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Critter Notices

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

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]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

Official Results

New! now has Workshops for Everything — all genres, music, video, photography, art, apps.....

New!See also the Best-Ever Voters Poll for the best works ever written (not just in the last year)

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Artwork page | Book/e-book Cover Artwork page | Magazine/e-zine Cover Artwork page |
Authors page | Poets page | Artists page |
Book/e-book Editors page | Magazine/e-zine Editors page |
Print/Electronic Book Publishers page |
Review site | Bookstore | Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources page |
Fiction 'zines page | Poetry 'zines page | Nonfiction 'zines page |
Writers' Discussion Forum page | Writers' Workshop page |
Writers' Resource/Information/News Source page |
Current standings | Best EVER Poll | Report an Error |

Standings for Book/e-book Editors

1. Leslie Hodges, [link]

2. Laura Kelly, [link][comments]
3. Karen McGrath, [link][comments]
4. Nan Swanson, [link][comments]
5. Lori Graham, [link][comments]
6. Trish Owens, [link][comments]
7. Lea Schizas, [link][comments]
8. Joelle Walker, [link][comments]
8. Chere Gruver
9. Nicola Martinez, [link][comments]
10. Gail Delaney, [link][comments]
10. Gabrielle Harbowy, [link][comments]

11. Denise Bartlett, [link]
12. Kat O'Shea, [link][comments]
12. Jude Glad
13. Allison Byers, [link][comments]
14. JennaKay Francis, [link]
14. Danielle Ackley-McPhail, [link]
15. Nicole D'Arienzo, [link]
15. Jodi Lee, [link]
15. Jessy Marie Roberts, [link][comments]
15. Kathy Cottrell, [link]
16. Terry D. Scheerer, [link]
16. Linda Ingmanson, [link]
16. Belle, [link][comments]
16. Christine Kuczmynda, [link][comments]
17. Chris Bartholomew, [link]
18. Lori Perkins, [link][comments]
18. Michelle Devon, [link]
18. Nancy Bell, [link]
19. Heather Bennett, [link]
20. Mark S. Deniz, [link]
20. Donna Sundblad, [link][comments]
20. Carrie Cuinn, [link]
20. Amanda Barnett, [link]
21. Stacy Holmes, [link]
21. James EM Rasmussen, [link]
21. Carol Hightshoe, [link]
21. Stephanie Parent, [link]
21. Vicky Reed, [link][comments]
21. Tyree Campbell, [link]
21. Steven Marshall, [link]
21. David Kassin Fried, [link][comments]
22. Annetta Ribken, [link][comments]
22. Joe Morey, [link]
22. Michayla Hart, [link]
22. Theresa Stevens, [link]
22. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, [link]
22. Karen Syed, [link]
22. Mason Lavin, [link]
22. Lorraine Horrell, [link]
22. Kat Thompson, [link]
22. Ann Leveille, [link]
22. Sandra Rychel, [link]
22. Lily richards, [link]
22. Lori Titus, [link]
22. epress-online, [link]
22. Anne Duguid, [link][comments]
22. Jennifer Erwine, [link]
22. Annie Melton, [link]

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