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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 - www.cpr.org 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!

Free Web Sites

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

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

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.

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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Woo-hoo!

My unscientific estimate is that members of Critters are around 10X more likely to make sales than non-critters (but cause and effect? who knows?). Regardless, this page is to celebrate our successes!

Critter Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the reports below and created a summary page of how many sales Critters have had. Fascinating, and astounding! Good going to you all.

If you have something to report, tell me immediately!

Then see the NewNewForum.com to read about and announce new projects (in writing, tech, or any other field). Free ads on the Critters site are also provided as a benefit of membership.

Congratulations to...

    Linda Talisman, whose (Critter'd) novel, "THE CHRONICLES OF P'NEUMIA" is now out from Createspace. [Feb 2016]
    Shawn Proctor, whose short story, "Heartwood" is now out in the current issue of Flash Fiction Online. [Feb 2016]
    Matt Dovey, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Lady & the Moon" to Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores. {This went through the queue in mid-2013, and was on its 16th submission. Today's lesson: never surrender! } [Feb 2016]
    Tom Greene, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Neccessary Illusions" to Analog. [Feb 2016]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Four Mares of the Apocalypse" is now out in the current issue of Farstrider Magazine. [Feb 2016]
    Chris Kenworthy, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Love is a Masterpiece" to Gallery of Curiosities. [Jan 2016]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Paranoia Underground" to Freeze Frame Fiction. [Jan 2016]
    Janice Clark, whose (Critter'd) novel, "To Heal a Broken Planet" is now out from MoomMountain Press. {"To Heal a Broken Planet" went through the queue as "Teeka: Apprentice Healer." Its prequel, "Fairy Gold," also went through Critters. Many thanks to all of you for helping me to become a better writer. } [Jan 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Words that Bite" to Silent Screams anthology. [Jan 2016]
    Andrew Richardson, who sold his short story, "Bank Manager" to Cobblestone Press. [Jan 2016]
    Matt Dovey, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "This is the Sound of the End of the World" to Flash Fiction Online. {A space opera in 992 words! It should be up in March, which will make it my first publication, just ahead of WotF32. The revisions requested by the editor were both things critters had brought up and I'd decided against, so let this be a lesson: listen to your critters, people! } [Jan 2016]
    Jeff Sullins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Lynn's Escape" is now out in the current issue of The Scarlet Leaf Review. {Thanks for all the great comments I got on this one! It's live at: http://www.scarletleafreview.com/prose/jeff-sullins-lynns-escape } [Jan 2016]
    Jae Blakney, who reports "My book is available for sale on this site". {My science fiction book, Where Empires Fear to Tread, is now available for sale on Critter.org. Half the purchase price goes to help Andrew and his minions keep up their good work. } [Jan 2016]
    Shawn Proctor, whose short story, "The Courier" is now out in the current issue of The World Unknown Review. [Jan 2016]
    Iain Ishbel, whose (Critter'd) book, "The Last Days of the Eyeball Man and other stories" is now out in the current issue of Amazon Direct Publishing. {A number of stories, several of which were crittered, grouped in a collection of short stories available for purchase on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019VKPQWG } [Jan 2016]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), whose (Critter'd) short story, "Oubliette" is now out in the current issue of Parsec Ink.'s Triangulation: Steel Cities Anthology. {I don't have the TOC on hand, but I believe other critters or former critters appear in this anthology as well. [In the interest of full disclosure, I also read slush for Steel Cities, so I am doubly motivated to see it succeed.] Thanks to everyone who helped out with my revisions! } [Jan 2016]
    Karl Bunker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Battle of Ceres" to Analog Magazine. {Thanks to all who critiqued and helped me improve this story. } [Dec 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Days of Past Futured" is now out in the current issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. [Dec 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Voodoo as I Say" is now out in the current issue of T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog. [Dec 2015]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with debut humor sci fi novelist Rob Dircks". {This is my first interview after a year lapse. I'm trying to get back into the groove, so pass the word to any authors, editors, publishers, agents, etc, who need/warrant the coverage. http://www.diabolicalplots.com/interview-rob-dircks/ } [Dec 2015]
