How to Get Your Book Translated Worldwide

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Mr. Turtledove has had two books published (as of 2009). He has worked with three publishers over his career as an author. One experience is that of
seeing his book translated into another language. So, how does this happen?
Let's look at the steps to get your book translated into another language.

  • Find a publisher and get the manuscript published. It's quite advantageous to have a book in print while searching for translations.

  • Determine what kind of publisher you are working with (traditional, print on demand, or vanity press). If you have a traditional publisher, go to Step 3. If yours is a print on demand publisher, go to Step 4. For a vanity press, go to Step 5.

  • If you have a TRADITIONAL PUBLISHER (those which employ the contract and advance publishing method), you'll discover that your publisher WILL PROBABLY have an employee or a contractor who serves as the rights manager for all books in print. That person's job is to place your work with publishers world-wide that translate English language books. He or she has probably developed a network of contacts in many countries. In addition, he or she will work to place your stories with movie production companies, audio book firms and book club adoptions. Once you have secured your contract and the book is in production, schedule a meeting with this person to discuss these opportunities.

  • If you have a PRINT ON DEMAND PUBLISHER (books are created as they are ordered), you'll discover that your publisher MAY or MAY NOT have an employee or a contractor who serves as the rights manager for all books in print. That person's job is to place your work with publishers world-wide that translate English language books. Realize that with a POD company, you may have to pay for your own rights manager. In addition, he or she will work to place your stories with movie production companies, audio book firms and book club adoptions. Once you have the book is in production, schedule a meeting with this person to discuss these opportunities. You'll probably have to find a manager in cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Chicago.

  • If you have a VANITY PRESS (books are produced and shipped to the author), you'll discover that your publisher PROBABLY WILL NOT have an employee or a contractor who serves as the rights manager for all books in print. It's your job is to place your work with publishers world-wide that translate English language books. Realize that with a vanity press you will have to pay for your own rights manager. In addition, he or she will work to place your stories with movie production companies, audio book firms and book club adoptions. Once you have the book is in production, schedule a meeting with this person to discuss these opportunities. You'll probably have to find a manager in cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Chicago.

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