We at Speaking of Translation were saddened to learn that our colleague Andy Bell died suddenly on August 24. Although most of us in the US knew Andy only from afar (we kept trying to get him to attend an ATA conference, but it’s a long haul from Australia!), he quickly made an impression as a smart, hardworking, big-hearted and generous colleague. Andy founded Watercooler, one of the first social media forums for freelance translators, and was always quick to offer help to colleagues who needed advice or motivation.
We interviewed Andy for a Speaking of Translation panel on work/life balance back in 2013, and his affection for his family was obvious to everyone who listened to the episode. We are rerunning this episode in Andy’s memory, with the original introduction below.
In this episode, we discuss how to maintain your sanity while running a thriving business, raising a family, pursuing non-work interests and contributing to the profession. Our panelists for the discussion are Scandinavian to English translator Andy Bell, English to French translator Marianne Reiner and French to English translator Karen Tkaczyk, with Speaking of Translation hosts Eve Bodeux and Corinne McKay moderating. All of our panelists run full-time freelance businesses while raising families and remaining active in translation industry activities. All of them have significant non-work interests as well (sports, sideline businesses, church, community volunteering); we invited them because they strike us as people who do it all, but don’t seem stressed out or frazzled. Wondering how they do it? We’ll get their tips on how to find a work/life balance that keeps you happy, keeps money in the bank and lets you live the kind of life that you want.
In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss their experiences translating books and book-length projects, offering tips on how to find work translating books, how to fit books into your commercial translation workflow, and what you need to think about when negotiating book translation contracts. Links mentioned or that might be useful:
Eve and Corinne discuss strategies for maintaining your second (or third, or fourth…) language. As translators, we often struggle to maintain our active speaking and writing skills in our non-native languages. Those of us who live in our source language countries may even struggle to keep our native language skills current. We discuss various ways to maintain or improve your language skills, including some ways to practice a language that you are still learning.
In this episode, Eve and Corinne offer tips for getting things done: how to get into the productivity mindset, how to form a productivity support group, and how to tailor your time management techniques to your personality. We also recommend the following podcasts on productivity:
In this episode, Eve and Corinne discuss how to handle the end-of-year holidays as a freelancer. We’ve got some tips for managing clients when you’re taking time off, making the most of the holidays if you want or need to work, and what to send clients for the holidays.
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