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Critter Notices

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!

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

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 pred-ed.com.

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]

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Crittering Novels

Crittering Novels

Getting a whole novel critiqued is often a difficult, time-consuming task in face-to-face or small on-line workshops. Always looking to be innovative and helpful to authors, Critters has a special program specifically for novels.

Although you can, if you want, submit chapter groups of a novel through the queue in the "usual" Critters fashion, novelists should consider also doing a "Request for Dedicated Readers." An RDR is like an ordinary entry in the queue (it's often added to a chapter group), but when that entry comes up for reading, it becomes a request for Critters to devote themselves to reading your entire novel. Your RDR generally consists of a description of the novel and any special constraints unique to you (e.g., a publisher's deadline).

Readers communicate directly with you to receive chapters and send critiques. Readers receive generous credit based on the number of words they critique, however, they don't receive this credit until they have completed the novel (or whatever part of it you want done -- in other words, you control when they're finished (within reason, I mean, you can't expect them to read chapters more than once, for example, though you could negotiate this with them)). It's very flexible in that you only accept the readers you want (checking up on them in any way you see fit), and only the readers who are interested in your work will apply. You are in charge of the time schedule (though you need to spell this out in advance).

You can send chapters through the queue like usual (though readers can't get double credit), or, if you prefer, keep the chapters private between you and the readers only. You design the program with your readers.

Does it work? Well, our first test case was a sort of worst-case trial-by-fire: A pro author (David Niall Wilson) with a short deadline. He reported that it worked out "admirably," and we have since had numerous happy customers.

The general process to do an RFDR is to submit either the first few chapters to the queue plus marking the "rfdr" box on the submission form, or just submit a synopsis and whatever verbiage you think will entice reviewers to grab it. (In the first case, of sending part of the book, people will be able to get credit for critiquing just that portion. You can keep sending chapters through if you like. I suggest a max of 5,000 words per chunk.)

The full "rules" are here.

The author should go here to award credit when readers are done reading.

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CRITTERS DIPLOMACY

Fundamental to Critters' success is how people deliver criticisms. Start by reading Critiquing the Wild Writer: It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It. and The Diplomatic Critiquer.

NOVELS

Critters has a special program to get whole novels critiqued. Read about it here.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please follow these guidelines for formatting and submitting manuscripts to Critters.

WHAT'S IN THE QUEUE

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