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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Two Rat Press; 2 edition (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578077566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578077567
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Corinne McKay is certified by the American Translators Association as a French to English translator. Based on her own experiences building a freelance translation business from the ground up, she published How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator in 2008, with a second edition in 2011. It has since become a go-to reference for beginning and experienced translators alike. In 2013, Corinne published Thoughts on Translation, a book-length compilation of entries from her blog by the same name.

Corinne lives and works in Boulder, Colorado and specializes in international development, corporate communications and legal translation; she also enjoys translating non-fiction books, and her translation of Gilbert Legay's Dictionary of North American Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples was published by Barron's Educational Series in 2007.

In addition to her translation and writing work, Corinne teaches courses for beginning and aspiring freelance translators; see her website http://www.translatewrite.com for more information.

Customer Reviews

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Stephanie Fauvelle
I have enjoyed reading this book, It show you step by step on how to start as a freelance translator and tips to be successful.
MSWorth
It is well written and to the point, with lots of useful information.
Jamal

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judy Jenner on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
There's no question that Corinne McKay's classic, now in its second edition, is the bible for all beginning -- and experienced -- freelance translators. This book should be required reading at any translation studies program. I immediately recommend Corinne's book whenever someone asks me how to get started in the industry. It's the most comprehensive book that's been written on the practical side of running a translation business.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Durban on December 15, 2011
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This book really is the gold standard reference for linguists considering a career in translation. It's got a nice balance of detail and big-picture content, and is a good read to boot. If you've got the language skills, "How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator" will get you off to a strong start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamal on December 31, 2013
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I enjoyed reading the second edition as well as I enjoyed years ago reading its first edition. It is well written and to the point, with lots of useful information. I recommend this book to any linguist who is thinking of working as a self-employed freelance translator. Although it is targeted towards the US market, much of the information is very useful and can be used regardless of the market. The first edition was my motivator to brush up my translation skills after a decade of working in fields other than translation. Since I read the first edition, I started part-time freelancing and am considering now going full-time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bbbd on July 28, 2013
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Good for anybody starting out. Lots of helpful info. I thank Corinne for sharing her experience. I still don't know whether I will be able to make a living translating but I learned a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aisha C. Mayfield on April 30, 2013
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Keep a highlighter handy! I just started reading the book and I'm already halfway through. Definitely helped me in my decision to remain doing freelance on the side. I have a Translation degreee 10 years experience with no Certification so she basically breaks down what the market is looking like and what your alternatives are based on your goals. I love interpreting but have a 9-5 so freelance translation is more feasible for me. THe book has many resources agency and association info and advice. ALso an intersting insight on common language pairs in terms of competition and pricing. I wish I had this book in my undergrad!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Romero on August 27, 2013
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This is a great book if you want to begin a business in translating. It is not however a book about how to become a translator. I has great tips on how to become certified, what options you have, and how to charge your clients. I strongly recommend it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Windhof on March 1, 2013
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I was very excited to read this book as it seems to be the number one "must read" for freelance translators. I would say it's a must read if you are just starting out and if you have no prior business experience. The chapter on social media is very basic and merely listing the existing social media.
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By Brett on May 16, 2014
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Loved it. Everything I needed to know to start my freelance business. She mentions everything that you wouldn't think of unless you were actually already in the business. Nice focus on the first year and marketing, I never realized how much of it you had to do.
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