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Critter Notices

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.

Free Web Sites

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

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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)

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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Professional Members

We encourage authors and artists who are professionals in their field to join the workshop. Defintions are below for what we consider professional in various writing, artistic, and other fields.

Definifing "Professional" — Writing

For writing workshops, we define "professional" as being a full, voting member of the appropriate professional organization (or eligible to be one). For example, for science fiction writers, "pro" means being an "Active" member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Similarly for mystery writers and the Mystery Writers of America, horror writers and the Horror Writers Association, romance writers and the Romance Writers of America ("PAN" program), and so on.

Members of the Authors Guild, Novelists, Inc., National Writers Union, Writers Guild West, Writers Guild East, etc. at the highest membership level are considered professional in the genres they have professional publications.

Generally the hallmark of such level of membership is having sold publications to highly respected publishers (e.g. Random House, The New Yorker, Paris Review, etc.) for substantial payments in advance of publication. Self-published works, royalty-only sales, or sales to semi-professional markets aren't considered as professional for workshop "pro perks" purposes.

Definifing "Professional" — Art, Music, Film, etc.

We're in the process of determining what are the best definitions in each other workshop area, and will update this page as we go. Your Critter Captain isn't an expert in these fields thus welcomes your guidance. Generally the guidelines should be similar to those for writers, such as professional-level membership in the appropriate organization (or eligibility for it), which usually revolves around making sales to highly respected places and generally getting paid well for it.

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