    Leena Naidoo, whose short story, "On Conveying Private Material and Persons In The Solar System" is now out in the current issue of Mad Scientist Journal, Winter 2016. {I'd like to thank all the critters who've so kindly critted and encouraged my work this past year. I really do appreciate it. With your help, my work has improved significantly. Thanks to Captain Aburt too, for making this group possible. Happy Holidays and a wonderful, amazing 2016 to every Critter, big and small :-D } [Dec 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Too Much to Dream" to Perilhelion Science Fiction. [Dec 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "A Fire Beneath" to Kzine. [Dec 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "A Memory, Perfected" to The Colored Lens. [Dec 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Chasing Frisbees" to Electric Spec. [Dec 2015]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Knife and Sea" is now out in the current issue of Mirror Dance. [Dec 2015]
    Vanessa Fogg, who reports "My story, "Moon Story" is now freely available to read online as the featured story at Mythic Delirium". [Dec 2015]
    Will McIntosh, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Lost: Mind" to Asimov's. [Dec 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, whose short story, "When Fear Becomes My Friend" is now out in the current issue of Mad Scientist Journal. [Dec 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, whose short story, "The Thanksgiving Offensive" is now out in the current issue of Page & Spine. [Dec 2015]
    Damien Boyes, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Second Skyn [Lost Time: Book One]" is now out from Amazon. {The book is part 1 of 5, and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017Y603LS But because Critters has been so helpful over the years, I'd be happy to send a copy to anyone who wants one. Just email me at damien@damienboyes.com and I'll let me know if you prefer a mobi or epub. Thanks, Critters. } [Nov 2015]
    Kathy London, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Glory on Mars" is now out from has been published by Smashwords and is on Amazon.. {Glory on Mars and it's companion Born on Mars are both live under my pen name Kate Rauner. Critters critique chapters from both - if you'd like to see how Glory came out, download a free copy from Smashwords.com with coupon code XY35L. Thanks for everyone's help. } [Nov 2015]
    Jeff Sullins, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Heart of Irelda" to The Great Tomes Series. {Thank you all for the great feedback! } [Nov 2015]
    Craig McEwan, who has won the Henshaw Press September competition, second prize award for his (Critter'd) short story, "Sitting Pretty". [Nov 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Voodoo as I Say" to T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog. [Nov 2015]
    Jennifer Michaud, whose short story, "Of Holes and Craters" is now out in the current issue of Profound Fiction. {The horror anthology is called "The Corpse Candle and other nightmares" and is currently available from Amazon. The process of writing & submitting, acceptance and publication was less than 3 weeks so there was no time to crit but thanks to critters for all the experience gained over the years. It definitely helped me able to pull it all off in that short time. } [Nov 2015]
    David John Baker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Hunter Captain" to Escape Pod. [Nov 2015]
    Vanessa Fogg, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Knife and Sea" to Mirror Dance. {Thanks to everyone who commented on this piece! } [Oct 2015]
    Dom Dulley, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Dainty Jane" is now out in the current issue of the Far Orbit: Apogee anthology by World Weaver Press. [Oct 2015]
    Julia Nolan, who sold her short story, "Galactic Weather Report" to Daily Science Fiction. [Oct 2015]
    AJ Finley, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings" to Stupefying Stories. {Thanks to all the Critters who took the time to critique this piece, and offer valuable feedback. } [Oct 2015]
    Jeffrey Steven Abrams, who has won the Writers of the Future - Silver Honorable Mention award for (Critter'd) short story, "The Value of Garbage". [Oct 2015]
    Matt Dovey, who has won the Writers of the Future Q3 V32 award. {I've been critting here for nearly three years, and never sold a thing. And now I've come FIRST PLACE in WoTF, and get the whole shebang - workshop, awards, publication, everything :D The winning story (the name of which I have to keep secret, because it's in the running for the Golden Pen award) went through the queue and was massively improved for it; and if you've ever critted any of my stories, or put a story up for me to crit, you've fed into me learning and winning this, so thank you. First place! I am genuinely having trouble believing it. } [Oct 2015]
