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The Music of Your Soul – guest post from Cinthia Hiett

Spiritual books, business books, self-improvement books. If you’re a nonfiction fan or have book lovers on your shopping list, you’ll want to be with us THIS coming Saturday, Dec. 6th, as the inaugural Holiday Author Event takes place at The Pressroom (441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix 85003). More than 60 local authors will come together in one place for a fantastic book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight every sort of book lover. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we have another guest post from one of the HAE’s participating authors. CINTHIA HIETT is the author of the God Wants You Truly Living Not Walking Dead. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet Cinthia, chat with her up close and personal, and learn about her forthcoming book, Can Fairy Tales Be Real?

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Paganini, the great violinist, came out in front of his audience ready to perform, only to find that his most treasured and priceless violin had been stolen and replaced by a secondhand version. Momentarily paralyzed, feeling he would not be able to perform and subsequently would embarrass, shame, and disappoint all who were waiting to hear him play, he paused and then addressed the audience saying: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I will show you that the music is not in the instrument but in the soul!” He then played as he had never before, bringing such authentic, inspired, rapturous music to the audience that the applause almost lifted the ceiling from its very foundations. The man had revealed that the music was not in the machine, but in his very soul.

It is your destiny and your calling to walk your life out onto the stage of your world. To reveal to all of heaven and earth and everyone in them that your music is not bound by your conditions, your trials, your mistakes nor whatever internal or external forces may come against you; the music of your life is in your very own soul (Adapted/inspired by “Streams in the Desert, September 28th).

Dear child (from God),

Your earthly machine may seem worn and secondhand (that being your human composition now on earth), but your soul is infused with the spirit of the living God which will enable you to produce beautiful and rapturous music never heard before and only able to be performed by you. Let me play you and reveal to the world the glorious music of your soul.

Your friend,

Cinthia Hiett

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Cinthia Hiett is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, relationship Hiettexpert and licensed psychotherapist in private practice with offices in both Phoenix and Scottsdale. As a captivating communicator, Cinthia engages, energizes and inspires her audiences to become all God created them to be.

In private practice for more than 20 years, Cinthia specializes in speaking to corporate and religious groups worldwide on gender differences, the key to successful relationships, and successfully overcoming life challenges. She is an adjunct professor at Arizona Christian University where she taught a course titled “The Psychology of Religion.” She recently published the inspiring and highly regarded book, God Wants You Truly Living Not Walking Dead, which is available on Amazon and Kindle. Her forthcoming book, Can Fairy Tales Be Real?, is set to publish in early Spring 2015. You can obtain the first chapter on her website: cinthiahiett.com.

Cinthia is also a recording and performance artist who provides encouraging and inspiring worship music to audiences at her home church, as well as to couples, pastors, men’s and women’s retreats, and similar venues where she may also be speaking. She has appeared on radio and television as a relationship expert and currently hosts two radio shows.

Her show “Conversations with Cinthia” streams over the Internet on Blog Talk Radio, or you can listen locally [in the Phoenix area] on Faith Talk Radio AM1360 on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. Find Cinthia on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Cinthia is available as a keynote or guest speaker for corporate or spiritual events. Please call 602.391.6955 for availability.

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We look forward to seeing you SATURDAY!

Laura

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Nancy Drew inspired contemporary women’s Western author – guest post from CK Thomas

Westerns, heroines, magic, monsters, and mayhem. If you’re a fiction fan or have book lovers on your shopping list, you’ll want to be with us THIS coming Saturday, Dec. 6th, as the inaugural Holiday Author Event takes place at The Pressroom (441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix 85003). More than 60 local authors will come together in one place for a fantastic book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight every sort of book lover. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are very pleased to have a guest post from one of the HAE’s participating authors. CK THOMAS is the author of the Arrowstar series. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet C.K., chat with her up close and personal, and pick up her latest book!

