Pricing literary translations
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TLE2015  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Jul 3, 2017

Hello - would appreciate some advice regarding pricing a literary translation, namely a children's book with rhyme translated from English to Arabic.

Many thanks,
Gamila


[Edited at 2017-07-03 14:03 GMT]


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LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Russian to English
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Rhymed? Jul 4, 2017

Two or three times the regular, average translation rate per word.

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Laura Kingdon  Identity Verified
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Hourly? Jul 6, 2017

When I've done these kinds of transcreation tasks, they have typically been paid by the hour, simply because you might be able to translate one rhyme at your normal translation speed, but then need to spend half an hour thinking of an appropriate translation for the second pair, and so on... so it's very hard to guess a reasonable per-word rate with that kind of variation.

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