Just the Facts - June 2010
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF062010
Date: 31 May 2010
Links: Gayle's Blog /
It seems there's never enough days in the month to get on top of my TODO list. This month is no exception. We just returned from covering a convention for our sister publication, SFRevu and have spent the last several hours trying to catch up in order to go live in time. Well, we made it, but a couple of items will be added over the next two days.
Meanwhile, this month we have an essay by Joe Posner looking at The Evolving Eye: Big Screen Private Eyes. Posner looks at specific movies to see just how the image of the P.I. has changed over the years. While it wasn't part of his premise, I do wonder if there was a similar shift for women who solved crime in movies or books over the same period.
Our reviews this month cover quite a range in the field from cozies to noir to action thrillers. I hope you find something to put on your To-Be-Read pile for the coming summer.
Enjoy our June issue and check back frequently for additions to our news column. Also, if you are putting on a mystery convention or event of interest to the community of mystery readers and writers be sure to let us know so we can add it to our Convention Calendar.
Read on for our regular 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Works should be original and unpublished.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 email@example.com. 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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