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How to Get into Self-Published Literary Translation – Merry Christmas!

Believe it or not, it’s nearly Christmas already. So, first of all, I’d like to wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2015!

I’m translating a book

In today’s post I’m very pleased to reveal that I’m working on my first ever book translation. The book is by Joanna Magiera (her book’s Polish website is here) and it’s a guide on keeping your household in order – getting rid of chaos and letting yourself feel comfortable at your own home. I’m actually taking my first steps in trying to realise some of her advice in my own private life – when I work on the translation, I find that coming up with cleaning and tidying ideas becomes quite irresistible.

It’s a self-published e-book

The book has been self-published and is currently being sold on Polish bookstore platforms (e.g. Empik and Gandalf). When I was approached by the author, I wasn’t sure where to start. I’ve done some research since, agreed the terms and conditions and thought – well, my readers could probably do with having access to the same resources as I have. So here they are.

Resources for translators willing to work on self-published e-books

Note: Links open new tabs/windows.

PEN America’s A model contract for book translation

Lisa Carter’s blog:

VIDEO (FROM A WEBINAR): Rafa Lombardino’s on-demand video on (cost: 20 USD): Translators & Self-Published Authors ― A Partnership for the New Digital Publishing Age (Rafa let me know in an e-mail that she’s working on further webinars on the subject – I’m looking forward to attending them as well)

I also used Polish resources, these two in particular (though the model contract below needed updating, as it mentions floppy disks!):

Jak wygląda umowa wydawnicza? – Serwis Tłumacza

Vademecum tłumacza – Stowarzyszenie Tłumaczy Literatury – the original page has gone but I found it reposted elsewhere


If you know some amazing resources on the subject, please add a comment so we can all benefit! Once again, Merry Christmas!

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