    Christoph Weber, who has won the Writers of the Future, 3rd Place award for his (Critter'd) short story, "Möbius". {:D } [Oct 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "The Thanksgiving Offensive" to Page & Spine. [Oct 2015]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose short story, "Moon Story" is now out in the current issue of Mythic Delirium. [Oct 2015]
    Fred Obermeyer, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Syn-tax" is now out in the current issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. [Oct 2015]
    Eleanor R. Wood, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Flare" is now out in the current issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine. {Many thanks to all who offered thoughts, suggestions, and support for this story. } [Oct 2015]
    Dave D'Alessio, whose short story, "Jack the Giant Killer: A Species Traitor" is now out in the current issue of Mad Scientist Journal. {I learned of MSJ through the Woohoo column here! } [Sep 2015]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Misje Atomowe" is now out in the current issue of Nowa Fantastyka. {This is the Polish translation of "Atomic Missions," published in the September 2015 issue of the Polish magazine whose title means "New Fantasy." Thanks again to Critters and Cap'n A. Burt! } [Sep 2015]
    Eleanor R. Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Fibonacci" to Flash Fiction Online. [Sep 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Four Mares of the Apocalypse" to Farstrider Magazine. {Thanks to everyone. Critters has been indispensable to me. } [Sep 2015]
    Will Milner, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "No S.L.A.M Maps for these Territories " to Allegory. [Sep 2015]
    Greg Kurzawa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Knock Knock" to Interzone. {Appearing in Interzone #261 as "Heartsick." Thanks to the critters who helped with this one. } [Sep 2015]
    Anna Salonen, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "A Heart of Winter (previously criteria as The Witch of the Witherwoods )" to The Frozen Fairy Tales anthology from World Weaver Press. {Thanks to everyone who critiqued this piece! I couldn't have done it without you. Critters rocks! } [Sep 2015]
    Ian Creasey, who reports "My short-story collection "Escape Routes from Earth" is out now, containing 14 stories first published in Asimov's and elsewhere. Most of these pieces originally went through Critters.". [Sep 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "The Raven Paradox" to The Colored Lens. [Sep 2015]
    Eleanor R. Wood, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Pawprints in the Aeolian Dust" is now out in the current issue of Sci Phi Journal. [Aug 2015]
    Anna Salonen, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Customer is Always Right" to Mothership Zeta. [Aug 2015]
    Brian Burt, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Aquarius Rising: Blood Tide" is now out from Double Dragon Publishing. {Many thanks to the folks who provided valuable feedback on the original draft of the novel. The official book page is at http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-77115-254-0 . } [Aug 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "The Wind Cries Larry" to Mad Scientist Journal. [Aug 2015]
    Eric Landreneau, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Pride and Joy" to Women in Practical Armor. {Thanks to the critters for help! My story is going to be in an upcoming anthology from Evil Girlfriend Media. This indie press is running a kickstarter campaign to raise publication and promotion funds. Get more info on the story at ericlandreneau.wordpress.com or check out the kickstarter page for more info at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054836899/women-in-practical-armor } [Aug 2015]
    Eleanor R. Wood, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Fruits of Revolution" is now out in the current issue of the anthology Hear Me Roar, edited by Liz Grzyb. {Grab a copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, or directly from Ticonderoga Publications. } [Aug 2015]
    Ryan Anderson, who sold his short story, "Colonist M-DJ5487" to Domain Science Fiction. [Aug 2015]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Hands of Time" to The Fifth Di. [Aug 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Days of Past Futured" to Bards and Sages Quarterly. [Jul 2015]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "A Year of Sight" to Manor House. [Jul 2015]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Carrying the Apocalypse to Term" to Creepy Campfire Quarterly. [Jul 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Safe Bet to Appelane" to Perihelion. [Jul 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Clay Soldiers" to Daily Science Fiction. [Jul 2015]
    Dale W. Glaser, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Rendered By Her Deeds" to Under a Dark Sign (anthology). {The story went through the workshop under the working title "Help From Above" - much thanks to everyone who offered feedback! } [Jul 2015]
