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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...

    Dom Dulley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Past Imperfect" to Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. {Thanks to everyone who took the time to critique this. Your comments were very valuable. } [Apr 2014]
    Vanessa Fogg, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Congress of Dragons" to Mirror Dance. [Apr 2014]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), who sold his short story, "Cargo Cult" to Nature. {Though this was not a Crittered submission, thanks to everyone for your other critiques! } [Apr 2014]
    Richard Viskovic, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Electric Itch" is now out in the current issue of Aurealis. [Apr 2014]
    Jon Hurwitz, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Method" to Nature. {My first ever sale. Thanks to all who critiqued this piece. } [Apr 2014]
    Jon Hurwitz, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Method" to Nature. [Apr 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "For Tomorrow I Live" is now out in the current issue of Penumbra. [Apr 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Dig the Slowness" is now out in the current issue of Robot and Raygun. [Apr 2014]
    Aoife Farley, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "De Profundis" to Every Day Fiction. [Apr 2014]
    Alex Bottle, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Mood Donor of the Year" to Isotropic Fiction. {A spin-off from my first sale - thanks to a Critter for the suggestion! } [Apr 2014]
    Michael Alix, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Kekong" is now out in the current issue of Hello Horror. {Thanks for the critiques. I used them all to improve the story. } [Apr 2014]
    L Chan, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "A Day in the Life of the Last City Witch" to Stupefying Stories. [Apr 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose article, "After Our Bodies Fail" is now out in the current issue of Apex Magazine. {This Apex issue is about fixing the world. My essay covers medical techniques past and future. And goat testicles. www.apex-magazine.com/issue-59-april-2014 } [Apr 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose article, "After Our Bodies Fail" is now out in the current issue of Apex Magazine. {This Apex issue is about fixing the world. My essay covers medical techniques past and future. And goat testicles. www.apex-magazine.com/issue-59-april-2014 } [Apr 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with literary agent Suzie Townsend of New Leaf agency. She is a relatively new agent, specializes in speculative fiction, and is eager to work with aspiring writers. ". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=4176 } [Mar 2014]
    Joanna Hoyt, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tell It Slant" is now out in the current issue of Crossed Genres. {www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht } [Mar 2014]
    Timothy Mudie, whose short story, "This is Just to Say" is now out in the current issue of Electric Spec. [Mar 2014]
    Janice Clark, whose book, "The Hall of Doors" is now out in the current issue of Solstice Publishing. {The first three books of the Hall of Doors series (The Mountains of the Moon, The Door in the Sky, The Mirror Door), all previously published as individual paperbacks, are available again as a combo ebook. A print version will follow shortly, and two more books (The Secret Door, The Water Door) are in the works, with the publisher asking for more. The new publisher let me keep all the wonderful illustrations by J.W. Kalin. } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Other Wishes" to Plan B Magazine. [Mar 2014]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Return to Death Row" to Stupefying Stories. [Mar 2014]
    Leah Cypess, whose book, "DEATH SWORN" is now out in the current issue of HarperCollins. [Mar 2014]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Tavern of the First Village" is now out in the current issue of Child of Words. {"Child of Words" is a new science fiction and fantasy magazine from Big Pulp Publications. Available at Amazon in both print and in Kindle. Thanks to all the critters who helped on this particular old-school fantasy story, and gratitude for Critters as a workshop! } [Mar 2014]
    Brian Burt, who has won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction award for his (Critter'd) novel, "Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God". [Mar 2014]
    Aaron Gallagher, who sold his short story, "Repo" to Analog . [Mar 2014]
    Stacey Nilsen, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Hour" to The Midnight Diner. [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Dig the Slowness" to Robot and Raygun. [Mar 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots posted my interviews with James Patrick Kelly". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=4160 } [Mar 2014]
    Aislinn Batstone, who sold her short story, "Newsfeed Zombies" to Big Pulp. {Revised this one substantially after joining Critters and voila, a sale! } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Feeling All Right" to Fantasy Scroll Mag. {As always, thanks to Critters for making me a better writer. } [Mar 2014]
    Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Reconquest: Mother Earth" is now out from Montag Press. {This novel was originally titled "Invasion" when it went through Critters. Thanks to everyone who helped me get it to the point where it is now. } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "The Rhetorical Detective" to Mad Scientist Journal. [Mar 2014]
    Megan Hutchins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wishing Hard Enough" is now out in the current issue of The Leading Edge Magazine. [Mar 2014]
    Alex Bottle, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Mood Donation Centre" to Fiction Vortex. {This is my first sale, so a big and yet a small step. } [Feb 2014]
    Jenny Green, who sold her short story, "Learning to Walk" to Mad Scientists' Journal. [Feb 2014]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Fruit of the Word" to The Fifth Di. [Feb 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "For Tomorrow I Live" to Penumbra. [Feb 2014]
    Tom Greene, whose short story, "Another Man's Treasure" is now out in the current issue of Analog. [Feb 2014]
    Andrew Richardson, who sold his novel, "Snuff" to Damnation Books. [Feb 2014]
    Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Monstrous" is now out in the current issue of Blood Reign Lit. [Feb 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Twice Upon a Midnight Dreary" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. [Feb 2014]
    Fiona Howland-Rose (Writing as Fi Michell), whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Debt Collector" is now out in the current issue of 'The New Gothic' anthology from Stone Skin Press. {The anthology is an actual book as well as ebook, available in book stores in the UK and online. } [Feb 2014]
    Karl Bunker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Ashes" to Interzone. {Thanks to all who critiqued this piece a little over a year ago. This story is a favorite of mine, and I'm delighted it sold to as good an outlet as Interzone. } [Feb 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, who sold her short story, "Demons of Disease" to Tales of the Talisman. [Feb 2014]
    Sean Green (writing as S, R, Algernon), who sold his short story, "A Pocket full of Phlogiston" to Nature Physics. [Feb 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Analog regular Brad Torgersen. ". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=3981 } [Feb 2014]
    Joanna Hoyt, who sold her short story, "Sea-Changes" to Scheherezade's Bequest. [Feb 2014]
    Alexander Harris, who sold his short story, "The Mismatched Sisters" to Mystic Signals. {While The Mismatched Sisters was not critiqued on Critters, plenty of my other stories were, and that knowledge helped me sell Mismatched. If you read an African fantasy story on here, it was likely mine. Thank you. } [Feb 2014]
    Janice Clark, who reports "My Hall of Doors fantasy series, which had gone otu of print with the demise of Orchard House Press, has been picked up by Solstice Publishing. Most of the five books ran through Critters. Thanks to all of you for your help.". [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, whose short story, "Bottled Up" is now out in the current issue of NATURE. {http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v503/n7475/full/503306a.html } [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, whose (Critter'd) short story, "In Vino Veritas" is now out in the current issue of Stupefying Stories Showcase. {and here it is: http://www.stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com/0130906/0130906-40.html } [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, who sold his short story, "a translation from Russian: "White Curtain" by Pesach Amnuel" to F&SF. [Feb 2014]
    Gary Goodson, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Living an Enhanced Life" is now out in the current issue of Plasma Frequency Magazine. {It will be out on Feb 5 for the Feb/Mar issue. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on this story and help with many others. This is my first sale and a testament to the great community here. Thanks again. } [Feb 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Twice Upon a Midnight Dreary" to Perihelion Science Fiction. [Jan 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "T-Vision" is now out in the current issue of Kzine. [Jan 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "T-Vision" is now out in the current issue of Kzine. [Jan 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, who sold her short story, "Reconnect" to Odyssey. [Jan 2014]
    Greg Kurzawa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Dark Gardens" to The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2014. [Jan 2014]
    Chet Gottfried, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Funny Money" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion SF. {Thanks to Critter feedback making Funny Money a better story, it has been sold, published, and a free read over at http://www.perihelionsf.com/ (the current January 2014 issue). Among the positives of Perihelion SF is that it is a monthly and always reading stories. } [Jan 2014]
    Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Last Man Standing" is now out in the current issue of Dark Eclipse. [Jan 2014]
    KJ Hannah Greenberg, whose book, "The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles" is now out in the current issue of Bards & Sages Publishing. {This collection of short and flash fiction is a companion to last year's book, _Don't Pet the Sweaty Things._ See http://bardsandsages.com/speculative_fiction/greenberg for more details. } [Jan 2014]
    KJ Hannah Greenberg, whose book, "The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles" is now out in the current issue of Bards & Sages Publishing. [Jan 2014]
    Massimo Marino, who has won the Nomination to Best Science Fiction Series award for his (Critter'd) novel, "Daimones" - and "Once Humans". {The PRG group shortlist the best works among all those reviewed in the year and presents the finalists of the PRG Reviewer's Choice Awards in different categories - Some NYT best sellers authors in the competition too. http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com Vote is ongoing until Jan 13th } [Jan 2014]
    Steve Donnelly, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Stowaway to Mars" is now out in the current issue of Kaleidotrope. {The story was crittered way, way back in May 2009 under the title "The Man Who Talked His Way to Mars". Kaleidotrope is a free on-line magazine, so it is available to read at: www.kaleidotrope.net } [Jan 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose short story, "Ekaterina and the Firebird" is now out in the current issue of Tor.com. {Turnaround time was too short to run this through Critters, but what I learned here helped me get it in shape. Read it for the Russian myths, hidden truths, curses, and transformations! www.tor.com/stories/2014/01/ekaterina-and-the-firebird-abra-staffin-wiebe } [Jan 2014]
    Kit Power, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife (plus 'The Debt')" is now out in the current issue of Black Beacon Books. {The e-novella goes on sale 25th January, with pre-orders available now via http://blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.co.uk/p/shop.html for virtual shipping on 25th! Pre-orders are discounted, and some early copies are also being released as part of the promotion - check the site for details. And thanks again for all your support. :) } [Jan 2014]
    Fred Obermeyer, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Value of Silence" is now out in the current issue of Allegory. [Jan 2014]
    Antha Ann Adkins, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Clever Bubble" to Perihelion Science Fiction. {Thanks so much, critters, for all your useful comments! } [Jan 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Mike Resnick about the nature and process of editing anthologies". [Dec 2013]
    Mav Skye, who sold her short story, "Dead Sunset Red" to Voluted Tales. [Dec 2013]
    R. E. Stearns, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Constable and the Hellhound" to Stupefying Stories. [Dec 2013]
    Greg Kurzawa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Old Bones" to Interzone. [Dec 2013]
    Elaine Byrne, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Third Skin Turbo" is now out in the current issue of Every Day Fiction. {On their website for 21 Dec 2013 at http://www.everydayfiction.com/third-skin-turbo-by-e-m-byrne/ This went through Critters as "Second Skin" (twice, then spent a year in a 'drawer' before I started sending it out!). Thanks to all who critted, and to the folks at EDF, for helping me pummel it into a shape from which at least some may not recoil in horror :p } [Dec 2013]
    Elaine Byrne, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Third Skin Turbo" is now out in the current issue of Every Day Fiction. [Dec 2013]
    Hank Quense, who reports "Self-publishing a Book is now available: strangeworldsonline.com/wp/?page_id=602". [Dec 2013]
    Dom Dulley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Saturday Night Genocide" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. {This was critiqued as Points of Divergence in April 2013. Thanks for your valuable comments. } [Dec 2013]
    Karl Bunker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Gray Wings" to Year's Best Science Fiction #31. [Dec 2013]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots posted my interview with Lou Anders of Pyr Books". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=3940 } [Dec 2013]
    Helen Petrovic, who has won the "Highly Commended" in the Australian Society of Author's Emerging Writer's Scholarship 2013 award for her (Critter'd) novel, "White Eyes". {This hotly contested competition receives over 300 entries annually and is judged on the synopsis and first chapter of the novel. My "Highly Commended" award has nabbed me a not-to-shabby $500 worth of courses and mentoring. My win would not have happened without the invaluable feedback of the critters community, and a big thanks goes out to all who sent critiques of "White Eyes", most especially Ralph Weimer, Ariana Harradine-Noble and Fiona Bacon, my DR's who continue to shape my novel. } [Dec 2013]
