Just the Facts - January 2012
by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF012012
Date: 01 January 2012
Links: Gayle's Blog /
It's the start of a new year. We all got a bit involved in the holidays, but we still managed to pull together an January issue for you.
Somehow we seem to have a 1920's thing going on. We've got a review of Simon Brett's Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess: Blotto, Twinks #2 and J.J. Murphy's You Might As Well Die. Two views of life during that time period; one of British aristocracy, and another of struggling writers and artists in New York City. Both enjoyable and entertaining.
We've also got reviews that are bit on the dark side with Vicious Circle by Todd Ritter and Motor City Shakedown by D.E. Johnson.
If that doesn't help you find a new book to read, take a look at our US Books column. We list every book we receive in our offices in its month of publication along with a short description. It's another way to find a book that right for you in the mystery genre.
Also, don't forget to check back during the month for news items -- or if you have a news item, let us know so we can add it to our news column. If you have a convention, retreat, conference or other event of interest to readers of mysteries or thriller send it along and we'll add it to our calendar.
Again, we'd like to have feedback so we can meet your needs. Use the forms at the bottom of each article or review to let us know what you think.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Works should be original and unpublished.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 email@example.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.
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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