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What is the going rate/fee for literary translation?
Thread poster: clangfor1
clangfor1
French to English
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Jun 9, 2005

Hello all. Would someone please give me an idea of the going per-word rate for tranlation of a literary manuscript? It's been a while since I've done this kind of work. (It's an English to French translation that I'll be collaborating on with a native speaker I've worked with several times before.)
This is an old client I've worked with before and with whom I'd really like to work again, so I'd like to cut her a good deal. It'd be nice have something to go on, though.
Although I've participated on this site before, I've never posted anything on the forum. Hope this is not an inappropriate question to ask, and if it is, feel free to let me know. Thanks in advance.

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2005-06-09 21:14]


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Rachel Ward  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
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UK Translators' Association advice Jun 10, 2005

clangfor1 wrote:

Hello all. Would someone please give me an idea of the going per-word rate for tranlation of a literary manuscript? [Subject edited by staff or moderator 2005-06-09 21:14]


The Translators' Association recommended rate in the UK is £70/1000 words, but on the whole you're unlikely to get it!


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