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Critique Notices

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

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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[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]

Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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!

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

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.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

Music and Audio Workshop

As the name suggests, this is the workshop for Music and Audio — performance (covers or your own work), songwriting, lyrics, or any kind of audio (podcasts, etc.). Basically anything audio related. Workshops for other categories are listed below. Feel free to explore the site and sign on up when you're ready to unleash your inner Shakespeare.

As a brand new workshop to the family (hurrah!), the queue for this workshop may be light for the first few times — so it's a great time to submit something to get the ball rolling.

If you have ideas how to improve the workshop by all means, please let me know.

Also, as a new workshop, I'd appreciate it if you could help announce it on your blogs, places you post where it would be of interest, etc. Thanks!

What are the Workshops?

Writers Digest 101 Best Sites for Writers is for serious authors, artists, and creators in any field who wish to improve their craft — those who seek to gain professional stature within their field or increase it. workshops focus on in-depth critiques of your works, a process which helps both the recipient and the reviewer to grow. In addition to depth of analysis, much of's secret is our emphasis on respectful and diplomatic critiques.

By way of history, began in 1995, making it the first on-line workshop/critique group on the web. We now have over 10,000 members and have delivered our members over 270,000 detailed critiques — enough critiques to fill thousands of books. After many years focusing on professional speculative fiction and helping authors turn pro, branched out to bring its highly successful format to everyone. There are now workshops for every genre and every form of creative endeavor — songwriting, music performance, art, photography, film & video, web site design, apps, screenplays, comics, non-fiction writing, literary and mainstream writing, childrens, mysteries, thrillers, romance, and of course "Critters," our first workshop, for science fiction, fantasy and horror... — you name it, there's a workshop for it.

How it works: You get your work critiqued in exchange for critiquing the work of others, both of which are invaluable ways to improve your craft. The workshops are run by the Critter Captain, Dr. Andrew Burt (founder of the world's first Internet service provider and former vice-president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.), along with his army of software minions. We also have forums to discuss your craft and the critiquing process, as well as many other useful and fun resources. is free (except for the work of doing critiques!) and funded by donations; if you find the workshop useful, donations are appreciated.

Authors and artists of all skill levels are welcome (with special incentives for professionals), so sign yourself up.


We have workshops for just about everything. (Well, we WILL have them, but we're in Beta Test mode right now, adding new workshops as we shake them down.) What workshop would you like to join?—

What Next?

What Others Say

If I were shopping for a workshop, I'd give Critters a close look.
-- James Patrick Kelly, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Well run and quite stable

-- Writer's Digest Magazine

Critters has been profiled in Salon Magazine.

Read more testimonials...

More Info

Check out a more detailed description of and what it's like to send a manuscript through the workshop.

Our mission is to achieve a high level of participation in giving critiques on short stories, novel chapters, and entire novels in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. The focus is on providing timely, helpful critiques. Our Rules are what make this work.

(And a steady hand on the tiller from the Critter Captain.)

Note To Professionals

Professional authors, artists, etc. are most welcome, and we have many in the group. For one critique a month, professional members get immediate reviews of their work. If you don't mind a little humorous coaxing, drop in here.

Ready to Join?

If you're ready to join, come on in.


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Sad minion   Sad minion — last donation was 7 days ago. About $2900 to go. A big Thank You! to Maggie Boys, Talia Klein, anthony lavely, and lots of other Critterfolk for their contributions!

Critters is entirely funded by donations from Critterfolk like you, so yours is most appreciated. Click here to make the minions happy. Every dollar helps. Thanks for your support!



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Fundamental to Critters' success is how people deliver criticisms. Start by reading Critiquing the Wild Writer: It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It. and The Diplomatic Critiquer.


Critters has a special program to get whole novels critiqued. Read about it here.


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