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Arrowstar, Charade, and The Storm Women comprise the first three books of the Arrowstar Series written by yours truly, C.K. Thomas. My excitement for writing novels stems from my childhood, when reading the Nancy Drew books written by Carolyn Keene approached a craze akin to collecting and trading baseball cards. Nancy inspired me to long for adventure and showed me possibilities beyond the standard fare being served to girls in 1950s America. Writing in diaries and sending in poems and stories to teen magazines set me on a path toward making writing a part of my life in one way or another.

I worshiped the name Carolyn Keene and felt betrayed when I learned that she wasn’t a real author, but a group of writers hired to write the series. Far larger betrayals followed me into adult life and made me long to uncover the myths about love, marriage, and work that women of the 50s and 60s swallowed and believed with all their might. Ultimately I came to believe my writing mission constituted connecting with women who longed to break out of the stereotypical roles of womanhood and live life according to their own individual passions.

I’ve adopted the phrase, Take a chance – amaze yourself! as a rallying cry for myself and women who still feel tied to traditional roles. My time as a single mom raising three teenagers showed me the struggles women face at home and in the workplace. Determined to support my family and return to college to finish my bachelor’s degree, I continued to attend night classes, and when the kids were grown, I returned to university full-time to complete my degree. I majored in women’s studies and English, with the intention of writing for and about women. I wanted to foster courage and also give women an escape into the kind fiction that would not only entertain, but provide a stress-relieving balm. That’s why I chose the tag line for the series:

Join the Adventure … Read the Arrowstar Series.

Honor Bound became my first attempt at writing a novel. A copyeditor and a photo librarian, both co-workers at Phoenix Newspapers, mentored me throughout that first writing process. Debut novels often lean toward the autobiographical, even with a boat-load of fiction thrown into the mix, and mine followed along those lines as well. There seem to be a myriad of burning topics swimming around in a novice author’s head just waiting for their first opportunity at expression. Once those thoughts receive the attention they’ve been craving, an author – at least this author – feels free to pursue the wider depths of imagination longing for discovery. In those depths of imagination I found a long-buried passion for the Wild West that morphed into the creation of the small Arizona mining town of Mineral City, located somewhere in the ranching and agricultural region near Willcox.

From this backdrop rich in old mining claims, ghost towns, fruit orchards, and ranchland emerged the personalities of Star, Kat, Ricki, Carla, Dusky, and Margaretta, all women in search of their own particular passions and adventures. These women and the other characters of Arrowstar have become my closest friends and companions in search of what makes us who we are as Wild West women. I’d love to introduce you to these plucky and intelligent women when we meet at the Holiday Author Event on Saturday, December 6th in Phoenix. When you stop by, be sure to drop your name and email address into the pot to win all three books in the Arrowstar Trilogy. I’ll be happy to tell you about the next book in the series, to be published in 2015, A Train Robber’s Tale. I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning all about the kinds of books that inspire and entertain you.

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CK Thomas, author of the Arrowstar seriesC.K. Thomas. Purchase her books at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon, and Smashwords (ebook versions).

Follow CK Thomas’ blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.

We look forward to seeing you SATURDAY!

Laura

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PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 60+ other local Logo w backgroundauthors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several first-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 200 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Book giveaways on the half-hour! Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at HolidayAuthorEvent.com.

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Former pro athlete-turned-radio host – interview with Edward M. Smith

If you’re a book lover or have book lovers on your shopping list, you’ll want to be with Journey of Lifetimeus THIS coming Saturday, Dec. 6th, as the inaugural Holiday Author Event takes place at The Pressroom (441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix 85003). More than 60 local authors will come together in one place for a fantastic book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight every sort of book lover. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are very pleased to share with you an interview with one of the HAE’s participating authors. Retired pro athlete EDWARD SMITH is the author of  EZ Does It: The Journey of a Lifetime. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet Edward, chat with him up close and personal, and pick up his  book for yourself or the sports lover in your life!

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How did you get your start as an author?

For a few years, after retiring from the world of sports, I heard the phrase “you should write a book” when people listened to my story. After hearing it enough, I finally took the advice and sat down to pen my autobiography.

