Just the Facts - September 2013
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo: Ernest Lilley
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF092013
Date: 01 September 2013
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September is supposed to mean cooler weather, but it seems the heat of August got lost somewhere and just showed up. We've also had a lot of rain lately and that means some power outages -- three in the last week, all involving the same six buildings (including ours). But luckily none were that long and we got the issue up on the 1st of the month, minus this note which will now be added to the front page (Sept. 1st).
This month's issue has a new original short fiction story, Parking Can Be Murder by Albert Tucher. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
We've got something a bit different this month, a review of a graphic novel, Mickey Spillane's From the Files of...Mike Hammer: The complete Dailies and Sundays Volume 1. I remember the Mike Hammer TV program and vaguely remember the comic strips, and so was pleased to see that they'd been collected in one volume.
We've got a selection of reviews that hopefully will help you in picking out what to read this September. If you don't find anything there check out our US Books column for September releases. This column lists all the books being published in September that were received in our office.
Enjoy the new month and hopefully cooler weather/or warmer if you're located in the opposite hemisphere. Enjoy the new season... and visit our news column as it updates as we receive news items of interest to the mystery reading community.
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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