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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.

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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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]








Critters Workshop Admin Functions

Critters Workshop Admin Functions

Join: Drop in here to join.

Submit: Submit a ms. for the queue by going here.

Rules: Rules of the workshop are here.

Ratio check: Check your participation ratio (the 75% thing) here.

Email Preferences / Change of Address: Change your Critters Ms. email preferences (how much email you get and what kind of stories) and/or your email address here.

Aliases: Add an email alias (i.e., get credit for critiques sent from different email addresses than you signed up with), here.

Reset: If you want to reset your Critter-counter (used to determine if you're over/under 75%), stop in here. Use this if, for example, you're so far behind you feel you'll never catch up. This resets you to zero critiques in zero weeks, as if you quit and rejoined. (Note that if you're already at zero currently, you'll be asked to do one critique for the privilege, so you'll get a "-1" critique credit.)

Crit count: A count of how many crits this week's mss. have so far (updated hourly) is here.

Receipts: A list of what critiques have been filed recently (in case you wonder if yours was received) is here.

RFDR: Info on doing an RFDR is here.

RFDR completion: To report when a dedicated reader is done, and award credit, go here.

Late/too short credit: To give credit to a critter whose critique of your piece was marked as late or too short, go here.

Forgotten password: If you've forgotten your password, go here.

Change Manuscript Title: If you absolutely have to change your manuscript title, go here.

Remove Manuscript: If you absolutely have to remove your manuscript from the queue, go here.

Change Genre of Manuscript: If you need to change the genre of your manuscript in the queue, go here.

Quit or go Inactive: If you want to go inactive (stop receiving manuscripts but stay on the weekly notes mailing list), or if you want to quit Critters for good, stop in here. Note that if you're only going on hiatus for a short time, you need not quit -- you should simply set your preferences to receive no emailed mss. or critiques. But read the quitting/inactivation page for more guidelines on whether it's best to quit or suspend email.

Web Ads: If you'd like to help spread the word, there are several web ads you can put on your site, Facebook, etc.

Flyer: If you're going to a con, and would like to place some Critters flyers on the literature table (almost all cons have these, where folks pick up flyers for other cons, magazines, special interest groups, etc.), there's a Critters flyer here. It's a PDF file. It has two flyers per page, so you should cut the sheets in half. I usually print up 50-100 for the first day (25-50 sheets, that is) -- more if it's a big con, e.g., a worldcon (if you know the con organizers, ask how many attendees they expect; I'd print about one flyer for every 4-5 attendees -- many con folk think themselves writers and/or take one of every piece of paper). If they fly off the table, I bring more the 2nd day. For maximum exposure, I usually print them on a variety of colored papers, and place two stacks on the table at opposite ends.


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