One of my books will be, anyway.
The Princess’s Dragon Lord is almost finished being translated, so I might see it up on the Amazon.de store by mid August as Der Drachenprinz. I’ll show off the cover that I get for it when it’s ready, but it will look exactly the same as the English version, with just different text.
I’m so excited, and nervous, getting a translator was something of a scary process, even though I already had a good idea of where to go to hire freelancers, but knowing whether or not they could actually do a good job was something else entirely. After all, I don’t know how to speak German, so how am I supposed to know whether it’s being translated properly?
Thank God for Google Translate :) Not that I plan to use that to check and see if the translations are any good or not. That would be both impossible and monumentally stupid on my part, especially considering how poorly Google Translate actually works when it comes to speech. What this worked out for, and what I would recommend for anyone who wants to try translating their books, is to use Google Translate to check the reviews left behind on books that were translated by the person you’re hiring.
Navigating Amazon.de was pretty simple, considering it looks pretty much the same as my English version of the store. All I had to do was ask my translator for references of other books that had been done, and then I went on over to Amazon.de, copy and pasted the reviews left behind, and read on the poorly translated German to English on Google Translate whether anyone thought the books were terrible.
I checked all the one and two star reviews, and while these were low key books like my own, not too many reviews at all, there were still enough for me to make a decision, and tell from those reviews that the people were not happy with the story itself, and not the way it was translated.
So far I’m loving my translator. I’ve got excellent communication with this person, and always love it when I see another chapter in my inbox. I’m excited and terrified of the day when the book will be live on Amazon.de, but more and more I’m thinking it’s going to be money well spent, and definitely something I want to do more of.
For now, however, I just wanted to share this little achievement I had since Dragon Lord, or Der DrachenPrinz, is one of my favorite self contained stories. Self contained for now ;)
If anyone wants to check the story out, here are some links for you to try
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