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Mad Cave Studios selects Biblio to scale up and improve the efficiency of its publishing workflows

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Virtusales Publishing Solutions is delighted to welcome Mad Cave Studios to the BiblioSuite community; further enriching Virtusales’ growing portfolio of comic book publishers.

With a wide array of products on offer - from exclusive, single issues and trade paperbacks, to digital subscriptions, bundles and merchandise, Mad Cave Studios came to Virtusales in need of a system that would streamline its processes and manage all its products within a single system.

The Challenge

In recent years, Mad Cave Studios has grown substantially, and with this growth came the need to improve its business systems in order to lift the restrictions caused by inefficient software and processes, such as siloed spreadsheets and offline systems, to better manage the full publishing lifecycle of its products, from acquisition and contracts to production and beyond. The more a publisher scales its operations, the deeper the impact of inefficient processes and systems, and Mad Cave Studios found that dual data entry between its disparate systems was impacting the publisher’s productivity and limiting the visibility of data between departments, which in turn limited its aspirations for further growth in the future.

Mad Cave Studios needed a secure and fully-integrated system that would support its growth and automate its workflows to ultimately increase both its efficiency and capacity across the board, as Mark London, Mad Cave Studios’ CEO and Chief Creative Officer explains:

“We reviewed a number of systems before identifying BiblioSuite, but when we saw the integrated nature of Biblio’s publishing workflows, we recognized the power that Biblio has to scale up our outputs. We were very impressed with Virtusales and their professionalism during the discovery process, which gave us confidence to work with them as a partner. We were very happy with the process and are looking forward to fully utilizing the functionality now available to us.”

Mark London, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Mad Cave Studios

The Solution

Mad Cave Studios selected the BiblioSuite’s Product, Production, Rights and Inventory Management solutions plus Sales Analytics, to gain superior, end-to-end control of its publishing workflows.

In particular, BiblioSuite will enable Mad Cave Studios to:

  • Reveal a single source of truth for its data - housed in a system that is accessible from any location and that fully supports the publication of even its most complex products;

  • Enhance the visibility of data to improve its relationships and communication both internally and with supplier;

  • Dramatically reduce the keying and rekeying of data - freeing up both time and resources;

  • Maintain accurate print information, costings and production schedules for all product types;

  • Hone its rights management workflows to increase maximize profitability and strengthen its negotiations with authors and illustrators; and

  • Gain access to key insights and deeper analysis of its stock and sales information, all in real-time.

Furthermore, BiblioSuite is solutions-led, meaning that publishers are able to expand their use of the system as they grow alongside it. In this way, Mad Cave Studios can pick and choose the solutions that will have the deepest impact on its business at any one point in time; and as it continues to grow, further solutions can be added to its systems landscape - at a fraction of the cost of other implementations. As Mark London notes:

“Mad Cave Studios recently purchased the number one children’s graphic novel publisher, Papercutz. We are excited about this acquisition and look forward to rolling this imprint and all its titles into our existing BiblioSuite integration.”

Mark London, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Mad Cave Studios

About Mad Cave Studios

Mad Cave Studios is an independent publisher founded in 2014, focused on creating worldwide entertainment in the horror, sci-fi, action-adventure, crime, noir, and fantasy spaces. We work with international creators to develop character-driven stories with masterful illustration.

Mad Cave is about escapism and identifying with characters who face insurmountable odds and fantastical adventures. With every book, our goal is to transport readers into a world full of the extraordinary, the epic, and the MAD.

About the BiblioSuite

BiblioSuite offers growing publishers the opportunity to implement tried-and-tested, digital workflows that have been developed in collaboration with world-leading publishers, to streamline their processes and increase their output without increasing their number of employees. It enables content-led publishing models, helping publishers to fully utilize their IP and maximize their income regardless of the publishing formats chosen. BiblioSuite users are therefore free to focus on growing their business in the sound mind that all their data, assets and essential documentation – from editorial right the way through to royalties – are being recorded and stored in a way which will better the performance of the business, and will increase effective communications (both internally and externally, with staff, business partners, authors and agents alike).

BiblioSuite is proven to help publishing houses of all shapes and sizes to save time, reduce duplication of efforts and increase the access to key information and documents company-wide. The only difficulty after implementing will be deciding what to do with the time you’ve freed up!

By choosing Biblio’s comprehensive system, your publishing house will be able to:

  • Manage multiple formats including books, eBooks, audiobooks, packs and bundles (including non-book products), licenses and merchandise;

  • Easily maintain high-quality metadata and enhanced ONIX feeds;

  • Control and record all aspects of safety-testing (if applicable);

  • Generate and authorize contracts with software that enables full rights management;

  • Create costings and schedules for production;

  • Raise purchase orders within the BiblioSuite system;

  • Handle complex royalty calculations and payments;

  • And much, much more.

About Virtusales Publishing Solutions

Virtusales is the creator of the industry-leading BiblioSuite of publishing software.

Working with some of the world's leading trade, children’s and novelty, academic and scholarly, educational and professional, content and licensing, and religious publishers including Penguin Random House, Faber, Oxford University Press, Hachette, Bloomsbury and Macmillan Publishers, Virtusales is streamlining publishers' workflows and bringing efficiencies to their business processes with innovative software, exceptional service and a collaborative approach.

Our leading edge, web-based technology, rapid development cycle of new functionality and close working relationships with our customers ensure that our client publishers are able to manage and adapt to the industry's challenges more efficiently, now and in the future.

Find out more here or contact us for further information.


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