Published initially on Amazon’s Kindle only, it has been written in the short-but-sweet Kindle style and is intended for those who are thinking about a career in freelance translation but are not sure where to start. Rather than deluge the reader with detailed information, or go into the theory and practice of translation itself, How to Become a Translator attempts to fill the gaps that university language courses leave behind and provide budding translators with a real inside view of the industry and the demands of the job, answering questions such as:
- what kind of person the freelance translator should be
- how the business works
- what the tools of the translators trade are
- where the work is to be found
- how to approach potential clients and agencies
- how a typical translation assignment works and what is expected of the freelancer
All this is aimed at removing the veil of mystery that potential translators may perceive there to be over the industry and give the reader concise guidance on where to begin their career. If, that is, after reading the book, they still feel that the freelance translation business is for them!
The author, Mark Daniels, is owner and head project manager of Odista, a company based in Serbia and providing professional Serbian-English and English-Serbian translation services, primarily to corporate clients.
Though no industry big-hitter, Mark has twenty years’ experience both as a freelance translator and as an agency owner and has decided to share some of that experience with young translators, in the hope that it will help them to make a more painless start in the translation business than he did!
How to Become a Translator: Breaking into the translation industry is available in the Amazon Kindle store from 5th July 2011. Visit http://www.iwanttobecomeatranslator.com/
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I Want to Become a Translator is a new online publishing venture aimed at aspiring freelance translators. IWTBAT publishes materials aimed at helping young, budding language professionals achieve their career goals.