How to charge for verse translation?
Thread poster: Larisa Migachyov
Larisa Migachyov
United States
Local time: 11:55
Russian to English
Jun 28, 2003

I am about to receive a poem from someone who wishes me to translate it into English verse. He already has a rough English translation that he's not happy with - and it is not in verse, anyway, so I will need to start over. I'm just getting established, so my fee will be much lower than that of an experienced translator, but still, how much does one generally charge for verse translation / versifying?

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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
Belgium
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English to Dutch
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Rate per hour or set fee Jun 28, 2003

Larisa Migachyov wrote:

I am about to receive a poem from someone who wishes me to translate it into English verse. He already has a rough English translation that he's not happy with - and it is not in verse, anyway, so I will need to start over. I'm just getting established, so my fee will be much lower than that of an experienced translator, but still, how much does one generally charge for verse translation / versifying?


I don't see how else you could quote for translating poetry. Apply your rate per hour or agree on a set fee.

Good luck, Evert


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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
Italy
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Or charge for 1 verse = 10 words Jun 28, 2003

You could propose for 1 verse the same as for 10 words, indipendently from the number of words.

This was the usual rate at my department, when we used to commission a lot of opera librettos.

However, it is just an idea. You should probably talk it over with your client.


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Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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UK - TA Rates Jun 28, 2003

Just for information - In the UK the Society of Authors recommend the following rates:
£70 per 1,000 words for prose
£0.75 per line for poetry.
The TA has produced a model translator/publisher contract.
http://www.societyofauthors.org/translators/

I have never translated poetry myself but would probably be tempted to go with an hourly charge.

HTH


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Anna Sedlackova
Slovakia
Local time: 20:55
English to Slovak
freeatlast Jun 28, 2003

Larisa, translation of poetry cannot be compared with special translation! It is something very precious and valuable becuase you help create a new work of art. Therefore you could ask high rates per verse, especially for the bound verse!

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