The Translator Diaries e-book: an announcement

Following the widely-circulated interviews with translators on this website earlier this year, the most practical advice that they have to offer has been compiled into a free e-book, which will be published on 5th October.


The Translator Diaries: Practical advice on starting out as a professional translator from successful freelancers is a free e-book aimed at translation students, aspiring translators and those who are new to the industry.

The free e-book is based on the two series of interviews from fourteen of Twitter’s most prominent freelance translators ― detailing how they broke into the industry and made their career successful ― and is broken down into sections of quotes from the interviews that answer the most common dilemmas, such as how to acquire the right experience, how to make the transition to freelancer, how to survive the start–up phase and how to build up a client base.

The contributors have incredibly diverse backgrounds, with a range of qualifications, experience and specialisms, and are at various points in their career, from recent graduates to well–established freelancers.

With its colourful and engaging layout, the e–book intends to provide an insight into the routes into the translation industryoffer practical advice that can be implemented straight away and address the frequently asked questions that translation students and newcomers to the industry might have, but it might just give established professionals some points to reflect upon.

The Translator Diaries e-book will be available to view and download for free on this website (under the ‘E-book’ tab) from Saturday 5th October 2013. Share your thoughts and feedback on Twitter using the hasthtag #xl8diaries.