Who are your role models and/or mentors?

My mother and father have been my role models. This fact is evident in my writing – I would be nowhere without them. Through the good and bad times in life, we’ve stuck together as a family and they have ALWAYS been my biggest supporters.

What do you wish your fans knew about you?

I take great pride in the fact that I accomplished a great deal as a professional athlete, but that portion of my life does not define me. I get more gratification when family and friends describe me as a good son, father, friend, and genuinely nice person.

What bit of advice would you offer an aspiring author?

Have a plan when you sit down to write. From the beginning, outline your thoughts and the direction you want your story to go. In my opinion, once you have this put together, the process of writing can become much easier. There is nothing worse than sitting down to write and drawing a complete blank with brain freeze – let your outline be your guide to writing success.

What can attendees look forward to when the meet you at the Holiday Author Event?

I love to share stories about my journey. My 15 years as a professional athlete were amazing, learning life lessons that have carried me all the way to the present day. I love interacting with people from every walk of life. I look forward to meeting you in person on Saturday!

Ed Smith

Edward M. Smith is the author of EZ Does It: The Journey of a Lifetime

Learn more about Edward M. Smith at his website:
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We look forward to seeing you SATURDAY!

Laura

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PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 60+ other local Logo w backgroundauthors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several first-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 200 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Book giveaways on the half-hour! Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at HolidayAuthorEvent.com.

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Middle school students inspire fantasy author – guest post from Dan Trumpis

Fairies, gremlins, magic, monsters, and mayhem. If you’re a fiction fan, you’ll want to be with us TOMORROW, as the inaugural Summer Author Event takes place at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004). More than 30 local authors will come together in one place for a fantastic book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight every sort of book lover. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are very pleased to have our third guest post from one of the SAE’s participating authors. DAN TRUMPIS is the YA author of Welcome to Harmony and Gwen Gladstone: A Tale from the Town of Harmony. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet Dan, chat with him up close and personal, and pick up his latest book!

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Greetings.

My name is Dan Trumpis, and I am the proud author of Welcome to Harmony and Gwen Gladstone: A Tale from the Town of Harmony. Both are novels for middle-grade readers and full of magic and monsters. It’s been a long road getting here. I’ve spent years trying to find my voice as a writer. I didn’t intend to write for younger readers, at Trumpisleast not at first, but it was something I eventually settled into. Now, I’m proud to call myself a children’s author – even though quite a few adults have said they’ve enjoyed my books as well.

I think being a teacher definitely helped shape me as a writer. I got to sample a wealth of classic and contemporary children’s literature and experience the joy many of these books brought to my students. Like many indie authors, I tried to get published through traditional means. I got “teased” by a couple of agents. One of them even took a meeting with the head of juvenile literature at Tor. Sadly, nothing ever came from it.

That didn’t stop me from writing though. I thought about indie publishing for quite a while. At the same time, I began sharing Welcome to Harmony with my class and some other students at the school where I taught fifth grade. I got a great response, especially from the eighth graders at that school. They gave me such great constructive criticism for Welcome to Harmony that I immediately began a rewrite.

After that, I decided to plunge into the world of indie publishing, and I haven’t regretted it since. My plans are to write a series of books that take place in a common setting, the fictional town of Harmony, which will include a revolving cast of characters, all of whom are middle-school kids, each with a different supernatural ability. I’m currently in the midst of writing the third book. I have to be honest. It’s not going so well, but when I get low and consider giving up, I remember a great quote I read from Ray Bradbury.

“You only fail when you stop writing.”

I think that says it all.

I’m looking forward to the Summer Author Event at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. I hope to meet a lot of you there.

Dan Trumpis, author of Welcome to Harmony and Gwen Gladstone

Learn more about Dan Trumpis on his Facebook page: facebook.com/Harmony1855

We look forward to seeing you TOMORROW!

Laura

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PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 30+ other local authors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several Summer Author Eventfirst-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 100 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Giveaways on the half-hour. Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at SummerAuthorEvent.com.

