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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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!

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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)

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]








E-book Pricing Survey


E-book readership is growing rapidly (though still small in total). Publishers who've been in the ebook business for a while, like Baen and Fictionwise, have taken the approach of pricing ebooks low, often less than mass-market paperback prices. Now that more and larger publishers are entering the space, they're pricing their ebooks to compete with hardback and trade paperback prices.

Then there's the question of pricing for shorter works, like short stories.

What are your thoughts? What is a fair price for ebooks?

Thanks for your input!

Andrew Burt

Survey Questions

  1. What's a fair price for a novel or other full-length ebook?

      New release: $ (enter numeric dollars and cents, e.g. "3.99")

      Back list: $ (that is, a book that's been out for a while)

  2. What's a fair price for a short story, article, or other shorter-length ebook?

      New release: $

      Back list: $

    Half-baked, off the wall concept: Variable pricing. I've been thinking about a different pricing model based on reader satisfaction. Technically it's feasible to collect payment after reading, which could then be based on what the reader felt the piece was worth. More people may be willing to take a chance if they know they aren't forced to pay what they might afterwards consider too high a price. While mainstream publishers are less likely to offer this, might it be preferred and make sense in cases of authors offering their older, out of print works directly to readers?

    (What got me to thinking about this was thinking about the concept of tipping a restaurant server, where one might tip 20-25% for great service, 15-20% for average, and 10-15% for poor service.)

    The following questions explore this:

    If you liked it... If you thought it average... If you weren't feelin' it...
    What's a fair price for a novel or other full-length ebook $ $ $
    What's a fair price for a short story, article or other shorter-length ebook $ $ $

    If you want to elaborate on your thoughts or have other comments to make, please share them here.

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

[View Survey Results]

[Discussion Forum]

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