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Sidney Stewart

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Getting your book translated
Posted: Mar 18, 2017 4:26 AM
 
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Hi everyone; I am new at this but determined to do my best.

Does anyone have a tip on how to get my books translated into a different language like French or Spanish? I know that Word has a translation set up but how accurate is it? I cannot afford to hire a translator.

How about a reliable web site that will translate it?

any ideas out there? How are others doing it?

thanks!
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 1:26 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
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Sidney Stewart wrote:
Hi everyone; I am new at this but determined to do my best.

Does anyone have a tip on how to get my books translated into a different language like French or Spanish? I know that Word has a translation set up but how accurate is it? I cannot afford to hire a translator.

How about a reliable web site that will translate it?

any ideas out there? How are others doing it?


To do a translation accurately, you need a human who is very good with languages to do it. It is VERY expensive.
Although you have high hopes, wait and see how your US sales go before you decide to do it.
benarroch

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: Mar 19, 2017 1:34 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
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Try bablecube
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 2:13 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
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The problem with getting your book translated into a language you don't know is that you have no idea if the finished product is worth $5000, or five cents.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 2:38 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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Sidney Stewart wrote:
Hi everyone; I am new at this but determined to do my best.

Does anyone have a tip on how to get my books translated into a different language like French or Spanish? I know that Word has a translation set up but how accurate is it? I cannot afford to hire a translator.

How about a reliable web site that will translate it?

any ideas out there? How are others doing it?

thanks!


If you cannot afford a reliable translator, leave your book in whatever language it's in. The wrong translator (cheap or not) will make you look like an idiot. A mechanical translator will make an idiot look like a genius compared to you. I've not tried it myself, but others have gushed about BableCube, so you might want to look into that. As I understand it, it's a shared profit deal with your book being committed for a span of years. Even there, choose wisely -- you have no way to judge the quality of the finished product.
Jonathan B

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: Mar 19, 2017 3:00 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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Joseph M Erhardt wrote:
The problem with getting your book translated into a language you don't know is that you have no idea if the finished product is worth $5000, or five cents.

I paid to get two books translated into Spanish. I had the people offering to translate do a sample chapter, then I sent those chapters to two native Spanish speakers. I based my hiring on their comments. Pretty smart, huh?

Not so fast, Einstein.

I received the books back, and the bulk of the remainder of the books were machine translated. As I'm not fluent in Spanish, I couldn't tell that they had done this, and I didn't think to send the finished volumes to my experts to check.

These two volumes are the only ones that have lost money for me.
booknookbiz

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: Mar 19, 2017 3:17 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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Sidney Stewart wrote:
Hi everyone; I am new at this but determined to do my best.

Does anyone have a tip on how to get my books translated into a different language like French or Spanish? I know that Word has a translation set up but how accurate is it? I cannot afford to hire a translator.

How about a reliable web site that will translate it?

any ideas out there? How are others doing it?

thanks!

Here's the REAL math: if your books are 100K words, it will cost you $17,000.00USD (yes, Seventeen THOUSAND DOLLARS) to have it translated to one of the common European languages, like French or Spanish. Other languages are more--those two are the cheapest.

This is why Publishers don't just put out alternative language versions of books willy-nilly, and why they sell foreign rights to publishers that have employees that can do the translation.

It's a ton of money, and the return is not likely to pay for it. If you think that the book is uniquely suited for a non-English audience, try to sell your foreign rights to a publisher in that country.

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kostas kinas

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Posted: May 26, 2017 9:07 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Hello! Check out this one http://www.babelsbook.com/translation/
safeintheforest

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Posted: May 26, 2017 9:40 AM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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I used someone on Fiverr website to translate into German. VERY REASONABLE. $225 I recall. Never use a machine to translate.

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Melinda Clayton

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: May 26, 2017 5:47 PM   in response to: benarroch in response to: benarroch
 
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Be very careful with Bablecube. I heard so many authors raving about it, I decided to give it a try with one of my books. I had a Colombian friend of mine look over the submitted sample, and he said it was unreadable - as if it had been generated by Google translate. I declined and delisted.
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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: May 27, 2017 2:44 AM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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If you are selling hundreds of copies a day in English, you might sell half a dozen in Spanish, French, or German. Unless you are fluent in the language yourself, you will have absolutely no idea of the quality of work done by the translator. (It can work; I read an excellent book from the German that was published by Amazon Crossroads, but translation is a very specialized field that requires an unusual sort of mind.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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MooseWriter

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: May 27, 2017 5:28 AM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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I strongly advise NOT TO USE automatic translation tools. The quality of it when used for translating books is terrible. The only way to go is to get a good translator (preferably with some writing skills).
Constanza Alice

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Posted: Aug 31, 2017 11:44 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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I am a certificated English to Spanish Translator, and I could translate your book into Spanish.
Constanza Alice

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Posted: Aug 31, 2017 11:50 PM   in response to: Sidney Stewart in response to: Sidney Stewart
 
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I can translate your book into Spanish for free.
GISELE HADED

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Re: Getting your book translated
Posted: Sep 1, 2017 11:42 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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I am a translator in several languages to french, you can contact me about it, if you look for a translator. I have interesting fees, and I work seriously, with university diplomas in literature and multilinguism to guarantee good translations in any field.

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