Search This Blog

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Writing – Market - Professor Moriarty Adventures

Maxim Jakubowski is a prolific and highly regarded editor (as well as writer). One of his latest projects is an anthology of brand new material – The Mammoth Book of Professor Moriarty Adventures – which he will edit for Constable Robinson.

He is seeking original stories to feature Professor Moriarty (preferably not always involving Sherlock Holmes, but can feature other characters who’ve appeared in the Sherlockian canon, such as Lestrade, Irene Adler, Mycroft, etc…). Ideal length between 4,000 and 7,500 words.

Rights required are non-exclusive World English language anthology rights, with an option for foreign language translation within the anthology should offers be made for overseas editions.

Deadline: 15th February 2015. He will accept email submissions (in Word doc) – see below.

Payment £130 (or, at current exchange rate $215) on publication.

Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime, is a familiar character, although he only actually appeared in two Sherlock stories (and countless later pastiches by other pens, notably by John Gardner).

Maxim is seeking a broad mix of stories in which Moriarty can alternately appear in his guise as a master criminal, or even as a fallible human being (he’s retaining the option to write the ‘Moriarty In Love’ story himself), but more importantly he is hoping the stories he’s sent will be entertaining, ingenious and witty as well as gripping.

If the project is of interest, do let Maxim know well in advance that you are hoping to do a story so he can plan the project and keep a slot open for you.

This call for submissions is not just going out to crime and mystery writers, but also to authors in other fields in order  to have sufficient diversity and ‘voices’.

If you have any queries beforehand do get in touch with him at

Maxim Jakubowski worked for many years in book publishing as an editor (including titles by William Golding, Peter Ackroyd, Oliver Stone, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ustinov, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Paul Ableman, Sophie Grigson, Marc Behm, Cornell Woolrich, etc…) and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London. He was born in London and educated in France, and his books have been translated into many languages. From an early age, he was always fascinated by popular culture and his writing and editing has criss-crossed all areas, from science fiction & fantasy to thrillers and, inevitably, erotica.

The above gleaned from Maxim's website –



No comments: