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Critter Notices

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

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)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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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Available Genre Types by Workshop

Use the follow codes when hand-crafting a submission block (that is, if you're not using the submission form):

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SF - Science Fiction   
F - Fantasy   
H - Horror   

lit


L - Mainstream/Literary (written)   

mystery


M - Mystery (written)   
T - Thriller (written, fiction)   
AC - Action / Adventure (written, fiction)   

nonfiction


NP - Opinion, personal (blog entry, editorial, essay, politics, etc.)   
NR - Review (product/service/movie review etc.)   
NT - Technical, professional, reference (computers, Internet, how to's, training, manuals, etc.)   
NE - Press release   
NI - Business, finance, investing   
NL - Legal forms, contracts (e.g. publishing contracts you offer — or have been offered), etc. (though not meant for legal advice)   
NH - History, biography   
NB - Health, mind, body   
NF - Food, cooking, wine   
NC - Crafts, hobbies   
NM - Home, Garden   
NA - Parenting, family   
NN - Outdoors, nature, sports   
NV - Travel   
NG - Religion, spirituality   
NU - Humor   
NJ - Peer-reviewed journal/conference scholarly article   
NS - Student school paper   
NO - Other non-fiction (general, misc., anything not above)   

script


SC - Script/Screenplay/Stageplay/etc.   

kids


YP - Picture Books (approx. ages 0-5)   
YE - Early reader (approx. ages 5-7)   
YS - Children 7-9 - e.g. shorter chapter books (approx. ages 7-9)   
YL - Children 9-12 - longer chapter books (approx. ages 9-12)   
YA - Young adult (approx. ages 13-18)   
BK - Books written BY kids   

comics


CO - Comics (other, in general)   
CM - Manga   
CG - Graphic Novel   

western


W - Western (written, fiction)   

romance


R - Romance (written)   

adult


XX - Erotica (written)   
GL - GLBT (written)   

video


VS - Short video / film / movie (fictional)   
VL - Long video / film / movie (fictional)   
VD - Documentary video / film (non-fictional)   

music


MP - Pop, Rock   
MC - Country   
MJ - Jazz   
ML - Classical   
MO - Other music   
AU - Audio (non-music; e.g. a podcast)   

photo


PH - Photograph   

art


AN - Nature   
AH - People   
AI - Imaginary (science fictional, fantasy, horror)   
AO - Other   

apps


AP - Apps   

website


WW - Web Site   

test


XM - Mystery (written)   
XW - Western (written, fiction)   
XS - Science Fiction   
XF - Fantasy   
XH - Horror   

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Happy minion   Happy minion — last donation was 4 days ago. A big Thank You! to Robert Qualkinbush, Terrance Crow, Bill Leonard, and lots of other Critterfolk for their contributions!

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