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    Question [Publisher] Mundi Book Ediciones

    Yeah, I know the routine ... But since I've been on LinkedIn, I've been getting a lot of people saying they'd like to publish my self-published short reads.

    So, I'm asking: Has anyone every heard of Mundi Books of Madrid? I've looked at all the possible names from their email and didn't see it on the Publisher List.

    Any experiences?
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    I got an email like that 2 weeks ago. Book Ediciones Muni/Verlag Mundi Book, with an address and phone in Madrid. Starting in the US per 2015. From the email address I found their website at www.mundibook.com.

    They said they were looking for authors wanting to publish in either US or Spain. If you're well known, they pay the bills. If not, they pay half of the costs, for a 5 year contract and half of the profit.

    They seemed bonafide, but I wasn't interested, so I just filed the email.



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    I've been approached by them too. I have a journalist/freelancer publisher friend in Spain who is checking them out.
    So far they seem genuine, but it's early days.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graylorne View Post
    If you're well known, they pay the bills. If not, they pay half of the costs, for a 5 year contract and half of the profit.
    That likely means that most authors will have to pay, and must trust that whatever amount the publisher specifies is really half the cost (publishers that charge fees often make this claim only to make their fees seem more attractive; in reality, the author pays the whole freight and then some).

    Royalties paid on profit need to be scrutinized carefully to see what costs are actually being deducted. Publishers can manipulate "profit" so that it winds up being a fairly small amount.

    Also, are they looking to publish in English or in translation? I don't see that they've published any English-language books. If you have to pay for translation as well as production, the costs could be considerable.

    The covers don't look great.

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    Total Costs:

    200 copies .............................. 2600 Euro
    600 copies .............................. 3400 Euro
    1000 copies ............................ 4200 Euro

    Part that the author pays:

    200 copies .............................. 1300 Euro
    600 copies .............................. 1700 Euro
    1000 copies ............................ 2100 Euro

    The budget includes:
    ISBN management and legal deposit
    Correcting the book
    Layout
    Image for the cover of the book done by artists
    Print
    Distribution in libraries
    Organization of launch / exhibition
    Design of promotional material (posters and flyers)
    Filming of launches
    Editing the shooting
    Distribution of videos on the Internet and social networks
    Writing articles about the book
    Publishing articles in newspapers / magazines that we collaborate with
    Making three author interviews
    Publication of articles in magazines

    Features of the book:
    Size: 21X15
    Light yellow paper
    Dampers

    They want to publish in English and Spanish.
    They claim to have 8 books in English, but I can't find any. I also can't find anything on the company owner, Magdelena Stroie.

    I'm still researching.......

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    International woman of mystery Magdalena Stroie is also associated with this magazine:

    Azayartmagazine.com

    If the company really has published eight books in English they haven't bothered to mention them on their website or put them on Amazon. I think this alone should be enough for you to cross them off your list.

    ETA: Stroie is a Romanian name. Could Ms Stroie be the woman mentioned on the website of the Consulate General of Romania in Bilbao?

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    Corespondent: Magdalena Stroie
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    http://bilbao.mae.ro/es/node/824
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    Quote Originally Posted by STSwiss View Post
    Total Costs:

    200 copies .............................. 2600 Euro
    600 copies .............................. 3400 Euro
    1000 copies ............................ 4200 Euro

    Part that the author pays:

    200 copies .............................. 1300 Euro
    600 copies .............................. 1700 Euro
    1000 copies ............................ 2100 Euro
    What they're offering looks like a self-publishing package, complete with ineffective "marketing" services. My bet would still be that in most if not all cases, the author's share covers everything plus the publisher's overhead and profit. That's a good bit of money to pay for no editing, stock image cover art, and (apparently) no electronic version.

    There's also the issue of how you verify that the number of books you thought you paid for actually were printed.

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