The Prosperous Translator
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Some of the Web’s pithiest advice on building a successful translation practice. Translation is the grandest, most foolhardy enterprise that humans can engage in. Done right, it can also be a lucrative and intellectually satisfying career. Fire Ant & Worker Bee (Chris Durban and Eugene Seidel) have over five decades’ combined experience in the translation business. They firmly believe that skilled translators benefit from adopting an entrepreneurial outlook, sharing insights and experiences, and investing in themselves. In their column in the Translation Journal, they have dispensed no-nonsense advice since 1998 on topics ranging from successfully navigating the freelance/agency divide to finding direct clients, raising prices, kicking implicit content into explicit shape, mastering office clutter and translating in the nude. Readers from translation company owners to students just starting out have found Fire Ant and Worker Bee's advice invaluable. See comments... More > at www.prosperoustranslator.com< Less
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Jan 17, 2012If you are thinking about starting a career in translation, this is the book for you. It's the book I wish I had 7 years ago and which would have saved me a lot of time and money. Even as an established translator, it provides valuable tips and advice to make your business even more profitable.
Mar 12, 2011The book’s title, 'The Prosperous Translator', says it all: this is something for those of us who want to take the greatest financial benefit out of the business of translation. Its main premise is to show that translating can both intellectually and financially rewarding if you have the right skills and the right clients, but in order to reap those benefits you will have to make an extra effort to live in the ‘real’ business world instead of concentrating only in the intellectual part of the profession. Above all, it means abandoning the “poverty cult” that one witnesses far too often in almost every translators’ gathering, online or in-person. At a book signing session, Chris Durban, one of the authors and editor of the book, wrote on my copy: “For Fabio, Down with the poverty cult!” – a phrase which pretty much summarizes the whole idea behind the book. If you want to be a successful translator, you have to step into the shoes of a successful translator. ... [Full book review:... More > http://fidusinterpres.com/?p=8957]< Less
Mar 9, 2011This book has something for everyone. For aspiring translators and translation students, there’s plenty of advice on what to look for in a translation programme, as well as food for thought for anyone considering further qualifications in translation. There’s even more to mull over for the established translator. Chapter 6 alone contains over 40 pages of ideas and suggestions on identifying lucrative sources of work and increasing income. It also has an entire chapter on professional associations, and plenty of advice for translation companies and translation buyers too. Highly recommended.
Sep 30, 2010I've been a fan of Fire Ant and Worker Bee ever since I started my translation business in 2002. They're witty, honest, engaging, perceptive; honestly it's hard to imagine a better source of professional advice for freelance translators. Also, it's refreshing to see freelance advice that does not assume that you're at the low end of the market, and the Q&A format means you can read a small amount at one sitting. Definitely a goldmine of tips for anyone who works as a freelance translator.
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- Chris Durban & Eugene Seidel (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- FA&WB Press
- September 28, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.06 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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