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Just the Facts - August 2010 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF082010
Date: 01 August 2010

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Welcome to our August issue. There were times this past month when I really doubted that it would even have an issue to put up this month. Gumshoe Review is a very small operation. We've got a number of reviewers which means most months there is content to put up. However, the editing and data entry is pretty much left to one person -- the editor. Over the past month and a half my laptop has been slowly, ever so slowly becoming more of a door stop than a working on-ramp for the information highway. There really was no choice once booting up began to take nearly a half-hour and commands could take minutes between the time they were issued and the time the ran. Long story short, I got a new laptop and after nearly a week and a half of recovering files and setting it up, things are now working again.

Thus, if you've submitted an essay or short story, we'll be getting back on top of the reading soon and getting back to you. There's also hope that author interviews will once again be a regular feature. However, I have a question and could use some feedback. In the past the author interview has been paired with a review of the author's book. However, current reviewers aren't comfortable doing interviews no matter how much they enjoy the book they reviewed. So, past interviews have been done with the authors of book that one of the editor's reviewed. The time has now come when the books that the editor reviews is mainly from authors that have already been interviewed so, the questions are:

  • Do you think an author can be adequately interviewed, if the interviewer hasn't read the author's book?
  • As an author, would you be offended if the interviewer was doing the interview without having read your recent books -- but having read your webpage, previous interviews, and whatever biographical data was available on line about your work?
  • What features other than author interviews, original fiction, and reviews would you like to see Gumshoe Review have in future issues?

But, this is August and this month we have book reviews that run the gamut from cozy to noir with a few thrillers added to the mix. We'd love to have your feedback, just use the form available at the end of the review.

We are always looking for reviewers, if you're interested check out the announcements below for details on how to apply.

Gumshoe Review does have a news column and items do get listed throughout the month as we receive press releases or are sent information. If you have a new item, please send it to us. In the same vein, if you are on a convention committee or arranging a workshop or retreat and would like it listed in our convention column, email us the information. Our mailing address is: editor at gumshoereview dot com (with a few changes to actually work).

Thanks for reading and now on to 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 editor@gumshoereview.com. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Short Story Submission: Story Title". 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 editor@gumshoereview.com. Please use the subject line "Gumshoe Essay Submission: Essay Title". 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.

Reviewers Wanted:

    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. Also, please note if you are willing to read electronic books or do interviews.
Publishers Take Note:
    Material sent to us will be listed in our books received column and may also be commented on or reviewed. With few exceptions, material not sent will not be listed or reviewed. Please send materials to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.
    Gumshoe covers the entire spectrum of the mystery genre. If it seems that we are heavily leaning towards cozies it could be because we're receiving cozies. If it's mystery, mystery/thriller, noir, police procedural, whatever...send it along and well add it to our books received and maybe even review it.

    Many have asked -- we do cover small press. So, if your book is a published by a small press make sure we get a copy to add to our books received column and to list for our reviewers.

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.
Convention Calendar:
    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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