine. Way back when I was reviewing for Tangent, I reviewed 2 of David Levine's short stories, Pupa and Teaching the Pig to Sing". {http://file770.com/?p=32153 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Kris Rusch". {http://file770.com/?p=32096 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Tony Bertauski". {http://file770.com/?p=32103 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jonathan Miller". {http://file770.com/?p=32048 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Brian Lowe". {http://file770.com/?p=32043 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Constance Cooper". {http://file770.com/?p=32031 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on A.J. Alston". {http://file770.com/?p=31996 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Christine Taylor Butler". {http://file770.com/?p=32001 } [Nov 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Yesterdays that Weren't" to The Fifth Di. [Nov 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Penal Eyes" to Perihelion SF. [Nov 2016]
    Andrew Richardson, whose (Critter'd) novel, "The Door into War" is now out from Rebel ePublishers. [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on A.G. Riddle". {http://file770.com/?p=31848 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Pierce Brown". {http://file770.com/?p=31936 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Adam Christopher". {http://file770.com/?p=31943 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Marshall Ryan Maresca". {http://file770.com/?p=31904 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Curtis Chen". {http://file770.com/?p=31889 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Mike Shepherd". {http://file770.com/?p=31805 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Rysa Walker". {http://file770.com/?p=31785 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jenny Martin". {http://file770.com/?p=31746 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Ferrett Steinmetz". {http://file770.com/?p=31726 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Critters member Leah Cypess. She's sold to Asimov's 6 times and has 4 novels out from Greenwood/HarperCollins". {http://file770.com/?p=31720 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Tanith Lee". {http://file770.com/?p=31696 } [Nov 2016]
    Paul R. Hardy, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "An Undiplomatic Incident" to Perihelion SF. {Thanks to everyone who commented and made this a stronger, sillier piece of humourous SF! } [Nov 2016]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Genre Purge 3" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. {Thanks to the 22 and 19 critters who responded to this "anatomy of a PURGE" tale in two separate passes. Hail Critters Workshop! } [Nov 2016]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "That Was So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" to Centropic Oracle. [Nov 2016]
    Neal Williams, who reports "Received Silver Honorable Mention, 4th Quarter 33rd Writers of the Future Contest". {Critters has been invaluable for helping improve my writing. My story Burners (reviewed as Mercury Rev) would not be as good without you all. Thanks! } [Nov 2016]
    Vanessa Fogg, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Of Milk and Blood" to Unsung Stories. [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my article on a techno dystopia premise". {http://file770.com/?p=31691 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Bart King". {http://file770.com/?p=31700 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature about Tanith Lee". {http://file770.com/?p=31696 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Critter Leah Cypess". {http://file770.com/?p=31720 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Ferrett Steinmetz". {http://file770.com/?p=31726 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jenny Martin". {http://file770.com/?p=31746 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Tina Connolly". {http://file770.com/?p=31773 } [Nov 2016]
    Christoph Weber, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Taking Root" to D.O.A. III - Extreme Horror Anthology. {This depraved little nightmare went through the queue as "Adaptation". Thank you for all the great feedback. I haven't had that nightmare since! :-) } [Nov 2016]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Monster Is the Father to the Child" to Digital Quickfic. [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Elizabeth Bonesteel, author of The Cold Between". {http://file770.com/?p=31686 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Tor authors Robert Charles Wilson, Ada Palmer, and Malka Older". {http://file770.com/?p=31677 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Rachel Bach, author of the Paradox series". {http://file770.com/?p=31668 } [Nov 2016]
    Matt Dovey, whose short story, "Quartet of the Far Blown Winds" is now out in the current issue of Flash Fiction Online. {One of those rare occasions where I still like a story by the time it's published. Really rather proud of this one! Although it didn't go through the queue here, everything I write is built on what I learnt here. Under 1k, so give it a read, then go to my website for a blog post on the philosophy behind it :) } [Nov 2016]
    Laura-Marie Steele, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "It Becomes You" to Intergalactic Medicine Show. {Thanks to all who gave comments on this story, which is out in the next issue of IGMS. } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jonathan Maberry's upcoming anthologies, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Nights of the Living Dead, and Baker Street Irregulars". {http://file770.com/?p=31579 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on JM Guillen, author of the Dossiers of Asset 108 series". {http://file770.com/?p=31535 } [Nov 2016]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Wyrd Times" to Red Sun Magazine. [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on humor authors Heidi Goody and Iain Grant, authors of the Clovenhoof series". {http://file770.com/?p=31508 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Michael Swanwick's short story collections. He delves into the inspiration and development of these collections". {http://file770.com/?p=31473 } [Oct 2016]
    Eleanor R. Wood, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Rule of Five" is now out in the current issue of Killing It Softly. {I'm delighted to be part of this anthology. This story was Crittered several years ago and has since sold three times. I'd never have sold it at all without those critiques. Thank you. } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Kylie Chan, author of the Dark Heavens, Journey to Wudong, and Celestial Battles trilogies". {http://file770.com/?p=31394 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Christopher Kastersmidt, author of the Elephant and Macaw series". {http://file770.com/?p=31397 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Diane Duane, author of the Young Wizards series". {http://file770.com/?p=31373 } [Oct 2016]
    Brian Koukol, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Fashion Emergency" to The Chronos Chronicles. [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid series". {http://file770.com/?p=31323 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Liana Brooks, author of the Time and Shadows paranormal murder mystery series". {http://file770.com/?p=31336 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted the guest editorial I solicited from Barbara Barnett on Byronic heroes. Don't miss this one. It's full of literary insights". {http://file770.com/?p=31305 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on humor adventure author Benjamin Wallace". {http://file770.com/?p=31291 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on SFWA VP MCA Hogarth". {http://file770.com/?p=31248 } [Oct 2016]
    Lori Phillips (Alexa Grave), whose novel, "Mind Behind the Mind (Trinity Torn, 1)" is now out from Amazon. {Published under my pen name, Alexa Grave. Even if this novel didn't go through Critters, I like to think critiques I receive on other stories help with my writing overall! } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on E.G. Foley, authors of the Gryphon Chronicles". {http://file770.com/?p=31269 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File770 posted my feature on steampunk suspense and paranormal detective author Kirsten Weiss". {http://file770.com/?p=31225 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on themed anthologies". {http://file770.com/?p=31216 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Charles Stross, author of the Laundry Files paranormal comedy series". {http://file770.com/?p=31192 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on global anthologies". {http://file770.com/?p=31184 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Michael Byrnes". {http://file770.com/?p=31157 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Robert Kroese, author of The Big Sheep". {http://file770.com/?p=31161 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Thomas K. Carpenter, author of the 100 Halls series". {http://file770.com/?p=31115 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Richard Cox, author of The Boys of Summer". {http://file770.com/?p=31106 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence". {http://file770.com/?p=31111 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Katherine Ann Adams, author of Another Tomorrow". {http://file770.com/?p=31143 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvage and Time Seige". {http://file770.com/?p=31134 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on cover art". {http://file770.com/?p=31139 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jodi Taylor, author of the Chronicles of St. Mary's series. The first novel in the series got 600 5-star reviews on Amazon". {http://file770.com/?p=31072 } [Oct 2016]
    S Shane Thomas, whose (Critter'd) novel, "A Paleolithic Fable" is now out from Amazon Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing. {Special thanks to Joel Roosa, Christian Roberts, Alex Avrio, and Leenna Naidoo for the critiques, reviews, and advice. They are also a great set of pen pals! Sharing emails with other authors from Critters has been really awesome. I encourage every Critter reading this to send and reply to "thank you" notes after a critique. It's a great way to get through a long lonely and exciting process. } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Barbara Barnett". {http://file770.com/?p=31053 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Edward Ashton". {http://file770.com/?p=31057 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on women in early SF". {http://file770.com/?p=31039 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Twight Zone writer Charles Beaumont". {http://file770.com/?p=31021 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Alma Alexander, author of the Worldweavers series". {http://file770.com/?p=31025 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Amazing Stories posted my feature on Jennifer Estep, author of the Elemental Assassin series". {http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/10/untitled-5/ } [Oct 2016]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Rude Awakenings" is now out in the current issue of The Colored Lens. [Oct 2016]
    Leena Naidoo, who reports "I got to interview S Shane Thomas on A Paleolithic Fable and the LARC universe.". {Congrats to Shane on the release of A Paleothic Fable and thank you for the interview :-D Shane talks about the LARC universe and his new writer/reader initiatives. https://leennanaidoo.wordpress.com/2016/10/02/interview-with-s-shane-thomas-writer-a-paleolithic-fable/ } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on a dozen year's best anthologies edited by Gardner Dozois, John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Mercedes Lackey, Joe Hill, Neil Clarke, and others". {http://file770.com/?p=30912 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Down to Dirt and Living on Dirt by Kevin Killiany". {http://file770.com/?p=30942 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Windswept and Like A Boss by Kevin Killiany". {http://file770.com/?p=30942 } [Oct 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Joseph Nassise". {http://file770.com/?p=30894 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Bill Schelly". {http://file770.com/?p=30898 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports " 770 posted my feature on S.D. Smith, author of Green Ember and Fallen Ember". {http://file770.com/?p=30898 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on David Liss, author of Randoms and Rebels". {http://file770.com/?p=30898 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Brenda Cooper". {http://file770.com/?p=30886 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted feature Bishop O'Connell's American Faery series". {http://file770.com/?p=30828 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Kristine Katherine Rusch". {http://file770.com/?p=30835 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my features on Chuck Wendig's novel Zer0es and its sequel Invasive". {http://file770.com/?p=30731 http://file770.com/?p=30857 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Ben Winters". {http://file770.com/?p=30702 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jim Johnson". {http://file770.com/?p=30695 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughterc, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Joseph Lallo". {http://file770.com/?p=30685 } [Sep 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Wen Spencer". {http://file770.com/?p=30655 } [Sep 2016]

    [Click here to see the full list of Woohoos going back to 1996.]

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