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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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)

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

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


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 - 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

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

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]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

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Standings for Romance Novels

1. A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance, Tena Stetler, The Wild Rose Press, [link]

2. Bitter Legacy, C.B. Clark, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
2. A Fire in the Blood, Amanda Ashley, Zebra Books, [link][comments]
3. Sharing Hamilton, Diana Rubino & Brian L Porter, Creativia, [link][comments]
4. Her General in Gray, Linda Nightingale, The Wild Rose Press, [link][comments]
5. Bandit's Bride, Gail MacMillan, The Wild Rose Press, Inc. [comments]
5. Fool of Main Beach, Tara Lain, Dreamspinner Press, [link][comments]
6. A Sibling’s Dilemma, Molly V. Lovell, Solstice Publishing, [link][comments]
6. Crossing Quinn, Gail Koger, Loose Id [comments]
7. Finding Susan, Katie Mettner, Amazon, [link][comments]
8. Elfin Nights, Brantwijn Serrah, Champagne Books, [link][comments]
8. A Rainbow Bridge, Erin O'Quinn, New Dawn Press, [link][comments]
8. Upon Your Love, Marie Lavender, Solstice Publishing, [link]
9. Awakened By Time, Jennae Vale, Jennae Vale, [link][comments]
9. You Only Love Twice, B Douglas Slack, Amazon, [link][comments]
10. Hiding in Plain Sight, Lucy Felthouse, Self, [link][comments]
10. Her Bluegrass Beau, Carol Preflatish, Stardust Romance, [link]

11. Cypress Groves, Raegyn Perry, Solstice Publishing, [link][comments]
11. Game on Askole, Gail Koger, Loose Id, [link][comments]
12. Captured Memories, Katherine McIntyre, After Glows Publishing, [link]
12. Escape from Evil, D T Mann, Solstice, [link][comments]
13. Waking the Watcher, Kim Loraine, Self, [link][comments]
13. Fatal Charm, Blair Macdowell, Wild Rose Press, [link]
13. Twilight Dreams, Amanda Ashley, Zebra Books, [link][comments]
13. The Trail to Love, Tina Susedik, Soul Mate Publishing, [link]
13. Lapses of Memory, M. S. Spencer, Wild Rose, [link]
14. Stone, April Zyon, Evernight Publishing, [link]
14. Kindred Souls Voyage of the Scotsman, Stephen St. Clair, Solstice Publishing, [link]
14. Promises Made, Stephanie Payne Hurt, Self, [link]
14. Watch Over Me, Eileen Charbonneau, BWL Publishing Inc., [link]
14. Mind Waves, Amanda Uhl, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
14. Missing My Heart, Tina Susedik, Self, [link][comments]
15. Axios, Jaclyn Osborn, Amazon, [link]
15. Fiery 10-16, Lea Bronsen, Writers in Crime, [link]
15. Always, London Saint James, LSJ Romance, [link]
15. Montana Marine, Debra Pamley, Belo Dia Publishing Inc., http:/[link]
15. Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, Joe Cosentino, NineStar Press, [link][comments]
16. Walks With Him, Elle Marlow, indie, [link]
16. Western Song, Leigh Podgorski, Solstice, [link]
16. Killing Her Softly, Barb Warner Deane, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
16. Teacher's Pet, Kenzie Michaels, Erotes Press, [link]
16. Relatively Crazy, Ellen Dye, The Wild Rose Press, Inc. [comments]
16. Brynnde, M Pepper Langlinais, Amazon, [link]
16. Laurel's Gift, Tricia McGill, BWL Publishing Inc., [link]
16. My Angel, Alanea Alder, Sacred Forest, [link]
16. One Shade of Gray, Monica Corwin, Amazon, [link]
16. Dating-ish, Penny Reid, Self, [link]
16. Sexy Bad Daddy, Misti Murphy & Tami Lund, Self, [link]

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