Fire Ant and Worker Bee (the alter egos of Eugene Seidel and Chris Durban) have been writing for Translation Journal since 1998.
Why should you listen to them?
Because they’ve been around.
Because they enjoy their work and earn good money.
Because (to quote from the book) “Translation is the grandest, most foolhardy enterprise that humans can engage in. Done right, it can also be a lucrative and intellectually satisfying career.”
And because the stressful working conditions and downward spiral in prices decried by Chicken Littles on many continents are not inevitable — far from it! If you are an excellent (or even good) translator, you shouldn’t be there. And if you apply the business advice in this book, you won’t.