New entry May 06
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.
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 who's 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)
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
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]
Although you can, if you want, submit chapter groups of a novel through the queue in the "usual" Critters fashion, novelists should consider also doing a "Request for Dedicated Readers." An RDR is like an ordinary entry in the queue (it's often added to a chapter group), but when that entry comes up for reading, it becomes a request for Critters to devote themselves to reading your entire novel. Your RDR generally consists of a description of the novel and any special constraints unique to you (e.g., a publisher's deadline).
Readers communicate directly with you to receive chapters and send critiques. Readers receive generous credit based on the number of words they critique, however, they don't receive this credit until they have completed the novel (or whatever part of it you want done -- in other words, you control when they're finished (within reason, I mean, you can't expect them to read chapters more than once, for example, though you could negotiate this with them)). It's very flexible in that you only accept the readers you want (checking up on them in any way you see fit), and only the readers who are interested in your work will apply. You are in charge of the time schedule (though you need to spell this out in advance).
You can send chapters through the queue like usual (though readers can't get double credit), or, if you prefer, keep the chapters private between you and the readers only. You design the program with your readers.
Does it work? Well, our first test case was a sort of worst-case trial-by-fire: A pro author (David Niall Wilson) with a short deadline. He reported that it worked out "admirably," and we have since had numerous happy customers.
The general process to do an RFDR is to submit either the first few chapters to the queue plus marking the "rfdr" box on the submission form, or just submit a synopsis and whatever verbiage you think will entice reviewers to grab it. (In the first case, of sending part of the book, people will be able to get credit for critiquing just that portion. You can keep sending chapters through if you like. I suggest a max of 5,000 words per chunk.)
The full "rules" are here.
The author should go here to award credit when readers are done reading.