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Danger makes this author tick – guest post from K.L. Barnes

Are you psyched for Saturday? If you’re a Phoenix-area book lover, you should be, as the inaugural Summer Author Event takes place at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004). More than 30 local authors will come together in one place for a lively book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight bibliophiles of all stripes. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are thrilled to have our second guest post from one of the SAE’s participating authors. K.L. BARNES is the author of the Maeve Tidewell series; Pay Attention, Pay the Piper, and Pay Penance. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet K.L., ask her questions, and pick up her latest book!

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My name is K.L. Barnes – Kris or Kristi to my friends and family – and I am an author. I’ve been working Barnestoward this for a long time, and it feels good to say that.

I always dreamed of being an author. When other kids fantasized about being on the big screen, or becoming a rock star, I wanted to write books.

It started with those fearless young sleuths, Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, and let’s not forget The Hardy Boys mysteries. Boy, did they get into some tense situations. I spent a great deal of time in my youth thinking up my own suspenseful plots and harrowing escape plans, and fantasizing about my future as a real live tween detective.

Then as I matured, my interests changed, and romantic novels by authors such as Nora Roberts and Kathleen Woodiwiss held me in thrall.

What kept me reading and dreaming wasn’t the romance though, it was the danger. Those strong female characters and the solid, committed men who stood for them, were willing to risk everything to overcome any threat that might destroy their happiness. Maeve Tidewell and Ben Drake are just such characters.

You can meet them and experience their own selfless determination in the first three books of the Maeve Tidewell Pay Series; Pay Attention, Pay the Piper, and Pay Penance. We can chat about them, and they will be available to purchase at a special price individually, or as a set, at the Phoenix Summer Author Event on August 16th.

Now, I don’t write romance. I do write about relationships, love, and commitment to a certain extent, but you would laugh me right off the page if I tried to write modern romance.

No, I write about people who will risk everything, do anything, to see their loved ones safe. The same way I would. The same way you would, if faced with a deadly threat.

Life is like that. Maybe you and I don’t face life or death situations on a daily basis, but we do have to decide if we’re willing to fight, to sacrifice, to dig in for the long haul, if we’re going to have what we truly desire in life.

Dreaming up suspense, putting it down on paper, and having it read by people who love to read, takes a lot of time, sacrifice, and digging in. But believe me, it’s worth it.

For those of you attending the author event, you should probably know that I love people. I love watching people, talking with people, and connecting with people. And I am a hugger. If you come by my table and we connect, just beware.

Until we meet, I wish you well.

K.L. Barnes, author of Pay Attention, Pay the Piper, and Pay Penance

Learn more about K.L. Barnes at her website: k-l-barnes.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Laura

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PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 30+ other local authors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several Summer Author Eventfirst-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 100 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Giveaways on the half-hour. Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at SummerAuthorEvent.com.

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Escaping together – guest post from Matthew Cerra

Saturday promises to be an exceptional day in Phoenix, Arizona, as the inaugural Summer Author Event takes place at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix 85004). More than 30 local authors will come together in oneCerra Empires place for a lively book signing/meet-and-greet event that promises to delight book lovers of all stripes. Genres range from all manner of fiction to spiritual works, children’s books, business books, personal development books, and everything in between. Join us from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We’ll have giveaways from the authors on the half-hour!
Today, we are thrilled to have a guest post from one of the SAE’s participating authors. MATTHEW CERRA is the author of Empires Awakening, a debut fantasy novel. If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to come by on Saturday to meet Matthew, ask him any questions, and pick up a copy of his book!

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Today one of the wonderful readers of my book sent me a link to an image on Facebook with a unique why I writequote (right), that after a bit, I realized had some truth to it. In some ways, being the writer of fantasy can easily turn into a very dangerous form of balanced insanity. If some random person were walking around your town describing dragons, unicorns, and creatures of a magical nature out loud for all to hear, they would undoubtedly be committed before they hurt themselves or others.

