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
The Sigil TrilogyIf 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.
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]
Available Genre Types by Workshop
Use the follow codes when hand-crafting a submission block (that is, if you're not using the submission form):
SF - Science Fiction
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
L - Mainstream/Literary (written)
M - Mystery (written)
T - Thriller (written, fiction)
AC - Action / Adventure (written, fiction)
NP - Opinion, personal (blog entry, editorial, essay, politics, etc.)
NR - Review (product/service/movie review etc.)
NT - Technical, professional, reference (computers, Internet, how to's, training, manuals, etc.)
NE - Press release
NI - Business, finance, investing
NL - Legal forms, contracts (e.g. publishing contracts you offer — or have been offered), etc. (though not meant for legal advice)
NH - History, biography
NB - Health, mind, body
NF - Food, cooking, wine
NC - Crafts, hobbies
NM - Home, Garden
NA - Parenting, family
NN - Outdoors, nature, sports
NV - Travel
NG - Religion, spirituality
NU - Humor
NJ - Peer-reviewed journal/conference scholarly article
NS - Student school paper
NO - Other non-fiction (general, misc., anything not above)
SC - Script/Screenplay/Stageplay/etc.
YP - Picture Books (approx. ages 0-5)
YE - Early reader (approx. ages 5-7)
YS - Children 7-9 - e.g. shorter chapter books (approx. ages 7-9)
YL - Children 9-12 - longer chapter books (approx. ages 9-12)
YA - Young adult (approx. ages 13-18)
BK - Books written BY kids
CO - Comics (other, in general)
CM - Manga
CG - Graphic Novel
W - Western (written, fiction)
R - Romance (written)
XX - Erotica (written)
SX - Sexual content but not erotica (written)
GL - GLBT (written)
VS - Short video / film / movie (fictional)
VL - Long video / film / movie (fictional)
VD - Documentary video / film (non-fictional)
MP - Pop, Rock
MC - Country
MJ - Jazz
ML - Classical
MO - Other music
AU - Audio (non-music; e.g. a podcast)
PH - Photograph
AN - Nature
AH - People
AI - Imaginary (science fictional, fantasy, horror)
AO - Other
AP - Apps
GM - Games
WW - Web Site
XM - Mystery (written)
XW - Western (written, fiction)
XS - Science Fiction
XF - Fantasy
XH - Horror