Just the Facts - May 2010
by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF052010
Date: 30 April 2010
Links: Gayle's Blog /
Some day I expect I'll get to the end of the month and have everything caught up and perfect. We'll go live at midnight with nary a bump to notice the change. However, that is not this month. As usual life intervenes and commitments take over and before you know it the end of the month is looming over your head.
Today, two of us spent the day at Malice Domestic 22: April 30-May 2, 2010. Note the date. Somehow I had it in my head that the convention started on May 1st until I checked my calendar. Yikes. Well, we managed to get most of the zine together in spite of the crazy time we've had here in the office over the last few days. However, we will be adding a few more items to the table of contents over the next two days. We'll be at Malice Domestic again tomorrow (May 1st) and then we cover another event on May 2nd.
Charles Mohapel has turned in a review of the just released Sherlock Holmes [2-Disc Blu-ray] by Directed by Guy Ritchie starring Robert Downey, Jr. We'd love to hear your comments and feedback.
We've got an original short story, The Engagement Ring by Shereen Vedam. It felt just right to have an engagement story at this time of year. We hope you enjoy Shereen Vedam's story as much as we did.
Of course, we've also got review of some of the newly released books as well as a listing of books released this month in our US Books column. This month we've got quite a spread from noir to cozy, fantastical to down-right scary. There should be a few you'll find yourselves adding to your to-be-read lists.
So, enjoy our May issue and let us know how we can better serve the mystery community. Meanwhile, here's our usual announcements:
Special Announcement (Update 2/2010): Fiction now being accepted
Gumshoe Review is now open to accept original fiction (mysteries, not character studies). The short stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one short story per month. Stories should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to email@example.com. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Short Story Submission". We will acknowledge receipt of the story immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the story in an upcoming month. Unfortunately, until we see what type of response we get we won't be able to estimate response time. Please include a short bio with the story. Works should be original and unpublished.
What are we looking for? Our Senior Editor put it quite succinctly: "We're looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."
Special Announcement: Nonfiction Essays being accepted
Gumshoe Review is now open to accept nonfiction essays on topics of interest to readers, writers, and students of the mystery genre. The essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the essay is longer you still only get $50). Our plan is to publish one essay per month. Essays should be sent as plain text within the body of an email or as a .txt, .pdf (not password protected), .doc, or .wp attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Essay Submission". We will acknowledge receipt of the essay immediately but it may take us longer to respond about whether we will use the essay in an upcoming month. Unfortunately, until we see what type of response we get we won't be able to estimate response time. Please include a short bio with the essay particularly mentioning your qualifications in the field. Works should be original and unpublished.
While we're happy to have a core of great reviewers for Gumshoe, we'd like to have more. If you have a great desire to review mysteries for no pay but the glory of a by-line, write to us at editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com telling us a bit about yourself and send a 500 word (or so) review of a mystery that you have recently read as a sample. We should be able to get back to you within the month.
Publishers Take Note:
Media People Take Note:
We'd really like to have some reviews of newly released DVDs and other media but if we don't get copies we unlikely to review them. So send your copies to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.
We'd like to add a convention calendar to our magazine. However, we don't have time to scour the internet looking for what's happening in the mystery arena. Please send us your convention listings. Send to: editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com.
Letters to the Editor(s):
Putting out a monthly ezine is always entertaining and for us a learning experience -- however, without feedback we really don't know how we're doing.
Write and let us know what you think of our zine and how we could make it better or what you thought of the books we reviewed. Send to: editor(at)gumshoereview(dot)com.
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