On Friday, I was delighted to learn that Italian giant Mondadori (Italy’s largest publisher) has signed 6 more titles from MX Publishing for their Sherlock series. Authors include yours truly (for Sherlock Holmes and the Other Woman), Barry Brown, Christopher James, Tim Symonds and Daniel D Victor (who has two books selected).
MX’s publisher, Steve Emecz has given me approval to re-post his May, 2016 article about Mondadori and their Sherlock Holmes series here.
Uno Studio in Holmes is the Italian Sherlock Holmes Society and they must be one of the happiest group of Sherlock fans in Europe at the moment. With the BBC’s Sherlockfilming series four, and the third Warner Brothers movie in production as well, demand for Sherlock Holmes fiction is extremely high. Italian fans have access to more new Holmes fiction in their own language than any others in Europe (English excluded of course). The global fan base is into the hundreds of millions. However, the choice of new Sherlock Holmes fiction in languages other than English is not as wide as you would imagine.
Italy is one of the exceptions. Mondadori is Italy’s largest publishers established in 1907 and turning over more than €1bn. Their Sherlock Holmes collection is extensive and reaches its 21st novel in May. Luigi Pachì (Sherlock Magazine Italy editor) is full involved with the collection’s editor Franco Forte in selecting and proposing the books, and also publishes an article on each new book.
There are some very big names in the collection with Anthony Horowitz’s House of Silk (La casa della seta) the 3rd book. The list is a real who’s who of the leading Holmes writers from around the world including Lindsay Faye and David Stuart Davies.
The 21st book out tomorrow, 5th May, is from Irish writer Geri Schear with the first in her Holmes series A Biased Judgement (Sherlock Holmes – L’enigma di lady Beatrice). The books come out on ebook first, then print.
American writers feature heavily in the list. Phil Growick The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes (La vendetta di Sherlock Holmes), Kieran McMullen with three books (one with Dan Andriacco), and the sequel to Hound of The Baskervilles from Warwick Downing The Widow of Dartmoor (La veldova del Dartmoor).
The last book (#20) to be released in April was the second in Amy Thomas’s trilogy of novels featuring Holmes and Irene Adler. The Detective, The Woman and The Winking Tree (Sherlock Holmes e il mistero del Sussex) is part of a three book deal for Thomas who is one of the members of the leading female Holmes podcast, The Baker Street Babes.
It’s also a good example of how large publishers can make use of a small publishers’ specialism. Minnows MX Publishing are tiny, but are the leading specialist in Sherlock Holmes books and they represent an impressive eight out of the first 21 books (38%) of the Mondadori collection with more to come.
So what does 2016 have in store? Well, MX are in talks with publishers in Spain and South Korea at the moment so Sherlock fans there could be in for a treat this autumn. For now though, it’s the Italians that are leading the way in bringing new Sherlock Holmes stories to the local Sherlock fans.
By day Steve Emecz works in eCommerce and fintech, and at the weekend runs MX Publishing, the world’s largest independent publishers of Sherlock Holmes books. You can follow his Sherlock Holmes specific blog on mxpublishing.tumblr.