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Thoughts on Translation: The Translation Industry and Becoming a Translator [Kindle Edition]

Corinne McKay
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Corinne McKay's blog Thoughts on Translation is one of the web's liveliest gathering places for freelance translators...now available in book format! Wondering whether to charge by the word or by the hour? How to receive payments from clients in foreign countries? How to write a translation-targeted resume? It's all in here, in chunks that take just a few minutes to read.


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  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (January 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO8X9GS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful and informative July 27, 2013
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As a full-time freelance translator who just started the language service providing business, I learned a lot from just reading this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blog as a great book April 30, 2013
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Corinne's "How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator" has now been joined by her second book, a collection of many of her blog posts from her well-known Thoughts on Translation blog in book form. And though a little later than originally planned, this has now been released under the same name as the blog, and it's a very helpful read, indeed.

Corinne is special. While so many of us tend to be rather chatty when we're writing, she is absolutely to-the-point and methodical when she writes about the many different things you should be considering when starting out as a freelance translator, growing your business, translation quality, the freelance mindset, client relations, translation technology, marketing, financial questions, and various other issues.

Common-sense sections like "Using objective data to set your translation rates" are helpful for all of us as a reality check, no matter how long we've been in the business. Now, you can also find this same information on her blog, of course, but it makes a lot of difference to me whether I'm reading something well edited and organized in a book or as fragmented posts on a screen (especially when WordPress forces one of its video advertisements on me after reading every post -- a real pet peeve of mine).

Plus, you gotta love a book by someone who explains why she has such a strong tendency to use open-source software: "When I married my tech support (a Unix administrator and free software evangelist) I vowed to love, honor and cherish my husband and forsake the products of a certain software company in the Pacific Northwest if I wanted to continue to get free 24x7 in-house computer help." That's true love!

Unfortunately, she's become a little unfaithful lately (to open-source, not to her husband!) with her change of heart about Trados, but she continues to be a very loyal cheerleader to our profession and the ongoing professionalization of the translation industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading May 14, 2014
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I am not a starting freelancer and still have found a few useful tips on translation business. If nothing else, you start thinking about your business from a different perspective.

The only downside of this book for me is that huge part of it is US related. I am from Czech Republic and a lot of useful information in this book are not applicable in my country. However, as a whole I highly recommend this book to any freelancer. It is a book that will make you think about your business decisions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a translator March 2, 2014
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Loved it
I have found in this book the best and most grounded advise for Interpreters/Translators so far.
Thank you Corinne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
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Fantastic product. It was delivered immediately and I could start reading it right away. I love Amazon!
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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.


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