Just the Facts - May 2014
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo by Ernest Lilley
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF052014
Date: 01 May 2014
Links: Gayle's Blog / Gumshoe Review's Facebook / Our Sister Pub: SFRevu.com /
Welcome to our May 2014 issue. It's been raining and thundering all day while we've been pulling together this issue. We even got an emergency flash flood warning asking us to stay off the local roads with flood possibilities. They say April showers bring May flowers but it's beginning to look like our garden is drowning out there.
So all in all, good weather to curl up with a book and a warm cuppa. Hopefully, you'll find some books of interest either in our review section or this month's US Books column. The US Books column is where you find all the books that we received that are being published in May, listed along with a short blurb letting you know what the book is about.
We've also got another original story this month. Clean Cut by David Boop features his underemployed temporary worker who somehow keeps being where he needs to be to spot a possible crime. Hope you enjoy this story as much as we did.
As usual, we'd like to here from our readers. There's a feedback form at the bottom of every article and review. Feel free to let us know what you like or don't like and if you've read and what you think of the book.
We can also use more reviewers so check out our announcement section below to see how to apply to review for us.
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 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 Works should be original and unpublished.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 so we can be sure of having adequate coverage if a number of reviewers have health, family, vacations or other wise just need some time off from reviewing. So, 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, let us know if you are willing to read electronic books or do interviews. While we don't pay, you do get to keep the book we send you for review and don't forget you get a by-line.
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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