However as an author of fantasy, I am called upon to create a fantastic world that will actually lure people in with its beauty and enticing story. I must create an experience so immersive and engaging to the reader that they will want to leave reality behind for a time. I must create an experience that a reader will love and appreciate as much, if not more, than they do reality. I must also keep a firm grip on which world is real. That balancing act is exciting, and not entirely without its dangers.

I began writing when I was very young, though I am not sure when I began to compose entire stories. I know for certain I railroadswas reading as many books as I could get my hands on from an early age. I was a very early reader – before I turned four I could already read, driven to it by the book pictured at the right. As you can imagine, I had a thing for trains and railroads. Okay, I will be honest, I still have a thing for trains and railroads. If I ever become as well off as JK Rowling, I fully intend to buy my own steam engine, working, of course. It will be a Norfolk and Western Class J, for those wondering.

However, much of my reading was an escape. For much of the first 18 years of my life, things happened that created a need and a wish to get away. When I had the opportunity – which was infrequent, since I moved a great number of times – I took writing workshops and courses to help me get the insanity inside my mind out onto the page. For a time, I even participated in an email RPG. That amounted to a creative writing exercise where the first writer tags multiple people in a story thread and tries to push the story ahead, while at the same time giving those people a chance to fill in the gaps and push the story ahead in a cooperative fashion.

I think my greatest lessons from that process were both practical and social. I learned the great value in working with other creative individuals. I also think learning to let go is a very difficult process for some authors, for their words are sacred to them. My stories are my creations, my work put into the world – to have someone change that in a way I can’t predict or control is frightening! You don’t realize how attached you are until you hand something over to another and have no clue what they will make of it. It’s very hard to get used to that.

The even more important lesson I learned was how powerful words can be for us. Language is our way of bonding with others – friends, family, and love are created through language. That person you see every day on the subway or the bus may not mean as much to you as someone you have written with or talked with. Those words and the emotions behind them mean something. One of the writers I found to be an incredible blast to work with, and with whom I spent probably four years working, let me and a few close others know he had a terminal illness. I had never met the man in person; we had simply emailed and written back and forth for just a few years – but the loss of his presence and words really struck a chord with me.

Empires Awakening is the grandest story I have created yet. This is the largest world, with the most characters, and is a culmination of many different creative threads I have had dancing around inside my head for a decade. The biggest thing I want people to know see is my desire to bring them a glimpse of something wonderful. I will always take my time and craft a world or a place that strikes a reader with its beauty, its presence, and even its emotional toll.

Anyone who comes to my table at the Summer Author Event will be guaranteed an exciting and open, spoiler-free conversation. I am very friendly and want every reader to have the chance to be given a way out of reality for a short time. Hopefully, however, not for the same reasons I needed to escape. A few minutes witnessing beauty through the words put to page is something everyone could benefit from each day.

Matthew Cerra, author of Empires Awakening

Read and follow Matthew’s blog: http://zombiefear.blogspot.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Laura

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PHOENIX-AREA BOOK LOVERS: Come out to meet me and 30+ other local authors for this one-of-a-kind book lovers’ event. Several Summer Author Eventfirst-time authors, award-winning authors, and authors of a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sell and sign books. Genres of all sorts – from fiction to spirituality to leadership to personal finance. The first 100 attendees to register will receive goody bags! Giveaways on the half-hour. Learn more and get your complimentary ticket at SummerAuthorEvent.com.

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Today, we’re proud to share with you another GUEST POST! If you’ve ever [or never] considered the possibility of having your book translated into other languages, there’s great info here for you! Please read up and glean some valuable advice from Lisa Carter, a professional literary translator! Please share your thoughts below in the comments section.
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The 5 W’s of Having Your Book Translated

by Lisa Carter

So you’ve written and published a book. Have you ever then considered having that book translated into one or more languages? If you have, but never made it past the thinking stage because you’re not sure how to proceed, this post is for you.

