Just the Facts - June 2017
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo by Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF062017
Date: 01 June 2017
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Welcome to our June 2017 issue of Gumshoe Review. June marks the half-way point of the year. I can't help wondering how that happened so fast. This year has been filled with surprises, disappointments, loss, adventures, and so much more. My grasp of time is still making my life an adventurous experience all on its own.
Nevertheless, we have a number of reviews of books that have been recently published or are hitting the shelves this month. Hopefully, you find something that catches your attention.
You'll also want to check out our June US Books column. Here's where you'll find a listing of all the books being published in June that have arrived in our office. We continue to add to this list throughout the year as new books arrive (being published in June). The column is sorted by publisher and then by title within the publisher listing. There's a short blurb and bibliographic information on each book. Not every book we receive gets a review so here's where you can learn about the books that haven't yet received a review.
You'll notice that our Convention Calendar is a bit thin. There's not that many of us behind the scenes here so if you know of a convention coming up, let us know. See our Announcement area for what information we need to list a convention and use the form at the bottom of this post.
We love to hear from our readers. Every review and article has a reply form at the bottom. Feel free to use it to give us your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.
Now for our regular announcements:
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.
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". Please include a short bio with the story. Works should be original and unpublished.
We try 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. (Updated: 08/02/2016) If you don't hear from us in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to query about your status. Unfortunately, due to several issues our response time is getting longer than we'd like.
Simultaneous submission are okay but notify us if it is accepted elsewhere before we get back to you.
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.
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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