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Just the Facts - January 2015 by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo by Ernest Lilley
Gumshoe Review *Editorial  ISBN/ITEM#: JTF012015
Date: 01 January 2015

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Sometimes holidays take more of a toll than we're aware. Getting to the end of December 2014 seemed like an uphill slog most of the time. There's been a number of personal mishaps just in the past month -- a cat bite (I broke up a fight and yes, I know that was a silly thing to do); weather instability triggered a migraine or three; and a minor car accident, we got sideswiped. That's the negative highlights. On the plus side we went to see the last installment of the Hobbit, got all our gifts sent out on time (except for one, but that was a delivery problem and it's been worked out). Then there were the holiday/family incidents among our wonderful reviewers. I really believe that holidays attract drama -- big and small.

All of these incidents while not, in themselves, huge problems, each one takes time to resolve. Those of you who read these monthly missives know that I have a great deal of difficulty with time. To me it's timey-wimey-blobby material that acts as a wave, particle, and a chaos inducing/attractive element. The upshot being that a goodly percentage of my monthly magazine To-Do list never got done.

Hopefully, next month will see time back under moderate regulation. I've even added a calendar app to my email program and fixed the problems with the syncing of my Google calendar with all my devices. I'm sure I'll still have temporal problems but maybe, just maybe they'll be less extreme.

Meanwhile, we hope all our readers have had a memorable 2014, and look forward to a 2015 that is joyous, filled with wonder, rewarding experiences and, of course, plenty of time for reading and relaxation.

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 editor@gumshoereview.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.

    Simultaneous submission are okay but notify us if it is accepted elsewhere before we get back to you. It is also okay to query about status if you haven't heard from us within 90 days.

    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 editor@gumshoereview.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.

Reviewers Wanted -- REALLY:

    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 otherwise 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 (or a link to a review that you've written) 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:
    Material sent to us will be listed in our US or UK books received column (for the month of publication) and may also be commented on or reviewed. With few exceptions, material not sent will not be listed or reviewed. Please send materials to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.
    Gumshoe covers the entire spectrum of the mystery genre. If it seems that we are heavily leaning towards cozies it could be because we're receiving cozies. If it's mystery, mystery/thriller, noir, police procedural, whatever...send it along and well add it to our books received column and maybe even review it.

    Many have asked -- we do cover small press. So, if your book is a published by a small press make sure we get a copy to add to our books received column and to list it available for our reviewers.

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're unlikely to review them. So send your copies to Gumshoe c/o Gayle Surrette, 16440 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613.
Convention Calendar:
    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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