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Critters is 25!

Last November, Critters turned 25 years old! 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.

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)


I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

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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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Book Earnings Survey


Several years ago Tobias Buckell did a survey on first novel sales and how much people earned. It was really interesting and useful. The publishing landscape is rapidly changing, so this survey is geared to measure current trends in publishing: How much are authors earning for books they've sold in the last year. Not limited to first novels -- any book sold in the last 12 months. Whether sold to a major publisher, small press, or self-published. Whether in print or electronic forms. It's also geared to track the effect of prior sales -- e.g., how large an advance are first authors getting vs. midlist authors.

This survey is open to all authors who've signed a contract for a book within the last 12 months. This includes contracts from major publishers, small presses, or self-publishing agreements.

If you're an author, you'll probably want to know this. Knowledge is power. All entries are anonymous. So help us out and enter your data!

Please spread the word so we can collect as much data as possible.


Andrew Burt

Survey Questions

    For each book you've signed a contract for within the last 12 months, please answer the following questions:

    (That is, you signed the contract within the last 12 months. This isn't about books published years ago, just ones newly published or maybe not even published yet. Do the form again for each book if you have more than one.)

  1. When did you sign the contract?

      Month: (1..12)
      Year: (2010 or 2011)

  2. What was the size of the publisher?

      Large, major publisher (e.g. Random House)
      Small press
      Self Published

      (Large publishers pay a large advance and do large print runs so that copies are on shelves in thousands of bookstores. Select "Self Published" if you did not receive an advance payment or published through e.g. Smashwords,, Lulu, PublishAmerica, etc.)

  3. How much advance against royalties did you receive?

      Advance: $
      (Not applicable to self-published works)

  4. What royalty rates does your contract provide you?

      Hardback: % of cover price net
      Paperback: % of cover price net
      Ebook: % of cover price net

      (If your contract has multiple sales tiers, enter for the first tier. If there are multiple channels with different rates, choose the one from which you think most sales will come.)

  5. If this book has made it to publication, what price points is it sold at?

      Hardback: $ (enter numeric dollars and cents, e.g. "26.99")
      Paperback: $ (trade paper or mass market, assuming it isn't in both)
      Ebook: $

  6. If this book has made it to publication, how many copies have sold so far (to the best of your knowledge)?

      Hardback: copies
      Paperback: copies
      Ebook: copies

  7. Is this the first release for this book?

      Yes (that is, readers have never been able to read this book before)
      No (reprint: that is, readers could have read this before, perhaps in a different format)

  8. How many previous books do you have published?

      Books from major publishers (Random House, etc.)
      Books from small presses
      Books self-published

      (Enter 0 if this is your first published book, 2 if this is your third book, etc.)

  9. What Genre was this book?

    If you want to elaborate on your thoughts or have other comments to make, please share them here. (Opens in new window)

To prevent automated responses, please enter the two words below:

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See Also:

Axioms in the Future of Publishing

Poll: What's the best price point for ebooks?

Poll: What's the best book ever written?


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