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Thread: Noura Books / Mizan Publishing

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    Noura Books / Mizan Publishing

    I self-published a book about a month ago. It's doing pretty well for being up a short amount of time. I got the following email today.

    Please let me introduce myself. My name is Shera Sihbudi, the Foreign
    Rights Acquisition Editor at Noura Books, an Indonesian publishing
    house under Mizan group.

    I've read some reviews on XXX, and they got me
    interested in your book. I'm especially curious about how people seem
    to be very fond of the character, XXX

    So I was wondering, are the translation rights to this title still
    available? If they are, would you be able to send a reading copy for
    us to review ourselves?

    Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


    Kind regards,

    I found the following website as well. Anyone know anything about them? http://nourabooks.mizan.com/

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    The first thing to be sure of is if the person sending you the email is actually from Mizan publishing. So, is the email address from an (at)mirzan.com address?

    The second - is Mirzan a "real" publisher (their website lists a few gmail.com addresses among the staff), they also appear to do self-pubbing and POD.

    Third - is it a fair point (are people very fond of character XXX, or is that just what's been said in the reviews at the top of the page?)

    To be honest, I'm curious as to why they want to to send them a reader copy. If they are interested, wouldn't they have bought the book and read it before contacting you?

    I'd tread carefully. Don't send them anything. Ask lots of questions up front.

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    Also, you should be entitled to an advance for the foreign market. In most cases, it's at least $1,000 per country or groups of countries. I would ask them what advances do they pay and if it is for Indonesia or for other countries and check with them on their royalty rate before sending anything.

    They're selling Rick Riordan's book (He's a pretty big name in YA fantasy). So if they've got the rights for it, that's a pretty good sign.

    Good Luck!

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