How does children's books' translator get paid?
Thread poster: Aleksandra Mazur-Bryla

Aleksandra Mazur-Bryla  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:25
Member (2011)
English to Polish
Apr 11, 2012

I would like to make my first steps into the world of literary translation but I don't know how it works from the business side of things. If you translate a children's book, do you get a one-off payment for your job or do you also participate in profits from subsequent sales? Do you charge per word, per page, per assignment?
I suppose it all depends on who owns the translation rights and the type of contract you sign... or perhaps, it is a lot more complicated issue. If it is difficult to answer my question briefly then maybe someone can recomment a good book I could read on the subject?

Thank you,


 

Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:25
Spanish to English
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Contact the TA Apr 11, 2012

Aleksandra, I see you are based in the UK. The best source of information on how to proceed is to talk to the Translators Association of the Society of Authors. They have model contracts for book translations, whether for adults or chidlren, and also a service of checking any contracts you might be offered. They are very helpful.

 

Andrzej Mierzejewski  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 08:25
Polish to English
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English-Polish? Apr 11, 2012

Aleksandra,
the answer may depend on local rules, habits, etc.
I guess you mean English-Polish translations to be published in Poland. In such case you may find many information in the "Wydawnictwa i ich obyczaje" forum (in Polish) http://goo.gl/oalqs


 

Aleksandra Mazur-Bryla  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:25
Member (2011)
English to Polish
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you Apr 15, 2012

Thank you for your help

 

philgoddard
United States
Member (2009)
German to English
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. Apr 16, 2012

I've done several children's books, mostly for translation companies, and fixed payments, rather than royalties, seem to be the norm. I feel this is reasonable unless you're translating something like Harry Potter, as most kids' books have relatively small sales and don't stay in print for very long.

 


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