Below are the 5 W’s – the who, which, when, where, and why – that will help you on your way.

WHY should you consider translation?

Beyond the bragging rights and real marketing benefits from saying your book has been translated into x languages, there are two main reasons to consider translation.

  1. Your words will reach a wider audience. We write and publish in order to be read. It is only through translation that you can reach readers around the world.
  2. You can earn passive income. You’ve already put the hard work into writing your book, let it bring additional earnings through publication in other markets.

WHERE do you find a translator?

Translation is a form of writing that requires time, skill and a good measure of art if it is to be done well.

Professional associations offer the best place to find a qualified translator. The American Translators Association (ATA) and the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) are U.S.-based but have an international membership, with nearly every language represented.

If you start with a Google search for translators, the top hits will be free online machine translation engines, large agencies, and freelance bidding sites in that order. Avoid all three.

The technology behind machine translation is far from advanced enough for any publication purposes, and while the latter two are valid options for many types of translation, I do not recommend them for books.

With an agency, you pay needlessly for a middleman who will shield you from direct contact with the actual translator. Quality and consistency of the work may also suffer, as large projects are often divided among several individuals.

Freelance bidding sites, meanwhile, tend to view translation as a commodity. The lowest price usually wins and, more often than not, this goes hand-in-hand with a distinct lack of quality.

WHO should translate your book?

The unique nature of every title and every author means there is no one-size-fits-all. You may want to converse with several candidates before making a final decision. Trust will be essential in this professional relationship; not knowing the language your book is being translated into means you will need to feel confident in the translator’s abilities and choices.

Apart from that, keep in mind that:

  • Translators work from their second language into their mother tongue. I, for example, lived in Spanish-speaking countries for a decade but am a native English speaker. I therefore translate from Spanish into English and not vice-versa.
  • Translators have areas of expertise, just like writers. If your ebook is on marketing techniques, try to find someone who has experience in that industry, not someone who is specialized in medicine.
  • Translators can be certified by a professional association. Those who invest the time and expense involved in passing a rigorous certification exam like the one offered by the ATA are more likely to have the necessary skills to do your work justice.

WHICH books are good candidates for translation and which languages should you consider?

All books are possible candidates for translation, just as they are for publication. Different genres and publishing formats, however, may have varying levels of acceptance or availability in particular countries. You or your translator may want to research how popular your genre is in the target culture. Crime fiction, for example, is extremely popular in Scandinavia, while fantasy is more popular in China.

If you are considering digital publication only, note that ebooks are not yet as pervasive in all countries as they are in the U.S. In Russia, for example, they represent only 0.25 percent (one-quarter of one percent) of all sales and face enormous challenges before they will become truly viable.

One aspect in your favor is that translations are much more widely accepted internationally than they are North America. In countries like the Czech Republic, 80 percent of all new works of literature published each year are translations. You, thankfully, do not have to face the situation most foreign authors face when trying to break into our market, where only 3 percent of all new books published each year are works in translation.

 WHEN is a good time to have your book translated?

It is entirely up to you, as the author, when to have your book translated. Perhaps you would like a simultaneous release in two or three languages. This will allow you to capitalize on the time you spend marketing. On the other hand, you may want to stagger the release. This will give you an opportunity to find the right translator, and the translator can similarly be assured that your work has a certain track record in the original language.

Keep in mind that, translation cannot be rushed. It takes time to produce a full first draft, which then needs a certain amount of time before revision.

Regardless of whether your book is a new release or was published some time ago, translation is an opportunity to breathe new life into it and earn more from it. Here’s hoping these answers help set you on your way to publication in other languages!

Lisa Carter is a Spanish-to-English literary translator, with six published titles and a seventh forthcoming in 2013. She was nominated for the 2012 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for her translation of The Einstein Enigma: A Novel, by José Rodrigues Dos Santos. You can find Lisa on her professional website at www.intralingo.com, where she blogs about literary translation and offers an occasional Advice for Authors column. You can also follow her on Twitter at @intralingo.

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