Terms of publication author/translator/publisher
Thread poster: Alberto Orengo

Alberto Orengo  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:48
English to Italian
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Apr 13, 2006

How do I make sure that, after translating a couple of chapters of a book as a sample for the author to show to the publisher, the publisher won't tell the author "I like the book, I will publish it, but will give the translation to some of my inhouse translators?" Result: I would have translated nearly for free, as the author's goal, at the end, is only seeing his book published abroad. Is there anyway that I can strengthen my position as translator? (e.g. by posting my sample online in my homepage, make it visible somehow, etc.?). Thanks,

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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:48
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Don't post! Apr 13, 2006

This material is the property of the author. I think it would be highly unethical for you to post it anywhere or even to show it to anyone - that would be a breach of confidentiality. It is up to the author to negotiate with the publisher if he/she wants you to do the translation. Up until that time you have no guarantees - the kind of risk you sometimes take hoping that things will work out. Of course, if you don't get the entire job, the author does owe you for the chapters you have already completed.

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Anna Strowe
Local time: 17:48
Italian to English
Thanks Apr 18, 2006

Thank you Tina. I was thinking the same. If the editor decides to publish giving the job to another translator, still it's my work that allowed the author to get published. Then I give for granted that the initial "risk"has born fruits. The author gets what I was working for after all!

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