Just the Facts - November 2015
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo by Ernest Lilley
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF112015
Date: 01 November 2015
Links: Gayle's Blog / Gumshoe Review' on Facebook / Our Sister Pub: SFRevu.com /
Hope you had a great Halloween weekend and now we can slide into Thanksgiving -- at least here in the US. We've got the usual mixed collection of reviews spanning cozy to noir and hopefully you'll find something of interest.
Don't forget to check out our US Books column. This is were you'll find a listing all all the books received in our office that are being published this month. You can also use the Next Month/Last Month links to check out upcoming and past month's publications. Each book is listed with its bibliographic information and the blurb you'd usually find on the back of the book. So even if a book doesn't get reviewed there should be enough information to intrigue a reader.
As you can tell, Gumshoe Review could use more reviewers. Please check in our announcement section to see how to apply. While, we very happy with the reviewers we have, we can always use additional reviewers.
For those who have submitted fiction, we're trying to get back to you as quickly as we can be there have been a number of personal issues that have really wreaked havoc with scheduling for the last few (seems like even longer) months. If you haven't heard back please feel free to query about the status of your submission.
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 Works should be original and unpublished.
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 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.
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:
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.
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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