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Thread poster: Anibal Feder

Anibal Feder  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Nov 7, 2006


I am dealing with a publisher about translating a chemistry & physics book, university level, english into spanish.
They propose to me a rate of : 1,5 usd per 1000 characters. Is this a rate or a joke? Someone who has experience in this field can help me? The book has 1000 pages, and the original is a hardcopy.

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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:37
English to French
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Abnormal rate Nov 7, 2006

I think either they are trying to save money or there must be a typo. This rate is abnormal even if you move the comma one slot to the right.

If you accept the contract with this rate, I hope at least you will make sure you will be credited on the cover page of the book

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Claudia Krysztofiak  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:37
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A joke Nov 7, 2006

I translated a book of roughly 1000 pages in 2004/5. It took nine months of intense work with three times proofreading and lots of discussion with the author, etc. It worked out very well and it was paid adequately.

Books are not paid as well as other work. It is just a question of whether you like to have something published with your name in it. Still, when planning the project I had to ask for a price that is worth nine months of work. Can you live nine months by 1500 US-$ or maybe 3000 US-$, depending on the size of the pages?

I would not know how to do this. Okay, the overall amount of time and money depends on the size of the pages, the difficulty of the text and the quality expected (though I would not go for less than doing my best), but in any case, this offer is simply ridiculous.

Tell them to have it machine translated. The bill may cover the expenses for a computer, software and electricity. Then they can proofread it themselves - saves a lot of money.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:37
Turkish to English
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I agree with Claudia Nov 7, 2006

I am working on a book translation for the first time in my life. It has long been a personal ambition of mine to do this and I am both interested in the subject matter (the Cyprus problem) and, broadly speaking, agree with the position adopted by the author. These factors make me prepared to take a cut in earnings and work on an assignment that I expect to take two and a half or three months in return for what I can earn in one month doing legal/financial translations. Translating books pays less and it is up to you to decide how low you are prepared to go. I heard that somebody in Cyprus translated a book by Hegel from German into Greek (for a publisher) for the princely sum of one hundred Cyprus pounds (just over two hundred US dollars!). If you find the rate offered unacceptable you have the option of rejecting it!

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