Almuzara, the publishing home of former Minister Pimentel, turns 20 and makes the leap to Latin America | EUROtoday

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Almuzara He was born on April 23, the identical day of the dying of the daddy of Spanish letters. And today he turns 20 years outdated. Blow out the candles from Crdobawhich this writer has transformed into Spanish metropolis of the e book. And it will be stated, primarily based on the outcomes, that these 20 years have given quite a bit. Almuzara isn’t just a publishing home, it’s a publishing group that rubs shoulders in Spain and Latin America with vital firms. Its catalog is made up of greater than 4 thousand titles and final 12 months it closed the revenue assertion with greater than 5 million euros in turnover. Crdoba, the town the place they had been born Gngora and the poets of Chantic Group, has develop into too small for the group. Almuzara has opened headquarters in Madrid and Mexico City, the capital from the place it plans to multiply its presence in Latin America.

Almuzara was born within the head of the previous minister Manuel Pimentel and grew from the drive and dedication of Antonio Cuesta. One and the opposite are sizzling heads of a very powerful publishing group in Andaluca. When Pimentel left politics, he gave form to an outdated dream: to create a publishing home in Andalusia that might compile the expertise of creators from the south and make them recognized within the cities that also immediately make up the heritage of publishing exercise in our nation. Antonio Cuesta, who studied veterinary drugs, regulation and industrial design, knew from a younger age that his skilled profession wouldn’t be very removed from the literature he consumed within the lengthy afternoons of japanese Córdoba and, when Pimentel crossed his path, he climbed into the wake. of his dream ranging from scratch, assuming all of the roles {that a} publishing home calls for, from the hiring of the creator, the correction of the galleys, the design of the e book, the printing course of, the advanced activity of distributing it and, dealing with the final step, place it on the cabinets of bookstores with the aim that its literary creature would stand out among the many lots of of novelties that assault these temples of letters each month.

Twenty years later the stability is constructive and inspiring. Almuzara has multiplied the variety of its publishing labels. Today the group is made up of fourteen manufacturers: Lunch, Mythical Bull, Guadamazn, Berenice, Arcopress, Sekotia, LID Publishing, Cntico, Erasmus, Lea Editions, Books within the Pocket, Lunch University, Mascarn de Proa and Pinolia. At the pinnacle of every one is an editor, and behind all of them a reliable group of pros specialised in every editorial activity.

These 20 years haven’t been straightforward. Antonio Cuesta and Manuel Pimentel keep in mind for this newspaper the crises suffered in Spain lately, the financial disaster of 2008 and the pandemic of just some years in the past, which at first led the e book business to probably the most soulless indecision.

The chapter of the distributor with which that they had been working for years left the group on the verge of wreck, however the drive of its homeowners and employees achieved not solely survival but additionally the restoration of enterprise well being. In the meantime, the world of books has modified: there was an rebellion new digital codecsdifferent enterprise fashions, a digital revolution, a special method of approaching the e book by way of social networks.

Almuzara has created distinctive id fashions within the publishing ecosystem comparable to This was not in my e book of…, a group that has develop into a traditional of popularization, tradition and historical past in lower than a decade. Berenice, the group's cultured label, publishes good literature and Cántico, one of many final to hitch the remainder of the manufacturers, honors the poets who had been behind that Córdoba group by publishing a number of the books in verse enlightening months of the previous couple of years.

Antonio Cuesta, the group's editorial director, considers that one of many values ​​of so many publishing labels is to publicize the literary expertise of hitherto unknown or unpublished authors: We have revealed Andalusian authors that nobody had learn and who immediately are a part of of the payroll of the nice spanish writers. That is the duty and on the identical time the best satisfaction {that a} writer can present in its service report, he factors out.