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Esther van der Wal  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2010)
English to Dutch
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NaNoWriMo; probably won't be published Aug 27, 2010

I have taken part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) three times now, of which I have "won" twice. "Winning" means writing 50.000 words during the month of November - which not necessarily leads to a polished manuscript worthy of publishing!

One of my entries was in English and I have edited it to take part in an American writing contest, which did consider the quality of its content. The summary passed the first round, but the sample stranded thereafter. It was really just a gamble to see how far I could get with it.

If you put some time and effort in it, taking part in NaNoWriMo can be quite exhilarating, a lot of fun and a good exercise in creativity and discipline.

I do hope to write a "real" book someday in my life and get it published. So do many others, but one can always dream, right?icon_smile.gif


 

Fabio Said (X)  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to Portuguese
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Actually, yes :-) Aug 27, 2010

I had written and published two massive Portuguese-language books about family history with the results of a 10-year research (one of them is actually selling well even outside of the family), before I wrote the book I am most proud of.

Last April I published a book about life as a translator. Its title is Fidus interpres: a prática da tradução profissional. It was also written in Brazilian Portuguese and it is a 256-page introduction into the world of a professional translator. It basically covers topics such as competition, on-line and off-line marketing, translation tools, translation techniques and legal/financial business considerations. The biggest chapter is about marketing, and it offers an insight into how to put up a website or blog specialized in translation. Actually, my book originated from my translation blog "Fidus interpres", which has been online for over 2 years and recently reached the mark of 650 thousand unique visitors (quite a lot for a niche blog 100% about translation and language, written mostly in Portuguese, but also in English and German).

For those of you who would like to know more about my book on translation, here is its table of contents (translated into English):

http://fidusinterpres.com/?p=6736

The book is available through print-on-demand bookstores both in Brazil and in the U.S. The U.S. bookstore ships it to anywhere in the world. Here are the links:
Brazil - http://ow.ly/2vBCA
U.S. - http://ow.ly/2vBBo

By the way, I will be presenting at the ATA Annual Conference in Denver, as a "Distinguished Speaker" invited by the Portuguese Language Division. I look forward to meeting some of you there.icon_smile.gif


 

Pascale Pluton  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to French
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How can you find the time for it? Aug 27, 2010

No I have not and it is not part of my ambitions

I am way too busy translating, maintaining my skills and maintaining my business (hunting for clients).

I could not possibly write a book and earn enough at the same time, unless doing it as a hobby. But then I prefer cultivating my vegetable garden.

I guess it is all a matter of choice and priorityicon_smile.gif


 

Jon O (X)  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Dutch to English
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Yes Aug 27, 2010

A revised version of my PhD thesis entitled 'Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa' was published by Springer in 2008.
For more details:
http://www.springer.com/education%20&%20language/book/978-1-4020-8890-2


Don't all rush out and buy it at once!


[Edited at 2010-08-27 09:46 GMT]


 

Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
France
Member (2009)
French to English
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It still needs some work! Aug 27, 2010

A few years ago I wrote a book to make the music of Hildegard of Bingen more accessible to non-specialist singers, and have had very positive feedback from the few who have used the trial version.

Unfortunately, there appears to be too much text for normal music publishers, and too much music for text publishers (it's about half and half), so I'm hoping to self-publish. In my quest for quality, I've now decided that all the music pages need to be reset, and I've not found a music software programme that can handle chant notation adequately and easily. I've my own simple "cut-and paste" work-around, but it's still a very long and tedious job, so goodness knows when it'll get finished.

Then there's my own poetry anthology to illustrate, the Sephardic song book I've promised myself I'll finish editing, and the French Christmas carol book to start.... icon_eek.gif


 

Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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French to English
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yes Aug 27, 2010

In 2000 I co-authored a book on electronic commerce with another business journalist. We did two editions, one canadian and one american. It sold ok, but not as well as we'd hoped....there was almost no PR on behalf of the publisher and then the dot-com bust didn't help. We also had to write it in a very short period of time. It was one of the most stressful experiences ever!

it's not the type of book I ever thought I'd write...I always imagined it would be more literary. But if I haven't written that fiction book by now, I doubt I ever will!


