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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.

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

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)

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]








Advertising and Critters

This page describes both critter members advertising their work on the site and Critter members advertising for Critters on their own sites.

Advertising on Critters

Critter members in good standing may now advertise their own work on the site. This is a free service, to help Critter members get the word out about their new stories, products of interest, etc.

To have an ad on the site, you must be a member in good standing (75% participation ratio) and must have been an active member for at least eight weeks (from time of joining or last ratio reset). Aburt reserves the right to deny any ad content he feels inappropriate. Visit the ad server page to add or manage your ads.

You can also put your digital products directly in the Critter Members' Store, in which case we all win. (You could even point the link for your free ad to your item in the store :) but you don't have to. To get the store link for your product, /c/store/uplaod.cgi add it to the store, then click on your item in the store, which will give you a URL for your page. It'll be something like , with your item# in there.)

Other opportunities to announce your work are via the Woohoo!s (for writing sales or publications) and via the forums. The Forums encourage announcements of anything new, in any realm.

Advertising anything inside critiques is strictly prohibited. Likewise for soliciting members to do something (visit a site, etc.). A generic one-line (80 byte) "product" reference in your email signature (not the body of the email, only the signature) is permitted if and only if the critique is long enough for full critique credit (200+ words of , non-quoted critique material, unique to that manuscript — nothing generic or copy&pasted). This is to prevent people from doing short non-creditworthy critiques just to spam members, as has occurred in the past.

I'm trying to help members by allowing reasonable promotion without spamming and without making advertising the purpose of anyone's membership in Critters (the purpose being, first, foremost, and always about improving your writing), and I think the above exceeds what most sites allow, so please don't push the envelope. In other words, violating these ad guidelines is grounds for immediate removal from the workshop.

Advertise for Critters

If you'd like to advertise for Critters, we'd appreciate it. We have the following ads you can use.

For conventions: a flyer you can print copies of to distribute. (There's usually a table for flyers. Also helpful for panels on writing, critiquing, etc.)

For your web site, Facebook, etc.: Below are several web ads in various sizes. (Some may be below the sidebar so scroll down.)

Please have the images link to

The URL for the image itself is below each ad, and HTML you can copy&paste. Please change the YOURSITENAME to the name of your site so I can know where the traffic is coming from.

If you need other sizes please contact me.

468x60 banner -

160x600 skyscraper -

Quarter page 288x378 -


[via ►PayPal or: Square]
Very Happy minion   Very Happy minion — last donation was yesterday. About $1200 to go. A big Thank You! to Bill Leonard, Deborah Ross, Mark Kress, and lots of other Critterfolk for their contributions!

Critters is entirely funded by donations from Critterfolk like you, so yours is most appreciated. Click here to make the minions happy. Every dollar helps. Thanks for your support!



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