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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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May 14, 2007

An agency contacted me. They state, that they are not a translation agency, but translation is only one step when compiling large technical manuals.
They seem to have no own translator base and are going to devide a large urgent project into chapters, which will be translated by different freelancers. There is no glossary for the project, no TM, no database.

Somehow this agency seems not very trustworthy. I guess they will pay though alright. Would you go for it?
How would you feel translating along, knowing that others are translating the other chapters without coordination?

Any thoughts?

Regards
Heinrich


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Riens Middelhof  Identity Verified
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Offer both services... translation and editing May 14, 2007

You could offer them two separate services, translation and language editing...

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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Offer a project coordination service May 14, 2007

If you're interested in the job otherwise, why not educate the client and offer a project coordination service (as a sort of team leader) at an additional fee or suggest they appoint one of the other senior translators to oversee the team.

Explain the need for consistent terminology, final editing to ensure consistency etc.

If they seem disinterested, then I'd say avoid the job, they aren't professionals - but at the moment, it may simply be ignorance on their side with them not having a translation background.

Perhaps they've already decided to appoint an editor but at least if you specifically enquire you'll have peace of mind. But stress how more effectively everyone could work if glossaries were shared as you go along rather than leaving it all up to a single editor after the fact, etc.

Finally, obviously take the precautions regarding payment as you would do with a direct client/new agency.

Just a few ideas
Debs


[Edited at 2007-05-14 16:11]


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Vito Smolej
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They definitely have a mission... May 14, 2007

... to fulfill (or call it a job). Its a different kind of risk alright. But you may say later on, you were there from the very first moment...

Ps: but check their (financial/business) background anyhow...


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Asked for advance payment May 15, 2007

Last evening they sent me their PO, even though I had not agreed to anything. Now I asked for advance payment. This outsourcer seems to be unknown to freelancers.
On my inquiries regarding translation coordination they answer, that because of the tight schedule they will not emphasise terminology control!
They had my informations since 4 weeks, but contacted me only yesterday!
I'd rather not work for them, but let's see, what happens.

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Heinrich


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xxxNMR
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Of course May 15, 2007

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
answer, that because of the tight schedule they will not emphasise terminology control!
Regards
Heinrich

If it is an advertisement agency, for instance, or a communications agency, it's up to you to do that, and deliver a product ready to be published. And besides, project management has a cost. It takes time and you will be responsible. Asking for advance payment is a good thing, but be sure that you are delivering high quality.
Do you have an insurance?


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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I refused May 15, 2007

They refused advanced payment, but offered to pay in pieces, according to how much I deliver. That's of course still worse from the point of quality. Usually you decide part of the terminology at the end of the work, when you understand everything (hopefully).
So I felt relief when sending in my refusal.
Cheers
Heinrich


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