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Just the Facts - October 2011 by Gayle Surrette
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF102011
Date: 01 October 2011

Links: Gayle's Blog /

I always look forward to October, mainly because the temperature drops and you can actually go outside without either melting or burning to a crisp. And perhaps we can look forward to sunny crisp days instead of the constant grey, rainy ones of September.

October is the month of Halloween and the masks, costumes, and decorations in orange and black are abundant in the stores and, later in the month, in yards and on houses. But mystery readers don't need to wait for the "scary" month to find ourselves nervously checking the door locks, closing the curtains, and turning on the lights. Mysteries can get your heart pumping with every book -- I wonder if reading mysteries could be a cardio exercise. Hmmmm, something to think about.

This month we have a number of reviews of current and upcoming books. It seems to cover the gamut: cozies, noirs -- some very dark indeed, and thrillers. Hopefully, you'll find something to add to your To-Be-Read piles. Or if you've already read one of the books reviewed or listed in our US Books column let us and our readers know what you thought of it using our comment form or sending email to editor (at) gumshoereview (dot) com (make the appropriate substitutions).

Enjoy our October issue. Return often to check our News Column and if you know of an event, convention, or gathering that would be of interest to mystery genre readers let us know and we'll add it to our calendar.

We're still behind in responding to fiction and essay submissions. Seriously overwhelmed and checking into looking for slush pile reader(s) to help out. But we continue to work on getting back to authors. If you've submitted a story and haven't heard from us -- email and let us know and we'll do our best to answer within two days.

Now for 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 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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