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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English to Portuguese
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Writing and publishing a book is easier and faster than marketing it Aug 27, 2010

Once an idea struck me (and such 'striking' is part of the plot). The friends I told about that idea insisted that I should write a book (which is also part of the 'plot'). So, after a while I did it (part of the 'plot') in Portuguese, and translated it into English (ditto - it was getting boring).

Then I self-published it, due to convenience, first in the USA, and later in Brazil. Details may be found at:
in English: http://www.lamensdorf.com.br/my_book.html
in Portuguese: http://www.lamensdorf.com.br/meu_livro.html
... about the respective editions. You may even read the first ¼ of it there, slightly abridged.

Friends who read it, loved it. However the quantity of copies 'given away' so far outnumbers those actually sold, i.e. purchased by complete strangers.

So, for those who are thinking about doing it, here is my advice: don't consider your potential market, but your potential in marketing instead!


 

Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Turkish to English
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other Aug 27, 2010

Yes, but that was many years ago and I have long since abandoned the idea of having it published.

 

Susi Giaroli
Italy
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French to Italian
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@Wordeffect Aug 27, 2010

Wordeffect wrote:

A few years ago I wrote a book to make the music of Hildegard of Bingen more accessible to non-specialist singers, and have had very positive feedback from the few who have used the trial version.



I would be interested in purchasing the book. Can you notify me when you self-publish it?


 

Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Creative only in the context of the ideas of others Aug 27, 2010

Many years ago, "Mad" magazine ran a little satire of "the language major", who "spends all her time studying languages, and doesn't have anything to say in any of them!" I identified with the geeky girl in the cartoon, and still do.
Though I like to write, I can't identify a body of experiences or feelings that inspire me to write a book. I have not been blessed (or is it cursed?) with the soul of an artist.
My artistic passion lies in understanding the ideas of others and summoning all my creative faculties, and the breadth and depth of my experiences and knowledge, to convey them truly and accessibly.


 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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Member (2005)
German to English
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Like Jon O Aug 27, 2010

I rewrote and published by PhD thesis
Feminine Figurae: Representations of Gender in Religious Texts by Medieval Women
published by Routledge in 2002

And apparently it still sells, because every 2 years I get an itty bitty check from them.

It was actually my first profession translation project: Routledge wanted all, and I do mean all, of the second languages banished to endnotes so that only English was on the page. So all of the Latin, French, German, and medieval German got buried. Esp. after I figured out how to make an umlauted w. Crazy letter, one of the medieval German texts used it for subjunctive...


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2009)
English to German
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Yes Aug 27, 2010

Several years ago I wrote a novel "Sonseeama, Tochter der Cheyenne" which was published here in Germany. Then the publisher, a small company, went out of business.

I wrote another novel "Children of the Wolf" based on my screenplay and which is about to be self-published.

And then there are my poetry books. The printed version (paperback) are self-published, the electronic version is available at

http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=4134642

Except for the first novel in German, all books are in English under my pseudonym E. C. Montana. Of course, all of my works are copyright registered with the Library of Congress, Washington D. C.

Being a writer at heart, there's more to come.icon_smile.gif


 

Jessica Cade
United States
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Member (2009)
English to French
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I wouldnt know how to publish Aug 27, 2010

Im almost done writting my book but I still dont kow how to publish it or who to conatct and/or trust? Any leads would be GREATLY appreaciated.

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 12:48
English to Portuguese
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For Jessica, on getting published Aug 27, 2010

Jessica Cade wrote:
Im almost done writting my book but I still dont kow how to publish it or who to conatct and/or trust? Any leads would be GREATLY appreaciated.


You may read my links-laden adventure at http://www.lamensdorf.com.br/the_search.html or go directly to https://www.createspace.com/ (the new name for BookSurge). If you are a DTP wiz, or have one in your immediate family, you can get your book published and available for sale at Amazon for as little as $99 (unless they've changed the rules there).

This is the easy part. After that is done, the selling game begins. Hope you make it a bestseller. In the past 5 years, I didn't... yet, I hope.


 
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