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What about Alex Eames' book?
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alessandra bocco  Identity Verified
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Jun 5, 2007

I'm trying to get established as a freelancer, but I find it really difficult...
A couple of days ago I read about Alex Eames' website and about his book. Did anybody of you read it? Can you tell me whether it is worth its price? I'm not planning to earn 80000 dollars this year, but I'd really like to start working in a decent manner...


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kenbe  Identity Verified
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It's worth the investment Jun 5, 2007

I'd recommend it

It gives you plenty of useful tips and dos and don'ts. I bought the e-book about 4 years ago. I printed it out and left it lying around the office to pick up and browse through as and when I got the chance. If you are starting out it's a great guide and if you aren't, plenty of the information in it sticks in the back of your mind. As regards getting work with it, make sure you get a copy of Alex's Tranmail list with the book. I got the list free with it. You can read the book and make your preparations then use the list to make your contacts. When I used the list I got too many job offers to deal with and agencies I originally wrote to in 2003 are still getting in touch. I translate from German into English btw.

Good luck!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Alex's book is worth it Jun 5, 2007

alessandra bocco wrote:
A couple of days ago I read about Alex Eames' website and about his book. Did anybody of you read it?


Yes. It is worth it.


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Olga Watkin  Identity Verified
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Agree Jun 5, 2007

I have also found the book useful. Some tips are quite obvious, but I have learnt a great deal from the book. I bought it and read it about 2-3 months ago (I haven't tried to send out CVs yet though). Incidentally, when I joined the Institute of Translation & Interpreting, it was mentioned in one of the booklets I received in an introductory pack (and that's why I bought it!).

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GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Worth it even without Tranmail Jun 5, 2007

Another opinion in support of the book. The advice in it helped me get started even though I didn't do mailings to agencies.

At the same time as I bought the book, I also bought two paper books on getting started as a translator. I had seen those books recommended and praised on several forums, but Alex Eames's book was much better written, with more relevant and useful advice. If I had known, I would not have bought the other books.


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alessandra bocco  Identity Verified
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So I'll buy it Jun 5, 2007

Thank you very much. I'll buy it and I hope to get plenty of job offers as kenbe did...

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Boris Sigalov
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I do like Alex's style Jun 5, 2007

Olga Watkin wrote:

Some tips are quite obvious, but I have learnt a great deal from the book.


I agree with Olga: some tips you will find in Alex's book are quite obvious but here I would like to quote one passage from the book:

Alex Eames wrote:

The problem with common sense is that it's not that common.


I think the book is quite useful for beginners.


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Andrea Brumma
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Another recommendation Jun 5, 2007

I'd recommend Alex Eames' book, too. It contains some good advice for beginners.

For all people who like Alex Eames, I'd also recommend "Ready for Anything" from David Allen. It is NOT about translation, but about productivity principles for work & life. It has helped me to be more productive, more self-confident (important when you want to win new clients or raise your rates) and more relaxed. It contains good advice for your work and your personal life. It will keep you going when obstacles appear in your way. I have read it 4 times and it won't be the last time.

Andrea


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lingomania
Local time: 10:15
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Any links? Jun 5, 2007

Does anyone here have any serious links to his website and/or book site? Thank you.

Rob


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Boris Sigalov
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For Rob Jun 5, 2007

lingomania wrote:

Does anyone here have any serious links to his website and/or book site?


Rob,

The book is called How to Earn $80,000+ per year as a
Freelance Translator. Here is a link:

http://www.translatortips.com/ht50.html

[Edited at 2007-06-05 23:27]


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Elizabeth Ardans  Identity Verified
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Definitely Jun 7, 2007

Yes, I recommend it too. I bought it right after I got my degree, and I found it interesting and useful. I've never made as much money as he suggests, but it was helpful to get established.

Good luck!

Elizabeth


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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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Not just for beginners Jun 10, 2007

I bought Alex's book 6 or 7 years ago and still read it occasionally as a sort of "sanity check" on how our business is running. I enjoy the flamboyant style, and the points he makes are very good. Even if you do things a bit differently, his is an excellent reference model for business.

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