Whenever I speak to anyone about my book, one question that continually is asked is, “What are the challenges you’ve had in getting published.” Here is my answer:
Challenges doesn’t even begin to tell it. I thought I would have a leg up, having had a book series published, but the world of fiction is so very much different. The first thing I tried to do after having the book written (although it’s gone through an evolution since this stage) was to try and interest an agent in representing the work. I learned a lot in this process, about the business of publishing as well as about writing. When I first began to fish for an agent, I had to decide what genre of fiction the work was. Was it a mystery? A detective novel? Horror? Paranormal? True Crime? Historical fiction? I honestly did not know.
One of the big lessons I learned was that how I categorized it was a function of who I was trying to sell it to. Some agents only represent one or two genres. I went from one genre to another, writing well over a hundred queries, and being turned down well over a hundred times.
But along the way, some of the agents were kind enough to offer bits of advice, which I tried my best to incorporate and I believe made my work a much better novel in the end. By this time, though, I’d run through so many agents that I was afraid I had poisoned the well, so to speak. So, I started looking for publishers who would deal directly with authors, which means smaller publishing houses. I was lucky enough to find MX Publishing, a smaller publishing house in the United Kingdom, that specializes in Sherlock Holmes book, and while my book was never meant to be a purely Sherlock Holmes book, the publishers liked it and agreed to publish it.
The sequel, which is currently in the works, may be another challenge since Holmes will be absent. I hope I’ve learned enough to meet that challenge. Here I go again!
In answer to the numerous inquiries as to why my book’s release has been late, I felt it only fair to give some notice and try and explain as much as I can. On April 30, 2012, I sent my publisher a panic email letting him know that one of the readers of the Kindle version pointed out an egregious error to me that had gone unnoticed before by all the various people who proof read the book. I asked if I might be able to correct this prior to release of the book. Since I had omitted both a dedication and an acknowledgement page, I took this opportunity to also include them. So, on May 1, 2012, I sent to MX Publishing the revised manuscript of the book complete with dedication and acknowledgement. It is this late entry and change that I fear has caused the delay in the book’s release through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
I want to reassure anyone wishing to purchase the book, that in the interim they can get the book directly from the publisher at MXPublishing.com or at bookdepository.com, both will ship at no charge. For those who pre-ordered, I offer my heartfelt apologies.
I saw this headline in an editorial by Roger Simon at Politico and, since my book has a very Dracula-esque character, had to include a blog post with the article name as a headline. I liked it so much I also included it on my political blog, Prizewinning Political Cartoons
Just got reviewed by FreshFiction.com… here’s an excerpt:
Dean Turnbloom takes Sherlock Holmes and brilliantly transforms him into a ruthless vampire hunter. Baron Antonio Barlucci is wealthy, handsome, and seduces the readers with his charm. The readers will delight in Holmes’ immaculately clever detective work which leads him straight to the equally clever baron. Barlucci’s unexpected love for Abigail is reminiscent of Dracula’s love for Mina. The baron, too, has a love he has never forgotten. Dean Turnbloom’s novel is a delightful total original read which fans of all genres will love. SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE takes Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Jack the Ripper and creates a riveting masterpiece of suspense and forbidden romance.
This reviewer gets where I was going with the novel…read the entire review
I just learned that the paperback format of my book, Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire is selling in the top 3% of all the books sold on Amazon.com!!
The Kindle version is selling in the top 13% in the KINDLE store!
WOO HOO!!! Of course, I’m not sure how that’s calculated…but sure does sound good!!!
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