    Fiona Howland-Rose (Writing as Fi Michell), who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Tiny Man" to Stupefying Stories. {This was one of my early stories on Critters, and has been through several rewrites since. Many thanks to everyone who gave me feedback! } [Dec 2013]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Odyssey founder and director Jeanne Cavelos. [URL] [Dec 2013]
    Fred Obermeyer, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The IUD that Landed in Grandpa's Backyard" is now out in the current issue of Electric Spec. [Dec 2013]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Value of Silence" to Allegory. [Dec 2013]
    Irene Ying, whose (Critter'd) short story, "And Now, A Message From A Future Sponsor Of This Fine Publication" is now out in the current issue of Eggplant Productions: Miscellanea. {This is my first published piece! (If you go looking, you will find that it is published under the name Kara Lee, my pseud!) This would never have happened without the amazing feedback I got from Critters. Thank you all! } [Nov 2013]
    Greg Kurzawa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Predvestniki" to Interzone. {Thank you to everyone who helped with this one, but most especially to those who worked with me on the Russian language bits. } [Nov 2013]
    Ian Creasey, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "An Exercise in Motivation"" to Analog. {This was critiqued in November 2012: my thanks to the commenters. } [Nov 2013]
    Sue Kesler, whose (Critter'd) novel, "My Partner Jakup the Jay" is now out from Jupiter Gardens Press. [Nov 2013]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots posted my interview with Analog editor Trevor Quachri at [URL] [Nov 2013]
    Margaret Ernsberger, who reports "I uploaded a Crittered novel to the Kindle Store and in less than a month I have already had several sales. Not much to start with but SOMEBODY ACTUALLY BOUGHT MY BOOK! It was Crittered some years ago by three Dedicated Readers and it was much the better for it when I was done with a re-write.". {I know uploading to the Kindle Store doesn't constitute sales but I wanted to announce this because I have gotten some sales of my novel in less than a month. I give a lot of credit to Critters for my book being the quality it is because some Dedicated Readers took the time to read and critique it several years ago and they did an excellent job. I would recommend Critters to anyone who wants a good critique of their work. Captain, you created a wonderful thing! } [Nov 2013]
    Karl Bunker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "This Quiet Dust" is now out in the current issue of Analog magazine. {My first sale to this market. Thanks to those who helped out with Critterly comments! } [Nov 2013]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Mad Dogs Raid Mars" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. {Thanks to all hard working critters who commented on this story. Hail to you! } [Nov 2013]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), who sold his short story, "Planetary Defences" to Nature. {Thanks everyone for all your critiques! } [Nov 2013]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The IUD that Landed in Grandpa's Backyard" to Electric Spec. {Thanks for your help on the story. } [Nov 2013]
    Jennifer Johnson, who sold her short story, "Catch of the Day" to SQ Mag. [Nov 2013]
    John Frye, whose short story, "Racing Prejudice" is now out in the current issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. {My first published story, and in my dream market too! "Racing Prejudice" was not crittered, but greatly benefited from general writing advice, and even more so from all the experience of critiquing other stories that I then applied to my own through some substantial rewrites and condensation. Thanks to critters for all the help and support! } [Oct 2013]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "My interview with Kevin Anderson is up at Diabolical Plots. Coming soon are interviews with Trevor Quachri of Analog, Lou Anders of Pyr, and Jeanne Cavelos of Odyssey.". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=3815 } [Oct 2013]
    Fiona Howland-Rose (Writing as Fi Michell), who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Debt Collector" to The New Gothic anthology, published by Stone Skin Press. {Thank you to all who critiqued this for me. The final version was substantially revised. The result is my first professional sale. } [Oct 2013]
    James Beamon, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Light Crusader's Dark Dessert" to Intergalactic Medicine Show. {This one official pros me out of Writers of the Future, but what a way to go! Thanks to everyone that provided input to make this a winning story. } [Oct 2013]
    Kit Power, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Loving Husband and the Faithful Wife" to Black Beacon Press. {This novella was Crittered via the 'Mystery and Thrillers' workshop. Thanks to all who fed back - you made my story stronger. } [Oct 2013]
    Antha Ann Adkins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Have You Looked in a Mirror Lately?" is now out in the current issue of Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi. {Thanks for your critiques! } [Oct 2013]

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