    Leena Naidoo, whose short story, "Time-TV Specs™ from Dr V.D.Eos" is now out in the current issue of The Mad Scientist Journal Summer 2015. {Whilst this was not critted, it was written with Critters in mind. Thanks for being such an inspiring bunch :-D http://madscientistjournal.org/2015/06/now-available-summer-2015/ } [Jul 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "A Right to the Cerebellum" to Sci Phi Journal. [Jul 2015]
    Richard Zwicker, whose short story, "Israel Bissell Rides" is now out in the current issue of Page & Spine. [Jul 2015]
    Dwayne Minton, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Last Night at the Cafe Renaissance" to InterGalactic Medicine Show. {This one came through Critters a long time ago, but thanks to everyone who commented; you really helped strengthen this story. } [Jul 2015]
    Andrew Richardson, whose (Critter'd) novel, "The Footholder's Tale" is now out from Rebel ePublishers. [Jun 2015]
    Jamie Simo, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Life Perfected" to Manor House. [Jun 2015]
    Jennifer Michaud, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Maze Walker" to Charon Coin Press' Paying the Ferryman Anthology. {The story was crittered under the title "They" in 2013 - thanks to all the Critters who took the time to send feedback. } [Jun 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "The Last Mardi Gras" to Flash Fiction Online. [Jun 2015]
    Kris Schnee, whose novel, "Thousand Tales: How We Won the Game" is now out from CreateSpace / Amazon. [Jun 2015]
    Marlan Smith (writing as Martin Kee), who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Drained (critted as Maternal Restoration)" to Dark Moon Books. {THanks everyone for the help on this. I'm glad it finally found a home. } [Jun 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Blood on the Horizon" to Unbound Anthology Series. [Jun 2015]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Isolation" to Saturday Night Reader. [Jun 2015]
    Naftali Deitsch, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Haunted, The Saga of a Fallen Hero" is now out from Create Space and Amazon Kindle. {Thank's to every critter who helped me with this project. You probably know who you are if you helped with a lot of the novel. I'm not going to mention names for fear of leaving someone out. Naftali. } [Jun 2015]
    Rhett Bruno, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "This Long Vigil" to Perihelion. [Jun 2015]
    Christopher Mowder, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Goblin's Son" is now out in the current issue of Swords & Sorcery Magazine. {This is my first sale and published story! Thanks to the Critters for helping me get here. } [May 2015]
    Rati Mehrotra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Pillar of Shiva" to Triptych Tales. [May 2015]
    Steve Donnelly, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Do You Have a Weapon, Sir?" is now out in the current issue of Torn Pages: Stories of Social Upheaval Anthology. {A big thank you to the 49 (!!) critters who critiqued the story which helped make it a better story. Reviews and links to on-line book sellers are available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25021824-torn-pages?ac=1 } [May 2015]
    Tom Greene, who has won the Analog AnLab award for his short story, "Another Man's Treasue". {Tied for first place in the short story category with Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Snapshots." Thank you for your support, Analog readers. } [May 2015]
    Tom Greene, whose short story, "The Narrative of More" is now out in the current issue of Analog. [May 2015]
    Eric Schwitzgebel, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Dauphin's Metaphysics" to Unlikely Story. [May 2015]
    Lloyd Vancil, whose novel, "Radioactive" is now out from Amazon . {All of my books on Nook    goo.gl/ZyOGZh All of my books on Kobo   goo.gl/mwQfW3 All of my books  on Amazon   goo.gl/blNTQl All of my books on iBooks   goo.gl/ZpkxEn } [May 2015]
    Carla Billinghurst, whose (Critter'd) book, "Halibut, Herring and You" is now out in the current issue of Kindle. {It's a short story collection and includes the crittered story "Lilies". } [May 2015]
    Dom Dulley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Dainty Jane" to Far Orbit: Apogee anthology. [May 2015]
    Anna Salonen, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "To Protect and Keep from Harm (crittered as "The Rescue Mission"" to The Far Orbit: Apogee anthology from Worldweaver Press. {Thanks to everyone who took the time to critique this piece, first and second drafts. Your comments were invaluable! Virtual Champagne to everyone:) } [May 2015]
    Justin C. Key, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Tear Collector" to Crossed Genres Magazine. [May 2015]
    Eleanor R. Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Pawprints in the Aeolian Dust" to Sci Phi Journal. {Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and helped me shape this piece into the story it is now. } [Apr 2015]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Syn-tax" to Bards and Sages Quarterly. [Apr 2015]
    Eric Landreneau, whose novel, "BREAK! A Tale of Cursed Blood" is now out from Kindle, Smashwords, etc.. [Apr 2015]

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