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Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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)

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.


I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

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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!

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'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]








Submit a Critters Critique

You may submit critiques either using this form or by email (don't forget the "#" and the manuscript number in the Subject).

Reminders... Remember to follow the standard critique format... You should abide by Critters' Diplomacy Standard at all times... All critiques are available to all members to read on the following Saturday if you want to see what others said.


Your Critters Workshop password:

Your E-mail address (If this is wrong, you won't get any credit!):

Your Name:

Manuscript Number : #
(Here is the queue, if you want to check on or copy&paste numbers, titles, names, etc.)

Manuscript Title :
(The title and author's name help me file things if, despite your best efforts, you typed in the wrong ms#.)

Manuscript Author's Name:

Is this intended for credit (if you only have a small number of comments, say no)? Yes      No

Would you like a copy of your critique emailed to you for your files? Yes      No

For sure      Not sure —I'm sure you've remembered to follow the Critters Diplomatic Phrasing rules, but just checking. [Such as not speaking in anger, not speaking as an expert, not saying "readers/editors/publishers (don't) like...", no "teacher's voice," not stating opinions as fact....; just relaying your personal reactions to the piece, framed as your opinion (absolutely including thoughts on elements that didn't work for you, but without vehemence or trying to persuade).]

Text of your critique

We have two methods to submit the text of your critique:

1) Try the file upload if your browser supports file transfers and you've saved your manuscript to a text (not Word/etc.) file...

(You might want to check it first, to make sure it's in the right format; then come back here.)

Critique (plain/ASCII/DOS text!) filename to send:


2) You can copy&paste your critique in the box below, if your browser does not support file uploads, or you're trying to copy and paste directly from a text editing / word processing app. (Or if you just want to type the critique in right here... that's... ok... but I really don't recommend it, since a slip of the fingers or a browser crash can lose all your work. It's really best to type into some file first, save it out, then copy&paste into this box.) And definitely be sure you have a copy somewhere before you hit submit in case of a browser or web site problem. Note that this box won't hold a critique longer than about 6,000 words; though that's far longer than most critiques):

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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.


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


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


Critters keeps a queue of manuscripts out or to be sent. See the Queue.


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