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Book translators: how do they find clients?
Thread poster: Yelena Pestereva

Yelena Pestereva  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 07:38
Member (2006)
English to Russian
Jun 23, 2006

Hi there. I am a book translator from Russia and here I know all publishing houses employing translators of books from English into Russian. I wonder does any publishing house or may be somebody else outside of Russia is doing the same and how they can be found?

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Marcelo González  Identity Verified
Jamaica
Local time: 23:38
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English to Spanish
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I contact authors directly Jun 24, 2006

Hello Yelena,

I would contact the authors directly. In turn, they might refer you to the publisher (or specifically to a subsidiary rights director).

In the end, you need to make sure you obtain the rights to the translation, even if the rights to publish are retained by the original publishing house.

Once you've found an interested publisher of the translation, you might have to refer this party to the original publisher so the two can negotiate the publishing rights to the translation.

It will be interesting to hear what others have to say.

All the best,

Marcelo


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Yelena Pestereva  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 07:38
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Thank you very much... Jun 24, 2006

and pardon my terrible grammar mistake. I was in a hurry as usual.

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Ismael Torres
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Book Publishers Jun 24, 2006

I recommend you check out the American Literary Translators Association at;
http://www.literarytranslators.org/index.html

They have a list of book publishers that might prove useful to you.


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Marcelo González  Identity Verified
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ALTA Guides Jun 25, 2006

Visiting the website of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is an excellent recommendation.

This association has a helpful series of guides on publishing:

http://www.literarytranslators.org/guides.html

It also has a new blogsite:

http://literarytranslators.blogspot.com

All the best,

Marcelo


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