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How NOT to write to your translators July 23, 2015

Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices.

I apologize for the mass e-mail, but as I am dealing with a large number of languages, I thought it would be easier to send out a message this way.

Can you please provide me with your rates and also let me know if they are negotiable for a longer-term project. Kindly include your language in the message.

Thank you and best regards,

At least the PM didn’t ask me for my “best rates”. I hit Ignore for the send receipt request and sent it straight to the trash.



1. jenguernsey - July 23, 2015

Lovely email. And “best rates” always frosts my shorts, too.

2. Gintis Kaminskas - July 23, 2015

Hear, hear. And why should our rate be “negotiable for a longer-term project”. It doesn’t reduce our workload!

lukegos - July 26, 2015

Because the enthymeme (unsaid part of the logical train of thought) is that otherwise you’d have no work to fill that time. Which is obviously not true for established translators, only for beginners.

Maryte Gurekas - December 18, 2018

Because you are incompetent?

3. Céline - July 24, 2015

“Frosts my shorts” – love it, can’t wait to use it!

4. Kevin Lossner (@GermanENTrans) - July 24, 2015

Lazy git without proper workflow management. Or perhaps s/he is only lacking education. I can never remember my “best rates”, so if I quote at all I take my average and add 50%. That’s my “good enough” rate 🙂

And I don’t see the problem with negotiating the surcharge for a long-term project….

5. lukegos - July 26, 2015

Quintessential bulk market, I guess.

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