Just the Facts - August 2017
by Gayle Surrette
Cover Artist: Photo by Ernest Lilley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Gumshoe Review *Editorial ISBN/ITEM#: JTF082017
Date: 01 August 2017
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Hope you enjoy our August 2017 issue. You'll find the usual mix of reviews of books for this month and some for past months that didn't make it into previous issues. Note that we get far more books to review than we can review so, we really are interested in adding a few new reviewers to Gumshoe Review. If you're interested, read the announcement section to find out how to apply.
Due to health problems on the part of the editor, staff, and reviewers, some material will be added over the next few days. July has been a month of chaos in the form of Lyme, Poison Ivy, and stress (three of our chickens killed by a fox), injuries, surgery, and summer flu. Personally, I am so done with July.
Honestly, we do want feedback from our readers. We have a contact form at the bottom of every article and review, feel free to use one to let us know what you think about Gumshoe Review and its content.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: 07/2017) If you don't hear from us in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to query about your status. The staff is very small and health and time issues have severely impacted our response times--including acknowledgements of receipt of submissions. Thus, a query is more than acceptable under current circumstances.
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 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.
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. Books in the US Books column will have a link to the Amazon record in the US and UK.
Media People Take Note:
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.
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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