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What are Mox’s rates? May I use one of Mox cartoons? Do you really think that PMs are so evil?
These are some of the frecuently asked questions of Mox's blog. I have started a FAQ to answer them and I will try to keep it updated with new frequent questions as they arise.

1. What are Mox’s rates? And Alejandro's?
This is by far the most common question J
Mox’s rates typically start from 0.02 per source word, though in some special cases he will accept less than 0.02. Mox's friend and colleague Calvo's rates start from 0.48 per word.

Alejandro’s (the author of this blog) rates vary from project to project. His most frequent rate is  € 0.10 per source word. He started translating in 1997 and he charged € 0.042 per word for his first translation.

2. May I use one of your comic strips?
This is the second most common question.
If you want to use them in your personal or professional blog, I am more than happy to give you permission. You are allowed to use them as long as you include a link to http://mox.ingenierotraductor.com and do not abuse this privilege (e.g. not copying 10 cartoons in a row). If you drop me a line in order to let me know, that would be nice.
If you desire to include them in a magazine, newsletter, public presentation, etc, please write me for permission and I will analyze on a case-by-case basis (so far, I have authorized almost all requests).
Please note that I reserve the right to modify these conditions at any time.

3. Hey Alejandro, thanks for the blog. Are you the author of both the text and the drawings?
I am the author of both the text and the drawings. However, the characters are so fat that they require quite a lot of ink and time to draw and I wonder if I could outsource that task J. If I had known that so many translators from all over the world were going to follow Mox stories, I would have put more effort into the drawings.

4. Why do you earn so little? I would be asking the university for my damned money back!
I think you are mistaking the author with Mox. This is a comic strip about the fictional misadventures of a fictional translator called Mox, although many of the events are freely based on my personal experience.
I, the author, do not have two PhDs (I am just finishing a dissertation for one) and I earn more than the minimum wage. In fact, I left a very good job as an engineer when I realized that I could earn more as a technical translator and be able to manage my work time.

5. Is the character of Calvo inspired in…
…the inventor of Esperanto?
…an American German to English translator?
…a Spanish famous engineer?
No. I guess that Calvo must have a common face. Everybody seems to think they know him.

6. Would you accept suggestions for your comic strips? I can think on a fabulous idea…
Suggestions are welcome! I am sure that each of you has many stories to share, and reality often beats fiction. I will credit your idea in the strip (if you wish so).
You can post your suggestions as a comment to a post, or drop me a line at mox@ingenierotraductor.com

7. I bet you are not only a wonderful cartoonist, but also an excellent translator. Are you available for a project?
Thank you! To check my availability for Fr>Sp or En>Sp, please contact me at moreno@translatorengineer.com

8. Do you really think that all project managers are as evil as PAM? You’re biting the hand that feeds you...
Most PMs I know are charming. I guess that if you are not a people’s person, you do not work in a position that requires writing and receiving hundreds of emails every day. However, along the last eleven years I have known some “evil PMs” whose techniques are too wicked to be described here.

9. How much of Mox’s life is inspired in Alejandro’s?
About 40%.

10. I found a grammar/spelling mistake, aren't translators supposed to write well?
The blog contains MANY mistakes. English is not my native language and I can't help but make mistakes. I only translate into Spanish, my native language.
Fortunately, since end 2010, Justin Bearden, a wonderful editor, corrects most of the strips.

11. You seem to be a polymath: engineer, translator, cartoonist, which activity do you prefer?
When I was younger, I also worked delivering newspapers and brochures, as a private tutor, bartender, Spanish teacher, testing games for Nintendo and selling dancing floors at Harlquin. Later, I worked as a Professor Assistant at the ICAI-Pontificia de Comillas University, agricultural engineer at Umbría del Villar, electromechanical engineer at Red Eléctrica de España and technical translator (since 1999 to date). So far, cartoonist is my favorite one, but I guess that if I had to draw cartoons 8 hours a day, probably I would not like it so much!

12. You seem to have an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Where do you find inspiration?
The more I write, the more inspiration I get. It was funny to discover how characters seemed to become alive after the first dozen strips or so. Since then, I have the sensation that they want to share their own stories.

13. Where do your visitors come from?
Top ten: Spain, France, Italy, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Finland, Brazil and Canada.

The Book:
14. What does shipping and handling cost?
A flat fee of 5,00 EUR is charged for every order. No matter if you buy 1 book or 10, the same fee is applied. Take advantage of this promotion and buy one copy for a friend!

15. When will I receive the order?
The delivery times are long, specially outside Europe. If you want the book(s) for a special date, be sure to order them well in advance.
Books are normally shipped once a week. To the waiting time between the order and the shipping time, the following delivery times must be added. No guarantee can be made about these times.
European Union/Western Union: 1-5 working days
Russia and ex-URSS: 5-15 working days
Americas: 4-15 working days
Africa and Middle East: 3-15 working days
Asia: 4-15 working days
Australia: 4-15 working days

16. I don't have a PayPal account. Can I pay by credit card?
If you click on the buttons of this page, you can pay directly by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) selecting the option "Don't have a PayPal account".

17. May I pay by wire transfer?
Sure, please write me at book@ingenierotraductor.com and I will let you know the bank account data.

18. I want to pay with my PayPal account, but the form does not allow to cannot change the country. Can you help?
This is a PayPal issue, and it only happens with certain countries. Don't worry, make the order with any address and write me to book@ingenierotraductor.com with the correct address.

19. May I ask for an urgent shipment? How much would it cost?
This is usually very expensive, but contact me at book@ingenierotraductor with the address and I will let you know the available options.

20. Will you send me an invoice? Can I enter different billing and shipping addresses?
Yes. After you have filled your credit card/PayPal account data and the shipping address, the "Review your information" screen is displayed. You may click on "Billing address" to add the billing address.

21. Do you offer bulk discounts?
If I have learn anything from Mox, it's that we should not offer discounts in any case. However, handling and shipping cost the same no matter the number of books you buy, meaning that the cost per book is lower if you buy more units.

22. Is Mox available at any bookshop/Amazon/other?
Nope. You can only buy it through this page.

23. What kind of security do you offer for my online credit card purchase?
PayPal, a world-wide payment system known for being secure (and charging huge commissions to sellers), handles all the data, I don't have access to them.

24. Will you make me subscribe to his newsletters and send me endless emails about new books of a similar nature you have published?
No :)

25. Is there any discount for universities?
No, there isn't. Unfortunately, the laws relating to book prices are very restrictive and each country's law is different. For example in Spain and France the maximum discount is 5% and 5% is too low to be worth the hassle to offer discounts. Also, the fines if you don't comply with the rules can be very high and I want to avoid the risk of breaching the law inadvertently.

26. Do you offer the option of gift wrapping?
No, but you can add a personal note for the recipient free of charge. You'll find the option during the buying process.

27. Other questions
Contact me at book@ingenierotraductor and I will do my best to help you.