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Editor Interview: MX Publishing

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Sherlock Holmes Books

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: We love all Sherlock Holmes related publications. The traditional adventure series by Bonnie MacBird (4 books so far) is excellent - publisher is Collins Crime Club. In the USA Belanger Books are an emerging publisher with some great anthologies featuring Holmes too.

Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: We have over 150 authors writing Holmes and its impossible to chose favourites - but a few to mention. David Marcum has written and edited more Holmes stories than anyone else, Daniel Victor has had more translated into Italian, Amy Thomas is our bestselling female author, Richard Ryan our bestselling male author, Don Smith often quoted as the closest to Conan Doyle's style, Phil Growick creator and curator of our Art of Sherlock Holmes project, Maureen Whittaker who has penned our biggest book of 2020 (Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes) and David MacGregor whose 'Sherlock Holmes The Hero With A Thousand Faces' is a two volume epic for 2021. Janina Woods has helped us into the manga light novel arena with 'Beasts of London' and Steve Herczeg's short story collections are storming forward on audio (our fastest growing format). Too many others to mention but those are a few.

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: We are the the largest very focussed on all things Holmes - there are other great publishers (like Titan for example) that do some Holmes, but we deliver dozens of books every year and have a HUGE backlist of over 500 titles now.

Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: It needs to be Sherlock Holmes. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Traditional Sherlock Holmes, set in the right period. Strong storyline, Conan Doyle style writing with plenty of deduction.

Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: Thinking that other crime fiction is the same as Holmes - our fan base wants Holmes and Watson.

Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: We want to know if they are up for being active on social media - especially writing a blog. Previous publication credits are less relevant than the ability to actively participate in promotion and collaborate with your fellow MX authors.

Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: Our editor can usually tell within a couple of chapters.

Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: If it's Holmes and the fans will like it, and the author is ready to roll their sleeves up and engage the fans that's all that's needed above the good writing.

Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: You'd have to ask our editor. For me as the founder, I love everything about publishing Holmes. It's a joy.

Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: We were the first 100% POD publisher in the world, several years before it was even called POD. We publish content 6-8 times a day across many social channels, have licensing, art, merchandise and much more. A niche publisher needs to try dozens of things to find what works.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: We line edit and proof read but also contextual and historical fact checking is really important. An author has to pay a lot of attention to those details to be successful in Holmes writing and our editor is a six time, award winning Holmes writer in his own right so there's lots of help on that front.

Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Yes we do - but very selectively. Sadly most awards still require physical copies so the cost of entering is huge for niche publishers - we can't enter all the awards we would like to.