Marie Leca wrote:
I've been asked to provide a quote for the translation of a book - roughly 200,000 words (said to be 'non-technical')
Could anyone give me an indication of the average pricing, timescale (ie, assumed speed since the client didn't specify a deadline) for such a translation, as well as for proofreading and copy editing.
How can you (and can we) give a price or time schedule for something you (or we) haven't seen? Firstly, what is technical? Art or history may be pretty technical as well. Secondly, who estimated the book at 200,000 words, have you checked? Thirdly, only you can estimate your own working speed. Ask for the book and translate two or three pages before taking a decision. Besides, translating in Word is not the same thing as translating from a hard copy.
The only clue I can give you is that when translating for an editor you earn about the half or one-third of the money of normal (technical) translation.