Just the Facts - November 2011
by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial
Date: 02 November 2011
Links: Gayle's Blog /
At last, we have the November issue of Gumshoe Review online. It's been a really bumpy road but we made it. The short version is that our staff attended the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, CA. We'd been asked to be staff and help with program operations. Well, before we left for California everything was ready for the issue except the interview with Todd Ritter, this editorial, and a few reviews that came in just as we were packing up. As these things usually go, the airline lost our luggage; programming operations took up a lot of time (9-11 hours per day), my husband got sick and slept the entire weekend thus the long hours for me, and when we finally got back home on the 31st we were so exhausted we just put up an announcement figuring we'd get it all done on November 1st. We did get most of it up on November 1st after a power outage that came with no storm or wind and put us off line for nearly 2 hours. For missing our deadline by two days, I apologize but on the other hand with all that happened -- I'm doing a touch down-type happy dance.
We've got a good mix of reviews this month and an interview with Todd Ritter.
I'm so far behind on reading the submissions I can't see the light through the electrons but I'm slowly whittling the pile down to a manageable size. The eternal optimist, I hope to catch up soon -- for certain arcane definitions of the word 'soon'.
Meanwhile, enjoy our November issue. Don't be afraid to let us know what you think of our 'zine. There's a feedback form on the bottom of each page.
Now 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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:
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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