Just the Facts - April 2012
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Date: 31 March 2012
Links: Gayle's Blog /
Welcome to April. This month the saying is that "April showers bring May flowers". Boy do I hope that's true. We did manage to put together an issue for your reading pleasure.
This month we've added something new. We have two reviews of stand alone short stories -- both Kindle singles, as it turns out. You'll find reviews of The Nightgown (A Carter Ross Story) by Brad Parks and of Conspiracy (A Kate Shugak Short Story) by Dana Stabenow. We don't know how often we'll have reviews of these shorts as we don't normally get these singles for review.
We also have our usual columns and reviews. The reviews this month cover cozies, traditional mysteries, noir, and thrillers. Hopefully you'll find something to add to your TBR (to be read) pile. There's lots of good books out there and if you've read any of these we'd like to hear your opinion -- use the comment form at the bottom of each article.
I've received a couple of convention listing and they've been added to our convention calendar. We try to add items as we hear of them but sending in your event is the best way to make sure it gets listed. The same can be said for News items.
Now for an unpleasant announcement. For those of you who have sent in stories and haven't heard from us, if you sent your story in longer than 6 months ago consider it declined. If you write and ask that it still be considered, I'll try to get to it and I'm working my way through the more recent submissions.
I hate to whinge here, but my health has been up and down for the last few months and it's been stressful enough to just get the issues up each month. On a happier note, things are currently looking up, but there is no way I'll catch up on all the items I've let slide over the last few months while as I dealt with health issues. However, we have been responding within a week to recent submissions.
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 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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