Literary Translation Services

Your literary work is the result of your dedication and creative effort. With ALTA’s book translation services, you can translate your work into as many foreign languages as you’d like, ensuring it reaches audiences around the world. Our expert translators are skilled in retaining the nuances of your work and your writing style so readers can experience your writing as intended. We successfully translate fiction and non-fiction literary works, as well as children’s books. Looking to translate just excerpts from books? ALTA also translates individual pages of a book instead of whole works.

What is Literary Translation?

Literary translation is the translation of all forms of literature that may need a creative approach – plays, poetry, fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, poems, songs, rhymes, and literary articles. Translating literature requires a more artistic, poetic finesse when communicating aesthetics, rather than an informative approach. ALTA Language Services has over 30 years of experience in literary translations for all forms of literature, in over 100 languages.

Native Language Translators for Your Literary and Book Translations

When your book undergoes a literary translation, it becomes available to readers of different cultures. As part of our services, ALTA is mindful of the cultural adaptations necessary for successful literary translation. We use native speakers of the target language who reside in the country for which the works are written, ensuring the translators can alert you to any red flags that would not be appropriate in the target culture. ALTA’s roster of skilled translators translate books in Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Korean. View our languages page to see the selection of our language offerings.

Maintaining Literary Concepts and Nuances – Not Just a “Literal” Translation

At ALTA, we understand that literary translation has the potential to be difficult because of the specific nature of language. We know some words do not translate accurately, or that others simply do not exist in the translated language. A literary translation should not mean a literal translation. When we perform a professional literary translation, we retain the unique tone and original message of your work. Translating literary works is an art form in and of itself, and we take great care to employ professionals who are capable of understanding the complex nature of literature translation. We work with great care to maintain the same literary concepts and effects that you put forth in your work.

Maintaining Author’s Style – ALTA’s Guarantee

An author’s style is often his or her trademark. When it comes to book translation, some authors fear their style will be sacrificed in order to deliver a readable copy of their work to foreign language speakers. At ALTA, we offer high-quality literature translation. You deserve the peace of mind that your particular literary style will not be forfeited in the translation process. Maintaining your personal style and vision is part our language solution services.

Translate Individual Pages

There are some instances in which authors may feel that they need only a few pages translated in their work. In such situations, we offer document translation services. Whether you only need a prologue, a glossary, bibliography, or appendix translated, we have the services for you. Simply contact us and let us know what you need translated, and we will do our best to deliver your translated pages as soon as possible. Please consider using our book translation services if you feel that you need longer works, such as chapters, translated into a foreign language.

At ALTA, we understand just how important your literary work is to you. We know how much work you’ve put into it and that you would like to share it with the world. You can do that with our professional literary translation services, as our experts are skilled in working with creative written material. Fill out our form today for a quote, or call us at 800.895.8210, and to learn what ALTA can do for your book.

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