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Freelance Book Translator

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Hong Kong SAR China

Job Description

We are seeking experienced book translators to work directly with authors and help them share their stories in a different language.

Reedsy’s vetted group of freelancers help authors through every stage of their publishing journey: from editing to translating to marketing their book. Our professionals have worked on a range of widely acclaimed novels, such as The Hunger Games, Originals (Adam Grant), and His Dark Materials series (Phillip Pullman).

We are looking for translators of the following language pairs:

  • English > German
  • English > Italian
  • English > French
  • English > Spanish
  • English > Portuguese


The qualifications we look for are:

  • 3+ years of translating experience.
  • At least 5 published books that are well-reviewed (and available on Amazon, Apple Books or Google Books) for each of the language pairs your offer.
  • Experience working for a traditional publisher will be positively valued.

Though not a requirement, we appreciate it if you are able to copy-edit/proofread your translations (or you work in tandem with a partner who can do it) in order to deliver an error-free translation.


As a translator on Reedsy, you will be able to set your own rates, manage your workload, work where and when you want, collaborate through our intuitive platform, and enjoy Reedsy’s payment protection.

Advice from our career coach

As a seasoned book translator, you must have a deep understanding of the nuances of language and culture to effectively convey the original content of the author in a different language. To stand out as an applicant for this role, showcase your experience, qualifications, and ability to deliver error-free translations. Here are some specific tips to help you stand out:

  • Highlight your 3+ years of translating experience in your application.
  • Showcase at least 5 published books for each language pair you offer, with positive reviews on major platforms like Amazon, Apple Books, or Google Books.
  • If applicable, emphasize any experience working for traditional publishers.
  • If you have copy-editing or proofreading skills, mention them as a value-add to deliver high-quality translations.
  • Demonstrate your ability to work independently, set your rates, and manage your workload efficiently.

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