Certain types of jobs always seem to land on our desks. Magazines are one of them. And, by now, we dare say that we’ve gotten quite good at them.
Translating a magazine is a project normally spanning one to two months, which is considerably longer than your average 2 to 3 days’ work for translating a contract. That’s fine by us, because we love to explore new topics and immerse ourselves in different worlds for a longer period of time – it’s one of the things we love about translating. So, how do we go about the creative process of a magazine?
With a view to transparency, it is in the interest of all parties involved that they agree to clear fees and turnaround time. Experience has taught us that the creation of a magazine never goes without ups and downs. And that’s fine, as long as we can communicate clearly so that everyone is on the same page throughout the project.
It’s all about strict planning when making a magazine and, ideally, the team is well attuned to each other. Therefore, we prefer to be present at one or more of the editorial meetings, so that we can get to know all the makers.
In other words: who does what. These roles should be clear from the get-go for the creation process to run smoothly, since there are many players in the field. From the writers, editors and chief editors to the designers, photographers, translators and printers.
There’s nothing more important than knowing about your readers. This counts for everyone working on the magazine, including also the translators, since they need to find the right tone of voice, style, terminology and length of sentences to match the audience.
You’ve probably already gotten the gist: we at Tupelo Translations do not only translate for you, we also look at the bigger picture. This seems particularly valuable when there are multiple writers. For example, do they all refer to a person or company in the same way? Is the use of quotation marks consistent? Is a particular word written with a capital or a small letter? Do the facts check out? In short: we don’t only translate for you, we give valuable feedback.
Final editing round
Before the magazine is sent to the printing company, we go over the translated texts in the layout for a last editing round. We prefer this approach because, in a final reading, we often see some words or sentences that could be improved just a tad when seen in their “natural habitat”, the magazine proof.
We don’t only translate for you, we give you valuable feedback.
Sometimes you need a translation the same day or in the evening. We understand the importance of your assignment, especially when time is pressing. We are committed to going the extra mile to help you meet your deadline. For these urgent translations, we add a 25% urgency fee to the regular rate.
Why you choose us
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This is what clients say about us:
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“Bianca is very quick, good and offers the better price in the Netherlands. She understands what is needed, and I would recommend her for any translating job.”
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“I have had 4 documents translated from Dutch to English and each time Bianca has done a first rate job. She’s quick and efficient and I would not hesitate in using her services again.”
“Bianca is a very professional and experienced translator with reasonable pricing and fast service. She is quick in responding to my messages and patient at explaining things over the phone. Unlike other translators, she outlines the processes of translation and clarifies the exceptions. I highly recommend her and will definitely use her services again in the future!”
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