New entry May 06
Critters is 25!
Last November, Critters turned 25 years old! Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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 who's 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
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)
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
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.